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Did My Tuition Fees Go Up?

  Happy New Year ya’ll! Spring semester is here and as I was going over my course schedule and deciding whether to drop a course, I noticed that my tuition fees had drastically increased. I typically take two courses since this is what my stipend covers but previously I decided to add a third one. After thinking that this may not be a good idea due to my busy schedule I decided to drop the course but not before I realized that my fees had gone up by over $2K! I do remember there being some talk about the increase of fees and there being an open forum regarding this but I was not expecting the increase to be so expensive! Figure 1: This is a thumbnail from my latest YouTube video on “Did My Tuition Fees Increase?” where I am looking at the camera with a confused look. I am wearing a gray and black dress and my hair is short, black, and curly.   In case you did not know tuition fees include things like the gym, health services, the counseling center, and other services on campus that ser

Joe Biden's Doing What for Disability Services and Special Education?

 

About a week ago, a colleague forwarded me an article from Disability Scoop regarding an update to President’s Biden budget regarding Special Education and Disability Services. As you know, I thoroughly enjoy talking about disability related concerns so I decided to take a look at the article. I actually recorded a video on this topic in early January as Biden was taking office that focused on his plans for the disability community. I was surprised to find a comprehensive write up that focused on several pertinent issues related to individuals with disabilities. Be sure to check out that video on my YouTube channel!


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In the Disability Scoop article, I learned that Biden plans to set aside 400 billion dollars for PWDs to live in the community and not institutionalized settings like nursing homes or other medicalized facilities. This is an important factor in that PWDs deserve to live amongst their nondisabled peers in whatever setting that they choose. A portion of this money will also be set aside for individuals who are on Medicaid waiting lists to assist them in receiving services much quicker as these waiting lists can be 6 months or longer.

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16 billion is being proposed to fully fund IDEA or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. If you work in K-12 then you know this is what pays for most of our students services that are listed on their IEP. An extra 250 million is also being proposed to go towards early intervention. Early intervention services help the community we serve by providing services early on to improve outcomes among PWDs. The new budget will begin in October 2021 and I will definitely keep you updated on the proposed budget changes. What are your thoughts on these large numbers? Is there anything else you hope to see done? Drop down in the comments and let me know! Be sure to check out my latest video on the subject below!

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