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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at McCarran International
Airport (LAS) invites you to a Roundtable to discuss the agency's new
initiatives affecting seniors, passengers with disabilities or medical
conditions and multicultural passengers for the State of Nevada.

The meeting will be held at LAS, 6750 Via Austi Parkway, Suite 200; Las
Vegas, NV; 89119 in the Learning Center on Thursday, July 31, 2014, from
10:00 a.m. to noon.

Speakers will include Karen Burke, Federal Security Director for Nevada,
Kimberly Bandy, TSA's Multicultural Branch Manager, and Seena Foster,
TSA's Disability Branch Manager. Ms. Bandy and Ms. Foster are both from
TSA's Office of Civil Rights & Liberties, Ombudsman and Traveler
Engagement, which is located at TSA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.


1. Risk-Based Security, including TSA Precheck
2. TSA Cares Help Line and Passenger Support Specialists
3. How TSA enforces civil rights and liberties
4. Q&A

We think you will find this an informative engagement and hope someone
from your organization can attend. Please RSVP with the name of the
individual and the organization you represent and accommodation requests
to Laura Renner, LAS Customer Support and Quality Improvement Manager, at:<>.

We look forward to seeing you!


-- Please join us on August 18, 2014 for our 2nd Annual Women's Tea! Purchase
tickets at Give.EasterSealsNevada.Org

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For Immediate Release March 21, 2014

DETR and Officials Plan Rural Town Hall Meetings

The Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation (DETR) in partnership with Nevada Broadcasters Association, will hold a series of town hall meetings April 1-April 4, 2014 in Ely, Elko, Winnemucca, and Fallon to survey residents about their feelings on issues facing the state, particularly in regards to persons with disabilities.

As part of its responsibility to community outreach, Nevada Broadcasters is providing radio advertising in the preceding weeks in advance of each stop, and has arranged for the venue and refreshments in each city, said Bob Fisher, CEO of Nevada Broadcasters.

Fisher will serve as the moderator for each meeting, and authorities on each talking point will make presentations and be available to address the concerns and questions raised at the meetings. The town hall meetings will address such topics as job placement for people with disabilities; statewide unemployment; education, business and homeland security.

“We are encouraging as many residents as possible to attend. These meetings will give us an opportunity to interact face to face with residents in these underserved communities and hear from them about what they see as important to their communities,” said Frank Woodbeck, DETR director. “We need to better understand what we can improve upon in such areas as helping people with disabilities become employed, how to help businesses be more successful, and improving the state of education for people with disabilities and the underemployed and unemployed. Feedback from each community will be used for program development to address identified needs.”

All topics from constituents are welcomed. First responders are also encouraged to attend to share their views on homeland security issues, Woodbeck said.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Bristlecone Convention Center
150 Sixth Street
Ely, NV 89301

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Elko Convention Center
700 Moren Way
Elko, NV 89801

Thursday. April 3, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Winnemucca Inn
741 W. Winnemucca Blvd.
Winnemucca, NV 89445

Friday, April 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Fallon Convention Center
100 Campus Way
Fallon, NV 89406

Raising the Minimum Wage through Executive Order to $10.10 for Federal Contract Workers & Calling on Congress to Finish the Job for All Workers by Passing the Harkin-Miller Bill

Today, continuing to fulfill his promise to make 2014 a year of action, the President will sign an Executive Order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for federal contract workers.

The Executive Order the President will sign today will benefit hundreds of thousands of people working under contracts with the federal government who are making less than $10.10 an hour. It will also improve the value that taxpayers are getting from the federal government’s investment. Studies show that boosting low wages will reduce turnover and absenteeism, while also boosting morale and improving the incentives for workers, leading to higher productivity overall. These gains improve the quality and efficiency of services provided to the government.

In his State of the Union Address, President Obama pledged to both take executive action wherever he can and work with Congress to increase opportunity for all Americans. Consistent with that pledge, the President will continue to work with Congress to finish the job to raise the minimum wage for all Americans and pass the Harkin-Miller bill so that all workers can be paid at least a $10.10 minimum wage.

Click HERE for >> Details of the Executive Order

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The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Research Prioritization Task Force is excited to announce that the finalized document—A Prioritized Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention: An Action Plan to Save Lives—is now available for download online. You can access it by visiting
The Agenda outlines 30 research pathways that could help decrease the number of both suicide attempts and deaths in the United States. In addition to input from a Stakeholder Survey, the Agenda also was developed based on a literature review, portfolio analysis, mapping of the burden of suicide, and input from over 70 researchers in the field who examined what research areas show the most promise in reducing the suicide rates in the U.S.
The goal is for this Agenda to be used by funding organizations to help guide them in their funding decisions, as well as the researchers themselves regarding the types of research they conduct in the future. And we encourage family members, policymakers, and other interested individuals to use the Agenda to help advocate for the field of suicide prevention research.
We hope that this Agenda will help to move the suicide prevention research field forward and to save lives!
Research Prioritization Task Force
National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

What Do Military Families Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act?

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, includes a requirement for most Americans to carry health insurance. This requirement is often referred to as “the individual mandate.” 

Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act requires individuals to maintain a minimum level of health insurance, known as “minimum essential coverage” (MEC), for themselves and their dependents. Individuals who fail to have MEC may be required to pay a penalty (called a “shared responsibility payment”) when they file their tax returns.

If you are a service member, retiree, family member, or survivor covered by TRICARE, you have MEC. There is no need to purchase additional health insurance. If you are using any of the following health plan options, you have the coverage required by the Affordable Care Act:

  • TRICARE Prime
  • TRICARE Prime Remote
  • TRICARE Prime Overseas
  • TRICARE Prime Remote Overseas
  • TRICARE Standard and Extra
  • TRICARE Standard Overseas
  • TRICARE For Life
  • US FamilyHealth Plan
    • Martin’s Point Health Care
    • Brighton Marine Health Center
    • Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers of New York
    • Johns Hopkins Medicine
    • Christus Health

You also meet the coverage requirement if you purchase one of the following plans. Unlike the TRICARE plans listed above, these plans require you to pay a monthly premium to obtain coverage. If you have purchased one of the plans listed below and are paying the monthly premium, you have MEC:

  • TRICARE Reserve Select
  • TRICARE Retired Reserve
  • TRICARE Young Adult


Finally, you have MEC if you have TRICARE through either of these transitional health plans after you leave military service:

  • Transitional Assistance Management Program (TAMP): premium free, 180 days
  • Continued Health Care Benefit Program (CHCBP): if purchased, 18-36 months

Keep your DEERS information up to date. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will use information from the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) to verify your TRICARE coverage. It is important for sponsors to ensure that all of their dependents’ social security numbers are accurate in DEERS. You can do this by contacting the DEERS office online or at 1.800.538.9552.

For additional information on TRICARE and the Affordable Care Act, please visit the TRICARE website.


**Dear Aging and Disability Services Division community partner,

I am very excited to share with you our continuing efforts to create a lifespan service system that promotes community living for Nevadans ages 60 and older and those living with a disability. Our efforts include developing strategies to ensure necessary services and supports are available when needed, are responsive and effective and are easy to access. We are committed to building a service system which values individuals and their families, is consumer friendly and pays special attention to creating a seamless system of care throughout the lifespan.

As you know, the staff and providers of ADSD services are critical to the success of the ADSD integration. As such, we would like to solicit your input on the draft critical issues and goals prior to drafting the strategic plan.

In July- September, a series of focus groups took place all across the state with individuals and their families to identify critical issues that must be to achieve the vision that, “Nevadans will enjoy self-sufficiency, independence, and safety with opportunities for a meaningful life that respects the person’s dignity and right to self-determination”.

In addition, key informants from across the state provided input on critical issues, potential goals and strategies that should be included in the integration plan. Now, we need the feedback of the people who make services possible every day. Please forward this survey to all staff and providers of ADSD. Their input is critical.

The survey should take approximately 20 minutes and can be accessed by clicking on this link:

The survey should take approximately 15 minutes and can be accessed by clicking on this links:

-English Survey:

-Spanish Survey:

We would like all surveys completed by November 8, 2013.

The surveys are available for download below and can be printed and completed as a hard copy of faxed or emailed back to or 775-324-4941. If you need copies made and sent to you to distribute, please email and indicated how many you need in English and/or Spanish. Thank you so much for your help. CLICK TO VIEW DOWNLOADS...


10575 Siena Monte Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89135
10575 Siena Monte Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89135

Approximately one out of every four Americans is a caregiver for a parents, child, spouse or relative who has a disability, is elderly or is chronically ill. Family caregivers are the backbone of military families and their work is especially important druing times of deployment.... Continue reading here


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Starting October 1, 2013, Americans who are uninsured or who buy their own health insurance will have a new way to shop for insurance: the Health Insurance Marketplace

Sign Up for Health Care Coverage HERE

White House briefing: Enrollment in affordable health insurance options through the Health Insurance Marketplaces, created under the Affordable Care Act, begins on October 1st. Stakeholders from a cross section of organizations attended to hear about the ways the health care law will provide more affordable, better quality health insurance for children and their families. The participants learned about the enrollment process and how ACA expands access to mental health and substance use disorder benefits and what community based organizations can do to help others enroll beginning October 1st. .Affordable Care Act Briefing for the Mental Health Community.




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Carol Broadbent, parent of twin four-year-old girls

Lori Hoffman, grandmother to a boy with learning problems

Karen Goodwin, mother of a son with learning difficulties

Stephanie Vrsnik, Community and Development Director, Nevada PEP

Robin Kincaid, Training Director, Nevada PEP

BY IAN MYLCHREEST -- Parenting ordinary children can be tough enough but special needs children are something else. Teachers and schools often cannot find exactly what they need. Programs like Nevada PEP can often help.

It’s a statewide parent-training organization, PEP Training Director Robin Kincaid says. Most of all, PEP helps families find ways to communicate and collaborate with schools.

Children with special needs or disabilities do create problems that need individual solutions. Carol Broadbent’s twins, for example, suffer from fetal alcohol syndrome. That has left them with significant developmental delays and behavioral problems. “Every day’s battle with stuff,” Broadbent said.

Just getting them into school was problematic and they felt abandoned once Nevada Early Intervention finished providing the initial help. Broadbent and her husband just read a lot but felt they were “just kind of stuck.” The girls’ aggressive behavior made it difficult to find a pre-school that would take them. By the same token, the pre-K school program has helped them. It is a special education class of eight students with a teacher and two aides.

“They’ll always struggle. I know that,” says Broadbent. But, she added, she was happy PEP was able to help her.

Lori Hoffman’s grandson was born with Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome, a condition, which required he be born at 35 weeks because of tumors on his kidneys. Numerous surgeries followed to reduce an abnormally large tongue, correct growth abnormalities and deal with intestinal problems. He struggled in school and was finally diagnosed as having a “written expression disorder,” said Hoffman.

“He would just sit there and not do his work. You could ask him and he could tell you everything but he would not write at all, he just wouldn’t do it,” she said. After three years of struggling with this problem, counselors from PEP were able to work with Hoffman to get her son an iPad. Using that at summer school has allowed him to catch up with grade level work.

The first place to begin is the the “individual education program” or IEP. That program is individualized to the special education needs of each child, said Stephanie Vrsnik, Community and Development Director of Nevada PEP.  All special education students must have an IEP, she added. Nevada PEP offers parents clinics and special training in what they need to know to make sure their IEP is working.



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Nevada PEP Partners with Jason's Deli Entire Month of April

Print Flyer & Present Upon Arrival

Cozy Webinars for the Fall - Presented by Nevada PEP
Stay warm this Winter and get the information you need from the comfort of your home. Click the links below to get a description and register for the upcoming webinars.

Understanding ADHD for Parents - Date: Tuesday 26 March 2013 - Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Civil Rights Agreement Reached with South Carolina Technical College System on Accessibility of Websites to People with Disabilities
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with the South Carolina Technical College System (SCTCS), the state's largest higher education system, that will ensure that the websites of SCTCS and its 16-member colleges are accessible to persons with disabilities.

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Valuable Tips for Assistive Technology

Assistive technology is technology used by individuals with disabilities in order to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible.
The following is a tech-tips video discussing low-tech handwriting tools . . .

A great app for children ages 4 through 8, Aesop's Wheel of Fables teaches the moral lessons of 20 fables through the quick spin of a wheel. If grandparents live out of town, they can pre-record the fables in their voice on the child's device for listening at a later date.
Learn More . . .

An NIMH-funded study published online in Lancet reveals that the five most common disorders—autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disease, schizophrenia, and major depression—all share similar genetic components.
Science Update . . .

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Financing Reform and Innovations has developed a new Information Resource Center to provide people in the behavioral health care field important information about how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can improve access to behavioral healthcare services. The Information Resource Center can answer many of the specific questions about how the ACA will affect various aspects of the behavioral health care community, as well as provide updates on the status of the ACA’s implementation.
Press Release . . .

NIMH Director Thomas Insel describes how different perspectives separate the communities interested in autism, and suggests the common ground that would provide an avenue to move forward.
SEE HERE . . .

This brochure, now available in Spanish, helps parents and teachers recognize common reactions children of different age groups experience after a disaster or traumatic event. It offers tips for how to respond in a helpful way and when to seek support.
SEE HERE . . .

Beyond Detention, a new Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention publication series, details the findings of the Northwestern Juvenile Project (NJP), the first large-scale, longitudinal study of drug, alcohol, and psychiatric disorders in a diverse sample of juvenile detainees. The first bulletin provides an overview of the project. Topics covered in future Beyond Detention series bulletins will include suicidal thoughts and behaviors among juvenile detainees, posttraumatic stress disorder and trauma within this population, functional impairment after detention, and barriers to mental health services.

Can Exercise Improve IQ In People With Down Syndrome?
IUsing a method called “assisted cycle therapy,” researchers at Arizona State University say they’re seeing improvement in those with Down syndrome. The approach involves rigorous exercise sessions on a specialized stationary bicycle, with a coach encouraging and monitoring the individual with Down syndrome throughout.

Click HERE for more details . . .

Disability, Literacy Groups Unite On Common Reading Goal
The push to have all children reading on grade level by third grade must include students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, say two advocacy groups who have bonded over this common goal.

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Nevada PEP Joins Nevada's Big Give

Nevada PEP's Social Networks

Statewide Central Office Satellite Office
Toll-Free 800-216-5188 2101 South Jones Blvd, Suite 120 4600 Kietzke Lane, Suite I-202 Las Vegas, NV 89146 Reno, NV 89502 Phone: 702-388-8899 Phone: 775-448-9950
  Fax: 702-388-2966 Fax: 775-448-9603

Problematic School Absenteeism and Selective Mutism

Christopher A. Kearney

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

     Problematic school absenteeism includes school-aged youths who display complete absences from school, skipped classes, tardiness, morning misbehaviors in an attempt to miss school, and/or substantial distress at school that precipitates pleas for future nonattendance. A recent national study revealed that the rate of chronic absenteeism (i.e., missing 10+% of the school year) among American youth may be 10-15%. Chronic absenteeism is higher among low-income students and school dropout rates are highest among Hispanics.

     Some youth are referred to treatment specifically because of absentee problems but such problems can also be an integral part of broader anxiety, mood, or disruptive behavior disorders. Key concomitants of problematic school absenteeism include substance abuse, violence, suicide attempt, risky sexual behavior, pregnancy, delinquency-related behaviors, injury, illness, and school dropout. Longitudinal studies reveal severe consequences of problematic school absenteeism into adulthood, including economic deprivation and psychiatric, social, marital, and occupational problems.

    Treatments for problematic absenteeism involve Tier 1 (preventative), Tier 2 (early intervention), and Tier 3 (complex intervention) approaches. Tier 1 interventions involve school-wide efforts to maintain attendance as well as regular monitoring to identify students with emerging attendance problems. Tier 1 interventions are broad-based in nature and include strategies to improve school climate and safety as well as student health and social-emotional development. Tier 2 interventions include (1) cognitive-behavioral procedures to address anxiety- and non-anxiety-based cases of absenteeism, and (2) those implemented more systemically to boost student engagement and to provide peer and teacher mentoring. Tier 3 interventions include expanded Tier 2 interventions, alternative educational programs, and legal strategies.

     Selective mutism is a persistent and debilitating condition in which a child fails to speak in public situations where speaking is expected. Selective mutism affects 0.2-2.0% of children, with girls slightly more affected than boys. The disorder commonly begins during preschool years but treatment is often delayed by parents or others who believe the problem is temporary. Selective mutism may have a chronic course for some children and can produce significant problems with respect to peer rejection, incomplete verbal academic tasks or standardized tests, or inadequate language or social skills.

     A primary goal of treatment for selective mutism is to increase the audibility and frequency of speech, especially in public situations such as school. The most common and empirically supported treatment components for selective mutism are behavioral in nature. These components include exposure-based practices that are integrated with stimulus fading, self-modeling, and shaping and prompting. Supplementary procedures include negative reinforcement/escape, social skills and language training, family therapy, and anxiety management techniques. Parent-based contingency management procedures are also important to facilitate a child’s more audible and frequent speech and reduce nonverbal compensatory behaviors. These treatment components are typically used in conjunction with one another in various settings and with various people such as parents, school officials, and peers.

Department of Psychology

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

4505 Maryland Parkway

Las Vegas, NV 89154-5030

Office Telephone: 702-895-3305

Office Fax: 702-895-0195




Friday, January 25, 2013



Recent Disability Updates

Note: If you received this email as a forward but would like to be added to the White House Disability Group email distribution list, please visit our website at and fill out the "contact us" form in the disabilities section, or you can email us at and provide your full name, city, state, and organization.

Recent disability announcements include the acknowledgement of Americans with disabilities in the President's inaugural address, the introduction of audio descriptions for public tours, the release of new guidance from the Department of Education on the obligation of schools to provide opportunities for students with disabilities to participate in extracurricular athletics, and that announcement of a new strategic plan regarding Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. 

In addition, the Department of Justice has charged five individuals with 196 indictments, including the violation of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, for targeting individuals with disabilities in a Social Security fraud scheme. The Justice Department also recently filed comprehensive agreement resolving litigation concerning conditions of care at the former Arlington Developmental Center. Lastly, the Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced that Bloomington, Minnesota-based U.S. Bank National Association will pay $12,000 to a loan applicant with disabilities under a Conciliation Agreement. Read more about all of these stories below.

Inaugural Address by President Barack Obama

"We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity.  We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit.  But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.  (Applause.)  For we remember the lessons of our past, when twilight years were spent in poverty and parents of a child with a disability had nowhere to turn."

Read the full inaugural address at the following link:

White House Announces Audio Descriptions for Public Tours

President Obama and the First Lady have long been committed to ensuring that the White House is truly the People’s House, and that Americans with disabilities are fully integrated into our society.  Continuing on that commitment, the White House Visitor’s Office is pleased to announce the availability of an audio description for those taking a White House tour. This will give blind and visually impaired Americans and persons with other print disabilities the opportunity to listen to an audio described tour as they visit the historic, public rooms of the White House.

Read more about the audio descriptions at the following link:

U.S. Department of Education Clarifies Schools' Obligation to Provide Equal Opportunity to Students with Disabilities to Participate in Extracurricular Athletics

The Department's Office for Civil Rights issued guidance clarifying school districts' existing legal obligations to provide equal access to extracurricular athletic activities to students with disabilities. In addition to explaining those legal obligations, the guidance urges school districts to work with community organizations to increase athletic opportunities for students with disabilities, such as opportunities outside of the existing extracurricular athletic program.

Read more about this story at the following link:

Strategic Plan for Improving Management of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Announced

The new strategic plan provides a more comprehensive and structured approach to further improve agencies’ management of the requirements of Section 508.  This approach includes actions agencies need to take to (1) increase transparency, (2) strengthen accountability, and (3) improve collaboration regarding accessible EIT.  

Read the memorandum on the strategic plan at the following link:

Federal Charges Allege Captors Held Adults with Disabilities in Subhuman Conditions to Carry Out Social Security Fraud

Linda Weston, her daughter and three co-defendants are charged in a 196-count indictment, unsealed today, with racketeering conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering, hate crimes, sex trafficking, kidnapping, forced human labor, theft, fraud, and other violent crimes. The indictment alleges that Weston and her associates carried out a racketeering enterprise that targeted victims with mental disabilities and as part of a scheme to steal disability payments from the victims and the Social Security system.

Read more about this story at the following link:

Justice Department Obtains Comprehensive Agreement to Resolve Long Standing Litigation Regarding the Rights of People with Developmental Disabilities

The Justice Department announced that it recently filed in federal court a comprehensive agreement that will resolve long running litigation with the state of Tennessee originally concerning conditions of care at the former Arlington Developmental Center (ADC).  

Read more at the following link:

HUD, US Bank Settle Disability Discrimination Claim

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced that Bloomington, Minnesota-based U.S. Bank National Association will pay $12,000 to a loan applicant with disabilities under a Conciliation Agreement settling allegations that the bank required him to provide unnecessary documentation to establish he would continue receiving disability income for three years before they would approve his mortgage loan.

Read more about at the following link: 

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