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- SPIL Goal 1- 8 CILs of NC provide quality services as needed to people with disabilities
- SPIL Goal 2 – Youth with disabilities in NC have increased leadership and empowerment
- SPIL Goal 3 -Independent Living Services in NC are improved
- SPIL Goal 4 – People with disabilities in NC live in the community of their choice
- SPIL Goal 6 – NCVRIL and DSB provide quality services as needed by people with disabilities
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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.
LET US HEAR YOUR VOICE1
Light refreshments will be served.
108 New Leicester Highway – 828-298-1977
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.
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
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 www.DisasterAssistance.gov, 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 ReadyNC.org 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 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 https://www.ada.gov/newproposed_regs.htm.
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.
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 athttp://www.ncsbe.gov/voter-info
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 www.aapd.com/REVUP. 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.
Hosted by Arts Access
Visual art experiences for students who are blind or low vision.
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 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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tom Masseau Disability Rights Arkansas, Inc. Phone: (501) 296-1775 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
- Creation of independent corrections ombuds offices at the state level in order to address inmate concerns before they rise to the level of litigation.
- Systemic accessibility reviews by state departments of corrections to identify both physical and programmatic barriers for inmates with disabilities.
- Increased federal funding to the protection and advocacy network for corrections based monitoring and advocacy.
- 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 AVIDprisonproject.org, 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 www.enr-corp.com/pressroom and enter Release ID: 401737