November Communication Corner – Language vs Communication

The latest edition of Communication Corner is now available! Communication Corner is a monthly publication from the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations that focuses on communication skills for support professionals.

The November 2021 issue focuses on establishing the distinctions between language and communication.  Emphasizing that language is just one tool in our communication toolbelt, it is important to explicitly name the distinctions between communication and language as it can help us think more holistically about the ways in which we transmit meaning. This issue, Language vs Communicationoffers simple strategies for a supporter’s communication comprehension.  

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ODPANN 24-046: Process for 180-Day and 365-Day Timely Filing Edits: Exception and Special Handling Requests

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This Office of Developmental Programs UPDATED Communication is intended to instructproviders how to proceed when a claim denial is received for Error Status Codes (ESC) 545and 512. The short descriptions for these ESC’s are “Claim Past Filing Limit” and “ClaimPast…


ODPANN 24-023: Newly Released: The Certified Investigator (CI) Program Spotlight Quarterly Newsletter

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To communicate to the above entities that the Temple University Harrisburg Certified Investigator Program and the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) have released a new quarterly newsletter, The CI Program Spotlight. Attachment 1: ODPANN 24-023: Newly Released: The Certified Investigator…