The DIA Events Page

Posted May 18, 2018
Produced by Edith Prentiss
DIA President

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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 Cooling assistance to buy & install an AC or a fan for your home. The price cannot be more than $800 with installation. 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. Increased electric cost are NOT covered.


 Court Cases




Sidewalk Fairness Hearing


500 Pearl




State Sup

FHV#2  (Uber, VIA & Lyft) IAS Motion 78


60 Centre St #635

Borrok  register for the TLC’s Accessible Dispatch newsletter


05/27  Board Noon -1 PM; DIA Meetings 1:30-4 PM (Selis Manor, 135 W 23 St, 6-7 Aves) 06/24, 07/15, 08/19, 09/23, 10/21 & 11/18  Inclement Weather: Cancellations will be announced on Saturdays 30 minutes after sundown 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. 718-261-3737if 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 has been expanded to all 5 boroughs 646-599-9999 or 311

AAR Curb Pilot to apply call 877-337-2017 select #8 Say you want to apply for the Curb Pilot. Or download Wav Taxi 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:  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   May  2018 Also available at the DIA Website. Featuring stories about: Electonic Visit Verification, Trump’s chronic “Foot-in-Mouth” condition, DIA’s activity and more . . .



On hiatus Tues 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  347-503-9032

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


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 of the month 6-8 PM, CM Ydanis Rodriguez Constituent Service Night (Alianza Dominicana , 530 W 166 St Fl2) 917-521-2616

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 & YOGA: 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!


 5-6:30 PM, Burke’s Hand Cycle Clinic  (785 Mamaroneck Ave., Employees Lot, White Plains) For  adults with differing physical abilities who have some ability to use their upper arms in order to propel themselves. No experience necessary Come dressed to ride with closed shoes and appropriate exercise wear. Please avoid wearing baggy pants or skirts of any kind as they can get caught in the gears. Dress in layers for comfort. Alexandra Oudheusden, 914-597-2248 or


05/24  10:30-12:30 PM, 22nd Annual NAGA First Swing  (Burke, 785 Mamaroneck Ave. White Plains) “First Swing” Seminar - A training for therapists and golf pros Free required pre-registration (potential CEU’S for RTs) Trains therapists & golf pros how to teach and encourage people with disabilities to learn or re-learn golf with adaptive techniques & modifications for swing, stance and game play that will allow them to best instruct individuals with mixed abilities in the game of golf.

05/24  1-3:30 PM, Learn to Golf Clinic  For PWDs  Free with required pre-registration.. Participants will gain hands-on experience with adapted techniques and/or equipment to play golf. All participants will receive one-on-one instruction with a trained professional. Register:


*NEW 05/25-27, 48th Tri-State Wheelchair & Ambulatory Regional Games for Juniors & Adults (Pascack Valley HS) Sports contested include track, field, archery and powerlifting. A U.S. National Classification panel has been assigned and we will be offering National classification for track and field. Online Registration


06/03, Lake to Lake Charity Bike Ride for Leaps of Faith Adaptive Skiers (10 Mile): 


NEW 06/05  10- 1 PM, 9th Annual NYC Parks Youth (6-21) Adaptive Track and Field Open (Icahn Stadium, 20 Randall’s Island)  Parents required to sign waivers (Schedule of Events: 10 AM: Opening Ceremony; Waiver Collection and T-shirt Distribution, 11-12:30 PM, Event Section A: 100 Meter Race, 200 Meter Race, and 100 Meter Obstacle Course, Event Section B: Javelin Throw, Softball Toss, Long Jump, and Discus Throw, 12:45 PM: Closing Remarks  For event and accessibility information, Chris Noel by 05/25 646 632-7344 or


*NEW 06/07-10, Save the Date, 18th Annual Jana Hunsaker Memorial Wheelchair Tennis Tournament - Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens) https://tennislink.usta.comtournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx? Aki Takayama-Wolfson   or 718-760-6251


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


KIDS SUMMER PROGRAM (ages 7-13) an exciting environment to develop knack for technology. They will learn foundational tech skills under interesting and exciting topics so that they can become producers of technology rather than just consumers  Early Bird Registration $475 per week General Registration opens 05/15  $595 per week  *Financial Aid Application availing 05/15



Dead line 05/22 5 PM, Methods for Assuring Access to Care: Exceptions for High Managed Care Penetration & Rate Reduction Threshold (CMS 2406-P) CMS has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would provide exemptions from the regulatory access to care requirements within the Medicaid program. It would exempt states with high rates of comprehensive Medicaid managed care from analyzing data and monitoring access in fee-for-service delivery systems. It would provide similar exemptions to all states when they make nominal rate reductions to fee-for-service payment rates. Comment, or-assuring-access-to-covered-medicaid-services---exemptions-for-states


Deadline 05/31 4 PM, Draft Transportation Conformity Determination Public Comment Period which is prepared to facilitate amendments to the Federal FY 2017-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the Federal Fiscal Years 2018-2045 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The Transportation Conformity determination ensures that transportation projects and programs will not cause or contribute to any new violations to federal air quality standards.


Deadline 07/09  CMS Seeking Comment on Durable Medical Equipment Interim Final Rule that increases payments to suppliers for some DME and enteral nutrition in areas of the country that are not subject to the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DEMPOS) Competitive Bidding Process (CBP). These include rural areas, and Alaska, Hawaii and the territories. From 06/01-21/31 payments will return to the blended rates that were in effect in 2016.The change is in response to stakeholder concerns about significant financial challenges created by the current rates for suppliers, as well as concerns that the number of suppliers in certain areas continues to decline. It is projected to result in a $70 M Medicare cost-sharing increase to beneficiaries. This increase may be covered by supplemental insurance programs like Medigap, and for dual eligible beneficiaries, Medicaid pays the cost sharing. However, beneficiaries who do not have supplemental insurance or who are not dual eligible will have increased cost sharing. For more information on Durable Medical Equipment Fee Schedule, Adjustments to Resume the Transitional 50/50 Blended Rates to Provide Relief in Rural Areas and Non-Contiguous Areas (CMS-1687-IFC) or to submit a comment



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)



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 05/30  6-6:30 PM, Leadership is a Journey: A Webinar Series for Youth Self-Advocates  04/04, Knowing Yourself as a Change Agent Part 1; 04/18,


06/15 10:30-11:30 AM, For Visitors with Memory Loss We Sing! at CaringKind (360 Lexington Ave)


05/19-9-1 PM, GallopNYC: Horsemanship Training Course (GallopNYC Sunrise Stables, 80-98 Linden Blvd, Howard Beach, Queens) $500 


05/21-06/17, Two Online Courses in Universal Design are (IDeA Center) Can Help You Earn 15 CEU Hours: 


05/22 - 23  5:30-7 PM, Locus: Art as a Disabled Space Art and Disability Residency Exhibition, Panel, and Reception, 7-9 Reception  (The 8th Floor, 17 W 17 St), Exhibit 05/22 11-6 PM & 05/23 11-9 PM RSVP


05/22 or 24, CCVIP Computer Class Group assessment dates. If you are sponsored by the NYS Commission for the Blind, Access VR or the VA please contact your counselor for a referral for our classes and seminars for info 646-312-1420


05/23-24, NYS Democratic Convention (Long Island Marriott, Uniondale)

05/23-25, Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies: Getting It Right 2018 National Inclusive Disaster Strategies Conference (Washington Marriott at Metro Center, Wash, DC) Early Bird Registration Ends on 3/31 There will be a limited number of scholarships available. Please send requests to with the reason for your request & your interest/involvement in disability inclusive emergency preparedness and disaster response, recovery and mitigation. ASL & CART will be provided. For other accommodations with disability accommodation in the subject heading



05/19  10-4 PM or when truck full, Shred Fest (Franz Sigel Park, Grand Concourse 157-158 Sts, Melrose Bx)

05/19  10-4 PM or when truck full, Shred Fest (Brooklyn Heights – Cadman Plaza, Cadman Plaza W; opposite Clark St)

05/19  10-4 PM or when truck full, Shred Fest (St. Nicholas Park, W 135 St & SNA)

05/19  10-4 PM or when truck full, Shred Fest (Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Parking lot; 111 St, 54 & 56 Aves, Q)

05/19  10-4 PM or when truck full, Shred Fest (FDR Boardwalk & Beach Parking Lot 8; Father Capodanno Blvd. at Lincoln Ave, SI)


05/20  8 AM, AIDS Walk New York (Central Park)

05/20  10-4 PM or when truck full, Shred Fest (Triangle Plaza, Co-op City Blvd.& Rombouts Ave; Municipal Credit Union, Co-op City, Bx)

05/20  10-4 PM or when truck full, Shred Fest (Park Slope – Prospect Park, Prospect Park W & 3 St, Bk)

05/20  10-4 PM or when truck full, Shred Fest (Union Square Park, South Plaza, 14 St & Union Square East)

05/20  10-4 PM or when truck full, Shred Fest (Stop & Shop Plaza, Springfield Blvd, Merrick Blvd. & 135 Ave, Q)

05/20  10-4 PM or when truck full, Shred Fest (Willowbrook Park, Parking lot near Eton Place entrance, SI)

05/20  1-3 PM, CM Corey Johnson’s Fourth Annual West Side Summit (Highline, 14th Street Passage,enter at 14th Street & Tenth Ave) register

*NEW 05/20  3-4:30 PM, PFLAF’s 45 Anniversary (Church of the Village, A Progressive United Methodist Community, 201 W 13 St)


05/21, Student Voter Registration Day mtorres-Trujillo@cityhall,  or 347-563-0069


05/22 10-noon, Brooklyn DD Council - Borowide Meeting (BK)

05/22 10-11 AM, NY StateWide Senior Action Council Telephone Teach In Lyme disease and Older Persons: Prevention, Detection and Treatment Register 800-333-4374 712-832-8300 Password: 6258645


*NEW 05/23 10:30 AM gallery tour and art workshop For Visitors with Early-Stage Dementia & 2 PM For Visitors with Memory Loss-Scenes from the Collection (Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave) There are 2 sessions a morning program for visitors with early stage dementia & an afternoon program for visitors with memory loss. or 212.423.3289 for more information or to register, and indicate the tour time within your request

*NEW 05/23  noon-2 PM,  CLDR working group (25 Elm Place, BK) this is different/separate from the monthly update meetings the purpose of the working group will be for us to get together and take action on current issues that impact the disability community. We will meet biweekly.  Working group meetings will be collaborative and interactive, where all in the room will be performing certain tasks to advocate for a given issue. There will be an agenda and directions given, so we can all work together in a productive, cohesive fashion. Be prepared to come to the meetings with your phone, pad, and pen. We will continue to write letters, make phone calls, send emails and so forth. Please make sure you know your district representatives - council, congress, assembly and senate. Come ready to advocate!


05/23  1:30-4 PM, US Access Board (Ability360 Nina Mason Pullman Conf Ctr, 5025E Washington St, Phoenix AZ) Dave Yanchulis 202.272.0026 or 202.272.

05/23   3-4:30 PM, Preventing Guardianship: How CILs Can Be the Frontline to Advocate for Less Restrictive Alternatives 

05/23  6 PM, rescheduled Housing Workshop (Goddard Riverside, Columbus Ave, 8? St) Landlord Harassment, including construction as harassment and buyouts.


*NEW 05/24  10-11 AM, BK BP Disability Advocates Roundtable (Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Community Room, BK) RSVP by 05/21 Granshaw, Italia

*NEW 05/24  10-11 AM, Rev Up! NJ {lanning Meting (ACI, 629 Amboy Ave,  Edison) https:/  lunch will b  served

05/24  3-4:30 PM, Cross Disability Services: Serving Consumers with Mental Health/Substance Use Disabilities

05/24  6-8 PM, Access Tour @ the Lower East Side Tenement Museum: ASL Tour (No Voice) Under One Roof (103 Orchard St) can accommodate 1 WC.  Reception to follow. Free reservation required  or 877-975-3786 questions Ellysheva Zeira 646-518-3038


05/25  9:30-11 AM, CPRNYDE Quarterly Meeting 800-536-4275; Code: 2046219


05/27  Board Noon -1 PM; DIA Meetings 1:30-4 PM (Selis Manor, 135 W 23 St, 6-7 Aves) 06/24, 07/15, 08/19, 09/23, 10/21 & 11/18  Inclement Weather: Cancellations will be announced on Saturdays 30 minutes after sundown 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



NDI (Nat’l Disability Institute);s 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. A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities. To assist students & youth with disabilities to achieve post-school and career goals.  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. 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


JOBS, FELLOWSHIPS & SCHLARSHIPS, State Rehab Council is seeking members. ACCES-VR 518-486-9519. Send a resume, cover letter, and SRC Member Application by June 1, 2018 through email ( or fax 518-473-6073.


Bronx Summer Youth Police Academy (Samuel Gompers HS, Theodore Roosevelt Educ Campus, Herbert H. Lehman Campus, Bx) Sergeant Theresa Wilson,  646-246-5288


NOD Director of External Affairs


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.  


Paid Students Internships for College Student at Bronx CB #6  ($12-15 per hour) Please e-mail a resume and cover letter to John Sanchez


*Deadline 06/06 5 PM, 2018 NBC/Universal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship for undergraduate & graduate students WDs who are pursuing an interest in the media, entertainment, or communications fields. HS seniors planning to begin their undergraduate studies in fall 2018 are also eligible to apply. Each recipient will receive $5,625 to help cover the cost of education.


NYSILC supported leadership opportunities for young adults with disabilities through the Patricio “Pat” Figueroa Scholarship awards young adults (ages 18-28) up to $250 to attend conferences, training seminars, and other events to enhance their leadership abilities. The funding is aimed to help defray the cost of travel, food, and other out of pocket expenses. Award recipients are asked to provide two items: documentation via a reimbursement form and completion of a follow up survey summarizing their experience. The council makes decisions on a first-come, first-served basis, while attempting to maximize resources. Decisions also stem from a cost and need basis of the applicant. Brad Williams or 518-427-1060


Volunteers or 212-621-0627 Heiskell Braille Library is seeking volunteer peer technology coaches. include in your email the skills you will bring to the program for example screen readers, magnification, Braille, Android, IOS,  Mac, design, voice assistants. 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 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



National Disability Voter Registration Week Social Media Toolkit (PDF) Sample social media posts and graphics to promote National Disability Voter Registration Week.

National Disability Voter Registration Week Social Media Toolkit (Word) Sample social media posts and graphics to promote National Disability Voter Registration Week.


Keep your eye on: Air Travel Rights - Sen Tammy Baldwin (WI) & Rep. Jim Langevin (RI) are championing air travel rights for PWDs with the introduction of the Air Carriers Access Amendments Act S. 1318 & H.R. 5004, which increase penalties for damaged wheelchairs, and allowing air travelers to sue in court to recover damages; ensure higher standards for accessibility, safety and airport and airline employee training; help create a passengers WD bill of rights along with a Federal advisory committee on the air travel needs of passengers WDs. 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 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!) Urge Congress to Extend Money Follow the people. 


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 people with disabilities and 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.



Deadline 06/18, barriers and gaps for New York’s long term care system. It has been brought to our attention that many places have begun to ask people with disabilities to join a voluntary registry The goal of this poll is to help us determine if this is something that Link20 should act on. You are being asked to participate in a survey concerning the use of smartphones in the blind and visually-impaired community. This is an effort to test methods that will assist blind and visually-impaired pedestrians living in New York City to more safely cross intersections while navigating City streets. One of the methods that we are investigating are new smart phone applications, which may allow blind or low-vision pedestrians to navigate more confidently. Thus, we are trying to gather information on the use of smart phones in the blind and visually-impaired community.


Deadline 06/18,  is  a survey on barriers & gaps for New York’s long term care system The value of this survey will be determined by the number of people who complete it. If you have any questions, please contact the Aging and Long Term Care Team


Research Study of Depression in Older Adults, Weill Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry is conducting a therapy research study for depressed individuals 60 years and older. Eligible participants will receive nine weekly free sessions with a social worker. Eve Root, at 914-997-4059

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