Shredding Event – Asheville

BBB Offers Free Shredding

This free event at the Better Business Bureau will take place on Saturday, September 30th from 9am to 12pm.

 Asheville, NC (September 14, 2017) – Do you have stacks and stacks of papers lying around? Many of the documents we keep contain sensitive personal information and Better Business Bureau is making it easy for you to safely dispose of it all at its free shredding event. This free event will take place on Saturday, September 30th from 9am to 12pm at the BBB offices in Asheville (112 Executive Park). Our co-sponsor is OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling.

Each car can bring up to four bankers boxes of papers to shred. It will all be safely and securely shredded and recycled.

For more information about the event or for resources about document retention, visit

Special thanks to ShredIt for facilitating this event.

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

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 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

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

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

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

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 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

WEBINAR: #ABLEtoSave Series: Debunking ABLE Myths


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

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

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


Jana Whitaker or Lisa Pase

Registration is Due by August 4, 2017

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

Serving Counties Pitt, Wilson & Beaufort


Webinar: Help Prevent Accessible Parking Abuse

United Spinal Association

Webinar: Help Prevent Accessible Parking Abuse
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 | 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

Register for this webinar

Description: Join us for an informative webinar on how you can get involved in ending accessible parking abuse in your community. This webinar will discuss the benefits of joining Parking Mobility, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community education and enforcement program designed to improve public awareness of the problem of accessible parking abuse and its impact on the health and safety of wheelchair users and other people with disabilities. Learn how you can participate in this program through a mobile app that gathers data on parking violations and leverages education to enforce the law and end accessible parking abuse.

Audience: Wheelchair users, all people with disabilities who rely on accessible parking or know someone who does.

Presenter: Mack Marsh, Project Director for the Parking Mobility Program

Please join us for this enlightening webinar.

Ziggi Landsman
VP of Online Relations
United Spinal Association 

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Our mailing address is:

United Spinal Association

120-34 Queens Blvd.

Kew Gardens, NY 11415

Walk4Hearing – Asheville chapter information

The WALK4HEARING is our main fund-raising activity for 2017, so we ask everyone please to step up and help.


The actual walk takes place in Cary, NC, on Sunday 15 October, but here’s the surprise:      to take part you don’t actually have to go there and walk – there are other ways to help.



       •   WALK – you’ll need to find sponsors from your friends and family

       •  SUPPORT OUR TEAM   or    SPONSOR SOMEONE who is walking.

    To do any of these:    Go to the website , click on Register,     then Find a Walk – looking for North Carolina, low down on the left,         then click on Register, and there you can opt to Participate, or Search for a     Walker or Team to Support:


    The Asheville Team is called “ Hear Here in Asheville! “, But you’ll find it just by searching for Asheville.  If you look under that team name you’ll see a list of the participants, and you can choose one to support, or you can just support the team..


          MAKE A GENERAL DONATION on the website.  Please be sure to write “Asheville” or the team name “ Hear Here in Asheville! “ under Personal Note 

or even easier . . . .


        •  JUST WRITE  A CHECK, make it out to “HLAA Walk4Hearing”,  marking the  Memo line “Asheville”, and mail or give the check to me, the Chapter Team  Captain.  My address is at the foot of the page.  I won’t be at the July meeting. 


REMEMBER:  Our Chapter wants to keep working to help you and others with hearing loss, and to encourage the community to greater recognition of our needs. To do that we need to raise funds – and here is your chance to help us do just that.   Thanks !


David Nelson, 210 Blue Ridge Vista, Asheville, NC 28805  

 828-505-1874               email:

Celebrate the 27th Anniversary of the ADA with an Indoor Picnic and Open House – Asheville

DisAbility Partners will host an Indoor Picnic and Open House Celebration for the 27th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This law has had a significant effect on the lives of millions of people living with disabilities by ensuring we have the same rights and responsibilities as any other citizen.

On Friday, July 14th, beginning at Noon we will serve up tasty fried chicken and a vegetarian option along with all the traditional side fixings and desserts too.

We have a guest speaker, show a short video and read the Proclamation from Mayor Esther Manheimer and have a lot of fun too.

The event is FREE, but you must Save Your Seat by calling us at 828-298-1977 so that we will have plenty for all.

Peer Support Class – Asheville area

Vaya Health Peer Support

What will I learn?

This training involves lectures and group activities. The group activities require respect and support. The trainers will utilize class participation, involvement in group activities, as well as general attendance to assess readiness to deliver peer support services in a professional setting. In addition to providing education to participants, there will be skill-building through role plays, take-home activities, and sharing of personal recovery experiences related to overcoming mental health and/or addiction challenges. Vaya Health’s North Carolina Peer Support Specialist training is a 40-hour program scheduled on five days. A brief graduation ceremony will be held on the afternoon of the final training day. Our current training curriculum meets the criteria set forth by the state of North Carolina.

What do I need to do to be admitted?

You are required to have a minimum of nine (9) months of demonstrated, sustained recovery to be eligible for this training. You must also have a High School Diploma or GED.                                   

To receive a completion of training certificate, students must be present and participate on ALL of the scheduled days and hours. If you are unable to attend all hours, please do not apply at this time. Students who do not complete all 40 hours will not earn the certificate of completion, which is required for NC Peer Support Specialist Certification.

 How do I register?


Print your application and two reference sheets. When completed mail to:
Vaya Health/Smoky Mountain
Attention: Peer Support Training
408-B Spaulding Road
Marion, NC 28752

What are the program costs?

Tuition $30.00 for Materials

NOTE: Please do not send payment with your application. Upon selection, you will be asked to send payment.

When are the next classes?

Peer support Specialist:
June 26-30th                 8:00-5:00
July 10th-14th               8:00-5:00
October 23-27th                       8:00-5:00

After Class?

  • To become a North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist, you must have a minimum of one year of demonstrated, sustained recovery.
  • For NC PSS certification you will need to have an additional 20 hours of training. Information on this training will be covered fully during Vaya’s 40 hour training.
  • Then you can submit an application to the state to be certified ($15).

Goodwill- 828-298-9023
Vaya Health- 828-225-2785 ext. 5132

Parker Utter
Skills Training Recruitment Specialist
Goodwill Industries
1616 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28806
Phone: (828) 298-9023 Ext. 1106

Contact your Senators and Representatives and let them know what you think

Disability Integration Act Introduced in Both Houses: Urge Your Senators and Representatives to Co-Sponsor this Important Legislation!

NCIL is excited to inform you that the Disability Integration Act (DIA) has been reintroduced in both the Senate and the House of Representatives! Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced S. 910 in the Senate on April 7, and Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced H.R. 2472 in the House just last week, on May 16.

If passed, the DIA will establish new federal law that addresses the constitutional right of people with disabilities to live in the community. The DIA addresses the fundamental issue that people who need long term services and supports (LTSS) are often forced into institutions and lose their basic freedom and civil rights. This legislation will require states and insurance providers that pay for LTSS to reverse this institutional bias, provide community-based services first, and offer home and community-based services (HCBS) to people currently in institutions.

The DIA builds on the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Olmstead decision, and programs like Money Follows the Person and the Community First Choice Option. The DIA is the next logical step in the disability community’s fight to FREE OUR PEOPLE. For more information on the DIA, please visit and see the list of organizations supporting the legislation. See below for a list of current co-sponsors of the DIA and take action!

Take Action!

Now that the bill has been introduced in both the Senate and the House, we want to keep up the momentum! Please contact your members of Congress and tell them to co-sponsor this bipartisan, bicameral piece of legislation!

Senate: S. 910, introduced by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on April 7, 2017


  • Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
  • Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)
  • Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
  • Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

House: H.R. 2472, introduced by Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) on May 16, 2017


  • Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE)
  • Representative Robert Brady (D-PA)
  • Representative Lacy Clay (D-MO)
  • Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN)
  • Representative John Conyers (D-MI)
  • Representative Danny Davis (D-IL)
  • Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR)
  • Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO)
  • Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)
  • Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
  • Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA)
  • Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI)
  • Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
  • Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-TX)
  • Representative C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD)
  • Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY)
  • Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY)