ABLE Act, Bill # H.R.647 of 2013, Comes Up For Vote on 12/3/14
Tell your Representatives to cosponsor and approve the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2013 (H.R. 647) that establishes tax-free savings accounts (modeled after 529 college accounts) would allow families to create tax free accounts to help individuals with disabilities pay for essential services such as medical care, housing, transportation, assistive technology, job training, education personal support services, health, prevention and wellness, financial management and administrative services, legal fees, expenses for oversight and monitoring, funeral and burial expenses, and other approved expenses.
Deana Copeland (right) fears that a new provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would eliminate her as the caregiver of her 22 year old daughter, Andrea Hood, who has cerebral palsy, spina bifida and autonomic dysreflexia.
Good News and Bad News
The good news, Sovaldi is a breakthrough drug treatment for hepatitis C. Unlike traditional treatments for hepatitis C, Sovaldi can cure more than 90 percent of patients in a few months. More than 130 million people across the globe have been hoping and praying for this kind of cure. Gilead Sciences in Foster City, which makes the drug Sovaldi, won approval from the Food and Drug Administration in December.
Washington Post Travel July 25 2013 By Carole Zoom "...I’d been to China once before, in 1988, as part of a Mobility International USA delegation to meet with leaders in the growing disability rights movement. Twenty-five years later, I would discover that although China has undergone enormous changes in accessibility, it still has a long way to go to be truly accessible to everyone. But it’s still more than worth the hassle."
Your future depends on planning as soon as possible. It doesn't have to be a perfect plan, it just has to be a plan that lets you know where you want to be. You can always make adjustments to adapt to the uncertainties of life. Planning makes it easier.
We all want the best of all worlds but how do we recognize opportunities when it sneaks up on us? Questions, questions, questions....fortunately AppleRED is here to provide personalized, one on one help. (click Read More below)
Heart-wear is born from hard work, love and a desire to “do something about it”
(Honolulu, Hawaii USA – Nov 5, 2013) While working two jobs, one with an international airlines & the other for a famous US restaurant, Derika Tamura always had a burning desire to be a fashion designer. As a national championship soccer player she developed fortitude & determination. In the Cover Girl and Young Miss magazine competitions she learned poise under pressure. Even as a student majoring in religion & mathematics, she pinched pennies to visit businesses in different countries to understand the nuances of the global fashion world. Where to buy fabrics? Who does fabric art? Where are the quality manufacturers?
In a single step I left the real world and was now at what was to become my favorite watering hole. No need to walk deep into this eatery to quench my thirst. First things first, one step, place my drink order, second step, I'm at my seat. Slurp...ahhhh, now onto the food.
A couple more steps and I'm sitting under an umbrella on the water, a gentle breeze and a happy group arriving by boat for lunch. Is this paradise or what?
October is Anti-Bullying month, and this special puppet show combines sign language, fun and a great message.
Marianne Ambrose aka Marianne of Waikiki has a remarkable show "Rabbit Acts of Kindness", which combines a puppet show with lessons of compassion and sign language. Read more to see the video.
The following is a letter to Pacific Business News detailing my support of one of this chamber's directors for the prestigious 2013 Business Leadership Hawaii – Best in Small Business (up to 40 full time employees) Award. The letter reveals leadership virtues that are often mistaken as skills by the untrained eye.
But Alzheimer's Costs Skyrocket
By Ryan Jaslow / CBS News / September 20, 2013
An April study in the New England Journal of Medicine estimated the yearly cost of caring for someone with dementia at about $70,000.
Exerpts from Alzheimer's Foundation of America
Alzheimer's is a type of dementia with symptoms that begin with the erosion of memory, thinking and behavior. Slowly getting worse over time, patients lose the ability to coordinate basic motor skills such as swallowing & walking. Doctors say it could damage the parts of the brain that control breathing.
According to the National Vital Statistics Report (Oct. 10 2012) it is now the 6th leading cause of death. Projections show that nearly half of all persons over the age of 65 in Hawaii will have the disease. Alzheimer's also affects up to 5 percent of people in their 40s and 50s.
With a Better Option
Upworthy.com by Matt Savener A year ago, my friend Arash had a terrible accident that paralyzed his legs. But thanks to his hard work and some brilliant engineers, he was able to walk again. This technology could mean freedom and a completely different kind of life for people with paralysis. I can't wait until these cyborgs are walking our streets every day. And yes, wheechairs are really that old.
A Thanksgiving message from Representative Tulsi Gabbard
In a March 2013 letter from Representative Tulsi Gabbard:
Neighbors Oppose Affordable Housing at Historic Senior Care Home
Honolulu by Derek Tamura July 30, 2013 - In what is expected to be a heated discussion, neighbors of Lunalilo Home will weigh whether the importance of property values or affordable senior housing is better for Hawaii Kai. The exchange will occur at the Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board 7pm 7/30/13, at Hahaione Elementary School Cafeteria and may be a defining moment for the integrity and character of the East Oahu community . See: Follow Up.
Bart Jansen, USA TODAY November 4, 2013 story reported that the Transportation Department fined US Airways $1.2 million for a disability case because of its poor performance to passengers needing wheelchair assistance in Philadelphia and Charlotte. It is the largest penalty for a disability case against an commercial airlines.
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