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J.S. Kimmel Technology Training Center

The J.S. Kimmel Technology Training Center is ready to be used.  The flooring has been installed, the furniture is in place, the computers are programmed, and there’s a new sign above the door.  A ribbon cutting is planned for later in August, after which, it will open for all HDC participants to use.  A huge thanks goes to The Republic Companies for making this wonderful addition possible when they made a fundraising effort for the technology center part of their 100th anniversary celebration.  A grant from the Scott County Regional Authority also assisted with the addition of some adaptive and specialized equipment.  The J.S. Kimmel Technology Training Center will help participants learn the skills needed to be prepared for today’s jobs.      ...

Congratulations to Hilary…

Congratulations to our HR Manager Hilary Spengler who was the winner of the 65″ smart TV raffled off at the 2017 HANDS auction. Huge thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets....

New Iowa Laws

Now that summer is here and the dust has settled from the 2017 Iowa Legislative session, it is time to take stock of what transpired. What follows is a partial list of new laws that may be of interest to people with disabilities and their families or advocates. Most of these laws are effective July 1, 2017. • Health insurance plans will now be required to pay for Applied Behavior Analysis for children/youth with autism. This applies to any plans renewed or issued after January 1, 2018. • Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs) will be able to receive training online. • County election commissioners will be able to combine or separate precincts for any election, so voters can vote at a central location if more practical. • Voters will be required to show a photo ID or a new voter registration card when voting, and their signatures can be questioned by poll workers. While this goes into effect this July, poll workers won’t actually enforce the new ID law until January 1, 2019. • Iowans with several chronic conditions (including cancer, MS, ALS, among others) will be able to use low-THC medical cannabidiol, currently limited to people who have a severe form of epilepsy. Several dispensaries in the state will be available beginning December 1, 2018. • Caretakers who personally degrade or do things to intentionally embarrass the people under their care can now be charged with dependent adult abuse. • Hospitals will be able to more quickly evaluate and provide treatment to people who are facing commitment by allowing other mental health providers (not just doctors) to perform these...