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September 2019 Newsletter

P&A Service Highlight The Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology (PAAT) program was created to allow P&As to assist individuals with disabilities in getting, using, or the care of assistive technology devices or assistive technology services through case management, legal representation and self-advocacy training. Assistive Technology (AT) devices or services are things that help people…

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Medicaid Bulletin: Hurricane Dorian Emergency Response Provider Provisions

MEDICAID BULLETIN TO: All Providers SUBJECT: Hurricane Dorian Emergency Response Provider Provisions The purpose of this bulletin is to describe state and federal efforts to ensure continued access to care during the emergency response to Hurricane Dorian and the impact these efforts will have on Healthy Connections Medicaid beneficiaries and providers. The South Carolina Department…

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August 2019 Newsletter

Advocacy Watch Back To School Tips: The beginning of a school year can be an exciting yet stressful time for students and families. Below are some suggestions and resources to help make sure this school year is successful. • Parents and students should review the IEP or 504 plan. Parents include your children as much…

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July 2019 Newsletter

Advocacy Watch This week is National Disability Voter Registration Week, July 15 – 19. Did you know that if people with disabilities voted at the same rate as people without disabilities in 2016, there would have been an additional 2.2 million votes cast? Together, lets #REVUP and make sure the disability vote is heard. Join…

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P&A Community Feedback Survey

We need your help! Protection and Advocacy wants to hear from people with disabilities, families, professionals, and the general public about what issues impact the disability community in South Carolina. If you would like to share your thoughts, please complete our survey. Online Survey Download and print Download and print (large print)  

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June 2019 Newsletter

Olmstead 20th Anniversary On June 22, 2019, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Olmstead. This landmark decision has increased community participation and independence of people with disabilities across the country. In the decision the United States Supreme Court held that unjustified segregation of persons with disabilities constitutes discrimination in violation of Title II of the Americans…

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New SC Voting System

The state of South Carolina announced this week the award of a contract for a new statewide voting system. Throughout the process, P&A advocated for a system that would allow people with disabilities to vote independently and privately. On multiple occasion, P&A provided written and oral testimony explaining the importance of accessibility to decision makers….

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May 2019 Newsletter

Advocacy Watch Governor McMaster signed Senate Bill 281 on May 16, 2019. The bill makes several changes to South Carolina law surrounding assistance animals. S. 281 initially provided that an individual who “fakes” a service animal would be criminally liable for the deception. P&A was concerned that confusion over what constituted a service animal could…

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Governor McMaster Signs Service Animal Bill into Law

Columbia, SC — Governor McMaster signed Senate Bill 281 on May 16, 2019. The bill makes several changes to South Carolina law surrounding assistance animals: The bill expands protection of service animals to include “service animals in training.” The bill clarifies that a landlord, upon a tenant’s request to keep an emotional support animal as…

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April 2019 Newsletter

Advocacy Watch Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. (P&A) and several individuals with disabilities have reached a settlement with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH) resolving a complaint filed in May of 2017. The agreement calls for, among other enhancements, expansion of SCDMH crisis services aimed at preventing involuntary hospitalization; annual…

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