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    PNS Weekend Update - May 23, 20150 

    In focus on our nationwide rundown: The U.S. Senate shoots down a comprise on domestic spying; a new survey finds a majority of voters in the Lone Star State oppose LGBT discrimination; and a safety mindset for boaters over this long Memorial Day weekend.


PHOTO: Local health leaders and educators are gathering in Chicago Tuesday with national experts to examine the ways Illinois is working to improve primary care. Photo credit: Vic/Flickr.

CHICAGO - It's a meeting of the minds over medical care in Illinois as doctors, pharmacists and educators are gathering in Chicago today to highlight community-based interventions that are improving health and enhancing primary care. Board chair of Family Medicine for America's Health, Dr. Glen St ...Read More

PHOTO: About 73 percent of Iowa students with disabilities graduate on time, but that rate is still 20 percent lower than those students without disabilities. Photo credit: Bill and Vicki Tracey/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - As high school seniors don their caps and gowns at ceremonies across the state, new research finds a major gap in the odds of students with disabilities getting their diploma on time. According to a study from America's Promise Alliance, Iowa students with disabilities have a hig ...Read More

PHOTO: AARP Oregon says the typical family caregiver is a woman in her 60s who works full or part-time and helps her older parent with transportation and chores, and often oversees medications and personal finances. Photo credit: click/

SALEM, Ore. - A new AARP survey of Oregonians ages 45 and older finds most of them are, or one day will be, caregivers for an aging family member. Groups that want the state to acknowledge that, and pitch in to help, converge on the Capitol today. As lawmakers wrestle with budget decisions, the "C ...Read More

PHOTO: There are hundreds of thousands of Iowans with disabilities, and some of them will be at the state Capitol this week, meeting with lawmakers and learning more about how to be engaged in the political process. Photo credit: Jim Bowen/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - From every corner of the state, individuals with disabilities are converging on the Iowa Capitol today to take part in Advocating for Change Day. Becky Harker, executive director of the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council, said the day is a chance for people to meet with thei ...Read More

PHOTO: The ADA Legacy Tour travels to 48 states over the next year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Photo courtesy of ADA Legacy Tour.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on a disability. On Wednesday the ADA Legacy Tour is due to make a stop in Nashville. The tour includes information on how the la ...Read More

A new law takes effect this month that places New York in the forefront for protecting thousands of consumers each year from surprise medical bills that often total tens of thousands of dollars. Courtesy: CIDNY

NEW YORK - New Yorkers can breathe a sigh of relief this month because they now have new protections from so-called surprise medical bills. Many New Yorkers ended up with big bills for out-of-network care because of visits to the emergency room. Chuck Bell, programs director for Consumers Union, sa ...Read More

PHOTO: April is Autism Awareness Month. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., is a co-sponsor of a bill in the Senate that would help to reduce the risk of injury and death related to the wandering of individuals with autism. Photo credit xpistwv/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - Nearly half of children on the autism spectrum are believed to engage in wandering, a behavior that can end in tragedy. U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., is a co-sponsor of a bill known as Avonte's Law that would provide funding for police departments to purchase equipment that can hel ...Read More

PHOTO: With tens of thousands of Iowans living with a developmental disability, the push is on to make sure that communities statewide are welcoming and inclusive and services and supports are available. Photo credit: Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council.

DES MOINES, Iowa - March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and in Iowa the focus is on ways in which communities can welcome and include individuals with disabilities. The month was established in 1987 by President Reagan to ensure that everyone can lead productive lives and a ...Read More

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