Hurricane Season – Resolve to Be Ready

Individuals and their families are urged to “resolve to be ready” this hurricane season. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region 6 office has launched a new hurricane preparedness website: to help you accomplish that goal.  FEMA also has important information for people with disabilities about putting together an emergency kit and developing a plan so you are ready for any type of disaster or emergency.

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NO SURRENDER 23 – From Surviving to Thriving: Building Our Community

Wednesday, June 8, 8:30am – 5:00pm  at the Crowne Plaza Boston North Shore Hotel, 50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers, MA 01923. Registration Deadline May 25 at 5 PM

This year, come create brand new connections and strengthen our peer community by learning, teaching and thinking together! There will be opportunities to attend workshops and poster sessions, share ideas and experiences, as well as express your creative side! As always, this gathering is for peers and everything is free.

The Northeast Recovery Learning Community invites peers to submit Proposals:

Workshop Presentations: Explain the work and progress of your peer group, program, or organization in a 45-minute presentation.

Poster Sessions: Put together a display that explains your work and progress and present at a table at the conference. This is a great opportunity to talk with many people and distribute handouts with more details. Please be available to answer people’s questions throughout the conference.

Peer Group Facilitation: Is there a topic you would like to explore in a peer group? A dialogue you would like to facilitate? A particular type of support or information that a group could give each other during the conference?

Please email or mail a one-paragraph summary of your proposal, indicating the proposed format, along with your contact information to: Kellianne O’Brien, Northeast Recovery Learning Community/NILP 20 Ballard Rd., Lawrence, MA 01843.

For questions or to register by phone, please call Pablo at 978-687-4288 x143 or
If communication accommodations are needed, please call at least two weeks prior.
To accommodate people with chemical sensitivities, please do not use perfume or scented products..

Walk for Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation – June 4th in Salem

2011 Walk for Fidelco. Salem Willows Park, Salem, MA. June 4, 1:30-5:30 pm.
The first-ever dog walk! Join us in beautiful Salem to walk with your dog for Fidelco.

Lace up your shoes, leash your “best friend”, and walk with the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation as we raise funds to support Fidelco’s mission. Enjoy the fantastic views of Beverly Harbor, walk on well-kept paths in the shade of 200 year-old white willows and feast on a fantastic late-afternoon barbeque.  Register online at

April 2011 Disability Employment Statistics Released

 In April 2011, the percentage of people with disabilities in the labor force was 20.6. By comparison, the percentage of persons with no disability in the labor force was 69.6.The unemployment rate for those with disabilities was 14.5 percent, compared with 8.4 percent for persons with no disability, not seasonally adjusted.Source: Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy

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