Flu Season – Flu Shot Clinic info

As a New Year’s resolution, let’s resolve to get our flu shot!  Flu season is just beginning and will continue through the spring.  Everyone 6 months of age and older should get flu vaccine every year.  For information on where to find a clinic, please visit: http://flu.masspro.org/clinic/


With this message, we are excited to send out information from our colleagues at the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  They have put together several vlogs regarding flu vaccine and what to expect from the screening questionnaires.  They are in ASL, have voiceover and captions. 


The injectable vaccine video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tKkKUS5On0


The intranasal flu video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAKIx5e2_iQ


The Guillain-Barre video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xm0rH5dOBO0.  This vlog is a work in progress and the voiceover is still being edited.  I will send out the final version when complete. 


A loss to the disability advocacy community…

Max Starkloff, of Paraquad and the Max Starkloff Disability Institute, died this morning from complications from the flu.  Max was the first President of National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), where the Max Starkloff Award (given to recognize people for a lifetime of achievement) was created. Max’s wife Colleen reported that he died at home peacefully.
Max was a great leader and representative of the independent living movement and it was an honor  to have known him.


Justice Department Settles Disability Discrimination Case Against Property Management Company for $1.25 Million

The Justice Department announced a $1.25 million agreement with Warren Properties Inc., Warren Village (Mobile) Limited Partnership and Frank R. Warren to settle allegations that the defendants violated the Fair Housing Act by refusing to grant a tenant’s requests for a reasonable accommodation.  This settlement is the largest ever obtained by the department in an individual housing discrimination case.

The lawsuit, filed on April 29, 2009, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, alleges that the defendants failed to permit a tenant with a mobility impairment to move to a ground-floor apartment near the front of the building in a 196-unit apartment complex in Mobile, Ala., owned by Warren Village (Mobile) Limited Partnership.  The suit also alleges that the tenant suffered severe injuries as a result of falling down the stairs.

“Property owners and managers have no excuse for violating our nation’s fair housing laws by refusing to accommodate people with disabilities,” said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “Equal access to housing in the United States is a fundamental right, and this nation will not tolerate discrimination in housing.”

Fighting illegal housing discrimination is a top priority of the Justice Department.
The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin and disability.

More information about the Civil Rights Division and the laws it enforces is available at www.justice.gov/crt/.  Persons who believe they have experienced or witnessed unlawful housing discrimination may call the Housing Discrimination Tip Line at 1-800-896-7743, e-mail the Justice Department at fairhousing@usdoj.gov or contact HUD at 1-800-669-9777.
More information about the Fair Housing Act can also be found at
www.justice.gov/crt/housing or www.hud.gov/fairhousing..

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal on its way to President!

Another civil rights victory is occurring. The Senate passed the repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ military policy on Saturday, December 18th. President Obama will sign this piece of legislation over the next few days. Now those Americans who are gay. lesbian, bi, and transgender will be able to be open about their lives while serving in our military.

The Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann, Inc. is pleased that social justice for our brothers and sisters who are GLBT and serving in our military will occur soon. Many of our brothers and sisters living with disabilities are GLBT, and we embrace you in your struggle to be as independent as you choose, to fight for social justice for all and inclusion in all activities of the culture, including serving in the military.

Happy holidays and we are so proud to be Americans!.

Accessible Cell Phone Online Course

The Carroll Center for the Blind has created a new online course called “Choosing an Accessible Cell Phone”. The course covers which phones can be made accessible, what products are out there that can make a phone talk
or listen, what makes a phone a “smart phone” and much more.  The cost for the course is $25.00.
The course covers the following phones:   
1. Verizon SMT 5800 with Mobile Speak  
2. AT&T Nokia N82 with Talks  
3. Blackberry Curve with Oratio  
4. Verizon Samsung Haven  
5. AT&T Apple iPhone 4
The course explains the layout of each phone with step-by-step instructions on how to use each phone’s major features including telephone access, web browsing, emailing, texting, contact management, calendaring and media access.  It also provides audio demonstrations of all of these features.
Carroll also provides videos of an Accessible Cell Phone Seminar for FREE. 
Learn more at

Save PCA Services – Save the Date!

Rally for PCA services – speak out and visit legislators at the State House!

Wednesday, January 12, 11 a.m.

With the state budget $2 billion or so in the hock, everything is apparently on the table as a potential cut, but most especially MassHealth services. There are strong rumblings that PCA services could be trimmed. So it’s essential to speak out before the governor’s budget is released at the end of January. If there are cuts for people receiving 14 hours or less of PCA services per week, some who would become victims would include:


Ø  A 37-year-old man with Down Syndrome who lives with his elderly mother who recently had a heart attack and may need services herself.


Ø  A 55-year-old woman who had a stroke and has COPD and HIV; she has to live with her adult children.


Ø  A 37-year-old woman with MS who lives independently with her 2-year-old child. 


Join the Personal Assistance Coalition, including 1199SEIU, Stavros, CLW, MWCIL, IA, NILP, Baypath Elder Services, Northeast Arc and BCIL for this event. The exact location within the State House is being arranged. Contact Bill Henning at bhenning@bostoncil.org, 617-338-6665 to add your group to the supporter list or if you have examples of people who’d be hurt if services were reduced for those receiving 14 hours or less PCA service weekly.