The State of America’s Direct Support Workforce Crisis 2022

The longstanding direct support workforce crisis, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, has led to closures of critically needed services and a denial of access to community-based supports.
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Capitol Correspondence - 07.06.21

ACL Updates: Openings on Disability-Focused Advisory Committee and More

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We anticipate that the following Administration for Community Living (ACL) announcements will be beneficial to our members:

Positions Available on National Advisory Committee on Individuals with Disabilities and Disasters. “This advisory committee will provide recommendations to the Secretary of HHS about the medical, public health, and accessibility needs of individuals with disabilities related to emergencies. ASPR shall provide management and administrative oversight to support the activities of the advisory committee”, ACL announces. Note that the original deadline, which would have been in June, has been extended to July 12, 2021.

Webinar: Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. “To help increase awareness about the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB), the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) will be conducting a webinar for grassroots advocates, navigators, and others helping their local communities get connected. The webinar will cover program basics, a walk-through of the online application process, and resources available to help drive enrollment. It is free to attend, but you must register.” The webinar will be held July 8, from 4-5pm EST.