Next Steps on Nonvisual Cell Phone Access

September 24th, 2010 by Jamal Mazrui

Let me encourage anyone interested to submit comments to the Commission regarding accessibility of cell and other phone technologies to people who are blind, deaf-blind, or have low vision, in furtherance of Section 255 of the Communications Act. Such comments are due by the end of Thursday, September 30, 2010. Initial comments have already been filed, and currently, a reply comment period is underway. The public notice is entitled:
Comments may be filed using the web form of the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS), located at:

“Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau Seek Comment on Accessible Mobile Phone Options for People who are Blind, Deaf-blind, or Have Low Vision.”

It may be downloaded as a Microsoft Word document from the following web address:

A web form on that page allows one to upload a word processor document, e.g., in Microsoft Word format. Comments may also be typed or pasted into a simpler web form called ECFS Express, located at:

At the prompt for the docket, input: CG Docket No. 10-145

Comments may be of any length and address any relevant issue. They will affect how the Commission handles government responsibilities in this area..

MBTA Biennial Service Plan Outreach

Every two years the MBTA Service Planning Department reviews service performance and usage
of transit services and recommends service changes based on consumer demand. Performance
measures—as defined in the Service Delivery Policy include ridership, passenger load per
vehicle, schedule reliability, and other factors.

The MBTA invites your written feedback through Oct 15, 2010 and may be sent:
• By e-mail to:;

• Via online form at:, or

• By mail to: Service Planning, 45 High Street, Boston, MA 02110.

Thanksgiving and Christmas Assistance

The Salvation Army will be Accepting Applications for Thanksgiving and Christmas Assistance

Salem residents must apply at 93 North St., Salem  October 25th – October 29th

9:30 – 11:30 & 1:00 – 3:30

Beverly residents must apply at 50 Elliott St., Beverly  November 1st – November 5th

Monday               November  1st                 9:3011:30 &  2:00 – 4:00

Tuesday                November  2nd              9:30 – 11:30

Wednesday        November  3rd                 2:00 – 4:00

Thursday             November  4th                 9:30 – 11:30

Friday                    November  5th               2:00 – 4:00


All applicants must bring picture id, proof of address (current bill), proof of household members (Mass Health/Ins. Cards, SS Cards for everyone & Birth Certificates for children ages 12 and under).

For more information or if the hours do not fit into your working schedule please call

Katina (Beverly)  978-922-4522

Linda (Salem)       978-144-5181



IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center Open House

 Saturday, September 25, 2010

9AM -2PM. JFK Building
15 New Sudbury St. Boston, MA
 on the 7th Floor

1040EZ, 1040A, 1040, and Schedules A, B, C-EZ, EIC, L, M, R, SE, prior year returns and Form 2290 assistance. Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to attend this special event. IRS partners will demonstrate many services and products for you.

Call 1-800-906-9887 for more information..

Universal Housing Application Assistance Workshop

Title: Universal Housing Application Assistance Workshop
Location: ILCNSCA 27 Congress St, Suite 107, Salem, MA
Description: Universal Housing Application Assistance Workshop
2:00-4:00 PM at ILCNSCA, 27 Congress St, Suite 107, Salem, MA
We are available to assist you with the completion of the universal housing application for subsidized housing on the Greater North Shore, and statewide. We will have staff available to guide you as part of a small group in completing of applications, as well as to answer questions on requirements of application. Please RSVP as space limited and at time of reservation you can ask questions on what to bring for required documentation. Please contact Diane Speicher or any staff at ILCNSCA for your reservation. 978-741-0077
Start Time: 2:00 PM
Date: October 6, 2010
End Time: 4:00 PM

Question 2 on November Election Ballot

Question 2 on the Massachusetts ballot this November 2 would repeal the state’s primary affordable housing law.  A  “no” vote on Questions 2 will protect the affordable housing law for those living with disabilities, seniors and working families.

This law is about fairness and equity. All families should have a choice about where to live. The affordable housing law sets a reasonable goal for each and every city and town to require at least 10% of its homes to be affordable.  It encourages construction of new homes by allowing for a single comprehensive permit and flexible zoning for developers who build affordable homes.

Here are some facts about the law:

§  Over the last decade, this law has been responsible for approximately 80% of the affordable homes built outside of the Commonwealth’s major cities.

§  More than 58,000 homes have been created for working families, seniors, and individuals living with disabilities across the state.

§  A repeal would immediately halt the construction of 12,000 homes in the pipeline, and all of the jobs and economic benefits they would bring.

The Vote No on 2 Campaign has come together to ensure the law is not repealed. It is  a grassroots coalition of more than 400 organizations and thousands of individuals committed to protecting this law. ILCNSCA is a member of this coalition which includes civic, business, religious, and academic leaders as well as senior, environmental, housing, and civil rights groups.  All three major candidates for governor agree that there should be a “no” vote to support this law.

For more info or to get involved, go to, call 781-367-8699 or email And remember in November, Vote “NO on 2” to protect the affordable housing law..