The DIA Events Page

Posted August 15, 2018
Produced by Edith Prentiss
DIA Member

To submit an event Cardholders of NYC’s 3 library systems can check out free day passes to 30+ cultural institutions across the City. Patrons will be able to make reservations online for free access to these institutions (up to one per person, per institution, per year) and download or print a mobile pass. Some institutions allow one to three additional guests with a Pass. Staff at all library branches throughout the City will also be able to help patrons access the system. Screening & Endorsing Political Candidates   2018 Nat’l Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme will be “America’s Workforce: Empowering All. Information about NDEAM, including specific ideas for how different types of organizations can participate Cooling assistance (max benefit $800 to buy & install an AC or fan in your home). Funds are limited and are distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis. You must be a U.S. citizen or a qualified alien with a documented medical condition aggravated by heat. There are income guidelines. You cannot apply online..  register for the TLC’s Accessible Dispatch newsletter Disability Protection under the NYC Human Rights Law


ABLE Newspaper:  Education & Reform Act: Senate Democrats Vow To Kill Bill; NCD On Guardianship: Exploring Options For Greater Self-Determination; Care Staff Shortage: Bronx Organization Reports On Growing Workforce; Untapped Market: Needs of PWD Overlooked In Design and Promotion & Sports: Games, Soccer, Sports Guide & Baseball  NYC disability service facilitators The 28th Anniversary of the American's With Disabilities Act, Able's Annual Product and Service Guide, The New York Health Act, Three Sports Pages and much more



Deadline 08/18 Kentucky HEALTH - Application and CMS STCs The public is encouraged to submit comments on  as they relate to demonstrations open for public comments. In support of transparency and open government, all public comments received are immediately posted and are in the public domain. Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services staff will review all public comments posted and we reserve the discretion to delete comments that are generally understood as any of the following: obscene, profane, threatening, or otherwise inappropriate. Please provide your comments and/or attach below: It's not possible to tell if you have answered because all responses are anonymous.



DRA: Access to Wheelchair-Accessible Uber Vehicles in NYC DRA is investigating complaints about access to Uber for individuals who need wheelchair-accessible vehicles in NYC. They would greatly appreciate speaking with you if you have a disability that requires you to use wheelchair-accessible vehicles and you would like to use Uber’s transportation services. We would like to speak with individuals who do not have Uber accounts but are interested in using Uber, as well as individuals who have used Uber before. Rebecca Serbin < or 212-644-8644 or.


DRA is investigating problems students and family members who use mobility aids or have other disabilities participate fully in NYC’s schools. DRA’s goal is to advocate for solutions to help make schools usable for everyone as required by law. You can help improve NYC’s schools by sharing your family’s experiences. Rebecca Serbin 212-644-8644


NYLPI: Have you recently needed an Accommodation @ a Courthouse? Did you have difficulties finding / using an accessible entrance; did staff suggesting that you don’t need to or can’t serve on juries; inaccessible bathrooms, offices (clerk’s office, information center),courtrooms (lack of accessible seating, jury boxes, witness boxes, routes, etc); Problem getting information about accommodations (lack of knowledge by staff; lack of or unclear signage Maureen Belluscio 212-244-4664, Ext. 312, or


NYLPI - Do you put off visiting your doctor or medical services because they do not have accessible equipment or facilities? Outdated machinery & inaccessible healthcare facilities create barriers that prevent patients WDs from accessing the care they require. NYLPI wants to hear from you if you have experienced difficulties in accessing healthcare. NYLPI may be able to help you obtain accessible healthcare. or 212-244-4664 (voice) or 212-244-3692 (TTY)



09/13, State Primary Elections

11/06, General Election



3rd Tues. 1-2 PM ET Organizer's Forum has 515-739-1285 Passcode: 521847#, Through your computer  CART:

Every Tue 4 PM Getting it Right RSVP with “Getting It Right Act” in the subject line include if you require a disability accommodations to participate

Every Tues 7 PM, Talk to us! Weekly social gathering for people aging with HIV (CBST, 130 W 30 St)

1st  Wed 6-8 PM 6:45 (for legal consult) Offer a presentation on housing topics, followed by Q&A Lawyers will be available for free consultation with residents (Bilingue: Español). (Goddard Riverside 593 Columbus Ave, b/t 88-89 Sts)

3rd  Wed  4 PM, ADAPT Disability Integration Act (DIA) Workgroup 605-472-5765 Code: 283693 focusing on helping activists advocate for ADAPT's signature legislation. 605-472-5765 questions Dawn Russell, Jennifer McPhail & Stephanie Woodward

3rd  Wed  5-7 PM, NAMI – Harlem(Chauncey Hooper Towers, 10 W 138 St)   A support group for friends/family of people dealing with serious mental illness and substance abuse

Last Wed every 3 months  9:30-11 AM, The Coalition to Protect the Rights of New York’s Dually Eligible (CPRNYDE 800-536-4275  Code: 2046219

Every Fri CaringKind Social Work Services (MMCC, 3450 DeKalb Ave, Bx) individual & family counseling for those affected by Alzheimer’s or related disorders

1st Fri 1 PM, Civic League of the Disabled (ICS 25 Elm St, BK, Fulton-Livingstone) 347-503-9032

1st Sat, 07  noon-1 PM, Heightened Senses: Take a Tour with Detailed Description & Touch (Rubin Museum ) RSVP:



NYC Dept of Parks & Recreation 212-360-1430 or

Adaptive Hubs: W. Bx Rec Center, 1527 Jessup Ave, Bx; McCarren Play Center, 776 Lorimer St, Bklyn; Gertrude Ederle Rec Center 232 W 60 St, Man: Al Oerter Rec Ctr, 131-40 Fowler Ave, Queens; Greenbelt Rec Center, 501 Brielle Ave, Walcott -Rockland Aves, Sea View Hospital, SI)

Adults must be a NYC Rec Ctr member to participate in Parks programs 212-360-1430


Every Sun  1-2 PM, WC Basketball, NY Rolling Fury Youth (Gertrude Ederle Rec Ctr 232 W 60 St, W End –Amsterdam)

Every Sun  2-3 PM, WC Basketball, Adult  (Gertrude Ederle Rec Ctr 232 W 6 St West End -Amsterdam Aves)

Every Sun 10:30-12:30- PM, Advanced Goalball for Adults This sport is played by two teams of three using a ball with bells inside. The ball is the size of a basketball but has twice as heavy. (Chelsea Rec Ctr, 430 W 25 St, 8-9 Aves) 

Every Sun (from 04/22) 12:30- 1 PM, Beginner Goalball classes for Kids and Teens with vision loss/blindness (Chelsea Rec Ctr, 430 W 25 St, 8-9 Aves) taught one-on-one by the NY Knights Goalball Team.

Every Sun (from 04/22) 12:30-1 PM, Balance and Mobility Class for Kids & Teens with low vision/blindness (Chelsea Rec Ctr, 430 W 25 St, 8-9 Aves)  Christopher Noel Accessibility Coordinator 212.360.3319 (Office)
Every Mon 4 PM (May & June), Riverside Clay Tennis Association Free Adaptive & WC Tennis for Children & Adults WDs (Riverside Park, 96 St)  No equipment needed. Just bring yourself and whatever adaptive device you use, if any (wheelchair, walker, crutches, orthotics, prosthetics, etc) Questions:

Every Tue  3:30-4:40 PM, Adaptive Yoga  (Burke Sports Center Gym, Main Campus) Seated class is modified to meet the participants’ needs and goals

Every Tue. 5-6:30 PM (02/05-03/18) Jan–Apr  5-6:30 PM, Hand Cycle Training Program (Burke Main Hospital – Ground Floor 2 West Gym (enter Main Hospital) Session 2 Mar-Apr 1-2x week This indoor program incorporates strength, flexibility & endurance training. You will be fitted to and trained to use a hand cycle in preparation for outdoor riding.

Every Tue  7-9 PM, WC B Ball, Axis Project Adult (348 E 54 St, 1-2 Aves, Man)

Every Tue  7:30-9:30 PM, WC B Ball, Adult (Al Oerter Rec Ctr, 131-40 Fowler Ave, College Point Blvd, Queens)

Every Wed  7:30-9:30 PM WC B Ball, Adult (W Bx Rec Ctr, 1527 Jessup Ave, 172 St & Cross Bx Expressway, Bronx)

Every Th  1:30-2:30 & 2:45-3:45 PM, Roll Call WC Dance (Brandywine Living, 70 Pinelawn Ave, Commack)

Every Th  6-7 PM, WC B Ball, Adult (E 54 Rec Ctr, 348 E 54 St, 1-2 Aves)

Every Th  6-8 PM, WC B Ball (St. Mary’s Rec Ctr, 450 St. Ann’s Ave, Bx) All ages & abilities Rodolfo Guevara 212-360-3341 or

Every Sat   2-6 PM, Table Tennis (Burke Sports Center Gym, Main Campus) Required registration form can be completed at the practice–no experience necessary. All ages and abilities!


*NEW 08/11 10-1:30 PM, 1st Annual CUNY Wheelchair Basketball Clinic- (Hostos, Building C, 475 Grand Concourse Blvd. 144-148 Sts) live music, exciting giveaways, refreshments and plenty of CUNY pride courtesy of our campus mascots.

08/11  1:30-5:39 PM, The Association of Blind Athletes of NJ Summer Sports Clinic (Camp Marcella, 27 Dunham Rd, Rockaway, NJ) Kystyn 201-469-1818   2018 Summer Sports Clinic Registration Form


*NEW 08/12 thru 05/12/19, Lifespire Foundation Bowling League for adults of all ages with I/DD (JIB Lanes, 67-19 Parsons Blvd, Flushing) Cost is $8.50 a week for 2 games and shoe rental (missed weeks cost $1.75) plus a one-time annual registration of $13. Holiday party and award luncheon included! Contact Norman Dodell at  or 646-515-1695


08/15  9-4 PM, Adaptive Water Ski, Lunch & all equipment provided Register with Burke & http://lofadaptiveskiersorg/openevent-registration/ for info or 914-597-2248


*NEW 09/08 9-Noon, Introduction To Adaptive Rowing (Rockland Lake State Park, parking lot #6) ($8 parking fee required) teach you everything needed to know and provide all necessary equipment. Practices are held on Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning, from May through October. The program is offered at low or no cost. Register  PO Box 7, Nyack NY 10960


COMPUTER CLASSES ETC FOR KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS (Tech KIDs Unlimited Financial aid application) / 

Kids (7-13) 

08/13-08/17 Code with Music (Sonic Pii)

Teens & Young Adults (14-21) 

08/13-08/17 Coding Date & Digital Art



07/01-??, Project Open House removes architectural barriers for people with permanent disabilities Eligibility requirements: Reside in NYC, have a permanent disability meet Section 8 lncome Guidelines & building owner must allow work to be done. Application open 07/01 


Until 09/03 Sun & Weds, Access+Ability (Cooper Hewitt, 2 E 91 St) features over 70 innovative designs developed in the last decade. From low-tech products that assist with daily routines to the newest technologies, the exhibition explores how users and designers are expanding and adapting accessible products and solutions in ways previously unimaginable.


Until 08/11 & 18  11-1 PM, ArchforKids to build and learn (Muhlenberg Library,  209 W. 23rd St) Then, see your designs in action during the High Line’s monthly family festivals where Archforkids will be leading art projects this summer! Designed for ages 4+ with caregiver Accessibility accommodations:


*NEW 08/15-24  1-4:30 PM, Web Development Course and Study for screen reader users interested in learning how to build and design websites (Heiskell Library (40 W 20 St)  RSVP, & for more information Claire Kearney-Volpe


Until 08/22 Formulation/Development of NYS’s 3-Year SPIL FY20-21 Public Hearings Written comments deadline 5 PM, 08/31 NYSILC, 111 Washington Ave, #101, Albany, NY 12210, fax 518-427-1139, or . Follow the outline questions and have attendees respond. Be sure to capture the collective feedback of the group. Identify attendees, date, and group submitting the feedback. Submit in an accessible format by 5 PM  08/31 NYSILC, 111 Washington Ave, #101, Albany, NY 12210, fax: 518-427-1139, or .For additional information, contact NYSILC at (518) 427-1060 (Voice & TTY).


08/14  10- noon, (Independent Living of Genesee Region (ILGR), 113 Main St, #5, Batavia) WC acc, ASL, CART & ALD scent free

08/22  3-5 PM, (SAIL, 71 Glenwood Avenue, Queensbury WC acc, ASL, CART & ALD scent free 


Until  08/26, Two Online Courses in Universal Design, How the IDeA Center Can Help You Earn 15 CEU Hours See the course descriptions and follow the instructions below to order your textbook. Register by 07/28.


08/18  7- 1 PM, 11th Annual Summer Streets (Park Ave from Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park) nearly seven miles of open streets and five rest stops, walk, run, bike, or zip along during this car-free event.   
08/06, 07, 08, 09, 10, “Know Your Rights Week: Closing Cases, Opening Doors FREE and CONFIDENTIAL legal advice on applications to seal dated conviction records and more. If you’ve proven that you’ve turned your life around, a non-violent past mistake should not ruin or impede your future opportunities for the rest of your life. Together, we can eliminate barriers to opportunity, reduce recidivism rates and break the cycle.

08/07-08, VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference (Atlanta, GA) m

08/07-10, Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability Conference (Atlanta, GA)


*NEW  08/23-26, 2018 Seneca Falls Revisited: A Woman’s Equality Conference & Retreat(Rochester)

*NEW 08/23 – 12/13, NYS Partners in Policymaking leadership development program offers individuals living with an ID / DD & family members an opportunity to develop skills & confidence needed to become effective advocates. Participants take on a personal advocacy project designed to influence or impact important issues that affect the lives of PWDs by joining an online learning community where they access the course material and interact with one another.  Registration Sara VanLooy, NYS Partners in Policymaking 607-254-6581

08/23 Orientation to Partners; 09/06 Foundations; 09/20 Inclusive Education; 10/04 Service Coordination & Person-Centered Planning; 10/18  Integrated/Customized Employment; 11/01 8-9:30 AM Online Course Meeting & Housing, Supported Living and Quality of Life; 11/15 Community Organizing; 11/29  Make Your Case Presentation Feedback; 12/06  Make Your Case Presentation Feedback; 12/13  Make Your Case Presentation Feedback & Graduation

NEW 08/27-28, World Summit on Mindfulness, Philosophy & Stress Management (Boston, MA)



*NEW 08/11  11-3 PM, 4th Annual Health Empowerment Celebration (Sunset Park Rec Ctr!) Participants will be able to receive counseling on matters of family and personal health, affordable housing and tenant rights, and building good credit; learn about insurance enrollment; and register for IDNYC. Additionally, Registration Drive for its free English classes starting in September.For more information, Ashley Portillo

08/11 7-8:30 PM, Exhibit opening Artists Undeterred (Pride Center of SI, 25 Victory Blvd) There will also be a performance by the Open Doors Reality Poets, artist’s comments by poet and visual artist LeVar Lawrence,  video screenings of  ELEVATE: DISArt Fashion Show 22016  and a work by Ryan Haddad.


08/14  1 PM, Overview of SSDI: Benefits and Work Incentives You Need to Know. []<  Real-time captioning will be provided for this webinar series. For other accommodation requests, questions about the webinar or the registration process, please contact Shajira Brown at REGISTER<>

08/14  3-4:30 PM, Working Together - Building a Statewide IL Network through CIL & SILC Collaboration $75.00 per site (connection) and does not apply per participant.. or 202.207.0334

08/14 10 – noon, Formulation/Development of NYS’s 3-Year SPIL FY20-21 (Independent Living of Genesee Region (ILGR), 113 Main St, #5, Batavia) WC acc, ASL, CART & ALD scent free

*NEW 08/14  9:30-11:30 PM,  Strong NonProfits Campaign (MHANYS, 194 Washington Ave #415, Albany) RSVP  to help educate individuals around state ad********vocacy.


08/15  3-4:30 PM, Peer Support: The Bread and Butter of Independent Living OR 800-832-0736; Pin: 3461864  CART on the day of the presentation.


*NEW 08/17  2-4 PM, CCHR Project Equal Rights: Know Your Rights (ICS, 25 Elm Place, BK)  877-958-8427


08/18  7- 1 PM, 11th Annual Summer Streets (Park Ave from Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park) nearly seven miles of open streets and five rest stops, walk, run, bike, or zip along during this car-free event.   

08/19  Board Noon -1 PM; DIA Meetings 1:30-4 PM (Selis Manor, 135 W 23 St, 6-7 Aves) 09/23, 10/21 & 11/18  Inclement Weather: Cancellations will be announced on Saturdays 30 minutes after sundown www.disabledinaction.or g and  718-261-3737; DIA hats & t-shirts! Shirts Medium - XXXL Hat or shirt $15, hat & shirt $25 Order & prepay @ any meeting to receive merchandise @ next meeting. 718-261-3737 if you want to purchase DIA merchandise; DIA Dues: you can pay on the DIA web site by PayPal


*NEW POL 08/26  3-7 PM, West Harlem’s 2018 Reception & Award Dinner (Harlem's Original Floridita Restaurant, 2276 12 Ave) You can mail a check made out to West Harlem Progressive Democratic Club or WHPDC to P.O. Box 523, Hamilton Grange Station, NY, NY 10031. Host committee & sponsorship: Matthew Levy or 347-688-2196


REPORTS, ODDS & ENDS password taxi Spanish language news clip on CURB password taxi , Yesenia Torres BCID The Center for Medicare Advocacy issues this Special Report to shine a light on nursing homes throughout the country that have been identified as providing the poorest quality care to residents – while facing limited, if any, enforcement action as a consequence. Known as Special Focus Facilities, (SFFs), these facilities are identified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) in cooperation with the states. SFFs have a history of serious noncompliance with federal quality standards. Each month, CMS identifies new SFFs and reviews the current status of previously-identified SFFs.


Gov. Cuomo directs NYS agencies to implement policies aimed at supporting Community living for NYers with physical disabilities. The Able New York agenda builds on progress Gov. Cuomo has already made to make New York a national leader on disability rights such as the state's comprehensive Olmstead Implementation Plan, to serve individuals with disabilities in the most Abled settings, Executive Order 136, which established the New York Employment First Initiative to increase employment opportunities for PWDs, and creation of the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, which protects the safety and civil rights of New Yorkers. The initiatives announced today represent the first in a series of efforts that New York State will be announcing to ensure integration and accessibility for all New Yorkers. Advocates’ Guide to Accessibility in MAP Managed Care Grievances & Appeals  How To Employment Manual for Transition-aged Youth (14-24) WDs: A comprehensive employment training and mentoring program serving unemployed and underemployed PWDs with an emphasis on youth in transition.  It utilizes a combination of bilingual classroom experiences augmented through adaptive technologies as indicated alongside employment mentoring intended to reinforce knowledge and skills gained based upon the observation that PWDs often lack the training and experience necessary to build employable skills, obtain credentials, and participate in work learning experiences required to gain entry to the workforce. Reasonable accommodations, including bilingual instruction and the use of adaptive technologies, were made in order to support each individual’s learning. 2019 Proposed Medicare Fee Schedule - Includes many provisions aimed at easing provider paperwork burden


NY Section 8 Waiting Lists Open Now - Affordable Housing Online North Country Center for Independence (NCCI) coordinated a Capacity Building for Independent Living Center Opportunity (CBILCO) grant, which address the issue of accessible transportation and health care access in a rural service area they expanded the scope of their “How To” Manual to emergency planning and survival skills in a rural/wilderness area. It provides a wide variety of tips


New Fact Sheets Explain Laws That Protect PWDs: Americans with Disabilities Act Fact Sheet; 2010 Standards for Accessible Design Fact Sheet; Fair Housing Act Fact Sheet; Olmstead U.S. Supreme Court Decision Fact Sheet; Affordable Care Act Fact Sheet; Help America Vote Act Fact Sheet; Social Support and Networking Fact Sheet


NDI (Nat’l Disability Institute) Assistive Technology Loan Program or 202-449-9521  NJ/NY


Braille Booklets for Subway to make wayfinding and transit more accessible! Subway trains and stations are full of signs that help riders know where they are and where they're going. This signage is not always useful to people who are blind or visually impaired. Antonio Guimaraes is creating braille booklets listing the lines and stations for subways and is seeking feedback from braille readers. The subway booklets include a list of lines and stations, plus transfer points along the way. or 212- 621-0627


FAA Updates Guidance on Airport Accessibility   The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has updated its guidance on airport accessibility to address relief areas for service animals and other topics. The revised Advisory Circular on Access to Airports by Individuals with Disabilities includes requirements and recommendations on service animal relief areas and lists advocacy and other organizations that can be consulted when installing them. It also provides guidance on accessible communications tools and signage, vehicle and transportation systems, aircraft and air carrier facilities, and boarding assistance. The circular explains requirements airport operators have under the ADA, the Air Carrier Access Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Architectural Barriers Act. Visit the FAA's website for further information.  Access Denied captures the heart of the accessible taxi landscape through the eyes of a wheelchair user.  Disability Language Style Guide National Center on Disability and Journalism - is intended for journalists, communication professionals, and members of the general public who are seeking the appropriate and accurate language to use when writing or talking about people living with disabilities.



Deadline 08/15 Call for Nominations -Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame The Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame was established to honor those who are making a significant difference in the lives of youth and adults with disabilities through mentoring and to raise awareness about the importance of mentoring for PWDs 


*NEW deadline  08/20, project officer position on the ILA Independent Living Team & will be utilizing Schedule A hiring authority to fill this position which includes end-to-end management of IL grantees, provides technical assistance, and will participate in setting the future of independent living programs nationwide., submit a letter of interest & Schedule A eligibility


08/20-24, Paid opportunity at Univ Penn design thinking course - Recruiting 4-5 people from the blind/low vision community to participate and become co-designers with the students (pay $500, lodging and transportation will also be covered, although meals are not. Class starts @ 8:30 AM 08/20) The class is this August at the University of Pennsylvania. Design thinking is something you can learn only by doing, so each year we take on a design challenge together. This year, the question our class will be designing towards is: How might we create tools/resources that help solve for temporary accessibility issues. Part of making this course more accessible and aligned with the stance of the philosophy of the disability rights movement Sarah Lidgus at by 07/01

deadline 09/04  Rooted in Rights Storyteller Fellows are expected to write & film two 3-4 minute videos. At every step in the process, Fellows are a part of the production team – receiving feedback and guidance while being challenged creatively to make the videos as engaging as possible while also meeting the standards for quality & universal accessibility that all of our video projects demand. Fellows will have the opportunity to ask questions and Rooted in Rights professionals will be available for one-on-one mentoring. Rooted in Rights will work with the Fellows to arrange a schedule for choosing video topics, developing a production plan, filming, and editing to ensure timely completion of videos. In addition to hands-on workshops, Fellows will participate in video chats and Q&As with media professionals, including PWDs, to receive advice on how to break into the media industry. AAPD will also work to connect each Fellow to internships and employment opportunities. Because work in the Storytellers Fellowship is not a full-time commitment and can be completed from anywhere, the Fellows would have the opportunity to begin work or internships simultaneously


*NEW Deadline 09/15,   Application for the Nat’l Fed of the Blind of NY scholarships to blind and visually impaired students attending college full time in New York.

Deadline 09/15  5 PM Up to 2International Public Policy Fellowship Program. Up to 2 Fellowships will be awarded to exemplary professionals, and/or persons experiencing disability and/or family members of persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities who are currently working or volunteering in the field of inclusive services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. International Public Policy Fellowship will prepare both early career and more seasoned leaders to assume leadership in the public policy arena in their home country or internationally.


*deadline 09/25 LEAD20@MIT Leadership in the Digital Age (MIT in Cambridge, MA) Equipping influencers and leaders, with and without disabilities from all over the world with theories and strategies in the areas of digital leadership, networking and entrepreneurship, so that they will become high impact social influencers. Course May 2019 This is a selective program and only 25 people will be admitted. Participants will receive an MIT certificate at the end of the course. Participants will receive a full tuition from the Ruderman Family Foundation that will cover the costs of tuition, travel to Boston and back, lodging and accommodations. Applications


Deadline 10/01 5 PM ET, 2019 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Awards recognizes outstanding emerging leaders with disabilities who exemplify leadership, advocacy, and dedication to the broader cross-disability community Two (2) individuals will each receive $2,500 in recognition of their outstanding contributions and $7,500 to further a new or existing project or initiative that increases the political and economic power of PWDs Host an intern with a disability Take steps toward making your organization's staff more inclusive and host an intern with a developmental disability as part of our Supporting Transitions project. Disability Rights New York (DRNY) is hiring for multiple positions Human Resources director Elizabeth Taylor 518-432-7861 or TTY 518-512-3448.


Do you ever need help going shopping, to a doctor’s appointment, reading mail, light housekeeping, laundry, etc. We can provide you help even if you only need an hour.  We can also read to you over the phone. The charge will vary depending on what you need. We can also give you emergency help when you most need it. he charge for this service is a one-time fee of $20 if you need a permanent helper, if it is just a one-time helper the fee is $5. 929-340-3132  Join Cornell Univ & ITCILO 10 learn how to use disability inclusion to your advantage in “Disability in the Workplace: A Global Perspective". A small investment of your time in this course will get you started on how to make disability inclusion a reality in your organization. Discover what advantages disability inclusion could bring to your company & register to the ITCILO e-Campus! AAPD Career Center is a tool for job-seekers WDs to search for employment opportunities & a place for employers to post jobs and connect with potential employees WDs Feedback Survey


CALL TO ACTION  ADAPT & NCIL have joined forces on the issue of Electronic Visit Verification (EVV). The Senate is in the final step of considering legislation to mandate a one-year delay in the implementation of Electronic Visit Verification (EVV). HR 6042, the EVV delay legislation for which NCIL, ADAPT and many other organizations have advocated, passed the House at the end of June. The Senate can give S 2897, an expedited vote if Senate leadership calls for it. Please ask your Senators to tell Senate leadership to bring S.2897 to a unanimous consent vote to give states the extra time they need to implement EVV properly.

National Disability Voter Registration Week Social Media Toolkit (PDF) Sample social media posts and graphics to promote National Disability Voter Registration Week Petition to Gov Cuomo to save ICS Questions Sharifa Abuhamda Call in for Empower Care Act (S2227) extends & improves Money Follows the Person getting PWDs & Srs out of nursing homes & back to their communities. Sen 202-224-3121 TTY 202-224-3091


Please Sign Petition for Disability (DD & ID) Housing!


Disability Integration Act, HR 2472 / S 910. Contact your Senator & Representative, urge them to cosponsor this bipartisan, bicameral legislation To sign on, they would need to contact Amy Bos in Representative Sensenbrenner's office. Here's a link to the letter he sent inviting cosponsors: Sign on;jsessionid=1078AD28849FE3D8DC50D80F076C72 2B.app234b?pagename=SD_Grassroots_Advocacy_Petition_Page&utm_source=email&utm_medi um=advocacy_professionals&utm_content=stop-diabetes-insulin-2-lnk&utm_campaign=ADV & ew-yorkers-with-disabilities-c3e14a93-cc9c-4d6e-ae5a-694c83664217s_src=email_advocacy_professionals&s_subsrc=stop-diabetes-insulin-2-lnk Call on Congress to hold hearings with all entities in the insulin supply chain to identify the reasons for the dramatic increases in insulin prices and to take action to ensure that all people who use insulin have affordable access to the insulin they need.  Congress must protect PWDs &  pass H.R. 3730 to exempt complex rehab manual wheelchair components from Medicare's Competitive Bidding Program. These important components are used by a population of people with significant disabilities such as ALS, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury, who depend on appropriate components, repairs and adjustments in order to maintain their mobility and independence. Help Stop Attacks on the ADA! HR 620 would give businesses that have denied us access for over 26 years additional time to comply with the ADA, while removing any incentive for businesses to come into compliance before receiving a notification. These businesses will face no consequences for their years of discrimination.


SURVEYS & RESEARCH STUDIES Transportation Problems for PWDs  with The Arc in the subject lime) ARC invites workers WDs (CA, NJ, NY, & NC) to participate in a study on paid family and medical leave and disability, to look at how workers WDs & families that include PWDs use, need, and can benefit from paid family and medical leave programs. These are programs that allow people to take time off from work and receive full or partial pay to welcome a new child or new baby, to address their own serious medical condition, or to care for a family member experiencing a serious medical condition. 929-900-5398 NYSED Office of Special Education survey on meeting the needs of students with learning disabilities   We are sending this survey on behalf of the Parity at 10 Campaign. The goal of the Parity at 10 Campaign is to expand access to mental health and/or substance use disorder services through strong enforcement of the Parity Act.Parity is a key component of accessing appropriate services and medications, which is one of NAMI-NYS's 2018 Action Agenda items. NAMI-NYC has signed on to support this initiative. The NIDILRR-funded Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) is looking for adults aged 18-62 with disabilities to complete an online survey about getting and using health insurance and health care services – the National Survey on Health Reform & Disability.  The online survey is fully accessible for mobile devices and screenreaders, but if you prefer to take the survey over the phone or have any questions about participating, please call toll-free 855.556.6328 (Voice/TTY) or

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