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Posted February 16, 2018
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Queens Deadline? application must be notarized Info Vicky Morales Casella 718-286-2900

Staten Island Deadline? or 718-816-2141


 NYS Health Commissioner Howard Zucker MD calls upon all NYers (6 months of age + older) who have not yet received a flu shot to do so as soon as possible! He also reminds us to carry Purell & wash your hands! This has been a “moderately severe” (particularly bad) flu season. The only state without widespread flu activity is Hawaii


on hiatus thru 03/06 Every Tuesday 5:30-7:30 PM, Advocacy Training: Who is looking Out for Your Rights? (Axis Project, 1325 Fifth Ave, enter E 112 St) A joint project of Axis, Civic League & DIA


Every Friday CaringKind Social Work Services (MMCC, 3450 DeKalb Ave, Bx) individual & family counseling for those affected by Alzheimer’s or related disorders 2018 NY


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


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


*NEW 03/18  Board Noon -1 PM; DIA Meetings 1:30-4 PM (Selis Manor, 135 W 23 St, 6-7 Aves) 04/15, 05/27, 06/24, 07/15, 08/19, 09/23, 10/21 & 11/18  Inclement Weather: Cancelations will be announced on Saturdays 30 minutes after sundown on our web site and answering machine 718-261-3737; DIA hats & t-shirts! Shirts Medium - XXXL Hat or shirt $15, hat & shirt $25 Order & prepay @ any meeting to receive merchandise @ next meeting. 718-261-3737 please call if you want to purchase DIA merchandise; DIA Dues: you can pay on the DIA web site by PayPal Your dues status is the date on your address label.  TLC’s Central Dispatch has been expanded to all 5 boroughs  646-599-9999 or 311


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


ABLE Newspaper:   includes Nadina LaSpina's impassioned speech from the Women's March; TNC Fees; AAR Audit and more The DIA New Activist News includes the latest Event Lists  NYC disability service facilitators


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


Adaptive Hubs: W. Bx Rec Center, 1527 Jessup Ave, Bx; McCarren Play Center, 776 Lorimer St, Bklyn; Gertrude Ederle Rec Center 232 W 60 St, Man: Al Oerter Rec Ctr, 131-40 Fowler Ave, Queens; Greenbelt Rec Center, 501 Brielle Ave, Walcott -Rockland Aves, Sea View Hospital, SI) You must be a NYC Park/Rec member to participate in NYC Parks programs 212-360-1430


Every Sun  1-2 PM, WC B Ball, NY Rolling Fury Youth (Gertrude Ederle Rec Ctr 232 W 60 St, W End -Amsterdam Aves)

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

Every Tue  3:30-4:40 PM, Adaptive Yoga  (Burke Sports Center Gym, Main Campus) Seated class is modified to meet the participants’ needs and goals

Every Tue  7-9 PM, WC B Ball, Axis Project Adult (348 E 54 St, 1-2 Aves, Man)

Every Tue  7:30-9:30 PM, WC B Ball, Adult (Al Oerter Rec Ctr, 131-40 Fowler Ave, College Point Blvd, Queens)

Every Wed  7:30-9:30 PM WC B Ball, Adult (W Bx Rec Ctr, 1527 Jessup Ave, 172 St & Cross Bx Expressway, Bronx)

Every Th  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!


NEW January Yoga with Alexandra (Sports Center, Burke Main Campus) registration914-597-2805

·       02/25, 03/11   1-3 PM, Roll Call WC Dance (Simplay, 180 Commerce Dr, Hauppauge)

·       02/26  5:30-6:30 PM Miracle Ball Method Classes  pre-registration required 24 hrs before class $15 per class or punch on “class-card” ,

·       02/28 Slow Flow Yoga series $15 per class or punch on “class-card” ,


02/18  1-3 PM, Roll Call WC Dance (76 Schaarlenburgh Rd, Harrington Park, NJ)


Every Tu. 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. Registration deadline 02/05


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

02/20-23 10-4 PM, Redesign a Website (14-21) NYU Tandon, 2 Metro Tech 8th floor, Bk) $475

02/20-23 10-4 PM, Game Design (7-13) NYU Tandon, 2 Metro Tech 8th floor, Bk) $475 Spend your winter break creating a playable game.



Due Date 03/02 FTA Seeks Comments on Automated Transit Bus Technology Research  Comments received will help FTA develop future Notices of Funding Opportunities for transit bus automation demonstrations and help inform the U.S. Department of Transportation’s policymaking on automation. Comments are due March 2, 2018. FTA Vehicle Automation Requests for Comment

Due Date ~ 04/07 Due to be published 02/07 + 60 Days) Mental Health Eduation in Schools Draft Regulations Comments or



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, 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 03/03, Neighborhood Leadership Institute, participatory workshop series that teaches organizing and advocacy skills to build the capacities of community leaders.  03/03 Grassroots Fundraising. or 212-822-9563


Until 02/28, 30th Creating Change Conf (Marriott Wardman Park, Wash DC)

02/20-23, SILC Congress: The Path Forward to Greater Independence (Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando) reservations 800.204.7234

02/21-22, Wed 10-3 PM, TH TBA, ADAPT training & Practice Action (LIILC, 3601 Hempstead Turnpike, Suites 208 & 500, Levittown) Nassau Co bus info: 516-766-6722. For info on getting LICIL office & to the action from the LIRR.(ti LIRR Hicksville by 9:30 AM) call Marie Magee SILO  631-880-7929 x 139

02/26-03/16 Getting on Board: Training for Boards of Directors in Independent LivingRegistration Deadline 2/19

03/02 1-3 PM or 03/05 6-7:30 PM, NAMI Lobby Day Training (NAMI NYC) is your opportunity to share your personal story with elected officials and speak to their staff about issues that matter to you!

03/05-06, Everyone Reading Conference: Dyslexia and Related Learning Disabilities (CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, 34 St)  

03/05-04/02, Customized Employment Webinar

*NEW 03/07 (9-11 AM, 125 Worth St) & 08 (3-5 PM, (Silberman SW, 2180 3rd Ave) Housing Stakeholders Group to help Inform Where We Live NYC . RSVP  You must select which location you wish to attend,

03/08-10 6:30 PM Heidi Latsky Dance On Display in the Round (Baruch Performing Arts Center) /DISPLAYED 212-352-3101

03/08-14, ReelAbilities Film Festival NYC Disabilities Film Festival (JCC, 334 Amsterdam Ave, 76 St)

03/10 – 13, Youth Power NY Institute for Self Advocacy age requirement 21+ , (Hilton Garden Inn, Troy) Graduates will move onto the Emerging Leaders Network

*NEW 04/04-07 YOUTH POWER!'s NY 2018 Western Region Youth (14-24) Leadership Forum & Foundations for Leadership! (Adam’s Mark Hotel & Event Center, Buffalo) two great opportunities available for youth & parent/caregivers in the Western Region! We are now accepting applications for the 2018 Western Region Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) and accompanying Foundations for Leadership parent/caregiver workshop series: Youth & parent/caregivers don’t need to both attend both. Application  deadline 03/11



02/17  11-1 PM, CM Rosenthal’s Civics 101 (St. Agnes Library 444 Amsterdam Ave) As part of the proud tradition of civic engagement, this dialogue will cover the state of affairs in local politics and how residents can engage in civic activism.


02/18  noon-1 PM Board & 1:30-4 PM, DIA Meeting (Selis Manor, 135 W 23 St, 6-7 Aves) Buy DIA hats & t-shirts! Shirts Medium  XXXL Hat or shirt $15, hat & shirt $25 Inclement Weather: Cancelations will be announced on Saturdays 30 minutes after sundown on our web site and answering machine 718-261-3737


*NEW  02/20  1-2 PM, Organizers Forun:Sexual Assault, Disability & #MeToo  515-739-1285  521837#   online CART https/ 0

02/20, CM Johnson’s 2018 Community Resource Fair (LGBT Center, 208 W 13 St # 301) . Connect with important City services and nonprofit organizations that provide resources for the community. RSVP 212-564-7757


02/21  10:30 (Early Stage Dementia) & 2 PM memory loss) JM Journey for Visitors with Memory Loss: Scenes from the Collection (1109 Fifdth Ave) 212-423-3289 or please include which session

02/21  2:30 PM, AMNH – Science Tours for Visitors who are blind or partially sighted  verbal descriptions and touchable objects: Real Stories Told by the Dioramas (AMNH 79 St & CPW) Experience the Museum’s dioramas in depth and learn how these iconic “windows on nature” play a role in wildlife conservation and public education. Advance registration is required. Free for Members or with Museum admission. or 212-769-5567  

02/21  1:30-3 PM, Brooklyn Botanic Garden Memory Tour & Activity for visitors with dementia & caregivers: (Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 455 Flatbush Ave) Free registration required  or 718-623-7267

02/21  3-4 PM, MRC Webinar / Medicare Interactive, Medicare & Job-based Insurance: What You Need to Know  The difference between primary & secondary insurance; Medicare and Employer Group Health Plans; How Medicare and retiree insurance work together; How Medicare works with COBRA; The Part B Special Enrollment Period (SEP) Medicare enrollment outside of set enrollment periods Fee: $40 per person for the live webinar and recording, or $30 per person for the recording only


02/22  1 PM, EARN Webinar Intro to Accessibility What Employers Need to Know to Create a Technology Accessible  Workplace


02/22  1:10 PM, NYC Transit Riders Council: Congestion Pricing (2 B'WAY, across from the Bowling Green 4/5 elevators)  Sam Schwartz, President –  Engineering and Member of the Fix NYC Advisory Panel, to Discuss Potential Designs for Congestion Pricing in Manhattan. Register 212-878-7087 or in advance to facilitate building entry. Photo ID required to enter building. Question have been raised as to whether vehicles with disabled symbol license plates or hang tag should be subject to Congestion pricing  Bring your lunch!


02/22  9-5 PM, Technology & Information Toolkit for NY’s Government / Digital NY Summit & Awards  (Manny Cantor, 197 East Broadway) register  nonprofit rate available after noon 01/12

02/22  6-7:30 PM, Verbal Description and Touch Tour for Blind individuals & those with low vision: Rodin at the Brooklyn Museum - The Body in Bronze. (Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway) Refreshments Free, reservation required


*NEW 02/23 12:30-2 PM, Power of the Arts: Nat’l Dance Inst Center for Learning & the Arts (217 W 147 St  )


02/24  11-5 PM, Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Dog (The Met 1000 Fifth Ave) or 212-650-2010 (voice) to request ASL interpretation at least one week in advance


02/25  2-3:30 PM, Met Escapes for individuals living with dementia, together with their family members or care partners Art-Making Workshop (The Met, 1000 Fifth Ave, Uris Center for Education) Free; reservations required. 212-650-2010 or


02/26 2:30 PM, SAMHSA: Criminal Justice, the ADA and People with Mental Illness https://events-na3.adobe

02/26  3-6:30 PM, Primary Care Summit: What really Matters in Health Care Reform (The Rooftop @ Manny Cantor Centor, 197 E Broadway)

02/26   6:30-8:30 PM, AHRC Town Hall (83 Maiden Lane, Man) 212-780-2500


02/27, NYAPRS Legislative Day (Albany) limit WC space, call Carla 212-780-1400 x 7726

·       6:30 AM, Howie the Harp, 2090 AC Powell Jr Blvd  Carla 212-780-1400 x 7726

·       6:30 AM, Babies R Us, Union Sq Carla 212-780-1400 x 7726

·       7:00 AM, 1710 Vyse Ave (174 St) Carla 212-780-1400 7726

·       6:30 AM, Venture House 150-10 Hillside Ave, Jamaica David 718-658-7201 x 1531 

·       6:30 AM, ICL, downtown Bk, 50 Nevins St, State St, Bk Charles Sanchez 212-385-3030

02/27  8:30-9:30 AM, Lincoln Square BID: Emergency Preparedness Training (TD Bank, 68 & Broadway) free emergency preparedness training provided by the Red Cross, hosted by TD Bank. Get the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible. A light continental breakfast will be served. RSVP by 02/23

02/27  8:30-11:30 AM, Quality Improvement Organization: Person & Family Engagement Initiatives in NY(CMS Regional Office, 26 Fed Plaza, 6th floor Conf Rm A)

02/27  12:30-1:30 PM, Clinical Conf: Hang Up & Drive (Burke, 785 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains)


*NEW 02/28  2 PM, Verbal Description Tour for Visitors who are blind or have low vision: Scenes from the Collection (1109 Fifth Ave) RSVP: access@thejm.orgor 212.423.3289

02/28  6:30 PM, Assembly Member Carroll State Budget Town Hall (IS 890, 21 Hinckley Place BK)

02/28  Descriptive Gallery Tour for visitors who are blind or have limited vision: Scenes from the Collection (Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Ave) featuring more than 650 works from antiquities to contemporary art. Registration required,

*NEW 03/01  2:30-4 PM, Access Board Webinar an open question-and-answer session. Questions are welcome on any of the Board's guidelines or standards, including the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards and new standards for medical diagnostic equipment, as well as other topics related to the work of the Board. Questions can be submitted in advance or during the session.


*NEW 03/08  6-8 PM, Preserving the Legacy of Holocaust Survivors (Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, 250 W 55 st) Miguel Ramirez, 212-971-5491 or  tickets

*NEW 03/14 1:30-3 PM, Access Board (Access Board Conf, 1331 F St, NW, #800, Wash DC) Agenda: election of Board officers & other activities 2:45-3 PM public comment period. Those interested in making comments in person or by phone email to Rose Bunales   with “Access Board  - Public Comment" in the subject line & include your name, organization, state, & topic of your comment in the body of the Fragrance-free environment, attendees are requested not to use perfume, cologne, or other fragrances.

*NEW 03/15 8:30 AM, Crain's 2018 Arts & Culture Breakfast: Beyond the Usual Suspects - Finding Funds from Nontraditional Sources (Con Edison Conference Center, 4 Irving Place, 14 St)

*NEW 03/18  Board Noon -1 PM; DIA Meetings 1:30-4 PM (Selis Manor, 135 W 23 St, 6-7 Aves) 03/18, 04/15, 05/27, 06/24, 07/15, 08/19, 09/23, 10/21 & 11/18  Inclement Weather: Cancelations will be announced on Saturdays 30 minutes after sundown on our web site and answering machine 718-261-3737; DIA hats & t-shirts! Shirts Medium - XXXL Hat or shirt $15, hat & shirt $25 Order & prepay @ any meeting to receive merchandise @ next meeting. 718-261-3737 please call if you want to purchase DIA merchandise; DIA Dues: you can pay on the DIA web site by PayPal Your dues status is the date on your address label.



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.  Subscription Feature A new feature is now available on the Office of Disability Employment Policy’s Data and Resources to Inspire a Vision of Employment website that allows users to sign up for periodic updates on state-level policy and practice innovations, technical assistance initiatives, and outcomes that are most relevant to them. Information is vital to ensuring that systems and services put Employment First; this new feature is designed to customize the delivery of information to the users who require it.  Users can go to the DRIVE website to select the states, service delivery systems, policy topics, and data sets that most interest them, and will receive notification when information that matches these preferences is added to the site. Videos of Transition and Diversion Training 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.


Accessible Shared Sts: Notable Practices & Considerations for Accommodating Pedestrians with Vision Disabilities download PDF version (40 pages)  Watch the video to learn more about ASLdeafined  Access Denied captures the heart of the accessible taxi landscape through the eyes of a wheelchair user. We are grateful to the many friends and professionals that helped this project come to fruition  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 Bx DD Council Family Support Guide  Introducing WID E3 WID E3 is an online resource to assist those serving youth/adults WDs and their supporters with information, strategies, and techniques that will help to increase the potential of youth/adults WDs for work and economic participation. WID E3 addresses the often overlooked roadblocks to full inclusion and equity. Focus on 5 key subjects & strategies: Disability and Employment Empowerment; Benefits & Work Incentives; Economic Inclusion; Career ACCESS Initiative; & ABLE 101 Palliative Care in NYS has just been updated. It provides important and relevant information about palliative and end of life care and advance care planning for patients and their loved ones, as well as for health care professionals. It contains over 50 answers to common questions that are asked. Specific information is provided on general health care rights, palliative care, the Palliative Care Access Act, the Palliative Care Information Act, hospice, and advance care planning & a resource list



NYCEM  Job Opening Emergency Preparedness Specialist M-F  9-5 PM salary range of $62,000-$68,000 in the division of Planning and Preparedness-Human Services (165 Cadman Plaza East Brooklyn, NY 11201. Lead the post-disaster housing recovery planning for NYC Create operational protocols, coordinate temporary housing models, and lead coalitions. Create a plan for housing recovery after a disaster within the city. To Apply: Current City Employees: via Employee Self-Service (ESS). Go to Recruiting Activities>Careers and search JOB ID# 315449 / Non-City Employees/External Candidates:via NYC Careers. Go to and search JOB ID# 315449


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 Emergency Snow Laborers $15/hr  & $22.5 after 40 hrs /wk remove snow/ice from bus stops step streets, and other locations


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. There will be a volunteer orientation in January.


Deadline 03/01 NOD’s 2018 Disability Employment Tracker provides companies’ confidential assessment of company’s disability inclusion policies and practices. Completion is required to be considered for Diversity Inc’s annual Top 10 Companies for PWDs. Top scorers have the opportunity to earn a NOD Leading Disability Employer Seal.


Deadline 03/01   Hamilton Relay Offers $500 Scholarships:


Deadline 03/02 AUCD Leadership Academy week-long program designed to enhance the skills of current and emerging leaders from the disability network to build coalitions to improve systems of supports and services.


Deadline  03/03 John D. Solomon Fellowship for Public Service is devoted specifically to emergency management. The program provides ten graduate students in the NYC area with the opportunity to complete a nine-month, paid fellowship in a NYC government agency or non-profit organization. The 2018-2019 participating agencies are: Emergency Management; DOH/MH; DFTA; MYPD; DO Educ; DSS; NYFD & Amer Red Cross of Greater NY.

***************************************** 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


Deadline 03/31 scholarships annually to blind and visually impaired students from across the US. The scholarships range in value from $3000-$12,000. Any legally blind, full-time college or graduate student may apply, as well as graduating high school seniors who will be attending college full-time in the fall of 2018.



02/01 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.


SURVEYS’l Survey on Health Reform & Disability seeks adults (18-62) with disabilities to participate in ttttttttttttttta 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 heakth


The Long Term Care Community Coalition is looking for individuals or families willing to speak to the press about a bad experience that they had in assisted living. It is our understanding that a major study will be released in the near future indicating that there are significant, widespread problems related to quality of care and even abuse in assisted living. I think that it would be very helpful to be able to connect reporters to residents, families or other who can speak to specific experiences. If they are interested in speaking to a reporter about their experience, please send their name, city, state and contact information to Please let them know that we will share their contact information with a news reporter in their area if we receive an inquiry but will not otherwise use or share their information.,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:
MedStar Nat’l Rehab Hosp.  SCI using an indwelling catheterization for bladder management or  SCI or Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and void for bladder management  (to validate a new tool that individuals with SCI will be able to use to) or
   (self-assess if their symptoms may be related to a UTI) Inger Ljungberg  or 202.877.1694 Measuring Quality of Life in PWDs: Implications for Mental Health Clinicians - helps to improve the quality of mental health care questions about quality of life, disability identity, and current relationships in order to better inform clinical practices in mental health Please consider offering your experience to help improve mental health care for people with disabilities. AAPD survey for people who require accessible parking, and/or have disabled placard or license plates, takes about 10 minutes and will have a major effect on policies related to parking for PWDs  Are you a US resident (Age 18+) who uses a service animal or other animal that assists you with your disability? If not, are you the parent of a child who uses such an animal? If so, the Southwest ADA Center ( would like to learn about your experiences with accessing public places with your animal. CIDNY's AAR Survey



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