The DIA Events Page

Posted July 14, 2018
Produced by Edith Prentiss
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07/15, 3rd Annual NYC Disability Pride Parade (from Madison Sq Park to Union Sq Park)

Lineup:10 AM, DIA is in Section A on E 26 St, b/t 5th  & Madison Aves closer to Madison. We are b/t TLC & DOT.

Step off (parade begins): 11 AM (East on 26 St, South on B’way on B’way to 17 St to enter Union Sq Park. There will be large Tarps for shade as well as benches under trees.

Union Square Festival: 11:30 – 3 PM - there will be a large music festival, information booths, food vendors and a children and family area

AAR: Request Disability Pride Parade-Madison Sq Park, E 27 & Madison Ave Pick up: Disability Pride Parade, Union Sq Park E 15 & Union Sq W)

Be Prepared: Light colored clothing, Dress in layers, sunburn products, refillable water containers, snacks & lunch

Accessibility: WC accessible entrances and restrooms, ASL Interpretation and CART. For additional accommodations: :


Tell Starbucks on Sunday, July 15: Straw bans suck! Will you join us? Please distribute widely

We're heading to Starbucks -- but not for coffee! Join us Sunday, July 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Union Square (25 Union Sq W near 16th St, at the end of the Disability Pride Parade) for a news conference / rally to urge Starbucks to alter its plan to completely eliminate plastic (and all other) straws by 2020. Many people with disabilities depend on plastic straws, but Starbucks didn't consult with our community before making its announcement. It now says it "will work with the disability community to ensure we continue to meet their needs going forward." But Starbucks needs to hear from our community to make sure that actually happens, since so far the company's outreach record sucks.


As many of you know, getting rid of plastic straws is the environmental issue of the month. We're all for reducing plastic waste, but at the same time we want to make sure plastic straws are available to anyone who asks for one. (Starbucks says it's replacing straws completely with what it's calling an "adult sippy cup," which requires someone to physically raise the cup to one's mouth and apparently uses more plastic than straws; it also isn't clear whether the sippy cup can be used with plastic straws.)

************************************************************************************************************************************** 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 7/17, Notice of Public Hearing & Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Rule regarding standards relating to Fire and Emergency Preparedness Guides, What are we proposing? The Fire Department is proposing to amend Chapter 4 of Title 3 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY), in the following ways: (1) renumber the existing section, 3 RCNY §408-02, as §401-06; (2) change the title of such section from “Residential Fire Safety Guides and Notices,” to “Fire and Emergency Preparedness Guides and Notices;” (3) amend such section to enhance the existing fire safety guide and notices that are distributed to all apartment building residents and building staff to include important information about emergency preparedness and non-fire emergencies; and (4) amend the distribution requirements for the Guide. Your input is strongly encouraged. Per below, if you submit comments in the formal rulemaking process, we ask that you kindly forward us a copy for our records.



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)


Registration & Election Days

07/16-20,  National Voter registration

09/13, State Primary Elections

11/06, General Election



3rd Tues. 1-2 PM ET Organizer's Forum has 515-739-1285 Passcode: 521847#, On line:  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:


SPORTS, RECREATION NYC Dept of Parks & Recreation 212-360-1430 or

Adaptive Hubs:

  1. 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!


07/19, 08/02 & 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


07/28  8-4 PM, Wheeling Forward & Life Rolls On They Will Surf Again Adaptive Surfing Clinic (Rockaway Beach, Beach & 69 Street  Beach 67 stop on the A train) a thrilling and exciting day full of smiles and happiness Participants: Volunteers


*NEW 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


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


Kids (7-13) 

07/09-07/13 Design a Game with the Transit Museum

07/16-07/20 Create a Digital Story

07/23-07/27, Make Digital Collages, Coloring Books & More

07/30-08/03 Creative Coding & Game Remixing (Mozilla Thimble)

08/06-08/10 Make Viral Videos, Memes & Gifs

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


Teens & Young Adults (14-21) 

07/09-07/20 Design a Game with the Transit Museum

07/23-27 Create a Website for A Real Client

07/30-08/03 Coding Crash Course\

08/06-08/10 Record & Edit Promo Videos

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 08/09  5-9 PM , Cocktails @ Cooper Hewitt (2 EE 91 St)  $13.evening online/15 @door, children under 5 free, 5-17 $7 info #DrinkUpDesign


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.


*NEW 07/13-21,   LI ADAPT’s LI  Public Bus Challenge (#TryMyRide) - NO MORE CUTS! Bring back our bus routes!

Post pix or videos of your rides at #TryMyRide Prizes $10 to $25 gift certificates & a Grand Prize! will be awarded at SILO ADA Celebration on 7/21/17, 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM. Limited, FREE travel training available from bus riding LI ADAPTers! Questions Marie Hickey or Marilyn Tucci 631-880-7929 x125


*NEW 07/14 & 21 and 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:


07/16-20, 3rd Annual National Disability Voter Registration Week (REV UP Campaign) is coordinating the third annual National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) to increase the political power of people with disabilities while also engaging candidates and the media to recognize the disability community.


*NEW 07/18  9-4 PM & 19 9-11 AM, NCD’s Council Meeting (1331 F Street NW, #800, Wash, DC) Topic  14(c) / subminimum wages and on accessible exam and diagnostic equipment; to receive its annual ethics training; to vote on two school choice reports and on updates to its strategic plan; and to receive public comment. Interested parties may join the meeting in person at the meeting location or may join by phone in a listening-only capacity (other than the period allotted for public comment noted below) using the following call-in information: Teleconference number: 877-795-3635; Conference ID: 1068537; Conference Title: NCD Meeting; Host Name: Neil Romano.  Anne Sommers


*NEW 07/29-31, Reinventing Quality 2018: Building an Infrastructure that Promotes Equity and Diversity (Baltimore, MD)


07/26-08/22 Formulation/Development of NYS’s 3-Year SPIL FY20-21 Public Hearings

07/26  3-5 PM, Formulation/Development of NYS’s 3-Year SPIL FY20-21 (SILO, 755 Waverly Ave, Holtsville)  WC acc, ASL, CART & ALD scent free

*NEW 07/30-08/26, Two Online Courses in Universal Design are Starting Soon! Here is 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.


08/01 3-5 PM, Formulation/Development of NYS’s 3-Year SPIL FY20-21 (ICS, 25 Elm Place  F5, Brooklyn) WC acc, ASL, CART & ALD scent free

08/08  3-5 PM, Formulation/Development of NYS’s 3-Year SPIL FY20-21 (AIM Independent Living Center, 271 E First St, Corning)  WC acc, ASL, CART & ALD scent free

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

08/22  3-5 PM, Formulation/Development of NYS’s 3-Year SPIL FY20-21 (SAIL, 71 Glenwood Avenue, Queensbury WC acc, ASL, CART & ALD scent free  Written comments deadline 5 PM, 08/31 NYSILC, 111 Washington Ave, #101, Albany, NY 12210, fax 518-427-1139, or . Individuals may want to reference the SPIL Facilitation Outline and the current SPIL objectives..Local Focus Groups - If you can’t make one of the identified public hearings, NYSILC encourages centers and other stakeholder groups to utilize the SPIL Facilitation Outline and current SPIL objectives to facilitate your own local focus group. Follow the outline questions and have attendees respond with feedback. Be sure to capture the collective feedback of the group. Identify the 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).



07/15  10:30 AM (5-17) & 2 PM 18 +), Visitors with LD & DD are invited to explore the exhibition Scenes from the Collection (Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave) to create art inspired by the work on view. This exhibition highlights the diversity and depth of the Jewish Museum’s collection, with nearly 600 objects on view from across time and around the world. or 212.423.3289 be sure to include the date & time & numbers of attendees.

07/15  Disability Pride Parade (Union Sq – up 6th Ave to Madison Sq Park)


07/16  noon-2 PM, Disability Voter Registration Week Kickoff(NJ State House Annex131 W State St, Trenton NJ)

07/16  6 – 8 PM, EmpoweredNYC  Bk Boro Hall (209 Joralemon St, BK)

*NEW 07/16  6-7:30 PM, CCHR Manhattan workshops about the Human Rights Law: ASL Human Rights Law 101

(22 Reade St) Second Floor Conference Room) RSVP  accommodation, email Juan Carlos Figueroa


07/17   11 AM, Notice of Public Hearing and Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Rule. (Fire Dept Auditorium, 9 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn).See RFP & COMMENTS for more info

*NEW 07/17  1:15-3:15 PM, Speaker Corey Johnson’s SCRIE/DRIE Rent Freeze Workshop (Encore Sr Ctr, 239 W 49 St)  https ://


07/17  6-8 PM, What to Do With All that Stuff: Information on clutter, hoarding and how to get help (Ch of the Holy Trinity, Draesel Hall, 316 E 88 St, 1-2 Aves) RSVP 212-288-4607 or


*NEW 07/18  Learn About Medicare and End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)  $40

*NEW 07/18  2 PM, ADA Legal Series Webinar: A Review of the Greatest Hits of ADA Employment Law and Case Updates 


 07/19  1-9  PM, TASH Outstanding Leadership in Disability Law Symposium and Award Dinner (Washington, DC)

*NEW 07/19  1:30-3 PM, Capitol Hill Briefing: Tackling Prescription Drug Costs: An Examination of Proposed Medicare Part D Reforms and Alternatives (Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G11) RSVP to

07/19  6-9 PM, Heidi Latsky Dance @ Cocktails (Cooper Hewitt, 2 E 91 St, 5 Ave) 


07/21 11-12:30 PM, SILO’s ADA Celebration Lula Party (Silo)


*NEW 07/23  noon-1 PM, NYMTC’S Brown Bag Discussion Redefining Mobility: Connected Vehicles / Autonomous Vehicles (25 Beaver St #201 RSVP Also Avail as webinar https://bit./ly/2L0k1Gr  518-549-0500 ID # 649 761 748 Password BB07232018 (webinar participants do not need to RSVP)

07/23  6:30 PM, CB#3M Meeting (Henry St Settlement Youth Serv Gym, 301 Henry Street) making the E Broadway stop accessible


*NEW 07/25 11 AM Visitors with Early-Stage Dementia & 2 PM Visitors with Memory Loss, JM Journey Gallery Tour & Workshop Chaim Soutine: Flesh. (Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave) This exhibition of more than 30 paintings by Soutine, the Expressionist known for his gestural and densely painted canvases, focuses on the artist's remarkable still-life paintings, now considered among his greatest artistic achievements. RSVP or 212.423.3289 indicate which time .


07/26  2-3:30 PM, What School Leaders Need to Know Webinar about the changing legal landscape for preparing transition-age youth for employment. Based on Preparing Transition-Age Youth WDs for Work: What School Leaders Need to Know about the New Legal Landscape register .  Open-captioned, recorded and posted to the NCWD/Youth website

07/26 3-5 PM, Formulation/Development of NYS’s 3-Year SPIL FY20-21 (SILO, 755 Waverly Ave, Holtsville) WC acc, ASL, CART & ALD scent free


07/28  noon-4 PM, NAMI C.A.R.E.S. (Community Advocacy, Resources, Education, and Services) Community Mental Health Fair (Bk Public Library, Macon Branch, Bed-Stuy) Helpline at 212-684-3264 or


07/31  1-2:30 PM, Section 508 Best Practices Webinar: how federal agencies can update policies for the revised 508 Standards.


REPORTS, ODDS & ENDS 2019 Proposed Medicare Fee Schedule - Includes many provisions aimed at easing provider paperwork burden


file:///C:/Users/Sandi/Downloads/HPD%20Marketing-Handbook%20-%20July%202018%20-%2073pp.pdf The “Marketing Handbook” contains the policies, procedures, and requirements for marketing and selection of residents for developments (“Projects”) assisted by HPD and HDC. Developers, owners, and sponsors of Projects as well as other agents or entities responsible for the marketing and resident selection for Projects (“Marketing Agents”) must comply with the Marketing Handbook’s policies, procedures, and requirements. Marketing Agents may include in-house departments of the Developer, subsidiaries, or affiliates of the Developer, or third-party marketing, leasing, managing, monitoring, or administering agents. All Marketing Agents must meet certain qualifications and must be approved by the Agency prior to marketing, regardless of whether they are part of the Developer’s organization or a third party. C. Compliance with the Marketing Handbook will be monitored by either HPD or HDC (whichever is applicable for a particular project is referred to herein as the “Agency”), depending on the project.


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  Camp Marcella, ADA Accessible Sleep-Away Camp for Campers w/ Differing Abilities. Adults w/ Disabilities, Children w/ Disabilities, Children who are Blind/Visually Impaired.


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


The End of Therapy Caps - Congress finally approved the end of any limit on therapy services as of earlier this year, retroactive to January 2018. The $1,980 cap on physical therapy and speech-language pathology services, and the $1,980 cap on occupational therapy is now eliminated. Medical review of individuals’ cases is still required on expenses higher than $3,000 through 2027.


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.



*NEW deadline 09/04  During the 6-month fellowship period, Fellows are expected to write and film two 3-4 minute videos. At every step in the process, the Fellows are a part of the Rooted in Rights 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 and universal accessibility that all of our video projects demand. The Fellows will have the opportunity to ask questions and Rooted in Rights professionals will be available for one-on-one mentoring. At the beginning of the fellowship, 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 both videos.In addition to hands-on workshops, Fellows will participate in video chats and Q&As with media professionals, including people with disabilities, 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.I// RIGHTS STORYTELLERS FELLOWSHIP

d disability advocacy. 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   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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