The LTO Ventures Community Model

Read an in-depth description of the LTO Ventures community model here.

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Nevada Revises State Transition Plan After CMS Evaluation; Will Create Transition Advisory Committee

The State of Nevada Division of Health Care Financing and Policy (DHCFP) which manages the HCBS waiver program for Nevada submitted on Aug. 10, 2015 a revised State Transition Plan (STP) in response to a July 9, 2015 letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  Nevada submitted its original STP in Feb. 2015 as directed by CMS in its Final Rule CMS-2249/2296-F. In addition to the revised plan, DHCFP responded affirmatively to LTO Ventures’ request for creation of a Transition Advisory Committee of agencies, providers, families, advocates, and self-advocates to monitor and provide feedback on the progress of the implementation of the STP.

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NV Autism Commission 5-Year Strategic Plan for Autism for State of Nevada 2015-2020

The Five-Year Strategic Plan for Autism for the State of Nevada, developed by the Nevada Autism Commission was submitted to Governor Brian Sandoval on December 24, 2014.  Read the full text text [PLAN].  Mark Olson of LTO Ventures was pleased to chair the Adults and Aging Subcommittee for development of this plan, and wrote the plan to develop the plan.

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Nevada Autism Commission 5-Year Plan for Autism

The Nevada Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders is developing a 5-year plan for addressing autism in the State, and has issued a Call for Subcommittee Participation [read/download flier].  The initiative was introduced at the May 2, 2014 Commission meeting [read/download proposal].  The new plan will build on the findings and recommendations of the 2008 Autism Task Force, with near-term and full-term goals.  The Commission emphasized its desire to have self advocates and parent advocates lead the plan development effort.

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Housing Panel at FRED Conference, Mark Olson moderator

Video of the housing panel moderated by Mark Olson at the 2014 FRED Conference in Los Angeles [WATCH VIDEO]

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Angela Burnette, Jenai Gaccione Join Board of Directors

We are pleased to announce the addition of two new members of the LTO Ventures board of directors.  Angela and Jenai bring extensive experience to our team.

Angela Burnette headshot 86x102Angela is a parent of two young children including a daughter with a moderate level of autism and developmental delays.  She is President of Hand Over Hand, a non-profit organization focused on bringing all-inclusive playgrounds to Southern Nevada.  Angela has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from California State Polytechnic University, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  She has 11 years of experience as an auditor for the gaming industry and local government.

Jenai Gaccione_bio photo 86x113Jenai is a social worker with several years experience in community development. She has more than 10 years experience working directly with families and more than four years experience developing and managing housing programs. She takes pride in being a part of the Airmount Woods development team in Ramsey, NJ, along with other special needs housing communities including award-winning Orchard Commons and Crescent Commons. Jenai has a BSW degree from Dominican College and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Fordham University, with a concentration in Client-centered Management.

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Lindsay Turns 18

Today, my daughter and the inspiration for LTO Ventures, Lindsay, turns 18. She is now one of the more than 50,000 kids with autism who reach adulthood every year.  And we’re asking for your help. [Read article]

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Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Act

See the latest report from Sen. Harkin’s HELP committee. We don’t agree with all of Harkin’s positions re: persons with disabilities, but the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Act to be introduced by Sen. Harkin could be very interesting. We’ve believed the US DOT’s Disabled Business Enterprise (DBE) designation should apply more broadly to include adults with autism and we look forward to reading the legislation to see if it accomplishes that. http://bit.ly/19ipLfI

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Senator Harkin Wrong About Olmstead, Community Living, and Choice

I originally posted this comment July 18, 2013 on a Disability Scoop article [here].  The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee report is linked within the article, or you can click here to access it.

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Happy Father’s Day 2013, Autism Dads!

Click here to read our post that was originally published June 14, 2013 in the official Autism Speaks blog.

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Mark Olson Presenter at AutismOne/Generation Rescue Conference, May 25th

Mark Olson, LTO Ventures President & CEO, will be one of the autismonepresenters on the Residential Roundtable: Spectrum of Possibilities-A Discussion of Housing and Funding Options at this year’s AutismOne/Generation Rescue Conference.  The session will be held 1:45-6pm on Saturday, May 25th in the Avedon A/B room of the Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel.  The session chair is Cathy Purple Cherry, and other presenters are Dan Burns, Peg Pickering and Diane Belnavis.

The roundtable will allow participants to further discuss federal and state legislative, funding and housing goals and hurdles introduced during Mrs. Cherry’s presentation. Discuss action that can be taken to initiate the changes desperately needed to ensure the greater availability of successful housing options for the transitioning ASD population.

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