Calls overwhelm disability benefits call centers

Jennifer E. Engen

In summary Calls to California’s Employment Development Department disability insurance call centers surged to 12 times their normal volume in late 2021 and early 2022 as the department dealt with fraud. Many went unanswered, leaving some Californians in the lurch for months. Christina Cedillo has a sticky note on her […]

Education Spotlight: What is an IEP vs. a 504 Plan?

Jennifer E. Engen

If you have a student with unique learning needs or a learning disability, you’ve probably heard of the Individualized Education Plan, better known as the IEP, and the Section 504 plan. Both plans offer accommodations for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade and allow students with learning difficulties to receive […]

When is a condition ‘chronic’ and when is it a ‘disability?’ The definition can determine the support you get

Jennifer E. Engen

by Elizabeth Kendall, Connie Allen, Kelsey Chapman and Maretta Mann, The Conversation “Chronic conditions” and “disability” are not just words. They can determine the funding and supports we can access, how we’re treated and how we feel about ourselves. For population data purposes, disability is defined as a limitation or […]