Ai- Jen Poo activist, labor organizer, and winner of the MacArthur Genius Award brings to our attention in The Age of Dignity the rising number of senior citizens in the United States. In fact, our fastest-growing demographic is the eighty-five-plus age group—over 5 million people now, a number that is expected to more than double in the next twenty years. This change presents us with a new challenge: how we care for and support quality of life for the unprecedented numbers of older Americans who will need it. As we consider current legislation around paid family leave this conversation is increasingly important particularly to women. Thank you to Marion Johnson and Anna Pardo of the NC Justice Center for this #Sundayreading recommendation. ... See MoreSee Less
In The Age of Dignity, thought leader and activist Ai-jen Poo offers a wake-up call about the demographic reality that will affect us all. “We have more senior citizens in America today than we’ve had at any time in our history,” Poo writes, pointing out that more than 14 percent of our population i...
These positions will be endangered when class size restrictions for K-3 become stricter in 2018-19, even though these subjects are required for a sound, basic education. View more details of the budget on our website: ow.ly/6wyB30c3i9c
Today, Disability Rights NC and the national law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP filed a lawsuit against the State of North Carolina and NC Department of Health and Human Services alleging that the State has failed thousands of North Carolina citizens with I/DD by forcing them to remain in institutions or be segregated from their families and communities because of a fractured and inefficient system of care.
“Under North Carolina law, DHHS must provide services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate for their needs,” explained Vicki Smith, executive director of Disability Rights NC. North Carolina’s system of care, which favors institutionalization over community-based services, spends about $150,000 on average per year to keep a person in a facility, while the expense of providing services in a community-based setting is less than $60,000 per year on average. North Carolina ranks 48th in the overall effect of state policies and practices on promoting independence for people with I/DD, according to a 2016 national report published by United Cerebral Palsy.
The lawsuit identifies significant problems with North Carolina’s system of services that rob people with I/DD of their right to live and participate in their communities.
Read the Complaint -- www.disabilityrightsnc.org/sites/default/files/Samantha%20R%20Complaint%205-24-17.pdf
Talking Trump: How to listen and be heard across red-blue divide
May 24, 2017, 7:00pm - May 24, 2017, 8:30pm
Our next Community Voices forum will focus on developing the listening skills and speaking tactics that might help you better understand people on the other side politically. The forum is titled “Talking Trump: How we can listen – and be heard – across the red-blue divide.”
It will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, at the James B. Hunt Library on N.C. State’s Centennial Campus. Go to nando.com/communityvoices to register. Admission is free and open to the public.