There is still time to sign up for one of HealthMeet’s April Webinars! Check out what’s coming up in May as well!

Improving Outcomes and Quality of Life for Adults with Autism

Wednesday, April 24th from 2:00 – 3:00pm EST 
Speakers: Leslie Long & Dave Kearon
There are many quality indicators that can impact the lives of adults on the autism spectrum. Recent studies have outlined the lack of appropriate outcomes for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) once they leave their educational entitlement and enter adult services, particularly several years out. This webinar will review the literature on current outcomes for adults with ASD and what are the factors that contribute to good quality of life. Our speakers, Leslie Long and Dave Kearon will review several domains that will help impact individuals overall daily lifestyles include employment, housing and residential support, post-secondary education and community life.

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Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Dementia; Assessment and Healthcare Practices

Wednesday, May 15th – 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST 
Speaker: Seth Keller, MD
Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities are aging and living longer than ever. Decline in their daily function with the possibility of developing dementia increases with age, especially in adults with Down syndrome. Seth Keller, MD Immediate Past President of the AADMD and Co-Chair of the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices will review how changes in function can be assessed so that an accurate and early diagnosis of dementia can be determined. Healthcare advocacy and practices are all essential in ensuring that appropriate therapies and planning for eventual decline and associated complications are anticipated and cared for. The guidelines of the National Task Group will also be reviewed.

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Using Smart Technology and the Cloud to Make Telehealth Accessible for People with I/DD

Wednesday, May 22, 2:00-3:00pm EST
Speaker: David O’Hara, Ph.D.
People with cognitive limitations are six times more likely to have type 2 diabetes than the general population, as well as other chronic health problems. This is one example of an eminently preventable secondary health problem that has the potential to shift dramatically if supports for various lifestyle changes and more effective preventive health care are available.

Smart technology is changing the way we live our daily lives. In this presentation David O’Hara, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer for the Westchester Institute for Human Development will describe specific pilot projects that use smart technologies and cloud-based applications to support more effective preventive health care for people with I/DD using a range of telehealth strategies. The new accessibility features of tablet touch screen technologies and smart phones provide tools for the design of interactive applications that can support the delivery of better preventive health care and chronic disease management. In particular they provide access to easily available cloud-based patient education materials and patient care experience surveys. Standard patient satisfaction surveys (such as the CAHPS medical home survey from AHRQ) will be made accessible for people with I/DD, which will also use cloud technology to capture and analyze data to help improve the system. They can also promote more frequent contact between the patient and their health care providers as well as allow the health care team to prompt and coach individuals in following good preventive health care behavior. Please join us to learn more about how effective use of these interactive applications can be a key strategy to help reduce the burden of chronic health issues among people with I/DD.

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The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities Report and Recommendations for Managed Long-Term Services and Supports

Wednesday, May 29th from 2:00 – 3:00pm EST 
Deborah Spitalnik (PCPID Citizen Member and Director of Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities UCEDD)
Elizabeth Weintraub (PCPID Citizen Member and Self-Advocate Specialist at Association of University Centers on Disabilities)
Joe Caldwell (University of Illinois at Chicago & National Council on Aging)
Rachel Patterson (Policy Specialist at Association of University Centers on Disabilities)
Across the country, states are transforming the way they finance and deliver Medicaid long-term services and supports for individuals with disabilities. Many states are considering Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) programs as a way to improve coordination, promote systems change, and achieve savings. There are potential benefits, but also significant concerns for individuals with ID/DD. Stakeholder engagement from individuals with disabilities and their families and strong federal oversight are critical as states consider developing and implementing programs. The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) convened experts on MLTSS and issued a report with numerous specific recommendations. This webinar will provide an overview of MLTSS, explain key issues for individuals with ID/DD, and highlight recommendations contained in the report.

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**Make sure to check out one of our featured webinars from another one of The Arc’s national initiativesAutism Now.

Transportation Options and Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 2:00 to 3:30 PM EST
Krystian Boreyko of Easter Seals Project ACTION joins Co-Director Amy Goodman for this webinar to discuss the various transportation options that are available to individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities! Presenters will discuss regulations that protect the rights of people with disabilities including the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Air Carrier Access Act; accommodations that are offered to individuals who use public transportation, aircrafts and other modes of transportation; issues regarding touch and personal space; the process of obtaining a driver’s license and more!

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