8 Powerful Voices in Defense of Public Education – Diane Ravitch – Network For Public Education

Take 3 minutes to watch NPE President Diane Ravitch talk about how we can stop the steamroller that’s destroying our public schools – privatization.

Source: 8 Powerful Voices in Defense of Public Education – Diane Ravitch – Network For Public Education

DISCLAIMER: I’m subscribed to her education blog and think the world of her! 

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How fathering a son with disabilities helped Microsoft’s CEO transform the company

Mr. Nadella gets it. Haters will continue to hate, but they are the minority and will not be judged by them or their entities.

How fathering a son with disabilities helped Microsoft’s CEO transform the company

Adobe’s Latest Improvements to Creating Accessible PDFs | Adobe Document Cloud

The latest improvements to Acrobat DC make it even easier to create accessible PDFs. Read up on the updates to the Tags Panel and TURO Table Editor tool.

Adobe’s Latest Improvements to Creating Accessible PDFs | Adobe Document Cloud

Writing CSS with Accessibility in Mind – Manuel Matuzovic – Medium

About a year ago I started to focus more on web accessibility. The most effective method of learning for me is teaching others. That’s one of the reasons why I’m talking at meetups and conferences…

Writing CSS with Accessibility in Mind – Manuel Matuzovic – Medium

Disability backlog tops 1 million; thousands die on wait list (H/T = @scottsantens & @AP_Politics)

NC Disability Department

I can vouch for this as my application process took about 3 years to finally get my benefits. I truly believe this is done on purpose because they know if it’s finally accepted, they would have to go back to the beginning to pay all of the back awards. Universal Basic Income solves this problem nicely.

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1 million Americans await a hearing to see whether they qualify for disability benefits from Social Security, with the average wait nearly two years — longer than some of them will live.

All have been denied benefits at least once, as most applications are initially rejected. But in a system where the outcome of a case often depends on who decides it, most people who complete the appeals process will eventually win benefits. The numbers come from data compiled by the Social Security Administration.

About 10.5 million people get disability benefits from Social Security. An additional 8 million get disability benefits from Supplemental Security Income, the disability program for poor people who don’t qualify for Social Security. The disability programs are much smaller than Social Security’s giant retirement program. Still, the agency paid out $197 billion in disability payments last year.

Recipients won’t get rich as the average benefit is $1,037 a month — too small to lift a family of two out of poverty.

Source: Disability backlog tops 1 million; thousands die on wait list (H/T = @scottsantens & @AP_Politics)

Marcus Welby M.D. had it right all along

marcus_welby_intro_screenFor those too young to remember, this was an ABC series that ran from 1969-1976. Though the program had house calls as part of its outreach, this was not the main point of the series. Having said that, wise people understand what is old tends to come back as new again to a different audience. With Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announcement (PDF) of Medicare-for-all sponsored legislation being first an impetus to cover everyone with healthcare and second to do so cheaper than the current system, all opportunities to flip the current fee-for-service payment model are welcome; that is if your ox is not gored by doing so. Right now, the throwback concept of House Calls is limited to the most intensive patient care clients, as is the case with most test programs. Hey, it’s 2017, it is known what works and what doesn’t by now; let’s just get on with it.

Personally, I have a chronic leg situation that has alternating bouts of treatment. If home visits from Nurse Practitioners at a minimum and Doctor’s based on need were truly funded, the system and my condition would be greatly improved.

This is not an isolated cause, despite it being new to me. Another organization in Virginia is employing a provision of the Affordable Care Act named Independence at Home. It is a project that involves 14 practices and consortia with the closest branch being a group in Durham (NC). A team-based approach to care that involves physician assistants, pharmacists, social workers, and other staff (Daniel Farmer, 2016), I would be interested to know what the other staff is; one way it can be enhanced is the utilization of Electronic Health Records that are clean and functional.

via Bringing Back House Calls to Cut Spending on High-Risk Patients

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