The DIA Events Page

Posted April 21, 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


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


Alex Elegudin, Wheeling Forward’s ICS Youtubes

#1;  #2;  #3 Have You Had Difficulty Paying For or Accessing Prescription Drugs? We Want to Hear From You


ABLE Newspaper:   Read about Viscardi Student Walkout for Gun Safety; Stephen Hawking Dies; Disability Integration Act; ADAPT Action in Washington; Paralympics and more..  NYC disability service facilitators   April 2018 Also available at the DIA Website. Featuring stories about:

- DIA's support for the TLC (for a change); New airline policies for service and support animals; Alaska bans sub-minimum wage; 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

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)

*NEW Every Sun (from 04/22) 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) 

*NEW 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.

*NEW 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 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  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!


04/21 8 AM, Disabled 5K Walk, Run. Ride (Soundview Park, Lafayette & Morrison Ave, Bx)


Outdoor Hand Cycling (Burke 2 West Gym – Ground Floor, White Plains) The outdoor program is designed for individuals looking to develop their ability so they participate in local ride and competition opportunities that are held off-campus. Practices begin 4/17. Individuals with their own hand cycles are welcome.  Alexandra Oudheusden, P: 914-597-2248 or Upcoming team events include:

04/29, Helen Hayes Classic Road Race 10K/5K:

05/06, Burke Heels & Wheels 5K Road Race & Walk:

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


*NEW 05/05-06 10:30-12:30 PM, 2nd Annual Cary Leeds Wheelchair Tennis Tournament (1720 Crotona Ave Bx)


*NEW 05/12  10-3 PM, Bx Fathers Taking Action- Bronx Family Day Olympiad-(Williamsbridge Oval Park, 3225 Reservoir Oval, Bx) a child & adult play together for points & a chance to be this yr’s Champion Olympic Style Recommended ages 6-16 Preregistration is required 718-590-6431


*NEW 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.

*NEW 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:


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


04/22  3:30-6::36 PM, Create an Earth Day Poster (Ages 7-13) (2 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn) Use Adobe Photoshop to create a poster raising awareness for Earth Day! $55


04/22 & 29  3:30-6:30 PM, Design Marketing Materials (Ages 14-21) (2 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn) Design flyers, business cards, and more for $75  


04/26-29, Gallop NYC Longines Masters of NY (Nassau Vets Memorial Coliseum (Nassau Co) Tickets: code GALLOPAG


*NEW 04/29  3:30-6:30 PM, Create Animated Gifs (Ages 7-13) (2 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn) Design animated gifs that may be featured in our app,! $55 Register Here


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



Deadline 05/09,  CMS’s Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, Mathematica Policy Research is seeking public comment on the measure specification and justification for a quality measure currently under development. The measures are called: “Improving or Maintaining Physical Health in Younger Dual Eligible Adults” and “Improving or Maintaining Mental Health in Younger Dual Eligible Adults.” A memo listing questions for public comment, as well as the measure information forms (MIF) and measure justification forms (MJF), are available in zip files on the webpage under List of Currently Accepting Comments.


*NEW  05/16 Letter of intent due & 07/23 full proposal due, NYSHealth Funding Opportunity Now Open: Patients as Partners’


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



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)



04/16  11 AM, Livery Rd Table v TLC FHV Access Rules (500 Pearl St #6B) Judge Gabriel Gorenstein

04/25 10:30 AM, DRA v NYC Sidewalk Case Court Fairness Hearing (500 Pearl St)

04/30 10 AM, Council FHV Bill Hearing (City Hall, Chamber 2nd floor)

05/03  11 AM, Livery Rd Table v TLC FHV Access Rules (500 Pearl St #6B) Judge Gabriel Gorenstein

05/16 TBA, FHV#2  (Uber, VIA & Lyft) article 78 (State Supreme Court. 1 Centre St, Chambers – Reade) 



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.


04/07-15, PBNYC vote week You can vote online or at a poll sites in your City Council district. If you don’t know who is your Council Member call 311


*NEW 04/16 (5-9 PM) & 17 (TBA), 2018 Caregiving Technology Fair (CaringKind, 360 Lexington Ave, 4th Floor) 04/16 $10 & 04/17 free



05/01-05/04  Get to the Core of It: Integrating CIL Core Services for a Holistic Consumer Experience (Tempe, Az) Registration end date 03/31


04/04-05/30  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, Knowing Yourself as a Change Agent Part 2; 05/02, What is my Culture? What are my Values? Part 1; 05/16, What is my Culture? What are my Values? Part 2; 05/30 Cultural Perspectives on Self-Care in Leadership 

04/13-10/28 The Senses: Design Beyond Vision (Cooper Hewitt, 2 E 91 St) A call to action for a multisensory design practice, with thematic essays on topics ranging from inclusive design approaches to creative uses of sensory experiences


05/04, & 06/15 10:30-11:30 AM, For Visitors with Memory Loss We Sing! at CaringKind (360 Lexington Ave)

*NEW 05/07-25, More than a Motto, Registration deadline 04/20 :

*NEW 05/12-17, National ADAPT Spring Action, Wash DC)

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

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

*NEW 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



04/21 3rd Annual Car Free Day NYC: Uptown  St. Nicholas Ave, 181-190; Downtown, Broadway 14-42 Sts  educational programming, performances, and much more!

04/21  10 AM), Disability Resource Fair (Y, 2 Castle Hill Ave, Bx) 

04/21  10-11 AM,  Sights & Sounds @ the Cloister Gardens (The Cloisters, Main Hall, Ft Tryon Park) Free, but reservations are required include date, time & topic

04/21  10-2 PM, Shred-a-thon, Earth Day Edition! (82 St Greenmarket, 1-2 Aves)

*NEW 10:30-11:30 AM, Braille Study Group (Heiskell Library, 40 W 20 St) Ends early with option to join Tactile Tactis workshop) for lcome readers with all levels of vision and Braille experience, from absolute beginners to those who need help with UEB and Nemeth. Register or 212-621-0627

*NEW 04/21  11-1:30 PM, Tactile Tactics with Annie Leist: Best Practices for Tactile Design ((Heiskell Library, 40 W 20 St) Join us for a workshop designed to get you thinking about how to design effective and meaningful tactile graphics and models to engage people with and without vision. Explore the differences between visual and tactile experience, and learn how to use that awareness to thoughtfully plan,create, and select successful tactile representations and objects to serve constituents and engage audiences. You’ll also review strategies on how to implement the tactiles well, and how context can impact a tactile’s meaning. Register or 212-621-0627

*NEW 04/21 noon-3 PM or when truck is full, AARP NY Operation Stop Scams: Shred Event (Eastchester Church of God, 3020 Eastchester Rd, Bx)

*NEW 04/21  2-4:45 PM, DescribeAthon2018 ((Heiskell Library, 40 W 20 St) Make your favorite Youtube videos more accessible by adding verbal description. People with all levels of vision will work together to craft and voice descriptions using Bring your own laptop or use one of ours. Beginners and pros are welcome! Register or 212-621-0627


04/23 noon-2 PM, DRNY’s Patients’ Rights to Sign Language Interpreters (Midtown W Luxury Business Ctr, 1441 Broadway, Davinci Rm, Floor 6) Effective communication in health care is vitally important for both patient and provider, and becomes a complex issue for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. An informative & creative exchange of ideas & perspectives on the laws, and the best ways to meet legal requirements and address patient needs Registration deadline 04/16 & accommodation: lunch will be served


04/24  10-11 AM, NY StateWide Senior Action Council Telephone Teach In: Appeals of Durable Medical Equipment Coverage Decisions for Medicare Beneficiaries Register 800-333-4374 712-832-8300 Password: 6258645

*NEW 04/24  3-4:30 PM, Cross Disability Services: Serving Consumers with Mental Health/Substance Use Disabilities

Apr 24, 2018 3-4 PM, Nat’l “Getting It Right 2018” Conference Preview 


04/25 10:30 AM, DRA Sidewalk Case Court

04/25 10:30 AM For Visitors with Early-Stage Dementia & 2 PM For Visitors with Memory Loss - JM Journeys For Visitors with Memory Loss (1109 Fifth Ave) Register or 212.423.3289 indicate the tour time

*NEW  04/25  11-3 PM, Action Day Join NYTWA to fight Wall Street greed (City Hall Steps) for groups to participate,  to lobby your Member  to endorse the campaign

04/25 noon Taxi Driver Rally for Diaz Legislation (City Hall Steps)

04/25 1:30 PM Stated Council meeting Diaz bill introduced & trying to get vote

*NEW 04/25  2-5 PM, AARP NY Operation Stop Scams: Shred Event (Glory of God Christian Ctr, 5910 Foster Ave,E 59 St-Ralph Ave, BK)

04/25  3-4 PM, Preventing & Responding to Sexual Violence & Sexual Harassment in CILs

04/25  3-4 PM, Getting the Coverage You’re Entitled To: Part D Appeals & the Late Enrollment Penalty Fee:$40 per person for the live webinar & recording, or $30 per person for the recording Register:


04/26 ADAPT Community Network: Family Connect Summit (NYAM, 1216 Fifth Ave, entry 103 St) 

04/26  6:30 PM, Enjoy Drinks & Savories to Benefit CityParks Youth Environmental Educ Progs (Tesla Meatpacking, 860 Washington) RSVP by 04/12 Meaghan Butler 12-360-8185 or

04/26  6:30-8:30 PM, Sexual Harassment in the Cultural Community (Whitney Museum of American Art,  Floor 3
99 Gansevoort St) Join Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl for an open, audience-led conversation on sexual harassment and gender equity in the culture industry. All genders are welcome and encouraged to attend. Q&A with CCHR and the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence This event is closed to press.

04/26 4-6 PM, Changes to NYS’s Medicaid Service Coordination program (Lifespire, Fresh Start Program, 237-25 Jamaica Ave, Bellerose) RSVP: Anna Quinones-Brown, 347-682-1965 or

04/26  6:30-8 PM, NAMI Ask The Lawyer (505 8 Ave, 35 St) With Robert Freedman Legal guardianship, Advanced directives, Benefits and entitlements, Special needs trusts Registration required

04/26  5:30-8:30 PM, NYS Disability Rights Hall of Fame Ceremony. (Hilton Garden Inn, Troy)

04/26  6-9 PM, CM Helen Rosenthal’s 5th Annual Town Hall (JCC, 334 Amsterdam Ave) RSVP, questions & accommodations

04/26 7-9 PM, Future Success of the NYCTA Subway (City Museum of NY,1120 Fifth Ave, 103 St) MTA Board Member Veronica Vanterpool, MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota, and New York Times reporter Sarah Maslin Nir. Demand the MTA implement full elevator accessibility now! The people have a clear vision for a better MTA, and we deserve to be part of any discussion on the MTA's "future success".


*NEW 04/28 9-noon, AARP NY Operation Stop Scams: Shred Event (Esplanade Gardens, 2569 AC Powell Blvd, 147-148 Sts)

04/28  9-3 PM, Manhattan DA Cyrus R. Vance Jr. CLEAN SLATE, Clear Your Summons Warrant  (YM & YWHA Wash Heights & Inwood, 54 Nagle Ave)

04/28  10-2 PM, National Prescription Take Back Day a safe way to dispose of pharmaceuticals without harming the environment. (for locations

04/28  1:30 PM, Youth Power! Celebrate Autism Acceptance Month Autism in Love Screening (Albany Public Library; 161 Washington Ave, Albany). It will be following by a group discussion on the film. Registration Zack Kilmer, NYISA Coordinator  or 518-708-3808.


04/30  9:30 AM,  Diaz FHV Bill & (City Hall, Chamber 2nd floor)

04/30  5:30-8 PM, Cong Jerrold Nadler, Attend My Congressional Town Hall  (HS of Fashion Industry, 225 w 24 St, 7-8 Aves) Register


*NEW 05/02  9-3:30 PM, Gender Parity Summit: How Parity Makes Organizations Stronger (Manny Cantor Center, 197 East Broadway)

*NEW 05/02 6-8 PM 6:45 (for bilingual legal consult) Housing Clinic: DHCR I: IAI and MCI’s issues (Goddard Riverside 593 Columbus Ave, b/t 88-89 Sts) 


*NEW 05/03  8:30-10:30 AM, Roundtable for Boomers and Seniors Civil Engagement (LHNH, 331 E 70 St, 1-2 Aves)  RSVP or 212-490-9535.

*NEW 05/03  11 AM, Assembly Health Committee: Assembly bill A.2383-A Medical Aid in Dying (250 Bway, 19 floor) RSVP deadline 04/18 & accommodations Monica Miller, 518-455-4941

*NEW  05/03  2:30-4 PM, US Access Board-Recreational Facilities A Refresher (ADA & ABA Standards for recreational facilities


*NEW  05/04  8:15-9:30 AM, 154th CityLaw Breakfast: 4th Annual Civic Fame Awards (NY Law School 185 W B’way, Worth & Leonard Sts, floor 2) Featured Speaker: Errol Louis, Host, Inside City Hall; 2018 Civic Fame Awardees: Richard Condon, Hon. Paul  Crotty, Gene Russianoff, Dennis Walcott, RSVP:


*NEW 05/06  3 PM, Laugh for a Cause! 3rd Insight Fundraiser (Gov Comedy @ McGuires, 1627 Smithtown Ave, Bohemia) tickets $20 631-445-3464, 18+ to attend, 2 beverage minimum raffles  


*NEW 05/07  10:30-11:20 AM, Transit Center & Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal protest the closure of the 72nd Street B/C station, (March from 72 & CPW to Columbus Circle) another stop that's closing for months but without receiving elevators or ADA improvements. Colin Wright,  or 646.661.2007


*NEW 05/08  2-4 PM, State of Rural Housing

*NEW 05/10  2-3:30 PM, The Met: Access Program for Visitors Who Are Blind or Partially Sighted Visitors to Versailles (1682–1789)

*NEW 05/10  3:30 PM, ADA National Network Learning Session: FEMA's Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC) Town Hall

*NEW -5/14  6-9 PM, The INCLUDE Awards, Celebrating 35 years of love, equity, and access for young people with disabilities  (Bryant Park Grill, 25 W 40 St)

*NEW 05/17  noon-2 PM, A Conversation About Rating Health Care: What Have We Learned and How Can We Engage Consumers? (NYSHealth Conference Room, 1385 Broadway, 23rd Floor, 38 St)

*NEW 05/17  3-4 PM,  Save the Date Many Voices of iPhone!  212-702-7760

*NEW 05/17  6:30 PM, GallopNYC Barn Dance (The Foundry, 42-38 9 St, LIC) Award-winning BBQ dinner from Hometown Bar-B-Que, Live music featuring musicians from Jalopy Square Dancing featuring caller Dave Harvey, Bourbon Tasting from Van Brunt Stillhouse, Appetizers, Open Bar, Dessert  Dress in your fanciest barn gear  Tickets

*NEW 05/17 6:30 PM Cocktails 7:30 PM Dinner, NYLAG Gala (The Pierre, NYC) Business Attire


*NEW 05/18, This Year's Theme: Community Helpers & Heroes Submission Due- 2019 VSA NYC Calendar Project Email A high resolution photo to CALENDAR@VSANYC.ORG


*NEW 05/18  10–11:30 am, Whitney, Access Verbal Description and Touch Tour For People Who are Blind or Have Low Vision Zoe Leonard: Survey  (99 Gansevoort St Floor 5, Neil Bluhm Family Galleries) reservations required or 212 671-1823

*NEW 05/18  7 PM, The Rhythm of Life The 21st Annual Lighthouse Guild at The Met Concert (Met 1000 5th Ave) Free with Museum admission

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

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

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

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

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


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

*NEW 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)

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

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

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

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


*NEW 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  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.

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

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


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


*NEW 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


REPORTS, ODDS & ENDS iciencies-2009-through-2016/

Nursing facilities are one part of the long-term care delivery system that also includes home and community based services, but their relatively high cost has led them to be the focus of much attention from policymakers. Medicaid plays a major role in financing nursing facility care in the United States, and policy proposals to limit federal financing for Medicaid may lead to cuts in eligibility or scope of coverage for long-term care services. In addition, regulations effective November 2016 aimed to address longstanding challenges in quality and safety in nursing facilities. As the demand for long term care continues to increase and policy proposals and regulations unfold, the characteristics, capacity, and care quality of facilities remain subjects of concern among consumers and policy makers


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



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 04/30, Kresge Foundation‘s Emerging Leaders in Public Health (ELPH) initiative is an ongoing leadership development initiative to equip local public health officers with knowledge and skills to lead in today’s changing health care environment.


*Deadline 04/30 2 twelve week internship position @ the Wash DC


Deadline 05/01 Call for disabled artists who address disability in their work, all mediums except for 3D, for the exhibition Artists Undeterred at the Pride Center of SI  Please send high resolution JPEGs, artist statement, resume/CV or bio, with contact information by May 1, 2018. Dimensions up to 30 x 40; video up to 5 minutes.


*Deadline 06/06 5 PM, 2018 NBCUniversal 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.  American Printing House for the blind 150th Anniversary Essay Contest. 


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



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,  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


NY Alliance has secured a grant to conduct research and connect with families regarding your experiences with residential options for your family member with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and your plans for continued support after you are no longer able to provide it.


The Spinal Cord Injury and Disability Research Center (SCIDR) at TIRR Memorial Hermann is recruiting for a study to test a psychological health promotion program for women with SCI. The 10-week group program, Zest: A Psychological Health Promotion Program for Women with SCI is delivered in the online virtual world of Second Life. Eligible participants will be randomized (like flipping a coin) to either the Zest program or a control group. All participants will complete online assessments at three time points. Participants will receive a small payment for their time. You may be eligible if you: Are a woman at least 18 years of age; Have had a traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) and are a least one year post injury; Have access to a computer with high speed internet connection; Are able to use a computer and communicate in online group conversations in English. or 713.797.7570


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 24-week behavioral study for children with autism, Albert Einstein College of Medicine’l Survey on Health Reform & Disability seeks adults (18-62) with disabilities to participate in the survey. Whether or not you complete the survey, you will be eligible to win one of 3 gift cards. If you prefer to do the survey over the phone or have any question 855-556-6328 or  Disability Rights NY want you to know your rights to accessible retail establishments. If you represent a business & would like to learn more about the ADA & accessibility requirements: CIDNY's AAR Survey

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