Accessible Community Transportation in Our Nation

Paratransit Dialogue Now Live!

July 26-August 6, 2010

The Easter Seals Project ACTION Paratransit Dialogue is underway! Register for the dialogue now at www.easterseals.com/dialogue and join the conversation!

Over the next 12 days you will have the opportunity to discuss paratransit issues with public and private transportation providers, paratransit providers, federal, state, and local transportation professionals, disability services organization, members of the disability commuity, human services agencies, aging services agencies, volunteer transportation program coordinators, planners, advocates, and policymakers.

Do you have a comment or recommendation on how current economic conditions are aaffecting paratransit service in your community? What are you doing to address the situation and maximize use of fixed-route transit service? How is you community coordinating transportation to meet service needs?

Share your thoughts and vote for ideas you like!.

Happy 20th Anniversary of the ADA!

Just a quick note from Washington DC – the Celebrations are phenomonal here. We have achieved much and today we celebrate achieving our civil rights. Tomorrow we continue to fight for all of our civil rights to be attained. Enjoy the day and see you MA Tuesday after I meet President Obama, I hope, or at least see him up close at the White House ADA Celebration, and then I will attend the 20th ADA Anniversary Gala “A Night to Remember” Disability Power & Pride at the National Press Club. What a wonderful week and today is the best, Mary Margaret.

ILCNSCA celebrates the 20th anniversary of the ADA

 

July 26, 2010 marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the civil rights legislation providing people with disabilities protection from discrimination in employment, government services, housing, public accommodations and in many other areas.  The Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann, Inc. (ILCNSCA) will be celebrating this anniversary nationally and locally.

 

ILCNSCA Executive Director, Mary Margaret Moore, who is the Northeast regional representative on the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) Board of Directors will be attending  President Barack Obama’s ADA 20th anniversary celebration at the White House on July 26 2010, representing ILCNSCA and NCIL Board. According to Mary Margaret Moore, “this opportunity to attend President Barack Obama’s celebration of our civil rights is exciting! I have been with a thousand attendees this week who are attending the 2010 Annual Conference on Independent Living titled 20 Years of the ADA: The Fight Goes On! Last Wednesday we had over 500 on the NCIL ADA March of a little over a mile through DC to the Rally point at the Reflecting pool before the Capitol. During our visits to the House and Senate, Congressman John Tierney left the House floor to welcome all of us from Region 1, the Northeast, to our Region 1 Caucus with all Congressmen from the Northeast. The day before some of us had met with a staffer from Senator Kerry’s office and Senator Scott Brown had purposely left the session to meet our delegation, spend a few minutes with us, and introduce us to his policy staffer from Lynnfield. Being with those that wrote the ADA, those who wrote the ADA Accessibility Guidelines, and reflecting on how much has changed and identifying our next steps for full accessibility and inclusion has been powerful this week. To top it off with attending the President’s ADA 20th Anniversary Celebration at the White House is humbling and exciting. “

 

On a local level, ILCNSCA contacted all of the 25 municipalities in its service area requesting that they proclaim July 26, 2010 as the “Spirit of the 20th Anniversary of the ADA” Day, recognizing the anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Proclamations were received from the following 17 municipalities: Beverly, Danvers, Essex, Lynn, Marblehead, Middleton, Nahant, North Reading, Peabody, Reading, Rockport, Rowley, Salem, Swampscott, Topsfield, Wakefield and Wenham. Each Proclamation identifies a commitment from that city/town to uphold the nondiscrimination tenets of the ADA.  It celebrates the contributions made by persons with disabilities, acknowledges the rights of all persons with disabilities under the ADA and their daily activities, and supports the efforts of the ILCNSCA. Check out each proclamation by clicking here http://www.ilcnsca.org/adaproc.html

 

On July 30, 2010, ILCNSCA will be conducting a ceremony recognizing the efforts of local communities who have met their obligations under the ADA to guarantee non-discrimination in their Municipality for people with disabilities. Some municipalities have ensured nondiscrimination by the following: removing architectural barriers at city/town buildings (Town Hall, public schools, voting locations), adapting city/town personnel policies to allow equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities, providing a sign language interpreter at a town meeting, and making a large print tax bill for a resident with a visual impairment. During this ceremony that will be held at the Winter Island Function Hall at 50 Winter Island Road in Salem beginning at 11 AM.  Certificates of Recognition  will be presented to Beverly, Danvers, Marblehead, Nahant, Peabody, Reading, Salem, and Saugus.

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FEMA Administrator Fugate and National Council on Independent Living Sign Memorandum of Agreement

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Agreement Between
The Federal Emergency Management Agency and
the National Council on Independent Living for Access to a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) to Offer Disaster Assistance Services
THIS AGREEMENT made and entered into the _____ day of _____________, 20____, by and between the Federal Emergency Management Agency (hereinafter “FEMA”), and the National Council on Independent Living for access to a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC).
WHEREAS, in States that sustain damage of sufficient severity and magnitude as to warrant a Individual Assistance declaration by the President of a major disaster or emergency pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 5121-5206 (hereinafter “Stafford Act”);
WHEREAS, Title 44 CFR 206.42 authorizes the Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) to establish a DRC as necessary to coordinate and monitor assistance programs, disseminate information, accept applications, and counsel individuals, families and businesses concerning available assistance;
WHEREAS, the National Council on Independent Living, or entities acting on its behalf, as a National Disaster Assistance Recovery Partner, is granted access as necessary and appropriate to all DRCs operated under the authority of FEMA; and
WHEREAS, the National Council on Independent Living, understands that access and conduct in a DRC is governed by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Rules and Regulations Governing Conduct on Federal Property, November 2005 (attached), and any supplementary direction issued by the FCO for conduct at a DRC based on known or perceived safety and security threats. Page 2 of 3
NOW, THEREFORE:
1. FEMA hereby agrees to provide, as necessary and appropriate, DRC access to the National Council on Independent Living for the purpose of offering Disaster Assistance Services to individuals and households and to provide the National Council on Independent Living senior managers, through coordination with FEMA’s Individual Assistance Branch Director or designee, access to the Joint Field Office for appropriate meetings related only to issues in this Agreement and coordination.

2. FEMA hereby agrees to provide the National Council on Independent Living a twenty-four hour notice, when feasible, before changing the days or hours of operation for the DRC, to include closing of the DRC.

3. National Council on Independent Living hereby agrees to abide by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Rules and Regulations Governing Conduct on Federal Property, November 2005 (attached), and any supplementary direction issued by the FCO for conduct at the DRC based on known or perceived safety and security threats.

4. National Council on Independent Living hereby agrees that access to the DRC will be limited to the posted days and hours of operations.

5. National Council on Independent Living hereby agrees not to deny service, financial aid, or other benefit to an individual or household which is different, or is provided in a different manner, from that provided to others on the grounds of race, color, age, national origin or qualified disability.

6. National Council on Independent Living and the National Council on Independent Living membership organizations identified for a specific area hereby agrees to hold harmless and indemnify the United States and FEMA and be responsible for any and all claims of causes of action, including any judgment action, debt, liability costs and attorney’s fees or any other request for moneys of any type arising from the disaster services they offered to individuals and households.

7. National Council on Independent Living hereby agrees that their services in the facility may be revoked at any time by FEMA for any violation of the terms of this Agreement.

8. This Agreement CAN ONLY be modified at the national level.
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9. Nothing in this Agreement is intended to conflict with current federal, state, tribal, or local laws or regulations or the directives of the Department of Homeland Security or FEMA. If a term of this Agreement is determined to be inconsistent with such authority, then that term shall be invalid, but the remaining terms and conditions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.

10. This Agreement will remain in effect for five (5) years. The parties have the authority to amend provisions of this agreement in writing upon their mutual consent. Either party may terminate this agreement on giving at least thirty days advance written notice to the other.

11. This Agreement shall become effective on the date of last signature by the respective parties hereto:

Federal Emergency Management Agency: National Council on Independent Living:
____________________________________ ____________________________________
W. Craig Fugate Date Kelly Buckland Date
Administrator Executive Director
Federal Emergency Management Agency National Council on Independent Living.

Positions Available – Benefits Specialists

NORTH SHORE ELDER SERVICES (NSES) &
THE MASSACHUSETTS COMMONWEALTH CORPS (MCC)

Positions Available
BENEFITS SPECIALISTS

North Shore Elder Services (NSES), in cooperation with the Massachusetts Commonwealth Corps (MCC), is seeking qualified volunteers to serve as Benefits Specialists in NSES’ Benefits Check-up Program. This is a stipended 18 hours per week position & requires a 12-month commitment. The Benefits Check-Up Program supports the missions of both NSES and the MCC by offering a direct service to the community that helps address the unmet need of elders, increases volunteerism, and makes life easier for elders and those who care for them. This position provides benefit screenings via an internet-based screening program for clients (elder or disabled adult) using a laptop computer and portable scanner/printer.  Responsibilities include direct services with clients, volunteer generation activities (outreach, health fairs & other public forums), and a civic engagement role as an ambassador of both NSES and the MCC. Employment benefits include a monetary stipend, completion bonus, membership in the elite statewide Commonwealth Corps Program, statewide and in-agency training, supervision and recognition events. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Lisa Sculley, Office Administrator, North Shore Elder Services Inc., 152 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923 or e-mail the same to lsculley@nselder.org EOE/AA.  No phone calls please.

The Commonwealth Corps’ mission is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in direct service to rebuild communities, address unmet community needs, and increase volunteerism. More than 250 Commonwealth Corps members will serve up to twelve months in full-time or part-time capacities at 36 designated nonprofits and public entities.  What they have in common is a desire to put their talents and ideas to use in the service of their communities and the Commonwealth.

North Shore Elder Services (NSES) is a team of specialists making life easier for elders and those who care for them. We offer information, support, and solutions. NSES was founded in 1976 as a private non-profit corporation. As an Aging Service Access Point (ASAP) and an Area Agency on Aging (AAA), we service the communities of Danvers, Marblehead, Middleton, Peabody and Salem. The agency and its programs are funded in whole, or in part, by contracts with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs and the U.S. Administration on Aging. We work closely with the Councils on Aging to meet the needs of the elders we mutually serve.

North Shore Elder Services will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, color, political affiliation, creed, national origin, marital status, or any other status as protected by federal, state, and local laws.  North Shore Elder Services welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodations for interviews and for service upon request..