Be a public health MVP: Get the COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself and those around you, and then help to educate others on the clear benefits of vaccination. The available vaccines are safe, highly effective and available at locations in every county. They also have a non emergency transportation resource! For expanded information Visit the Medicaid Vaccination Program here: https://bit.ly/ARMedVP
The Pfizer vaccine has been authorized for children ages 12 and up, widening the U.S. population that will be protected against the virus and bolstering chances for a safe return to full-time school in the fall, the Food and Drug Administration announced Monday.
Pfizer vaccines for kids age 12-15 could be administered as soon as Thursday (5/13/21).
Pfizer announced in late March that its clinical trials showed the vaccine was safe and 100% effective in children ages 12-15, similar to the 95% efficacy among adult clinical trial participants.
Read the whole article here.
Essential Worker Application – English | Spanish
Essential workers are still qualified for child care assistance with eligible providers, regardless of income, on a case-by-case basis. Essential workers include but are not limited to emergency responders, health care providers, public health personnel, sanitation workers, child care and early childhood staff, K-12 educators, and individuals involved in the food supply chain during the pandemic. The Essential Worker application below must be used. Completed applications and required documentation must be emailed to EssentialWorker@dhs.arkansas.gov for processing.
Ms. Isis Trautman is taking on a new role that includes managing our Family Support Program and Community Parent Resource Center as Direct of Children and Family Services for Arkansas Support Network.
From Colombia, she migrated to the US in 2011. Ms. Trautman’s husband has an intellectual disability secondary to a car accident. Both she and her husband are foster parents to a 3-year-old with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Ms. Trautman has a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the Universidad Santiago de Cali, Colombia and a M. Ed in Special Education and ABA from the University of Arkansas.
Ms. Trautman has worked for Arkansas Support Network since 2012. During her time in ASN, Ms. Trautman has worked as ABA therapist and case manager, and in 2017 became the ABA Therapy Program Director. As stated, in early 2021 she became the Director of the Department of Children and Family Services and the Project Director for the NWA CPRC.
As a nurse Ms. Trautman was in charge of coordinating and providing health care services for children and adults for intellectual disabilities and other conditions, as well as coordinating public health services for marginalized communities in Cali, Colombia.
Ms. Trautman has always been involved in staff development programs and coordination positions. Teaching and training has become one of her passions and strongholds. Since her early days in ASN, Ms. Trautman has been involved with the NWA CPRC providing interpretation services and support and consultation in the behavioral field for parents and guardians of children and youth during school conferences. Ms. Trautman currently serves in the Arkansas Association for Behavior Analysis (ARKABA) in the practitioners committee, and is a member of the RSA PTI Independent Futures that Work Regional Advisory Committee.
We are very excited about the future of our program as things shift and change to meet the needs of the children and families we serve in Northwest Arkansas. If you have any questions, or would like to wish Ms. Trautman well, please email us at email@example.com.
Información de impuestos 2020 en Arkansas para familias que cuidan a una persona con discapacidades
Arkansas permite un ajuste de $500 de ingreso total para un contribuyente que cuida y apoya en su casa a una persona con discapacidades permanentes que no sea su esposo(a).
Para calificar para este ajuste, la persona con una discapacidad debe ser un hijo(a) natural, adoptado o un dependiente del contribuyente.
Para recibir el ajuste de $500, usted necesita completar la forma AR1000DC.
Arkansas también permite un crédito para individuos con alguna de las discapacidades mencionadas abajo usando la forma AR1000RC5. Vea la forma para instrucciones.
La persona tiene que ser diagnosticada con una de estas discapacidades por un doctor:
Síndrome de Down
Pida ayuda a su preparador de impuestos con estas formas.
See the several links to resources on filing your taxes when you are the parent or a caregiver of a child, youth, or adult with disabilities below. Taxes are Due Thursday, April 15th 2021
Disability and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
Individuals with permanent disabilities
Tax Tips for a Parent of a Child with Special Needs
Every year we are approached by several people from educational institutions doing their thesis on various subject matter that greatly involves parents of children with disabilities if we can share their survey with our families. Some of these studies even involve compensation or the ability to win something. Take a look at the surveys opportunities we've been offered below.
Researchers from Wingate University would like to learn more about the school-based telehealth services you and your child received during the COVID-19 Pandemic. This survey should take you 20 minutes to complete. You do not have to take this survey, but it will help us with our research if you do. Please consider taking this survey if your child: 1. was receiving school based physical therapy services before the COVID-19 Pandemic; 2. received at least 10 hours of telehealth school based physical therapy services during the COVID-19 Pandemic; 3. received services that were live and not taped. If you have any questions about this survey, you can contact the primary researcher, Mary Swiggum, at (434) 221-0091. If you have any concerns about your privacy, your rights, or any issues related to your participation in this study, please contact Amie Naylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Continuation of this survey signals that you consent to participating in this research. Here is the link to the survey: https://wingate.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0pIPkmR3M2YLV2d The survey will remain open until March 10, 2021. Thank you for your participation.
Survey link: https://redcap.vanderbilt.edu/surveys/?s=WXPHC39FMJ
We have recently received Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval to conduct a survey study. As a result, we are currently seeking primary caregivers of individuals who have complex communication needs. The goal is to gather primary caregivers' perspectives on the training received (if any), to support and enhance their child's communication skills. By gathering information and variables that lead to positive and negative experience we hope to make recommendations and to outline key elements to minimize experiences that may be contributing to high levels of communication system abandonment and decrease the impact these systems may have on the family.
The survey will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. All responses are confidential. Only the principal investigators will have access to the completed surveys. If you are willing to participate, click the link at the end of this email to access the consent form and please complete the survey entirely. For your convenience, we have set the survey so that you can stop and come back to it at any point (by clicking "save and return later"). REDCap will provide you with a unique code that you will need to enter in order to return to your survey, so please be sure to save that unique code. There is no compensation for participation in this survey; but we appreciate your time and willingness to help us learn from you.
For your information, below we have provided some additional details on the study
Thank you for your willingness to consider participating in this project.
Survey link: https://redcap.vanderbilt.edu/surveys/?s=WXPHC39FMJ
In-person events and activities are still limited as we continue practicing safe social distancing and sheltering in place. With that in mind, virtual social activities are a good option for people we support to remain socially engaged with others!
Hosted by Achilles International- Arkansas
Achilles International- Arkansas is a local running, walking, rolling group for people with disabilities. They typically host weekly workouts but have shifted to having virtual hangouts instead. This is a great meet up for folks interested in health and fitness but is also open to everybody.
This event is for adults and children.
Day: Every Saturday
Time: 9AM Central Time
Zoom Meeting ID: 868 3241 8538
Hosted by Shoot for the Stars NWA
Shoot for the Stars is a nonprofit in NWA that provides dance classes to children of all ages with disabilities.
Day: Beginning Febuary 12th..every Friday until April 16th
Time: 4-4:45PM Central Time
Registration Link: https://www.shoot4thestars.org/dance-classes
Registration is free. All participants will receive a t-shirt.
This event is for children.
I Want to Be in Charge!
Tuesday, November 24th from 1-2:15 PM CT via Zoom.
This training is for people with disabilities to understanding speaking up for yourself and knowing how to make informed choices from real life situations, and for providers to support them the best way for each person.
You can register for this event by registering here: https://uark.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_01I8Ij9rGzPNr5b or by emailing email@example.com. Please include any accommodations needed in the email. The Zoom link and password for the event will be sent out no later than the morning of the event to the email listed in the registration.
What’s the Deal with Ableism?
Tuesday, December 8th from 1-2:15 PM CT via Zoom.
This training is mainly for people with disabilities, advocates, and family members to learn about the importance of advocacy. It will define ableism, give examples of ableism and show how ableism contributes to the stereotypes/labels put on people with disabilities which does not keep people with disabilities safe.
You can register for this event by registering here: https://uark.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4T0hnPxvQ78MxjT or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include any accommodations needed in the email. The Zoom link and password for the event will be sent out no later than the morning of the event to the email listed in the registration.
Since our community is beginning to slowly open back up, Arkansas Support Network (CPRC) decided to make a whole new tab on our website containing resources for all things surrounding the issues our community is facing with COVID-19 and it's after effects. These include food resources, COVID-19 hotlines and evaluation sites, and also how to apply for benefits and economic assistance.
This is available in English and Spanish. Take a Look by clicking the image below.
Staff of the Family Support Program (including original content as well as curated links to various authors around the web.)