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November 2012

The Election and Disabilities
With the election right around the corner, it is important to know where each presidential candidate stands in regards to programs people with disabilities often rely upon.  Some of these include Medicaid, Medicare and coverage under private health insurance; often considered critical lifelines to successful community living.  The Alliance for Health Reform recently released a toolkit, 'The Presidential Healthcare Plans, What you Need to Know' detailing the healthcare policies and programs of each candidate.  In addition, Kaiser Health News recently published an article that explains the policies and positions each candidate has taken in regards to Medicaid.

How Will the Affordable Care Act Affect You?

Since the Supreme Court ruled the Affordable Care Act legal, many individuals have questions in regards to how the law might affect them and their families.  Here is a summary of frequently asked questions by Kaiser Health News.  Consumer Questions on Health Law

The Affordable Care Act in Nebraska

For many Americans with disabilities and chronic health conditions, finding insurance coverage historically has often been difficult if not impossible. Individuals with pre-existing conditions were frequently denied coverage.  With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, pre-existing conditions in children can no longer be denied (extending to adults in 2014), insurance coverage will be expanded, grants to build the medical training force have been implemented and other initiatives are under way.  Find out what's happening in our state.  Affordable Care Act in Nebraska  In addition, Appleseed, a Nebraska, non-partisan legal aid organization has authored a fact sheet on the Affordable Care Act.

Autism and Social Skillssocial skills

One of the most distinguishable traits of an individual that is diagnosed on the autism spectrum is their delay in acquiring social skills. These include the ability to pick up on environmental cues, knowing social boundaries and exercising self-control. 

Dr. Terri Mathews and her students conduct a social skills program to teach both children and their parents the skills they need to function in society successfully in social situations. "Most children without autism pick up on what is expected of them socially," shares Dr.  Mathews. "They understand etiquette through modeling or observing. Children who have autism don't seem to have the same innate ability to recognize what is expected in social situations."


To learn more go to: Social Skills Class


For more information or to register for the class, please contact Dr. Terri Mathews at 402-559-4646

For Help Navigating Systems and Information: 

 Contact our family support coordinators:


Mark Smith

402-559-5744 or



Sarah Swanson

Sarah Swanson

402-559-4573 or


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