CT Youth Leadership Forum Now Accepting Applications! Deadline: Feb. 27th
CT Youth Leadership Forum now accepting applications. The CT Youth Leadership Program (CTYLP) provides youth and young adults, with disabilities, opportunities for self-discovery, the development of self-advocacy, decision-making, and problem-solving skills to maximize their leadership potential. The Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) is a FREE 4-day and 3-night leadership forum for high school youths that takes place at UConn's Storrs campus. Students who develop a Community Action Project for completion after the forum then become eligible for one of several CTYLP scholarships.
For full details go to website: http://www.ctylp.org/
Nutmeg Senior Rides
Nutmeg Senior Rides
Changing lives one ride at a time
We are helping families, 6 days a week.
Few public transportation options
It’s your choice, how do you want to travel? A community-based and community supported service.
People today outlive their ability to drive by 6 to 10 years. Under this program there are no restrictions on the purpose of a ride and our volunteer drivers carry packages, fold walkers, and open doors. When serving the visually impaired, we go with them into stores to assist in finding whatever they want to buy. Their well-being is our primary concern
· Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and may be booked at any time, however discounts are available for advanced notice and shared rides
· Available for any type of ride within the service area, no limitations on the purpose of the ride
· Nutmeg senior Rides keeps fares reasonable by asking members to pay roughly half the true costs of providing rides
· Volunteer drivers who provide rides in private vehicles by trained volunteer drivers
Transportation is the link to independence, quality of life and social interaction. Make 2 or 3 stops if you want to…
· Provided to people 50 years and older, and visually impaired adults over 18
· Check out our web site for pricing.
· Bloomfield, East Granby, East Windsor, Enfield, Granby, Somers, South Windsor, Windsor and Windsor Locks
Seniors and people with visual impairments will want to walk for Nutmeg Senior Rides.
This program fills a crucial gap if you want another option, and a better choice for transportation, it is Nutmeg Senior Rides.
We hope that you can help your community!
We are going inside the Enfield Square Mall on March 12, 2016. Registration is at 10 AM and the Walk starts at 11 AM. We will have an information Kiosk from January 15 on in the Mall. Evan White will be our MC from WSFB and will have promotional spots on WMAS from mid-February to the Walk.
We hope that you will join us, sign up by calling 860 758 7833 or
email or register online through www.NutmegSeniorRides.org.
CT's Achievement Through Technology Conference April 1st
WELCOME to the 2nd
Achievement Through Technology Conference
Sponsored by CT Tech Act Project and Partner Agencies
April 1, 2016
Cromwell Crowne Plaza
100 Berlin Road, Cromwell, CT 06416
Sarah Biglow, CT native and national author is KEYNOTE!
February Events for Deaf Rec Community
Accessible Vehicle for Hire Campaign
The American Wheelchair Society and I (Mr. Walker) would like to invite you to the Accessible Vehicle for Hire campaign. The campaign is about getting accessible Lyft, Uber, Taxi Cabs and all other forms of transportation for the disability community! This group is open to all persons with disabilities, their caregivers, and Advocates. Please come share your transportation barriers & other challenges to your independent living! Learn about your rights and choices @ Accessible Vehicle for Hire campaign
Malloy Wrong On Southbury Training School Residents
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The following Op-Ed was printed in the
Hartford Courant on Saturday, January 9, 2016:
Malloy Wrong On Southbury Training
By Leslie Simoes
Gov. 's recent statements about Southbury Training School are simply wrong. The residents there do not constitute "extraordinary cases."
There are people with the same, and in some cases even more complex, disabilities living in the community and receiving high quality care at a fraction of the cost. Data from the state Department of Developmental Services disprove his argument.
Moreover, there are individuals with needs every bit as complex who are denied residential services and forced to live in increasingly perilous conditions in their aging parents' homes until the last caregiver is permanently incapacitated or dies.
In addition to being wrong about the Southbury population, the governor is wrong that individuals with intellectual disabilities, even if they have complex needs, can only live in institutions. Fifteen states and the District of Columbia have closed all their institutions, and many states, including Connecticut, have closed one or more. If he is correct, then all of these states are wrong, as is the research done by experts in this field.
What does the research show? Without exception, people with intellectual disabilities leaving institutions, including those leaving Connecticut's Mansfield Training School, do better in the community than they did in institutions, and that those who do best are those with severe or profound disabilities. These results include elderly residents who move to the community, and individuals who move after living in institutions for 20 years or more.
The governor's misstatements about Southbury could have been avoided had the Department of Developmental Services shared its data with him. According to the agency's detailed staff analysis, the overwhelming majority of Southbury residents could in fact move to the community. Information, which apparently was not provided to the governor, effectively contradicts his flawed position that institutions, in some form, are necessary.
This lack of information from the Department of Developmental Services, and the consequent lack of understanding of the issue, has placed the governor in an uncomfortable position. On numerous occasions, he has spoken out strongly to vindicate and advance the civil rights of the powerless and dispossessed. But on this issue - the institutionalization and segregation of individuals with disabilities - he is not in the vanguard of change, but instead finds himself allied with the discredited forces of the status quo.
Acting on all of the research, and as important, on the data and figures from his own administration, the governor should use his executive authority today to order the closure of Southbury, and direct the Department of Developmental Services Commissioner Morna Murray to reinvest the savings realized to support the thousands of individuals languishing on the department's residential waiting and planning lists.
Last year, according to the Office of Fiscal Analysis, the Department of Developmental Services managed to take only 11 non-emergency placements off the waiting list. This shameful record is not the hallmark of a governor concerned about people with intellectual disabilities, but instead a sad testament to the injustice of a system burdened with exorbitantly expensive institutions that, inexplicably, Connecticut chooses to operate. Institutions that are outmoded, professionally discredited, and could not be opened under current law.
If the state were to close Southbury and its five regional centers and put the savings back into the developmental services system, a thousand people would come off the waiting list, and every institutionalized person could still receive high quality care from the host of extremely competent private residential providers.
In addition to visiting Southbury, I urge the governor to visit a family home to see what a day in the life of a waiting list family, deprived of funding due to Connecticut's exorbitantly expensive institutional system, is like. Or perhaps to visit the home of one of the 76 individuals who moved into the community from Southbury in the last five years. Perhaps then he would know what we know: Institutions are not only unnecessary, their wildly disproportionate costs are depriving desperate families of the services they need.
The legislature, to its credit, has started us down the path to closing our institutions. Statements like the governor's that contradict all research and misstate his department's data do a grave disservice to those with intellectual disabilities who are ultimately the victims of Connecticut's ineffective and inefficient system.
Leslie M. Simoes is executive director of The Arc Connecticut.
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Celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 3, 2015
Celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities
We join President Obama and communities around the world in observing the International Day of Persons with Disabilities . This day was first proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1992 to promote action and raise awareness about disability issues and draw attention to the benefits of an inclusive and accessible society for people of all abilities.
This year’s theme is “Inclusion Matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities.” Around the world, people with disabilities face far too many physical, social, and attitudinal barriers that prevent them from fully participating and thriving in the community. The obstacle can be an inaccessible building, a discriminatory law, abuse or neglect, or the expectation of failure.
Over the past year, ACL Administrator Kathy Greenlee has joined colleagues from the Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development to bring attention to the barriers faced by people with disabilities across the lifespan globally at international meetings including the 70th United Nations General Assembly and the 59th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
And every day, ACL-funded programs seek to remove barriers and promote inclusion for people with disabilities of all ages in the United States. These include programs that:
- Promote independent living for people with disabilities.
- Investigate suspected abuse and neglect and provide legal advocacy services for people with disabilities.
- Increase access to assistive technology for people with disability.
- Empower people with developmental disabilities and their families to become leadersactively helping to make systems more effective and efficient.
- Conduct and put into practice cutting-edge research on disability, rehabilitation, and independent living.
Learn more about the International Day of Persons with Disabilities:
- Proclamation from President Obama
- Video Message from Judy Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. Department of State
- Message from the United Nations Secretary-General (DOC)
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The September 16, 2015, national WISE webinar will present information about Social Security programs and rules that may apply to you! Join the webinar to learn about Ticket to Work & Work Incentives, frequently asked questions, and where to find more information. You will hear from Ticket to Work and Work Incentives experts about resources especially for young adults in transition:
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Voting Rights Trainings - Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
Voting Rights Trainings
The State Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities is offering trainings on disability-related voting rights. Topics include registration; voting technology; voting while in the hospital or other facility; polling place accessibility; and more.
Now is the time to get educated! Primaries (for those towns that will have them) will be on ; the General Election is on .
Interested individuals and organizations, including centers for independent living, should contact Elanah Sherman at:
860-842-7303 (Voice and TTY)
P.S. We’d much rather train you in person, but there is lots of good information on our website. The voting rights page is: http://www.ct.gov/opapd/cwp/view.asp?a=1759&q=502408
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ADA Celebrations Happening in CT
Attached is a comprehensive list of ADA 25th Anniversary Commemoration events going on across the state.
The Alliance is Co-Sponsoring/Participating in:
The Newington Event on the 18th
The New Britain Event on the 22nd
The New Haven Event on the 23rd
Deadlines Set for Submitting Comments on Proposed Rules to Make Emergency Information on Television More Accessible to Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired
Reply Comments Due:
On July 10, 2015, the FCC announced deadlines for the public to submit comments and reply comments on issues related to making emergency information on television more accessible to individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
Background. In 2013, the FCC adopted rules that require emergency information on television that appears visually during a non-news program (such as in a text crawl displayed during a regularly scheduled program) to be provided aurally on the secondary audio stream. These requirements stem from the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA).
Recent Rule Changes. In May 2015, the FCC expanded these rules.
· The new rules require that manufacturers of equipment used to receive and play back television programming, such as set-top boxes, have a simple and easy-to-use mechanism to switch from the main program audio to the secondary audio stream to hear audible emergency information. The compliance deadline for this requirement is .
· In addition, the new rules require that emergency information be made accessible on a secondary audio stream on “second screens,” such as tablets, smartphones, laptops, and similar devices when subscription television providers, such as cable and satellite operators, permit subscribers to watch scheduled programming over their networks using an app on these devices. The compliance deadline for this requirement is .
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. In May 2015, the FCC also sought comments on related issues, including:
· how to prioritize aural emergency information on the secondary audio stream when more than one source of visual information is presented on-screen at the same time;
· whether to continue to require school closing information to be conveyed aurally on the secondary audio stream; and
· whether to require subscription television providers, such as cable and satellite operators, to ensure that the devices and apps they provide to subscribers to watch scheduled programming over their networks include a simple and easy to use activation mechanism for accessing audible emergency information on the secondary audio stream.
Due Dates for Comments. Comments must be submitted by August 10, 2015, and reply comments must be submitted by .
The followings are links to the May 2015 Second Report and Order and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and to the July 2015 Public Notice announcing the deadlines for comments are reply comments.
Second Report and Order and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
For further information, contact Evan Baranoff, Media Bureau, at 202-418-7142 or e-mail .