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Posted December 9, 2017
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DIA President Elect for 2018

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Every Tuesday 5:30-7:30 PM, Advocacy Training: Who is looking Out for Your Rights? (Axis Project, 1325 Fifth Ave, enter E 112 St) A joint project of Axis, Civic League & DIA


2018 NY City Council Participatory Budgeting  Check to see if your Council District is participating


NYC Heat Season (10/01 – 05/31): 6 AM - 10 PM if less than 55 degrees F outside the inside temp must be 68 degrees F


*NEW 01/21  Board Noon -1 PM; DIA Meetings 1:30-4 PM (Selis Manor, 135 W 23 St, 6-7 Aves) 02/18, 03/18, 04/15, 05/27, 06/24, 07/15, 08/19, 09/23, 10/21 & 11/18  Inclement Weather: Cancelations will be announced on Saturdays 30 minutes after sundown on our web site and answering machine 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 please call if you want to purchase DIA merchandise

DIA Dues: you can pay on the DIA web site by PayPal Your dues status is the date on your address label.  TLC’s Central Dispatch Expanded to all 5 boroughs


Disaster Survivors with Disabilities Hotline 800-626-4959 provides referrals for disaster assistance with: Disaster-related problem-solving; Evacuation strategies & issues; Shelter accessibility issues; Temporary housing strategies; Assistive device, DME and consumable medical supply referrals & Just-In-Time Disaster Response and Recovery Training- Web-Based and On-Site donations Disability Protection under the NYC Human Rights Law Have You Had Difficulty Paying For or Accessing Prescription Drugs? We Want to Hear From You


ABLE Newspaper: The DIA New Activist News Letter has a new Edition.  NYC disability service facilitators


SPORTS, RECREATION & YOGA: 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) You must be a NYC Park/Rec member to participate in NYC Parks programs 212-360-1430


Every Sun  1-2 PM, WC B Ball, NY Rolling Fury Youth (Gertrude Ederle Rec Ctr 232 W 6 St, W End -Amsterdam Aves, Man.)

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

Every Tue  3:30-4:40 PM, Adaptive Yoga  (Burke Sports Center Gym, Main Campus) No experience necessary. This seated class is modified to meet the participants’ needs and goals

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

Every Th  6-8 PM, WC B Ball (St. Mary’s Recreation Center, 450 St. Ann’s Ave, Bx) All ages and abilities are welcome Rodolfo Guevara 212-360-3341 or

Every Sat  10:30-12:15 PM, Goalball for athletes who are blind / low vision (Chelsea Rec Ctr, 430 W 25 St, 9-10 Aves)

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!


COMPUTER CLASSES ETC FOR KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS (Tech KIDs Unlimited Financial aid application) /  Music & Movement Classes (Saturdays) The fall semester is $250 (or Pay-What-You-Can) for eight classes. Don't see a price that works for you? Contact us at 347-410-6050. No one will ever be turned away for lack of funds!


12/10  3:30 - 6:30 PM, Extreme Kids & Crew: Create a Website for a Real Client (14-19) (2 Metro Tech Center, 8th Fl, Bk) $75 Use web development skills to produce and develop a website. Learn computer science principles to make something sleek and sophisticated!


12/10  3:30-6:30 PM, Extreme Kids & Crew: Code a Wintery Card (Ages 7-13) (2 Metro Tech Center, 8th Fl, Bk) $55 Use the visual coding software Processing to create an animated winter card!


Deadline 01/16, CMS is seeking comments on a proposed Medicare rule that makes policy and technical changes to Medicare Advantage, Medicare Cost Plan, Medicare Fee-for-Service, the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs, and the PACE Program.



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. Laurel Ackerson, 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. Seth Packrone 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)



*NEW Until 01/15 Seeking Submissions: Female Actors Who Use Wheelchairs or Have Mobility Disabilities - Premiere Stages, the professional Equity theatre in residence at Kean University, is seeking submissions from Equity and Non-Equity actors for its 2018 production of Brick City by Nicole Pandolfo. Director TBD. Production slated for Summer 2018 with a private reading in February. Email resume & headshot/photo  with the subject line “Brick City Submission”


Until 01/31, ACA Open Enrollment Period

12/10, 17 & 24  F 10am, noon, 2 & 4 PM & 96th 11am, 1, 3, 5 PM, MTA Nostalgia Train from 2nd Ave/Houston (F) to 96 St/Lexington (Q) transferring at Lexington Ave/63 St to the Q  511 for information on stations with elevators on the Nostalgia Train 



12/09  11 AM A discussion on voting rights in New York State  (First Presbyterian Ch of Albany, 362 State St, Albany)

12/09  11-1 PM,  Programs for Visitors Who Are Blind or Partially Sighted, Seeing Through Drawing (The Met, 1000 Fifth Ave) Be inspired by the Museum's collection and learn innovative drawing techniques through workshops that include experimentation with materials, verbal description, and creative response to works of art  registration required

12/09  noon-3 PM, YOUTH (12-29) POWER!'s Hudson River Regional Team STOMP OUT STIGMA (Kingston) Stigma.  Discrimination. They affect young people. How? Why? What can we do? Young people will hang out with like-minded peers, find peer support, and share experiences they have had with stigma and discrimination so we can advance change. 888-326-8644  or

12/09  2-4 PM, 2D Tactile Graphics Software and Embosser Basics (Heiskell Braille Library, 40 W 20 St) TactileView to import images & prepare them to be embossed; create your own designs from scratch; Index Everest embosser that turns your designs, maps or graphs into tactile images;. Discover catalogs of ready-to-emboss tactile designs that you can download and modify according to your needs. RSVP or 212-621-0627


12/10 11-1 PM ages 5-17 & 2-4 PM Ages 18+, Create Ability for visitors with DD/LD: Finding Faces in Modern Art (MoMA, 11 W 53 St) registration required, MoMA or 212-408-6447

12/10  1-4 PM, ArtAccess Open Art Studio for Independent Artists (18+) with Disabilities (Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park). Longer studio session allows for in depth work on individual projects. 1/14/18, 2/11/18, 3/11/18, 4/8/18, 5/13/18, 6/10/18 registration is required

*NEW 12/10  2 PM, The Met: World War I and Contemporary Art (1000 Fifth Ave, Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium) Free with Museum admission RSVP Required or 212-650-2010.


12/11 9-1 PM, Emergency Management’s Annual Disability Access & Functional Needs (Kimmell NYU) photo id required 5


12/12   9-noon, JASA’s Elder Abuse Training Inst: Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Addressing & Resolving Elder Abuse: Achieving Success through Community Collaborating (UJA, 130 E 59 St #710)

12/12  10-11 AM, Patient Advocate Teach 712-832-8300 Password: 6258645

12/12  2 PM, Ask JAN Motor Team


*NEW 12/13  2-3 PM, Creating Inclusive Transportation Access to Community Services: Experience Ability: Removing Barriers (The USDA Office of Operations TARGET Center, 1400 Independence Ave, SW #1006-South, Wash DC) Also available online

*NEW 12/13  3-4:30 PM, The Future of Medicaid – the Future of Managed Care & Possoble Implications for PWDs


2/14  noon-2 PM, New York State's Independent Democratic Conference: Rogue Democrats or Progressive Heros? (Immanuel Lutheran Ch, 122 E 88 St entry on Lexington red door next to CVS, Elevator entrance the south side of 88 St) $15 members, $18 non-members and members who don't RSVP at least 24 hours prior to the event RSVP 212-725-3541 or

*NEW 12/14  2-3:30 PM, Everybody Rides: One County’s Approach to Safe, Accessible Bus Stops  

12/14, 2-3:30 PM, Picture This! Workshops for Visitors who are Blind or partially sighted Rodin at The Met (1000 Fifth Ave)  Explore sculptures by Rodin and other artists through touch in The Met's Art Study Room Participants in this workshop will have an opportunity to sign up for a touch tour of Rodin sculptures in January register

*NEW 12/14  6 PM, Citywide Council on Special Educ (Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chamber St)


12/15  10-11:30 AM, Whitney - Verbal Description and Touch Tour: Laura Owens (99 Gansevoort St) reservations are required or 212-671-1823

12/15  7-8 PM, MetFridays: Met Signs Tour in ASL (no voice) Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed (1000 Fifth Ave, Lobby) Free with Museum admission registration required


12/15  7-9 PM, Whitney Museum Study Session: Alice Sheppard  (99 Gansevoort St) Free with Museum admission during Pay-As-You-Wish Fridays. Pre-register to skip the line


*New 12/16  3:15-4:15 PM, GallopNYC RPG Ugly Holiday Sweater Party (Solace CrossFit, 38 E 32 St) CrossFit workout with one of Solace’s superlative instructors. No CrossFit experience required. All proceeds to GallopNYC!,  Therapeutic horseback riding changes the lives of New Yorkers with disabilities. Sweat for a great cause! $30


12/17  11-12:30 AM Ages 18+ & 2-3:30 PM  (Ages 5-17), Discoveries For Visitors with DD/LD & those on the ASD (18 YO +) The Four Seasons (The Met, 1000 Fifth Ave) Free; reservations are required. please include which session you’ll be attending


*NEW 12/20 10:30 AM For Visitors with Early-Stage Dementia & 2 PM For Visitors with Memory Loss: JM Journeys for Individuals with memory loss and their care partners - Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress, from the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (Jewish Museum, 1009 Fifth Ave)  Register or 212.423.3289 indicating which session



Equal Rights Center (ERC) online course, Best Practices for Ensuring that Criminal Records Screening Policies & PracticesComply with Fair Housing Requirements approx 2 hours (*free for 6 months).  202-234-3062 or Accessible Shared Streets: Notable Practices and Considerations for Accommodating Pedestrians with Vision Disabilities Playlist (10 talks) Designing for disability Good design -- and smart technology -- should fuel inclusivity. These talks show how tech and design can empower Bx DD Council Family Support Guide  Introducing WID E3 WID E3 is an online resource to assist those serving youth and adults with disabilities and their supporters with information, strategies, and techniques that will help to increase the potential of youth and adults with disabilities for work and economic participation. WID E3 addresses the often overlooked roadblocks to full inclusion and equity. WID E3 resources focus on 5 key subjects and strategies: Disability and Employment Empowerment; Benefits & Work Incentives; Economic Inclusion; CareerACCESS Initiative; ABLE 101


Toward Seamless Coverage: Identifying Enrollment Gaps & Opportunities in Medicare for People with Expansion Medicaid (hightlighting challenges in transitioning to Medicare) www./ traitions/ Palliative Care in NYS has just been updated. It provides important and relevant information about palliative and end of life care and advance care planning for patients and their loved ones, as well as for health care professionals. It contains over 50 answers to common questions that are asked. Specific information is provided on general health care rights, palliative care, the Palliative Care Access Act, the Palliative Care Information Act, hospice, and advance care planning. There is a resource list at the end.



Deadline -01/15 Seeking Submissions: Female Actors Who Use Wheelchairs or Have Mobility Disabilities - Premiere Stages, the professional Equity theatre in residence at Kean University, is seeking submissions from Equity and Non-Equity actors for its 2018 production of Brick City by Nicole Pandolfo. Director TBD. Production slated for Summer 2018 with a private reading in February. Email resume & headshot/photo  with the subject line “Brick City Submission”


Deadline 03/01/18 The 2018 Disability Employment Tracker Sponsored by the NOD, this tool provides companies’ confidential assessment of their disability inclusion policies and practices, providing tailored reports in four areas. Completion is required to be considered for Diversity Inc’s annual Top 10 Companies for PWDs. Top scorers have the opportunity to earn a NOD Leading Disability Employer Seal.. NYS planning group leads the way in planning regional youth leadership forums. Youth & young adults WDs (14-24) will help design and carry out forums, beginning in the Capital District. Meetings 1-2 times per month The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies (PIDS) is helping the Red Cross find Disability Integration Leads (DIL). The DIL is a key volunteer inside role to ensure that disability is integrated into readiness & recovery in an emergency or disaster from social & independence models. DILs can be a volunteer or staff PWD from a disability focused non-profit like a CIL/ILC dedicated to emergency preparedness. We all know the advantage to owning a space inside the organizations that provide service in an emergency. DILs are needed in: AL, FL, IN, ME, MA, MI, MS, NH, NY, ND, OH, PI, PR, SD, TN, VT & WV. It is very important that we find PWDs to fill these roles - Nothing About Us Without Us!  Ted Jackson 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 a petition calling on Google maps to be accessible. (Years ago, we reached out to Google about Google Transit which also lack accessible info which the MTA used on their website!)


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


Disability Integration Act, HR 2472 / S 910. Contact your Member, asking them to cosponsor this bipartisan, bicameral legislation


Protect the Rights of NYS Workers WDs from Discrimination. Call the Senate switchboard (518-455-2800) Ask your Sen to support Sen to cosponsor S.1522 (Avella)/ A.2546 (Lifton) which would waive the State's sovereign immunity to claims under the ADA, FLSA, ADEA, & FMLA. The Assembly passes it annually but never the Senate. Urge your Sen to co-sponsor S. 1522 (Avella). Support the Pooled Trust Notification Bill Urge NYS Senators & Assembly Members to cosponsor (S.1241/A.5175) This bill requires the DOH to notify new Medicaid enrollees that they can use a pooled trust. PWDs use a Pooled Trust if their monthly income is higher than the limits to qualify for Medicaid.;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. Protect Access to CRT Essential Wheelchair Components - Say no to restrictions on CRT wheelchair components and support H.R. 3229/S. 2196. Let’s ensure PWDs have access to individually-configured wheelchairs and components that best meets their medical and functional needs. Help Stop Attacks on the ADA! This bill 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  Mental Health Resource Survey, is a project of the MS Coalition In 02/18 New Mobility will publish its yearly Sex, Wheels and Relationships issue. The purpose of this survey is to find readers (couples) who are currently in relationships and who would be interested in being interviewed for our upcoming issue. AAPD survey for people who require accessible parking, and/or have disabled placard or license plates, takes about 10 minutes and will have a major effect on policies related to parking for PWDs  Are you a US resident (Age 18+) who uses a service animal or other animal that assists you with your disability? If not, are you the parent of a child who uses such an animal? If so, the Southwest ADA Center ( would like to learn about your experiences with accessing public places with your animal. CIDNY's AAR Survey

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