New Podcast Episode: Adult Family Care (AFC) with Camille Grimes

In this episode, we talk to Camille Grimes, AFC Manager, from Opportunities for Inclusion to learn about an under-utilized resource for parents. Adult Family Care (AFC) is a MassHealth funded program for individuals, 16 years old and over, eligible for MassHealth Standard or MassHealth CommonHealth, who have a medical or mental condition and require daily cueing and supervision or physical assistance with at least one activity of daily living skill (ADL) such as bathing, dressing, eating, ambulating or toileting from an AFC caregiver. In addition to providing personal care, an AFC caregiver must live with the individual and provide or arrange for meals, transportation, companionship, and ordinary housework. The caregiver also manages medical appointments and medications, if needed.

Caregivers receive a tax-free stipend for the care they provide, which ranges from $9,000-$18,000 annually, depending on the level of care necessary. They also receive on-going support from a registered nurse and a care manager. The caregiver may be a friend parent or other relative, but may not be the spouse or legal guardian.

To learn more about this program Contact: Barbara Dunker, RN, AFC Program Director, 781-899-1344 x4710 bdunker@oppsforinclusion.org

Click here to listen to episode #19, Adult Family Care (AFC) with Camille Grimes

I Can Also Think To Learn: How Academic Stimulation leads to Growth in Students with Mild Intellectual Disabilities

Cross-discipline stimulation encourages the development of critical thinking skills in high school students with mild intellectual disabilities and/or learning difficulties. We demonstrated such growth through four years in an experimental high school class that challenged students to take in information, use it and then create their own material. One notable sign of improvement was discussion content. Initially, students might participate by talking about something off subject, later comments related to the subject under consideration, and finally, all responses augmented the conversation. Participation and daily homework raised the class level and it was universal. In discussions without pressure, students could recall what we discussed much later.

This experimental class was a part of the LABBB Program at Lexington High School in Lexington, Massachusetts where the author’s son was a student. Results were carried further in a subsequent class in the LABBB at Burlington High. We include lesson plans, student work and insight.

Amazon link to I Can Also Think to Learn

Brian Guay on the Benefits of Using an ABLE Now Account, Part 2

A few months ago Brian Guay, LABBB Graduate, was featured on CNBC talking about how the ABLE Now account has helped him manage his monies.  Brian was recently interviewed on WCVB talking about the ABLE account.

We encourage parents who have children receiving SSI/SSDI to look into using an ABLE account.

Click here or on the image below to view Brian talking about the ABLE account Part 2