The DIA Events Page

Posted November 17, 2017
Produced by Edith Prentiss
DIA Vice President for Legislative Affairs

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

12/01  11-1 PM,2017 International Day of Persons with Disabilities (UN HQ, Conference Room 4) Panel discussion on "Persons with disabilities as agents of change: lessons from disability-inclusive disaster reduction and humanitarian action for resilient and sustainable societies" UN Grounds Pass required. Lilibeth Benitez,

12/01 Heidi Latsky Dance (UN)

12/01 & 02, Heidi Latsky Dance NYU/Tisch School of the Arts (721 Broadway)

12/04  Heidi Latsky Dance  (City Hall) with MOPD


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 11/19  Board Noon -1 PM; DIA Meetings 1:30-4 PM (Selis Manor, 135 W 23 St, 6-7 Aves) 2018: 01/21, 02/18, 03/18, 04/15, 05/27, 06/24, 07/15, 08/19, 09/23, 10/21 & 11/18  Inclement Weather: Cancelations will be announced on Saturdays 30 minutes after sundown on our web site and answering machine 718-261-3737

DIA hats & t-shirts! Shirts Medium - XXXL Hat or shirt $15, hat & shirt $25 Order & prepay @ any meeting to receive merchandise @ next meeting. 718-261-3737

DIA Dues: you can pay on the DIA web site by PayPal Your dues status is the date on your address label. App:  Expanded to all5 boroughs


Disaster Survivors with Disabilities Hotline 800-626-4959 provides referrals for disaster assistance with: Disaster-related problem-solving; Evacuation strategies & issues; Shelter accessibility issues; Temporary housing strategies; Assistive device, DME and consumable medical supply referrals & Just-In-Time Disaster Response and Recovery Training- Web-Based and On-Site donations Disability Protection under the NYC Human Rights Law Have You Had Difficulty Paying For or Accessing Prescription Drugs? We Want to Hear From You (06/01-11/30) Find your evacuation zone designation & get information about how to prepare for hurricanes.


ABLE Newspaper:   Education & reform; Assistive Suicide; At Home Entrepreneurs; Service Dog Denied; Sports DIA New Activist News Letter has a September Edition.  NYC disability service facilitators


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


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


Every Sun afternoon (Sept-Thanksgiving), Soccer registration  for 5 yo + individuals with special needs (Central Park's North Meadow) WC users have not had a positive experience in soccer on grass fields, WSSL is working on creating a wheelchair sub-division to play on artificial surface or indoors. Registration $275, Early Bird $175 & scholarships can reduce to $30. Jim Karpe, WSSL VIP Division 516-655-2713

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

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

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

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

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

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

Every Th  5:30 – 8:30 PM, WC Softball (Forest Park - Victory Field, 83-38 Woodhaven Blvd, Glendale) until 09/29, 631-374-2337

212-360-1430 or    

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

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

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

Every Sat  2-6 PM, Table Tennis (Burke Sports Center Gym, Main Campus) Required registration form can be completed at the practice–no experience necessary. All ages and abilities!

*NEW 12/05  10-1 PM, 2017 Eighth Annual NYC Parks Paralympic Youth Track & Field Open (Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex, , 625 Father Cappodanno Blvd, SI) for schoolchildren between the ages of 7 - 21 years old. Signed parental waivers required! Rodolfo Guevara 212-360-3341 or Chris Noel 646-632-7344.


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


11/19  3:30-6:30 PM, Create a 3D City  (Ages 14 - 20) (NYU Tandon, 2 Metro Tech Center, 8th Fl, Brooklyn) Design 3D models and collaborate with peers to create an entire 3D city! See your city come to life with sound and graphics

11/19  3:30-6:30 PM, Make an Animation (Ages 7-13) (NYU Tandon, 2 Metro Tech Center, 8th Fl, Brooklyn) Use digital images you find and create to make fun animations!

*NEW 11/19  3:45-4:45 PM, Free Parent Talk with Gary Shulman: Needs, Wants, Wishes, & Dreams (NYU Tandon School of Engineering, 2 Metro Tech Center, 8th Fl, Brooklyn) Life can be difficult when caring for a child with a disability. This session will present all the support services that can bring some relief to your family.


*NEW 12/03  1-:30-PM, Tech Kids Unlimited Fundraiser ’17(Giphy, Inc, 416 W 13 St ##207) celebrate our incredible year that was made possible because of friends like you! Eat food, make a GIPHY collage, and hear from GIPHY & Google insiders!



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


Empire Justice Center: Are your clients having difficulties accessing sufficient home care services? EJC’s class action lawsuit (Scofero v Zucker 16-cv-6125-MAT-JWF) challenges MLTC mandatory enrollment to receive community based long term services (personal care & CDPAS). EJC is seeking additional plaintiffs to demonstrate this is an ongoing systemic problem. Plaintiffs can be in a nursing home or in the community. Geoffrey Hale 585-295-5730 or Elizabeth Siegel 518-925-2861


NYLAG  Guildnet & Northwell enrollees – When Guildnet’s MLTC closed,enrollees had to enroll in other plans. Many of the GuildNet enrollees switched, it is their understanding that remaining GuildNet enrollees will soon be auto-enrolled into other plans. NYLAG is looking to speak with anyone who is: still enrolled in GuildNet in Nassau, Suffolk or Westchester counties,

When transitioned to another plan, lost services because of that transition, and has not had those services restored, OR

is currently enrolled in Northwell in Suffolk or Nassau Cos. or call Emma Walters 212-613-5032.


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 12/07, Medicare Open Enrollment see the 2017 Guide To Fall Open Enrollment


Until 12/13  5:30-7:30 PM, Bx Vets Ctr - Art Therapy Workshop for Combat Vets (Bronx Vet Center, 2471 Morris Ave, Suite 1A, Bx) Mr. Bongioanni (Mr. B) 718-367-3500


Until 01/31, ACA Open Enrollment Period


11/13-19, Third Annual National Apprenticeship Week -  Apprenticeships provide demand-driven education, allowing apprentices to earn while they learn, and helping to close the skills gap between the skills job creators seek and job seekers need. The members of the Task Force, which represents companies, labor unions, trade and industry groups, and educational institutions, will identify strategies and proposals to promote apprenticeships.


11/19 & 20, Ruderman Inclusion Summit (Boston) / Art Beyond Sight Scholarships for conference registration & meals. Email your full name, disability organization affiliation, and your age; send information.


*NEW 12/04 & 05, Indiana Conference on Disability: Achieving the Good Life with Choice & Support (Indianapolis)

*NEW 12/06-08, Nat’l Workers’ Comp & Disability Conf (Las Vegas)  http:/  



11/18  11 AM, Big Apple Circus, Circus of the Senses  Autism Show  (Damrosch Park, Amsterdam Ave & W 62 St) (75 minutes)

*NEW 11/18  2-3 PM, ARCH for Autism Contemporary Ballet (Sheen Ctr, 18 Bleecker St, Elizabeth 0 Mott) $25 or 408-835-0282

11/18  6-8 PM, Audition (Gibney Dance, 280 Broadway, Studio G)  seeking dancers for its newest project. Disabled people of color highly encouraged to come  RSVP

11/18  7-10 PM, Limitless Free And United Fashion Show for PWDs (4224 Church Ave, Brooklyn) ,10 dollar suggested donation to go to the startup of my non- profit organization whose mission is to help disabled individuals to achieve their life dreams and goals.


11/19 noon-1 PM Board & 1:30-4 PM, DIA Meeting (Selis Manor, 135 W 23 St, 6-7 Aves) Speaker Council Member Andy Cohen Buy DIA hats & t-shirts! Shirts Medium  XXXL Hat or shirt $15, hat & shirt $25 2018 Meetings: Inclement Weather: Cancellations will be announced on Saturdays 30 minutes after sundown on our web site and answering machine 718-261-3737

*NEW  POL 5-6 PM, Advocating for Justice WBAI 99.5 FM or (MP3 recording after 6 PM) Arthur Schwartz Leslie Cagan, & Donovan Richards


11/20  11 AM, NYS Assembly Committee on Health, & Assembly Committee on Aging Hearing on Nursing Home Safety (250 Broadway, 19 floor)

11/20  6:30 PM Town Hall with District Attorney Eric Gonzalez Sponsored by Congregation Beth Elohim and #GetOrganizedBK (Congregation Beth Elohim, Garfield Place & 8th Ave, Bk) registration


11/21  9:45 AM, BFSSAC (888 Fountain Ave, Bldg 1, floor 2, BK) 718-642-8512

*NEW 11/21  10 AM, Public Hearing on City Art, Monuments & Markers Written & oral comments  Accommodations 

11/21  10:30 AM, Science Sense tours for visitors who are blind or have low vision Dinosaurs (AMNH, Central Park W & 79 St) Free for Members & with Museum admission. Registration is required 212-313-7565 or

*NEW 11/21  1-2 PM, LTCCC Fulfilling the Promise: Resident Rights Resident Care in the New Federal Standards for Nursing Homes or 712-770-4010 Code 878277# to receive material sara@ltccc.or note date of program

*NEW 11/21  1-2 PM, Organizerss’ Forum: Parenting & Disability   515-739-1285 Passcode 521847#: CART: Username :forum, password forum; /organizersforum   

*NEW 11/22  10 AM, Public Hearing on City Art, Monuments & Markers (125 Worth St) Written & spoken  Accommodations 

11/22  10:30 AM For Visitors with Early-Stage Dementia JM Journeys - Gallery Visit & Workshop Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress, from the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (1109 Fifth Ave) or 212.423.3289 

11/22  2 PM, 10:30 AM For Visitors with Memory Loss  JM Journeys - Gallery Visit & Workshop Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress, from the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem or 212.423.3289  if emailing, please include which session.


*NEW 11/27  10 AM, CARE NYC (307 E 116 St) learn about Free support services fo caregivers in English, Spanish & Haitian Creole register 877-577-9337 or

*NEW 11/27  10 AM, Public Hearing on City Art, Monuments & Markers (Bx Boro Hall, 851Grand Concourse, Bx) Comments or  Accommodations 


*NEW 11/28  10 AM, Public Hearing on City Art, Monuments & Markers (SI Boro Hall, 10 Richmond Terrace, SI)  Accommodations 

11/28  1-2:30 PM,  Section 508 Best Practice Webinar: W3C WCAG 2.0 Resources

11/28  6-8 PM, Tenement Museum ASL Tour, NO VOICE & LES reception (103 Orchard 2nd floor) 1863-1935 From the Panic of 1873 to the Depression Free but ticket are required or 877-975-3786


*NEW 11/29  3-4 PM, Medicare Interactive Special Enrollment Periods: Medicare in Specific Circumstances 

11/29  5:30-7:30  PM, DNC Disability Council Reception (Wash DC) DNC Chair Tom Perez & NH Sen Maggie HASSAN


*NEW 11/29  6-8 PM, AHRC: Sibling Experiences A Walk in Our Shoes (83 Maiden Lane)


11/30 1-4 PM, Emergency Management: Access & Functional Needs Disability Awareness Training (Niagara UniversityBisgrove Hall Academic Complex‐Rooms 350‐351) RSVP, 716‐286‐7355 or frdat@niagara.eduby 11/20


REPORTS, ODDS & ENDS Playlist (10 talks) Designing for disability Good design -- and smart technology -- should fuel inclusivity. These talks show how tech and design can empower DD Council Family Support Guide  Downstate NY ADAPT, There will be a civil disobedience training in November at ICS Brooklyn.  Introducing WID E3 WID E3 is an online resource to assist those serving youth and adults with disabilities and their supporters with information, strategies, and techniques that will help to increase the potential of youth and adults with disabilities for work and economic participation. WID E3 addresses the often overlooked roadblocks to full inclusion and equity. WID E3 resources focus on 5 key subjects and strategies: Disability and Employment Empowerment; Benefits & Work Incentives; Economic Inclusion; CareerACCESS Initiative; ABLE 101


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



Deadline 03/01/18 The 2018 Disability Employment Tracker Sponsored by the NOD, this tool provides companies’ confidential assessment of their disability inclusion policies and practices, providing tailored reports in four areas. Completion is required to be considered for Diversity Inc’s annual Top 10 Companies for PWDs. Top scorers have the opportunity to earn a NOD Leading Disability Employer Seal..


BCID, Outreach Worker: The NY Connects Program provides Information, Assistance and Options Counseling / Person-Centered counseling on Long Term Services and Support (LTSS) for older adults & PWDs. The position requires experience in community outreach and presentations, and creating agency and community linkages. Bilingual & ASL are pluses! Send a cover letter & resume to Milenka Berengolc Do not send your letter and resume by fax. Please use the job title as email header. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. 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


Deadline 11/19 ASAN 2018 Autistic Scholars Fellowship provides 4-6 autistic students with $5000 tuition scholarships to promote autistic leadership & create systemic changes on their campuses. The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies (PIDS) is helping the Red Cross find Disability Integration Leads (DIL). The DIL is a key volunteer inside role to ensure that disability is integrated into readiness & recovery in an emergency or disaster from social & independence models. DILs can be a volunteer or staff PWD from a disability focused non-profit like a CIL/ILC dedicated to emergency preparedness. We all know the advantage to owning a space inside the organizations that provide service in an emergency. DILs are needed in: AL, FL, IN, ME, MA, MI, MS, NH, NY, ND, OH, PI, PR, SD, TN, VT & WV. It is very important that we find PWDs to fill these roles - Nothing About Us Without Us!  Ted Jackson AAPD Career Center is a tool for job-seekers WDs to search for employment opportunities & a place for employers to post jobs and connect with potential employees WDs Feedback Survey


Community Access’ Thrive At Work (TAW), free training program that will support peers (people who have used mental health services) to leverage their lived experience into a career helping others. Modeled after our nationally-recognized Howie the Harp peer training program


CALL TO ACTION a London UK petition calling on Google maps to be accessible. (Years ago, we reached out to Google about Google Transit which also lack accessible info and that the MTA used on their website!)


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


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


Protect the Rights of NYS Workers WDs from Discrimination. Call the Senate switchboard (518-455-2800) Ask your Sen to support Sen to cosponsor S.1522 (Avella)/ A.2546 (Lifton) which would waive the State's sovereign immunity to claims under the ADA, FLSA, ADEA, & FMLA. The Assembly passes it annually but never the Senate. Urge your Sen to co-sponsor S. 1522 (Avella). Support the Pooled Trust Notification Bill Urge NYS Senators & Assembly Members to cosponsor (S.1241/A.5175) This bill requires the DOH to notify new Medicaid enrollees that they can use a pooled trust. PWDs use a Pooled Trust if their monthly income is higher than the limits to qualify for Medicaid.;jsessionid=1078AD28849FE3D8DC50D80F076C72 2B.app234b?pagename=SD_Grassroots_Advocacy_Petition_Page&utm_source=email&utm_medi um=advocacy_professionals&utm_content=stop-diabetes-insulin-2-lnk&utm_campaign=ADV & ew-yorkers-with-disabilities-c3e14a93-cc9c-4d6e-ae5a-694c83664217s_src=email_advocacy_professionals&s_subsrc=stop-diabetes-insulin-2-lnk Call on Congress to hold hearings with all entities in the insulin supply chain to identify the reasons for the dramatic increases in insulin prices and to take action to ensure that all people who use insulin have affordable access to the insulin they need. Protect Access to CRT Essential Wheelchair Components - Say no to restrictions on CRT wheelchair components and support H.R. 3229/S. 2196. Let’s ensure PWDs have access to individually-configured wheelchairs and components that best meets their medical and functional needs. Help Stop Attacks on the ADA! This bill would give businesses that have denied us access for over 26 years additional time to comply with the ADA, while removing any incentive for businesses to come into compliance before receiving a notification. These businesses will face no consequences for their years of discrimination.


SURVEYS  Mental Health Resource Survey, is a project of the MS Coalition In 02/18 New Mobility will publish its yearly Sex, Wheels and Relationships issue. The purpose of this survey is to find readers (couples) who are currently in relationships and who would be interested in being interviewed for our upcoming issue. AAPD survey for people who require accessible parking, and/or have disabled placard or license plates, takes about 10 minutes and will have a major effect on policies related to parking for PWDs  Are you a US resident (Age 18+) who uses a service animal or other animal that assists you with your disability? If not, are you the parent of a child who uses such an animal? If so, the Southwest ADA Center ( would like to learn about your experiences with accessing public places with your animal. CIDNY's AAR Survey

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