The DIA Events Page

Posted July 22, 2018
Produced by Edith Prentiss
DIA Member


To submit an event A program of NYC’s three library systems launched. That will enable cardholding library patrons to check out free day passes to 30+ cultural institutions across the City, including MOMA, Wave Hill, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Children’s Museum of the Arts and many more! 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  Civics League For Disability Rights CLDR shared an update on TAKE ACTION, SIGN! Save ICS Services for New Yorkers with Disabilities! Check it out and leave a comment:   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 4 PM 08/01, Proposed Transportation Improvement Program Amendments, NYMTC public comment period for proposed amendments to the Federal Fiscal Years 2017-2021 Transportation Improvement Program Details on proposed changes Comments New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, Attn: Olu Folarin, 25 Beaver Street, Suite 201, New York, NY 10004; E-Mail:  212-383-7246; Fax: 212-383-7244 deral-Fiscal-Years-2017-2021-Transportation-Improvement-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. 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!


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


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


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) 

07/23-07/27, 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) 

07/23-27 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 07/20 & 21, ReelAbilities Film Festival Far From the Tree (Lincoln Center Plaza)


Until 07/21,   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


Until 07/21 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:


*NEW 07/23-31  6 PM, Charter Week file:///C:/Users/Sandi/Downloads/Charterweek%20PDF.PDF

07/23 Public Hearing, (Manhattan NYU Vanderbilt Hall, Greenberg Lounge)

07/24 Public Hearing, (Bronx Hostos Community College, 2nd floor)

07/25 Public Hearing, (Brooklyn St. Francis College, Room 4305)

07/26 Public Hearing, (Queens Queens Borough Hall)

07/31 Public Hearing, (Staten Island McKee High School, Auditorium)


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

Deadline 08/01  She Built NYC!  NYC residents are invited to submit nominations for women or events in women’s history that should be considered for future public commemorations. Please limit nominations to 3. Criteria for Nominations: Event, person, or group must have a *significant* connection to NYC. If an event, it must have happened at least 20 yrs ago; If a person of significance, they must be dead and must be known for an event, movement, or action that took place at least 20 yrs ago. Groups or categories of women, not bound by time, will be taken into consideration (e.g., single mothers, immigrant women, domestic workers, etc.)


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

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


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).




07/23  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


07/24  8:30-noon, CCHR Launch of new disability discrimination legal enforcement guidance: Presentation & Workshop (DC37 HQ, 125 Barclay St) RSVP (by 07/23) Accommodation Juan Carlos Figueroa 


*NEW 07/25  9:30- 11 AM, The Coalition to Protect the Rights of New York’s Dually Eligible 800-536-4275 Code: 2046219 Jake McDonald, Medicare Rights Center  212-204-6270 or

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 .

*NEW 07/25  2-4 PM,  NYLPI & ICS: Medical access and the rights of PWDs (55 Hanson Place, 9th Floor BK) Learn about your right to accessible medical equipment, accessible medical facilities, reasonable accommodations, Accommodations: 212-244-4664 ext. 429 or email:

*NEW 07/25  6:30 PM, NYC DoH/MH Rat Academy (LGBT Center, 208 W 13 St) Free rodent-resistant trash cans will be raffled off to attendees. Click here to RSVP


*NEW 07/26  1-3 PM, PCAC/ TRC (2 Bway, 30 F Conf Rm) Andy Byford, NYC Transit President: Fast Forward Plan and His Vision for NYC Transit  RSVP: PCAC 212-878-7087 or

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


*NEW 07/27 10:30 & 11:30 AM, The City Parks Foundation and the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre Neverland: Peter Returns! - A show for Children and Adults with Disabilities ( Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, W 79 St & W Dr, Central Park) $8 Children/$12 Adults Group rates, reservations & ADA accommodation (by 7/20)


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


*NEW 07/31 8-10:45 AM. Revitalizing NYC’s Aging Park Infrastructure ( The Greene Space, 44 Charlton St) Angela Sabblah, 212-479-3352 or 

*NEW 07/31 11 –noon TLC Accessible Dispatch Webinar. Accessible Dispatch now serves all boros.

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

*NEW 07/31  8-10:30 AM, Revitalizing NYC's Aging Parks Infrastructure (Greene Space, 44 Charlton St) NYC maintains, upgrades, plans, builds, and pays for its parks.   Registration required: Coffee and a light breakfast will be served. 


*NEW 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


*NEW 08/02  3 PM, SILCSpeak Peer Discussion Group: ACL’s Dear Collegue letter addressing the ACL/ILA Policy on Independent Living Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response Services including: How people displaced by disaster can be served.; How CILs can collaborate during disasters. How centers can assist people nearby who reside in unserved areas. How can the SILC collaborate with the CILs and DSE in disaster response? How will your SPIL address disaster preparedness and response?  877.320.7240. no pin  NOTE: Should the above telephone number be busy or dead, 888.652.4360 pin 9205763

*NEW 08/02  Access Board Q&A  accessibility guidelines and standards, including those issued under the ADA and ABA, as well as other topics related to the Board's work. 


*NEW 08/05  3rd Eye’s 4th Annual Tandem Bike & Picnic Event Day of Fun (Heckscher State Park, Field 6) FREE LUNCH provided by Panera Bread for all visually impaired guests and volunteers Devin Fernandez  631-445-3464!

*NEW 08/05  11-12:30 PM age 5-17, 2-3:30 PM ages 18+, Access Programs for Visitors with DD, LD & ASD: Museum Safari (The Met 1000 fifth Ave) Explore more landscapes through art-making activities and gallery experiences during a Family Afternoon (1-4 PM) Meet in Carson Family Hall, Uris Center for Education, ground floor RSVP with the time & number of attendees


*NEW 08/08, PACER Symposium about Children & Young Adults with Mental Health and Learning Disabilities(Minneapolis, MN)

*NEW 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


*NEW 08/09 2:30 PM, Getting It Right - An After Action Report on major disasters of 2017-18" Registration deadline midnight 08/08,
*NEW 08/09 2:30-4 PM, Feeling Safe, Being Safe Going Forward


*NEW 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

*NEW 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 08/15  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 08/19  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 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


REPORTS, ODDS & ENDS 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


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.



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

*NEW 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


*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  Casting Notice – Seeking 6-11 y.o.( to ply a 7 y.o.) Female (any ethnicity) WC user for an ongoing role in Netflix Series – Raising Dion). Shooting approximately 7/18-2/19 (Atlanta, GA)  As part of their commitment to diversity, they seek to cast the role as authentically as possible.  Please e-mail a recent photo, age, and location to:


SAIL - Human Services Professional to provide professional assistance to programs that help PWDs based out of the Ballston Spa office but the position could include travel to Warren, Washington, Clinton, Essex, Saratoga, Fulton, Montgomery, and Hamilton Counties. Bachelors in a human services field preferred and appropriate professional skills in written and verbal communication. Experience with individuals with disabilities and home and community based services a desired quality. Position is full time hours, 37.5, with mileage reimbursement and benefits Salary 32,500-35,000. Submit a letter of interest to: Job Opportunity, Southern Adirondack Independent Living Center, 71 Glenwood Ave., Queensbury, NY 12804 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


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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 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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