Community Resource Network is a Medicaid and Med-Waiver provider that delivers an array of support services for children, adults and people with disabilities. We constantly advocate to medical and insurance companies, social workers and state officials and agencies on behalf of our individuals to ensure they are receiving the services they need and deserve. We have an unyielding commitment to the people we serve, and we regard their concerns as concerns of our own.
This past month went by so quickly! It was like you blinked and poof, it was over! If that was the case for you, do not worry! We’ve rounded up everything you might have missed in August! Study Identifies Genes Strongly Linked to Autism and Neurodevelopment Disorders A new study of genes underlying neurodevelopmental differences has uncovered more than 70 that are very strongly associated with autism and more than 250 with strong links to the condition. The analysis is the largest of its kind to date and includes more than 150,000 participants, 20,000 of whom have been diagnosed with autism. The results offer the most comprehensive look yet at diverse forms of genetic variation in autism and in more broadly defined neurodevelopmental conditions. The insights shed light on the molecular roots of brain development and neurodiversity and provide new avenues for future research on the biology of autism. (source: Disability Scoop) Lyric Changes spark Ableism Conversations This summer, both Beyonce and Lizzo made lyric changes to their songs-removing the word Spaz. Spaz is an ableist slur derived from the “spastic” movements of an Individual with Cerebral Palsy. Both musicians quickly made the changes, but it sparked overdue conversations about
#NationalNonProfitDay is a day designated to recognizing the impact of the social sector, highlighting the importance of charitable organizations and to thank all the organizations, their staff and volunteers that dedicate their time and efforts to improving communities. Here are 3 ways to support nonprofits today and every day. 1. Raise Awareness Nonprofit organizations are most success when they have a larger audience. Help raise awareness and visibilities for your favorite nonprofits by spreading the word and educating peers and family about their mission, values and the community they support. You can also raise awareness by attending or planning a fundraiser. 2. Donate Financial donations are always helpful and is what comes to mind first, but donations can come in multiple forms. You can donate: Your time by volunteering Goods, supplies, materials that benefit their cause. Always ask what donations are needed. Monetary donations or sponsorships. You don’t always have to donate large amounts. Any amount makes a huge difference Using giveback programs like Amazon Smile. 3. Follow & Share on Social Media Platforms Help increase their visibility. Following and sharing on social media platforms helps promote awareness, build communities and inspire action. You can share upcoming events, impacts and
Meet LaShanne! LaShanne has been providing amazing transportation services for CRN for the last 4 years! Transportation Coordinator, Fio, says LaShanne brightens the day of each Individual. Greeting them every morning with a ‘Good Morning!’ and her big, contagious smile and ending the day asking how their day went and putting on good music! When asked why CRN? LaShanne responded: “The Individuals. It always comes down to them. I’ve been supporting Individuals with disabilities for a long time. It’s my passion. I love enriching their lives in any way I can. It’s fun and it’s a part of who I am!” LaShanne’s favorite CRN activity is attending our community dances! She loves to see their smiling faces as their favorite songs are played! LaShanne’s compassion doesn’t end at CRN. In her spare time, she donates her time to her church’s youth group and is a part of the greeters ministry. Thank you, LaShanne for your fun and outgoing personality- it’s a huge asset to our CRN Family! Join the CRN family! Click here to apply!
Today is Book Lovers’ Day- a day to celebrate and honor the crucial role in preserving cultures, educating the masses, and storytelling. Reading can provide you with knowledge, a chance to escape, and opportunities to develop ideas and possibilities! But how can you read if you can’t see the text or turn a page? Whether you read to escape or to learn, there are resources, tools, and books to help make reading accessible to everyone! Check out the list below & let yourself get lost in a good book! If you find it hard to read standard print… The term “print impairment” refers to any disability that makes it hard to read standard print. The most common is visual impairments. Here is a list of adaptations and tools to help people who are visually impaired gain access to reading. Magnify print materials Scan print materials and convert to e-text Manipulate e-text using adaptive software Listen to an audio version Read by touch (braille, tactile images) Watch video with an audio description of on-screen action Daisy Readers TTS (text to speech application for mobile devices) Magnifier Physical disabilities may also make it hard for a person to read standard print. Here are