July 12-15, 2010 An International Conference

The Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters (CRSCAD) is organizing an international conference at the University of Massachusetts Boston on Rebuilding Sustainable Communities with the Elderly and Disabled People after Disasters. It will take place from July 12 to July 15, 2010

For more information, please see CRSCAD’s website: www.rebuilding.umb.edu and the conference website: http://www.rebuilding.umb.edu/rscepd.


Conference Objectives

While many conferences have examined challenges that the elderly and people with disabilities face in emergencies, no significant systematic post-disasters study has been undertaken with a focus on the long-term, sustainable community recovery and rebuilding needs of this population.

The conference will, therefore, address the following main issues:

The status of the elderly and disabled people in various communities after disasters and the continuing need for superior research and appropriate data.

The role and input of the elderly and disabled people in post-disaster reconstruction planning and implementation processes.

The roles of governments, institutions of higher education, the private sector, and non-governmental and community-based organizations in post-disaster reconstruction.

The promotion of human dignity in the creation of sustainable environments that empower the elderly and disabled people in the aftermath of disasters.

Integration of the elderly and disabled people into the larger community after disasters.

The promotion of the human rights of disabled people through full participation, equalization of opportunity, and development.

The role of women with disabilities in the formulation and implementation of reconstruction policies after disasters.

The participation of children with disabilities in the development and execution of post-disaster plans and programs.


The conference will seek to contribute to, and recommend, future policy formulation and implementation processes for local, regional, and national governments, as well as multilateral agencies and grass-roots organizations.


For further information please go to www.rebuilding.umb.edu/rscepd or call 617.287.7116

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please go to www.ada.umb.edu.

1/7/10 UPDATE: Governor Reversed TAFDC Cut!

Urgent Call to Action: Protect the Safety Net for Children of Parents with Disabilities



– We need to thank the Governor for reversing the cut

– We need to thank our legislative leaders for all of their work on this issue

– We need to set the stage for preserving the TAFDC program for the coming fiscal year (which begins July 1, 2010)

– We need to be sure the Governor and the Legislature preserve the TAFDC program fully for all families no matter how bad things get in FY 2011

– We need to work together on tax-expenditure reforms to increase state revenue to pay for essential government benefits and services




Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

11:00-12:00 Guest Speakers

12:00-1:00 State House visits


The following was posted 1/6/10:  The Administration has announced plans to slash already very low subsistence benefits for the most vulnerable children and families in the state. The cut ‐‐ scheduled to go into effect February 1st ‐‐ would eliminate or drastically reduce Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) benefits for children whose parents are too disabled to work. For many of these children, the cut will result in homelessness, midyear school transfers, inadequate nutrition, poor health, and learning and behavioral problems. This wholesale family destabilization will cost the Commonwealth much more in the long term than the $23 million the cut is projected to save. 



Tuesday, January 12, 2010

11:00 – 12:00 Guest Speakers

12:00 1:00 Legislative Visits

State House Boston

Grand Staircase, 2nd Floor


TAFDC serves 50,000 families in Massachusetts, providing a subsistence benefit of $500 a month on average, a benefit that is worth only 20% of its 1988 value. Parents are required to work unless they are too disabled or caring for young children or a disabled family member. More than 9,000 families would lose all or most of their benefits under the Administration’s plan.

Contact the Governor (6177254000).

Urge him to reverse the TAFDC cut!

For more information, please contact: Elizabeth Toulan, GBLS (6176031626), Bill Henning, BCIL (6173386665) or Robyn Powell, DPC (6175423522).

Call to Action Sponsors: Action for Boston Community Development, Boston Center for Independent, Living, Catholic Charities of Boston, Catholic Charities of Springfield, Coalition Against Poverty, Coalition for Social Justice, Disability Policy Consortium, Greater Boston Legal Services, Homes for Families, Live Well Springfield, Mass. Coalition for the Homeless, Mass. Law Reform Institute, Mass. Welfare Rights Union, MetroWest Center for Independent Living, National Association of Social Workers/MA Chapter, Survivors, Inc..