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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced: Reports shows that words matter. Language can reduce mental health and additional stigman. “In a perspective published in Neuropsychopharmacology, leaders from the National Institutes of Health address how using appropriate language to describe mental illness and addiction can help to reduce stigma and improve how people with these […]

Frontline posted a new podcast regarding a race-related murder in Chicago in 1955. That murder resulted in a bill named for the victim that would wind up in the halls of Congress. It was aimed at bringing justice to unsolved killings from the civil rights era. Around the same time, the Department of Justice and […]

New Interactive Tool Provides Social Determinants of Health Data on Internet Access A new online data visualization tool from AHRQ gives analysts access to social determinants of health (SDOH) data related to people’s access to the internet. Internet access is essential for obtaining home-based telemedicine and is increasingly important for healthcare needs such as making […]

Webinar on Developmental Promotion, Early Detection, Referral, and Linkage to Services Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET Webinar Registration The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance presents this webinar on increasing access to developmental screenings for children and families. The early childhood community has an opportunity to work together to build […]

Administration for Community Living releases 2020 Profile of Older Americans. The Profile of Older Americans is an annual summary of critical statistics related to the older population in the United States. Relying primarily on data offered by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Profile illustrates the shifting demographics of Americans age 65 and older. It includes […]

On July 29, 2016, the Elder Law Practice of David L. McGuffey hosted a Special Needs Roundtable in Dalton, Georgia. Our Key Note speaker was Hal Wright, author of the Complete Guide to Creating a Special Needs Life Plan: A Comprehensive Approach Integrating Life, Resource, Financial, and Legal Planning to Ensure a Brighter Future. The […]

On May 11, 2021, the National Institutes for Health reported that an app may help identify children with autism spectrum disorder. “The human brain is wired to pay attention to social information like facial expressions, speech, and gestures. Infants learn about the world through these social interactions. Autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, is a developmental […]

On April 30, 2021, Michelle Diament, writing for for Disability Scoop, reported that Biden’s plan, although not changing SSI, does: provide for up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave to workers seeks to provide two years of preschool to all children; and dramatically expands access to child care by making it affordable […]

The following is reposted from Hamilton Medical Center’s podcast site. Dr. Emily Brandt is a board-certified child development pediatrician at Anna Shaw Children’s Institute located in Dalton, Georgia. She specializes in attention disorders, autism spectrum disorders, behavioral and developmental challenges, and more. Listen here. To learn more about Anna Shaw Children’s Institute, call 706-226-8900 or […]

Being sick or impaired is not enought to qualify for Social Security Disability. Under the Social Security Act, whether you are seeking disability or Supplemental Security Income, “disability” means you are not be able to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) because of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) that is either: Expected […]

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