How can 9-1-1 system be approved for people with speech disabilities?

What do people with speech disabilities do when they need to contact 9-1-1?? How can that system be improved?  The Emergency Access Advisory Committee (EAAC) at the FCC has created a survey to disseminate to people with speech disabilities, etc. to find out how people contact E-911 if they are in an emergency situation.  The survey also asks about how you would like to contact E-911 in the future. Please click on the link to enter the survey. Here’s a link for more information  http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/dro/EAAC/

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Is a Nursing Home The Only Choice For You Or A Loved One?

Options Program supports people of any age with any disability and elders to make informed choices about services and supports they may need to remain in their homes and in their communities. Coordinators may meet with individuals at their homes or at local facilities. Coordinators are also available by phone. Meetings are free of charge.  For more information call 978-741-0077 x220 or email optionsprogram@ilcnsca.org.  More information as well on our webpage at this link: http://www.ilcnsca.org/longtermcare.html.

Support “An Act To Invest In Our Communities”

Tired of Budget Cuts?  Job Loss?  Potholes?  Poor Transportation? Health Care Cost?
Closing Schools? Home Care Denial? Lets Talk About A Solution!
Join your neighbors and tell our elected officials to stop the cuts and invest in our communities!
Tues, April 5, 6:30-8:30 pm, Wall Towers, 10 Church Street, Lynn.
In the meantime, call your State Rep and Senator today at 617-722-2000 and ask them to support
“An Act to Invest in Our Communities.” – This bill, introduced by Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz
(Senate Docket 1012) and Rep. Jim O’Day (House Docket 2261). will help plug the state budget gap
and make taxes fairer.
For more info or to help, contact (781) 864-2596 or pedwards@MassSeniorAction.org
Sponsored by New Lynn Coalition, North Shore Labor Council, Mass Senior Action Council,
Neighbor to Neighbor, Highland Coalition, ECCO, SEIU 1199, Lynn Teachers Union..

People With Disabilities in Japan – What is Happening and How You Can Help

To support persons with disabilities affected by the Tohoku-Kanto Great Earthquake on March 11, DPI-Japan, JIL, Yumekaze Foundation and other Japanese Disability Organizations established “Relief Headquarters for Persons with Disabilities of Tohoku-Kanto Great Earthquake”.
This site is now open in English.  Please circulate among your network! This blog will be updated continuously with fresh information thanks to the support of Taisuke of DPI Asia-Pacific office: http://jfactivist.typepad.com/jfactivist/2011/03/pwds-in-japan-what-is-happening-and-how-you-can-help.html.

Civil Rights Field Investigators – Flexible Part Time Work

Anti-Discrimination Agency Seeks Civil Rights Field Investigators
Requirements:  Commitment to civil rights and equal opportunity, ability to preserve confidentiality, strong writing, reporting and observation skills and ability to maintain objectivity.
What we offer:  Opportunity to expose unlawful discrimination, earn $40 – $100 per investigation working part-time flexible hours, a potential to work from home, and a chance to research the Boston job market.
Orientation: Tuesday, April 5, 2011, 6:00PM-9:00PM
Emmanuel College, Fenway Room, Administration Building, 2nd Floor, 400 The Fenway, Boston. Please RSVP and learn more by contacting Lauren at 617.994.6090 or Bos.intern12@state.ma.us.

Improving Employment Access for Americans with Disabilities

by Valerie Jarrett, Senior Adviser to the President,  March 24, 2011
Last July, I had the tremendous honor of kicking off the Administration’s observance of the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and to then welcome hundreds to the White House as President Obama commemorated that extraordinary Anniversary. It was a momentous occasion as we listened to the President’s powerful speech and witnessed the signing of his Executive Order to increase the federal government’s employment of individuals with disabilities.  As Americans, we’re imbued with those fantastic American values, embodied in the ADA, of a strong work ethic and working together to find common ground–all of which keeps us moving forward, diligently working to win the future.
Today, those American values are once again on display. With bi-partisan support, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found common ground and today made available for public viewing final Rules on the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) at http://www.ofr.gov and the rule will be published tomorrow. Significantly, the EEOC considered the interests of both employees with disabilities and employers in carefully crafting regulations that will work for all stakeholders.  Now, millions of Americans with disabilities, including veterans with disabilities, will be able to take one step closer to that level playing field we all seek and have the full opportunity to contribute to one of America’s greatest traditions: hard work.
In 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act. It remains a historic civil rights law designed to protect the rights and liberties of Americans with disabilities, whether that means curbing employment discrimination or ensuring accessibility on public transportation. However, in the years following the legislation’s passage, courts made a number of decisions that frustrated Congress’ intent and that severely limited the definition of disability, leaving many people with disabilities excluded from the ability to work and contribute to our country’s growth and prosperity.
In 2008, the disability community, the business community, Congress and President George W. Bush, in the spirit of the passage of the original legislation, once again came together in a show of incredible bi-partisanship, to right the wrongs of the previous 20 years. The ADAAA was passed unanimously in the Senate and by a resounding affirmative vote in the House. And, on September 25, 2008, President Bush signed into law the ADAAA, to restore Congress’ original intent regarding the scope of who would be determined to be a person with a disability.
The ADAAA sent the message to the American people that individuals with disabilities must be full and equal members of our society. With the release of the EEOC’s regulations, employers across the country will have a clear set of guidelines and rules of the road to ensure equality for Americans with disabilities. This will help ensure civil rights protection for people with “invisible disabilities.” Moreover, the EEOC’s regulations restore the original intent of Congress to cover many disabilities that had been excluded by the courts such as multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, epilepsy, diabetes and many others, meaning that more people will be able to reach for the American dream.
Approximately 1 out of every 6 Americans lives with a disability. And millions more have a family member or friend who lives with a disability. Thanks to a bipartisan spirit, with these EEOC regulations, millions of people will be able to successfully put their American work ethic to use helping our businesses, our governments and our schools out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the global competition to win the future..