June - July 2021 CRAAG Newsletter
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Meeting Agenda
June 23, 2021
  1. Welcome/Introductions
  2. Updates from the Work Groups* - 24/7 SupportsMaximizing Independence, and Preparing for Life after High School
  3. Knowledge Gaps Identified by the Work Groups - CRAAG plans to bring these overlapping, larger issues to our public meetings
  4. 2021 Housing Survey Report - Coming in August 2021
  5. Waiver Topics (Language Changes, DD Waitlist, Waiver Slots)
  6. Advocacy Platform Issues
  7. Provider Updates
  8. Other items of interest

*All three Work Groups held their first meetings. For more information about the Work Groups, read this. We are still recruiting more members. If you want to join a Work Group, please email CRAAG to get involved. Please mention the name of the Work Group you wish to join in the email.
Upcoming Meetings Schedule
  • 24/7 Supports Work Group - Chairperson will send Zoom link before the meeting!

  • Maximizing Independence Work Group - Chairperson will send Zoom link before the meeting!

  • Preparing for Life After High School Work Group - Chairperson will send Zoom link before the meeting!

  • Save the Date - CRAAG Public Meeting - Zoom link will be published in the August-September 2021 newsletter!
July 14th - 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

July 12th - 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

July 22nd - 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

August 25th - 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Questions? Email CRAAG. For more information about CRAAG, check out this new trifold brochure!
Update from the
April 28, 2021 CRAAG Meetings
Many thanks to the 37 individuals who attended one or more of the two meetings held to discuss and approve CRAAG’s Reorganization and Work Group Proposal. Those attending included 31 family members and 6 professionals representing CA Human Services, Compass, Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), The Faison Center, Region Ten Case Management, and Virginia Institute of Autism. Thanks to everyone who participated.
Most Read Article in April 2021 Newsletter
CRAAG is now tracking the most read article in each newsletter. Here is the link to April 2021's winner is Updates from the March 24th CRAAG Meeting.

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Be Sure to Click Keep Scrolling Or You'll Miss Important Updates From these Partners:

The Arc of the US, CA Human Services, DBHDS
(4 time - sensitive updates), Moms in Motion/
At Home Your Way, Region 1 Adult REACH, Parent Resource Center/PREP, Virginia Institute of Autism,

THE ARC OF THE UNITED STATES reports that on June 8th, three Representatives of the U.S. House of Representatives, reintroduced the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Restoration Act (H.R.3763). The bill would enhance the SSI program by updating the general income disregard to $123 per month, adjusting the earned income disregard to $399 per month, and increasing the resource limits to $10,000 for an individual and $20,000 for a couple. Congress has not adjusted these limits in many years. 
Spotlight on Housing, Supports & Services

Thanks go out to a parent member of CRAAG's 24/7 Supports Work Group for sharing a link to the position statement from the National Council on Severe Autism on Federal and State Housing Policies. The Council writes, "Given the immense and growing need for appropriate and affordable housing, NCSA believes housing policies on all levels — federal, state, and local — should aim to remove barriers and unleash new options and capacity."

Do you have a link to share with CRAAG? Email to share it with CRAAG.

CRAAG began in 2010 in collaboration with CA Human Services (formerly Commonwealth Autism). CRAAG’s mission is to raise awareness and enhance the quality of life for people with autism, developmental disabilities, and their families in Charlottesville City, Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna, Louisa and Nelson counties. As a volunteer action group, our members are families, self-advocates, and professionals who are interested in all age groups and levels of need. The daily concerns of CRAAG's active volunteers inform our focus on the needs of students transitioning out of high school, adults throughout the lifespan, and their families. Our advocacy is person-centered and aimed at maximizing housing, supports, services, meaningful employment, social connectivity, and community engagement.

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