• LET US HEAR YOUR VOICE! – Asheville March 20

    DisAbility Partners Needs Your Input!

    Please share your thoughts and ideas about issues and barriers affecting people with disabilities and what steps DisAbililty Partners can take to challenge those issues!

    Help us with goals to acheive for 2017 – 2020

    A chate session is scheduled:
    Monday, March 20 at 2:00pm

    Disability Partners Office – Asheville Office

    If you cannot attend, we will have other options available for you.  Call us for more information.


    Light refreshments will be served.

    108 New Leicester Highway – 828-298-1977

  • Don’t Miss This Opportunity to talk to a CPA!  – Asheville area PRE registration required

    Don’t Miss This Opportunity to talk to a CPA!

    We Still Have Space Left! 

    “Ask a CPA Day” next Saturday, January 7th

    • How can I take advantage of current tax credits?
    • Am I maximizing deductions for my self-employment or business income?
    • How much can I put away tax-free into my retirement plan or Health Savings Account?
    • How does the Affordable Care Act impact my taxes?
    • From a tax standpoint, would it be advantageous to incorporate my small business?

    Have you had these or similar tax questions and would love the opportunity to get professional advice from a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)?

    Here is your chance! Next Saturday, January 7, 2016, OnTrack WNC Financial Education & Counseling and the North Carolina Association of CPAs Western Carolina Chapter are partnering to present “Ask a CPA Day”. The day is possible thanks to generous CPAs who are donating their time to help people start the new year off with information they need.

    Advance registration is required and space is limited. Appointments are available for one hour time slots from 9 am – 4 pm at OnTrack WNC’s office at 50 South French Broad Avenue, second floor.

    Call OnTrack WNC at 828-255-5166 to schedule your appointment for “Ask a CPA Day”.  

    Whether you have a small business or have questions about your personal finances, “Ask a CPA Day” appointments are available as a FREE, private, and confidential service to the community.

  • Santa’s Little Hackers – October 22 Raleigh area

    Come help adapt toys for children with disabilities

    When: Saturday, October 22, 2016

    Time: 9 AM – 4 PM

    Where: McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh

  • North Carolina Residents Encouraged to Register for Federal Assistance

    North Carolina Residents Encouraged to Register for Federal Assistance

    RALEIGH, N.C. – Disaster survivors in Beaufort, Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Edgecombe, Hoke, Lenoir, Nash, Pitt, and Robeson Counties are encouraged to register for federal disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

    Individuals, including homeowners, renters, and business owners, in the above designated counties who suffered loss or damages due to Hurricane Matthew may register for assistance online at, by downloading the FEMA mobile app, or by calling

     1-800-621-FEMA (3362). For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), the number is also 1-800-621-3362.  For people using TTY, the number is 1-800-462-7585.

    These toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice; operators are standing by to assist survivors in multiple languages.

    The President declared a major disaster October 10, 2016 for the above North Carolina counties to assist individuals and households as they recover from the effects of Hurricane Matthew beginning October 4, 2016 and continuing.

    Grant assistance provided by FEMA for homeowners and renters can include funds to help with rent, temporary housing and home repairs to their primary residences, as well as other serious disaster-related needs, such as personal and necessary items, moving and storage expenses, transportation,  medical and dental expenses, or funeral and burial and reinternment costs caused by the disaster. Other relief programs include crisis counseling and legal assistance.

    Survivors should also contact their insurance company to file an insurance claim. FEMA is unable to duplicate insurance payments. However, those without insurance or who may be underinsured may still receive help after their insurance claims have been settled.


    Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 or TTY at 800-462-7585.

    FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

    The latest updates on road closures can be found at or by calling 5-1-1. Residents can also get real-time traffic and weather on the ReadyNC mobile app.  Follow us on Facebook at NCEmergencyManagement and Twitter @NCEmergency  or @femaregion4.

  • Public Comment Extended regarding Web Accessibility

    Public Comment Period Extended for State & Local Government Web Accessibility Rulemaking

    Source: U.S. Department of Justice

    This week, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta approved an extension of the public comment period for the Supplemental Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Accessibility of Web Information and Services of State and Local Government Entities. The public comment period will be extended for 60 days, and will now close on October 7, 2016.

    More information, as well as a link to the Federal Register publication, is available at

    To learn more about the ADA, visit the Pacific ADA Center’s website at  You can contact us at 1-800-949-4232 (V/TTY) or by email at

    The information provided in this message is intended solely as informal guidance, and is neither a determination of legal rights or responsibilities under the ADA, nor is it binding on any agency with enforcement responsibilities under the ADA.

  • Picnic in the Park – Hanging Rock July 24 noon to 3pm

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    Accessible Picnic Shelter Opens at Hanging Rock State Park for People with Disabilities and Their Families  



    A new accessible picnic shelter will welcome families with and without disabilities to enjoy a day at Hanging Rock State Park to further the mission of accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities.

    Picnic in the Park! will be held at Hanging Rock State Park on July 24, 2016 from Noon – 3 PM to celebrate the opening of the shelter with an ADA training, lunch and also commemorate the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

    Who: Hanging Rock State Park, The Adaptables, Inc. Center for Independent Living and North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD)

    What: New accessible picnic shelter providing accessibility and inclusion for people with mobility disabilities, their families, and their travel companions

    When: Sunday, July 24, 2016, Noon – 3 PM

    Where: Hanging Rock State Park, 1790 Hanging Rock Park Rd, Danbury, NC 27016

    Why: Hanging Rock State Park will celebrate the anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at its new accessible picnic shelter. Activities will include an ADA training provided by the staff of The Adaptables Center for Independent Living and painting the Accessible Icon in accessible parking spaces led by Brendon Hildreth of New Bern, NC. Lunch will be provided at the accessible picnic shelter that the ACCESS North Carolina program built to increase accessible picnic opportunities in the park.

    Contact: Philip Woodward                                     Devika Rao
    NCCDD Systems Change Manager        O’Neill Communications   

    About Hanging Rock State Park:

    Since its creation as a 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps project, Hanging Rock State Park has offered the best of a traditional outdoor experience with 73-site campground, picnic grounds, stocked lake for swimming and canoe rentals and more than 20 miles of hiking trails that climb onto spectacular views and weave alongside clear streams and waterfalls. There is also access on the Dan River for paddling, 8.4 miles of mountain biking trails and rock-climbing opportunities with permit. A complex of vacation cabins is available for longer visits. Free interpretive programs complement the education offerings of a park museum that explores the natural and cultural history of the Sauratown Mountains.

    About The Adaptables, Inc. Center for Independent Living:

    The Adaptables, Inc. CIL is one of over 300 federal and state supported Centers for Independent Living (CIL). All centers are consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, private, non-profit organizations. The Adaptables, Inc. along with all other centers respect consumer choices, goals, and expertise. The center provides advocacy, IL skills training, peer support, information, and referral services that combine to guarantee that people with disabilities have the opportunity to exercise control over their own lives. The Adaptables, Inc. CIL serves: Davidson County, Davie County, Forsyth County, Stokes County, Surry County, and Yadkin County.

    About the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities:

    The North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD) works to assure that people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families participate in the design of and have access to needed community services, individualized supports and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination, integration, independence, productivity and inclusion in all areas of community life. Through its Five Year Plan, the Council identifies and funds innovative projects and initiatives that promote the goals of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act) for all North Carolinians.


  • REV UP Campaign – Making the Disability Vote Count

    NCCDD Promotes REV UP Campaign – Making the DISABILITY VOTE Count

    Raleigh, NC (July 11, 2016) – The North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD) is promoting the national effort to make the DISABILITY VOTE more influential in this year’s election.

    This effort, known as the REV UP Campaign, has designated July 11-15, 2016 as National Disability Voter Registration Week in advance of the November election. REV UP stands for Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power!

    “Voting is an important form of advocacy for all people,” said Chris Egan, executive director of NCCDD. “We encourage North Carolina’s disability community to participate in voting as this election is an important one. Having your voice heard at the polls is the first step to advocating for better long-term services and supports.”

    North Carolinians with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, their families and other stakeholders can find out more information on registering to vote, their candidates and polling places by visiting the North Carolina State Board of Elections at

    People with disabilities have a huge stake in both state and federal results of the upcoming November election. There are nearly 30 million people with disabilities eligible to vote when registered. This number does not include “the ripple effect” of family, friends and service professionals who will vote in-line with disability interests.

    During National Disability Voter Registration Week, REV UP Campaigns around the country will make a concerted effort to get more people with disabilities registered to vote, educate voters about issues and candidates, promote turnout of voters with disabilities across the country, engage candidates and the media on disability issues, and protect eligible voters right to participate in elections.

    For more information on the REV UP Campaign and National Disability Voter Registration Week, please contact AAPD, the national REV UP Coordinator, at The REV UP Campaign offers a host of resources on the 2016 election, registering to vote, ways to drive civic engagement and a compilation of state-specific resources and events.




  • Webinar – for Art Educators – July 12

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    Hosted by Arts Access

    Visual art experiences for students who are blind or low vision.

    Register here

    Join us for a webinar featuring how to create meaningful and inclusive arts experiences for students who are blind or low vision. The webinar will feature Alice Zincone, the art teacher at Governor Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh, North Carolina. Alice will present concrete ideas for classroom lessons, as well as cool ideas for materials and adaptations. The workshop will also include Brandon Cordrey, the director of exhibitions at VAE Raleigh. Brandon will provide strategies to help make classroom field trips to museums and art galleries more accessible.

  • Please take the survey – School age and the need for art inclusion

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    Please Take Our Survey

    As part of our planning grant with the John Rex Endowment, Arts Access is conducting a survey to better understand the needs of school age children with disabilities regarding inclusion in the arts. This survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete. Community input is very important to our planning process, and we thank you for your time!

    Providers  – Please use this link if you are an arts provider, teacher, cultural arts organization, school staff and/or administrator

    Student – Please use this link if you are a student with a disability, family member of a student with a disability, school staff or advocate.


  • Making Hard Time Harder – Disability RIghts Arkansas, Inc.


    Contact: Tom Masseau
      Disability Rights Arkansas, Inc.
      Phone: (501) 296-1775

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    Making Hard Time Harder

    Programmatic Accommodations for Inmates with Disabilities Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

    Little Rock, AR – More than 600,000 inmates with disabilities in prisons across the country spend more time in prison, under harsher conditions, than inmates without disabilities, according to research. Today, Amplifying Voices of Prisoners with Disabilities (AVID), a project of Disability Rights Washington, released Making Hard Time Harder: Programmatic Accommodations for Inmates with Disabilities Under the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The report outlines lack of accommodations for inmates with disabilities.

    “People are sent to prison as punishment, not for punishment,” says Mark Stroh, Executive Director of Disability Rights Washington. “In drafting this report, we have found that inmates with disabilities are often neglected and excluded from programs, rehabilitation, and basic medical care, subjecting them to additional forms of punishment solely due to their disability.”

    Report findings include case examples submitted by protection and advocacy agencies (P&As) engaged in prison work in 21 states. Colorado, Washington, and South Carolina all reported cases in which essential mobility devices, such as wheelchairs and walkers, were taken from inmates. One case resulted in an inmate’s inability to access showers or outside yard for almost two years. Idaho and Illinois reported systemic litigation seeking the provision of video phone services for inmates who are deaf or hard of hearing. Alabama reported inmates with intellectual disabilities could not access medical care in a written request, and were therefore unable to receive needed medical attention, prompting federal litigation.

    Disability Rights Arkansas, the P&A for the state and a contributor to the report, tells the story of an inmate with paraplegia who was denied medical care related to personal care and toileting. After the prison directed him to conduct his personal care in the barracks, rather than the medical unit, the inmate was deprived of needed privacy and subject to severe anxiety, stress, and conflict with other inmates. Following advocacy by the P&A, the state’s corrections department agreed to allow the inmate to go to the medical area to take care of his needs.

    “There are a growing number of inmates with disabilites incarcerated in Arkansas, yet the services availabile to those inmates are very limited,” says Debra Poulin, Legal Director with Disability Rights Arkansas.  “The report highlights the need for greater oversight to address inmate concerns and provide additional training to individuals working within the prison system.”

    From individual assistance to large scale federal litigation, these case summaries demonstrate the breadth and depth of work by P&As in prisons, and demonstrate that despite the passage of the ADA over two decades ago, much state prison work remains to be done.

    Report recommendations to address this crisis in our nation’s prisons include:

    1. Creation of independent corrections ombuds offices at the state level in order to address inmate concerns before they rise to the level of litigation.
    2. Systemic accessibility reviews by state departments of corrections to identify both physical and programmatic barriers for inmates with disabilities.
    3. Increased federal funding to the protection and advocacy network for corrections based monitoring and advocacy.
    4. Increased training for prison ADA coordinators and collaboration between these staff members and the local P&As to address inmate concerns.

    The report is available at, where original interviews with inmates with disabilities, their family members, and experts on disability issues in correctional settings, can be accessed.

    About Disability Rights Arkansas, Inc. (DRA)

    Disability Rights Arkansas is a private, nonprofit agency located in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Since 1977, Disability Rights Arkansas has been the independent protection and advocacy system for persons with disabilities in Arkansas.  The agency operates under the authority outlined in federal law and is federal funded.  DRA collaborates with other disability and civil rights organizations and agencies, the private bar and legal services to accomplish its goals and objectives.

    About the AVID Prison Project 

    AVID is a prison advocacy initiative that focuses on the needs of current and former prisoners with disabilities. The project was developed by Disability Rights Washington and is a collaboration between the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) and Protection and Advocacy agencies (P&As) in Arizona, Colorado, New York, South Carolina, and Washington, with communication assistance from the P&As in Louisiana and Texas.

    Documents and/or Photos available for this release:

    Making Hard Time Harder Report

    To view supporting documents and/or photos, go to and enter Release ID: 401737

  • NCSILC Calendar

    March 2017
    Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
    February 26, 2017 February 27, 2017

    Category: ExecutiveExecutive committee teleconference

    Executive committee teleconference

    Category: FinanceFinance Committee teleconference

    Finance Committee teleconference
    February 28, 2017 March 1, 2017

    Category: GeneralHere We Grow! Asheville area

    Here We Grow! Asheville area
    March 2, 2017

    Category: GeneralHave a Legal Question? Talk to a Lawyer for FREE! 7a.m.-7p.m.* Wilmington 1p.m.-4p.m.

    Have a Legal Question? Talk to a Lawyer for FREE! 7a.m.-7p.m.* Wilmington 1p.m.-4p.m.
    March 3, 2017

    Category: GeneralFun Depot - Asheville area for Teens 13 - 19yr of age

    Fun Depot - Asheville area for Teens 13 - 19yr of age
    March 4, 2017
    March 5, 2017

    Category: GeneralAdapted Tennis - Asheville area

    Adapted Tennis - Asheville area
    March 6, 2017 March 7, 2017

    Category: General"Bottom Dollars" Screening in Raleigh

    "Bottom Dollars" Screening in Raleigh
    March 8, 2017 March 9, 2017

    Category: GeneralFree Form Dancing - Asheville area

    Free Form Dancing - Asheville area
    March 10, 2017

    Category: GeneralBeginning Knitting/Croshet Class with Alex - Asheville area

    Beginning Knitting/Croshet Class with Alex - Asheville area

    Category: GeneralHam Dinner - Asheville area

    Ham Dinner - Asheville area
    March 11, 2017
    March 12, 2017

    Category: GeneralAdapted Tennis - Asheville area

    Adapted Tennis - Asheville area
    March 13, 2017 March 14, 2017

    Category: General"Bottom Dollars" Screening - Winston-Salem area

    "Bottom Dollars" Screening - Winston-Salem area
    March 15, 2017

    Category: GeneralHere We Grow! Asheville area

    Here We Grow! Asheville area

    Category: GeneralDinner Club - Asheville area

    Dinner Club - Asheville area
    March 16, 2017 March 17, 2017 March 18, 2017
    March 19, 2017

    Category: GeneralAdapted Tennis - Asheville area

    Adapted Tennis - Asheville area
    March 20, 2017

    Category: GeneralChat Session to share regarding barriers and issues! Asheville

    Chat Session to share regarding barriers and issues! Asheville
    March 21, 2017

    Category: MembershipMembership teleconference

    Membership teleconference

    Category: GeneralScreening of "Bottom Dollars" - Asheville area

    Screening of "Bottom Dollars" - Asheville area
    March 22, 2017 March 23, 2017

    Category: GeneralFree Form Dancing - Asheville area

    Free Form Dancing - Asheville area
    March 24, 2017 March 25, 2017
    March 26, 2017

    Category: GeneralAdapted Tennis - Asheville area

    Adapted Tennis - Asheville area
    March 27, 2017 March 28, 2017 March 29, 2017

    Category: General"Bottom Dollars" Screening - Greenville area

    "Bottom Dollars" Screening - Greenville area
    March 30, 2017 March 31, 2017 April 1, 2017
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