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I Got My Summer Refund Check!

  It’s my favorite time of the semester you know the one where free money is involved?! My semester started a week ago and my refund posted shortly after. If you’ve been reading my blog or watching my YouTube channel, then you know I am a champion for scholarships and free money. This past year my employer decided to pay for doctoral degrees in full which greatly assisted in my debt free journey. Figure 1: This is a thumbnail of my latest YouTube video “I Got My Summer Refund Check” where I am sitting in my office with my hand under my chin with a smile while looking at the camera. Although my schooling is paid for, I still have several scholarships that provide some overage. My goal is to not only obtain my doctorate degree for free but to make money while doing it! This summer I received two scholarships for $500 each for a total of $1000! One scholarship was given to me by the university without me having to apply while the other is for my work with a local community college.  With

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!


Figure 1: This is a thumbnail from my YouTube video on “Joe Biden’s Doing What for Disability Services and Special Education?”

 


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.

Figure 2: This is a photo of a one hundred dollar bill.

 

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!

Figure 3: This is a picture with the letters I-D-E-A on a background with puzzle pieces



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