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The Affordable Care Act: What Disability Advocates Need to Know

Article is reprinted with permission from The Arc


Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the disability community must work to better understand the law and the many benefits it can provide to people with disabilities. This will be critical to the community’s role in helping to move states forward with implementation. Click here for complete report.



Final mental health and substance use disorder rules break down financial barriers and provide consumer protections


The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury jointly issued a final rule increasing parity between mental health/substance use disorder benefits and medical/surgical benefits in group and individual health plans.

The final rule implements the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, and ensures that health plan features like copays, deductibles and visits limits are generally not more restrictive for mental health/substance abuse disorders benefits than they are for medical/surgical benefits.


AUCD Legislative News In Brief


On Tuesday March 4, 2014, President Obama released his FY 2015 budget request. The following is a link to a report and commentary developed by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), which breaks down the President’s funding proposals for programs important to people living with ADHD and other disabilities. A program budget such as the one for the Department of Health and Human Services can help to improve economic opportunity for people living with ADHD by providing investments in research, health care, and disease prevention. Read more»



Succeeding With a Lack of Structure: Tips for Working On Your Own (Part 2)

By Alan Brown


In the last issue of the ADDA eNews, I described a benefit of working in a corporate or group environment; the inherent structure provides an external structure that we ADHDers lack “internally” – and contrasted it with the perils of working independently – at home or otherwise on our own.


Without the “safety net” of an external workplace structure (e.g., a boss keeping us accountable or a team member providing the occasional timely nudge), a key in our success is to build our OWN structures to compensate for those we lack inwardly.

Let’s take a look at a series of specific structural deficiencies along with some ways you can build your own structures. Read more»



Twice Exceptional or Double Trouble? A Journey of Self Discovery

By Douglas Harris


My life as an adult diagnosed with ADHD can be broken into three phases: not knowing, knowing with my head, and knowing with my heart. Before diagnosis, I knew something wasn’t right but I didn’t know what it was. For many, this period lasts most of their lives. For years, the only explanations for shortcomings are character flaws, laziness or wilful troublemaking. A great relief accompanied my diagnosis. The second phase was largely cerebral; I learned all I could about ADHD and how it affected me. ADHD was an external challenge to be studied, examined and faced, but by the same person inside that I had always been. Read more»



ADDA Advocates for Professionals


ADDA is a member of the CCD and has a representative, Dr. Janet Kramer, who participates in the CCD Civil Right Committee in support of advocacy for professionals with mental health disorders. ADDA recently signed onto a letter sent to Jocelyn Samuels, the Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, concerning a young attorney with mental health issues who was targeted with special requirements for licensure solely due to her admission of successfully treated bipolar disorder. Read the letter here».


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