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Health and People with Disabilities

Health and wellbeing is something that most of us take for granted until we confront one of life’s inevitable and fundamentally altering events like a significant illness or the birth of a child with special needs, or the onset of a disability. What then? Read two policy briefs written by the Center for Systems Change and the Health Policy Institute of Ohio.

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Pulling in One Direction

Stability too often is achieved at the expense of responsiveness and agility. And so, the system does not do as well serving individuals whose needs cross traditional service categories. It also renders these systems vulnerable to duplication and inefficiencies. Single-system administrative structures are becoming increasingly inefficient, and therefore increasingly expensive, while producing reduced returns.

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Five Cool Things

Five Cool Things

So often it happens that innovation not intended specifically to help people with disabilities has a greater benefit for them than policies developed expressly for that purpose. So what about future innovations meant for the general public? Peer into the future with us.

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B Corps Revisited: The Future of Business Identity

B Corps Revisited: The Future of Business Identity

Led by the efforts of B Lab, a Pennsylvania-based non-profit, some states are revising how corporate structure reflects the aims of the business. With Delaware, the nations Mecca of corporations, taking recent action there are now twenty states, including the District of Columbia, with legal provisions for benefit corporations. It's time for Ohio to join the movement.

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What We Did On Our Summer Vacation: or, 3,798 Miles...So Far

What We Did On Our Summer Vacation: or, 3,798 Miles...So Far

This summer, Center for Systems Change has traveled to the land of beautifully manicured farms in the finest horse country in the world.

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Peter Tanguay, M.D. Joins Center for Systems Change as Visiting Fellow

Peter Tanguay, M.D. Joins Center for Systems Change as Visiting Fellow

This January, renowned psychiatrist and autism expert Dr. Peter Tanguay M.D joined the Center for Systems Change as its first Visiting Fellow. Dr. Tanguey spoke with CSC Senior Fellow Lara Palay about his pioneering work on the social brain and the future of research autism.

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Bullying, Trauma, and Children With Developmental Disabilities

Bullying, Trauma, and Children With Developmental Disabilities

Bullying is a potential source of traumatic stress for children. Trauma and its effects can be devastating for children, including those with physical or developmental disabilities, including autism. Unfortunately, the symptoms are likely to be dismissed as part of their disability rather than the effects of trauma.

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Community Development: Help One, Help All

In 2012, the Center for Disease Control reported that 1 in 88 American children has an autism spectrum disorder. A newer survey released this spring suggests the actual rate may be 1 in 50. These latest findings represent a 72% increase from last year’s estimates. This urgency drives home the importance of forging new ways to provide supports. An untapped resource lay in the power of our communities.

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The Story of AHA of New York; or, How To Grow An Action Group, One Family At A Time

No community is perfect. As we go about our days we often come across needs within our communities that should be addressed. Addressing these needs would make life better for everyone who lives and works within our communities. However, we often dismiss our thoughts of change because we think that it’s not possible. That change only comes about when the powers-that-be say so. However, this story may change your mind.

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Stacked: The Odds Against People with Developmental Disabilities Making Healthy Eating Choices

In a recent New York Times Sunday magazine article, "The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food", industry insiders shared the secrets of how food manufactures carefully calibrate their products to be consumed in ever increasing quantities. Exhaustive polling, testing and retesting calculate the maximum appeal, or "crave". How does this affect people with disabilities?

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The Biopsychosocial Model: Video Update

The Biopsychosocial Model: Video Update

What's the best way to help others? What doesn't work? The biopsychosocial model and a glimpse into the future of the helping professions with the Dean of the Ohio State University College of Social Work, Thomas Gregoire, PhD.

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Creating Meaningful Change: The Art of Hosting

When it comes to problem-solving, the United States doesn’t have the best track record. Our strategies focus more on asserting our strength and dominance than forming meaningful relationships to bring about change.

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Disability Treaty Falls to Empty Arguments

Disability Treaty Falls to Empty Arguments

Political tit-for-tat, ignorance or misguided protectionism: whatever the motivation, the recent actions of our government affirm its commitment to appearance over substance, and its treatment of the rights of people with disabilities as political levers or window dressing.

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Autism and Trauma: Calming Anxious Brains

Many routes in, few routes out: Calming anxiety may be the royal road to treating children with both autism and trauma.

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"The essential challenge is to transform the isolation and self-interest within our communities into connectedness and caring for the whole. The key is to identify how this transformation occurs. We begin by shifting our attention from the problems of community to the possibility of community."

Peter Block, from his book, "Community: The Structure of Belonging."


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