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The Nemo News Returns April 2

The Nemo News will resume publication on April 2, 2012.


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Medicaid Cuts: Where Would You Make the Cuts?

As the State of Illinois seeks to cut billions from its Medicaid budget, a legislator is seeking your input.  Representative Greg Harris of Chicago has posted a worksheet to his website.  You can see the tough choices ahead and consider where you would make the cuts.

The NemoNews commends Rep. Harris for displaying uncommon transparency, detail and courage as he approaches this thorny subject.


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Best Buddies Prom Draws Over 135

The 7th Annual Best Buddies Prom at Vernon Hills High School (VCHS) drew over 135 students from all over the Lake County Area.   VCHS Club members hosted “An Evening with the Stars” according to Karen Martin, school chapter sponsor.   In addition to food, dancing and games they rolled out a red carpet and took pictures of the gala attendees.

Adding to the fun, this year Best Buy donated the use of an XBox and games for the students to use.  Moreover, the Best Buy employee service group also helped conduct the event.

Best Buddies is a national organization that promotes friendship and inclusion between those with disabilities and those without.  Clubs exist at the middle school, high school and college levels.  There are several such clubs in the Lake County area according to Ms. Martin.

For more information contact Karen Martin at 847-932-2121.
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WIPA, PABSS Funding Threatened: Write Your Congressperson

There is growing concern that Congress will not reauthorize funding for two important Social Security programs that directly affect those with disabilities who wish to work.  These services are very important for SS Disability Beneficiaries aged 14-64 who are working or want to work.

The Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) program helps beneficiaries understand their options for work.  The Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP) is the agency serving Lake and McHenry Counties.  The program could end as soon as June 30, 2012 if funding is not authorized.  This will harm the ability of disabled individuals to develop options for more independence and engagement.

The Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) program provides counseling and advocacy for working individuals who may need assistance in the workplace.  Equip for Equality is the PABSS agency serving Lake and McHenry Counties.  Services could end by September 30, 2012.

Concerned individuals are urged to contact their Congressional Representatives letting them know you support re-authorization.

Contact information can be found at this site.  If you would like assistance or need more information please contact Ron Mulvaney, WIPA Program Director, IATP, 217/836-0061, rmulvaney@iltech.org .


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Theology and Disability: ARC Webinar March 29

“The Power of Inclusive Spiritual Supports for People with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities” is the title of a nation-wide webinar sponsored by The Arc on March 29, 2012. The webinar is open to the public — including clergy, service providers and ARC Chapters.  Registration fees vary.

Noting that “For some…faith communities are a pathway to more inclusive and productive lives…”,  speakers Bill Gaventa and Erik Carter will discuss what the growing body of research shows , how to work with congregations of all traditions, and strategies to encourage engagement, even in residential placements..

For more information contact The Arc, 202-534-3707 or hull@thearc.org


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