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NC Public Transportation Division Strategic Plan – Public Input Welcomed

This October, stakeholders and the public are invited to provide input at community workshops across the state as part of the North Carolina Public Transportation Statewide Strategic Plan.  The workshops are free and open to the pubic.  No registration is necessary to attend.  The NC Department of Transportation is developing the Public Transportation Statewide Strategic Plan to improve bus, rail and paratransit services across the state by better matching transit services to the needs of North Carolinians.

For more information on the Public Transportation Statewide Strategic Plan please visit https://www.ncdot.gov/nctransit/strategicplan/

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for persons with a disability who wish to participate in this meeting.  Anyone requiring special services should contact Jamille Robbins, Human Environment Section, via e-mail at jarobbins@ncdot.gov or by phone 919-707-6085 as early as possible to that arrangements can be made.

Northeast North Carolina
October 2, 2017
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Pitt County Agricultural Extension Auditorium
403 Government Circle, Suite 2
Greenville, NC 27834

Southeastern North Carolina
October 4, 2017
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Bladen Community College Auditorium
7418 Highway 41 West
Dublin, NC 28320

Technology
October 5, 2017
8:30 am – 11:30 am
Research Triangle Foundation
Meeting Rooms A&B
12 Davis Drive
Durham, NC 27709

Triangle
October 5, 2017
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Research Triangle Foundation
Meeting Rooms A&B
12 Davis Drive
Durham, NC 27709

Charolotte/Gastonia/Kannapolis
October 16, 2017
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College – South Campus
Building 1000 (Main Building) Room 106
1531 Trinity Church Road
Concord, NC 28027

Norther Mountains
October 17, 2017
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Blue Ridge Energy
Meeting Room
2491 US Hwy 421 S
Boone, NC 28607

Land Use
October 18, 2017
8:30 am – 11:30 am
Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART)
Board Room
107 Arrow Road
Greensboro, NC 27409

Piedmont
October 18, 2017
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART)
Board Room
107 Arrow Road
Greensboro, NC 27409

Southern Mountains
October 19, 2017
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Conference Center, Room B
340 Victoria Road
Asheville, NC 28801

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for persons with a disability who wish to participate in this meeting.  Anyone requiring special services should contact Jamille Robbins, Human Environment Section, via e-mail at jarobbins@ncdot.gov or by phone 919-707-6085 as early as possible to that arrangements can be made.

Computer training opportunity – Asheville area

Basic Computer Training
Sponsored by AB Community College and Goodwill Industries

Monday, Wednesday and Fridays starting September 11 through October
8:30 – 11:30

What will I learn?
Did you know that most employers only accept online applications? Want to feel more confident in your job search? This entry-level course provides a stress-free introduction to the technology and computer skills that you need in today’s job market. You will learn how to do job searches on the internet, how to complete online job applications and set up and email account. While learning basic word-processing and improving your keyboarding skills, you will also learn how to create cover letters and resumes. You will become more competent at emailing and improve your skills in navigating the internet and using search engines to search for jobs and occupational information. Come learn the skill levels needed to be successful in your job search and keep your resume in the to-be interviewed stack.

What do I need to do to be admitted?
No prerequisite courses or tests are required.

How do I register and what do I need to bring?
Call Goodwill at 828-298-9023

Students have found it helpful to bring a pen and paper to take notes

What are the program costs?
This class is free to Job Seekers

This course is a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday course from 8:30am-11:30am and runs September 11th-October 23rd.

Parker Utter
Skills Training Recruitment Specialist

Goodwill Industries
1616 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28806
Phone: (828) 298-9023 Ext. 1106
putter@goodwillnwnc.org

New law to make traffic stops safer for those who are deaf or hard of hearing

Governor Cooper Signs Law to Make Traffic Stops Safer for Deaf, Hard of Hearing

Governor Roy Cooper signed HB84 into law last week, making traffic stops safer for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people.

Aug. 3, 2017 — Legislation that allows Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens to request a designation for their driver’s license from the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles was signed into law last week by Governor Roy Cooper.

The bill, HB 84, passed with unanimous, bi-partisan support and will make interactions between law enforcement and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community in North Carolina much safer, said Jan Withers, Director of the N.C. Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing.

HB 84 establishes education and training standards for law enforcement, and gives the more than 1.2 million Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens in the state the option, upon request, to have their driver’s license indicate that they are deaf or hard of hearing.

“This is an important legislative achievement,” Withers said. “It moves us closer to ensuring that communication with deaf and hard of hearing drivers will be as effective as communication with people who are hearing.”

Author: Ryan Hill

WEBINAR: #ABLEtoSave Series: Debunking ABLE Myths

REGISTER

August 2017 is #ABLEtoSave month, a nationwide awareness campaign led by the ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) to provide information about Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts, which are a new financial savings tool for individuals with disabilities. ANRC would like to invite potential ABLE participants, their families, the financial community and all other ABLE stakeholders, to attend a free webinar on Wednesday August 2, from 2:00 – 3:00 EST, focusing on debunking common ABLE myths.

ABLE accounts are now available across the country for qualified individuals with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing their eligibility for public benefits. Despite their widespread availability, lack of awareness and misinformation about ABLE accounts is preventing millions of people from taking advantage of this revolutionary savings tool. This webinar seeks to debunk many common ABLE myths in order to increase knowledge of and confidence in using ABLE accounts.

This Webinar will be moderated by Chris Rodriguez, Director, ABLE National Resource Center, and will include a panel of ABLE related stakeholders and experts, including:

  • Heather Sachs, Senor ABLE Advisor, ABLE National Resource Center
  • Stuart Spielman, Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel, Autism Speaks
  • Keith Bernhardt, VP, Retirement & College Products, Fidelity Investments

The webinar will debunk common ABLE-related misconceptions related to:

  • Eligibility
  • Interaction with public benefits
  • Appropriate use of ABLE funds
  • Comparison to 529 College Savings Accounts
  • Residency Requirements
  • Caps related to contributions
  • Much more!

Please note: Real time captioning will be provided for this webinar. For other accommodation requests, questions about the webinar, or the registration process, please contact Chris Rodriguez at crodriguez@ndi-inc.org.

L.A.S.E.R. DAY CAMP – Lighting the path to Advocacy, Support, Empowerment and Resources – Greenville area

L.A.S.E.R.  DAY CAMP
Lighting the path to Advocacy, Support, Empowerment and Resources

DARC Presents:
Day Camp for Persons with Disabilities

When: August 10, 2017 — 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Where: River Park North

Who: For all persons with disabilities – Ages 13 – 30

CONTACT US TODAY!
252-355-6215

Jana Whitaker or Lisa Pase

Registration is Due by August 4, 2017

Presented by:
DARC
Disability Advocates & Resource Center
702-A Johns Hopkins Drive
Greenville, NC  27834
252-355-6215

Serving Counties Pitt, Wilson & Beaufort

www.http://darcnc.org/