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A big step forward for children with complex needs in North Carolina

Let me tell you about a girl I’ll call O.B. Her story exposes a lot of what’s wrong with North Carolina’s behavioral health system. O.B. has moderate to severe intellectual disability and autism, as well as intermittent explosive ...
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Inmate’s death the result of a cascading series of mental health system failures

There has been a lot of media coverage about the death of Michael Anthony Kerr, an inmate with schizophrenia at Alexander Prison. His personal story is heartrending but sadly familiar. After being in and out of jail, Mr. ...
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DMV bureaucracy unfairly burdens safe drivers with disabilities

Rebecca Kay sustained an injury at age 16 that caused permanent damage. That did not stop her though from driving for 44 years without any modifications to her cars. Her decades-old injury was not getting any worse. In ...
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A glaring gap in North Carolina’s Medicaid program

Changing North Carolina’s Medicaid system has been a major topic of debate the 2014 “short session” of the General Assembly. Common to most of the proposals under consideration is the principle of “integrated health care.” Integrated health care, ...
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Disabled North Carolinians: Still treated as second class citizens

There are growing calls for increasing the minimum wage so working people can earn enough to support themselves and their families. Few people realize that the Fair Labor Standards Act, adopted in 1938, and which created the minimum ...
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New state transportation plan fails to include people with disabilities

The NC Department of Transportation recently released a plan for the state’s transportation needs looking forward to 2040. The plan “focuses on the policies and programs needed to enhance safety, improve mobility, and reduce congestion for all transportation ...
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People with disabilities desperately need Medicaid to expand

With all the media coverage of supposed cost overruns and genuine IT troubles for North Carolina’s Medicaid program (the public health insurance system for low income people), many often forget how limited Medicaid coverage actually is. For instance, ...
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Obamacare benefits the disabled

Political disagreements have linked the viability of the Affordable Care Act to a potential shut down of the federal government. The fight over the ACA is in the news daily. Will the law survive? Whatever your opinions, there ...
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ADA anniversary a reminder of the importance of work for persons with disabilities

I recently went to an event where there were many people I didn’t know. After asking my name, the next question each person I met asked was “Where do you work?” As adults we are defined and often ...
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The voters no one is talking about

The proposed changes to North Carolina’s voting laws have dominated political headlines for the past few months. Is voter fraud a significant problem in our state? Will a requirement of government-issued photo IDs unnecessarily infringe on the right ...
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