Applications available for a White House Internship

The White House Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office of the President and engage them in public service opportunities. Applications are currently being accepted for the Spring 2012 program.

Please visit for detailed information about the program, the application process, a timeline with deadlines, and the departments that participate in the program.  A complete application includes: short answers, two essay questions, a one-page resume, and three letters of recommendation.  The deadline to apply for Spring 2012 is September 11, 2011.
The following is a brief description of the White House Internship Program from the program’s website:

“This select group of young men and women from across the country dedicate their time, talents, energy,
and service to better the White House, the community, and the nation. These committed citizens become a
part of the White House team. The assignments given to an intern on any given day could include conducting research, managing incoming inquiries, attending meetings, and writing memos.
While the interns’ individual responsibilities and tasks vary, they are united through weekly events and,
most importantly, through service. Interns participate in a long-term service project to help the surrounding community. This is a great opportunity to promote leadership and a way to learn about their fellow intern class. Each week, interns come together for a speaker series with senior staff members and participate in off-site field trips around D.C.”
Anyone interested is encouraged to apply..

July 27 ADA Anniversary Flag Raising Ceremony Remarks

The following remarks were spoken by North Shore Community College (NSCC) President  Dr. Wayne Burton at the ILCNSCA’s Flag Raising Ceremony in the city of Lynn in honor of the Americans With Disabilities Act, July 27, 2011:

We have much to be proud of as we observe this the 21st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and celebrate how it has advanced the civil rights of persons living with disabling conditions.  As President Obama honored those who led the battle for independence over dependence last year in a ceremony at the White House, he noted ADA was born when Mary Margret Moore and other leaders refused to accept the world as it was, and fight for the changes to level the playing field for all, including the one in six Americans who have a disability.
For the last three years I’ve served as co chair and now as chair of the national Community College Consortium on Autism and Intellectual Disabilities working to provide post secondary educational opportunities for those who can benefit from them.  I have come to strongly believe that it is time for this country to embrace the fact that our special education programs must be updated beyond grade 12 or age 22, and the right to a free and appropriate education extended through grade 14.
As one of Governor Patrick’s appointees to the Massachusetts Commission on Autism, I realize though we have come a long way,  we have an even longer way to go as those who struggle with disabling conditions and those who love them face the challenges of a world still too inaccessible and unacceptably indifferent. None of us have our full civil rights until all of us have them.
Last year I was proud to stand with Mary Margaret as some of the first to reach the South Lawn of the White House for that 20th anniversary ceremony. Like Mary Margaret, I was chagrined to see that the chairs had been arranged in a way unaccommodating to the many navigating in wheelchairs. As you can imagine, within seconds, Mary Margaret had the entire White House staff scrambling to rearrange the chairs in a way that those who had led the revolution to gain ADA could sit dead center and close to the president now fully supporting them.
Her leadership that day gave me just a glimpse of why Mary Margaret is such an effective leader of the great organization, the Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann. It is my great pleasure and honor to stand with her today as I did last year, although I noticed President Obama shook her hand before he took mine, demonstrating his great instinct for recognizing where the power lies.  Thanks very much for inviting me to speak today and I wish Mary Margaret and the Independent Living Center many more successful years providing the services essential to those in need and modeling the behavior all of us must emulate.

The ILCNSCA thanks Dr. Burton and NSCC for the ongoing support and advocacy.

You will find great photos of the event here:

Cape Ann Transportation Authority’s Medical Healthlink Shuttle

The Healthlink Medical Transportation Shuttle is designed to bridge the gaps between the City of Gloucester
and the Towns of Rockport, Essex and Ipswich and the medical facilities outside of its member communities in the City of Beverly and the Town of Danvers. This service includes both the elderly and disabled that presently lack options to receive vital medical treatments including but not limited to radiation and chemotherapy treatment for cancer and dialysis treatment for renal disease.

The primary medical destinations include Addison Gilbert Hospital, Beverly Hospital, Mass General/North Shore and North Shore Dialysis Center. Reservations may be made up to a month in advance by calling (978) 283-7916, but no later than 48 hours in advance preceding the date of appointment.

The shuttle runs from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. There will be no service on Saturdays,
Sundays or major holidays including: New Years Day, Martin Luther King, Presidents Day, Patriots Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
The cost of the transportation is $5.00 per trip each way – Personal Care Attendant is free.
For More Information Contact: Cape Ann Transportation Operating Company, Inc., 3 Rear Pond Road, Gloucester. (978) 283-7916.

PBS Series Independent Lens Premier: Lives Worth Living

Lives Worth Living premieres on the Emmy® Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 10 PM (check local listings).

Powerful Documentary Chronicles the History of America’s Disability Rights Movement
(San Francisco, CA) — While there are close to 50 million Americans living with disabilities,
Lives Worth Living is the first television history of their decades-long struggle for equal rights.

Produced and directed by Eric Neudel, Lives Worth Living is a window into a world inhabited by people with an unwavering determination to live their lives like everyone else, and a look back into a past when millions of Americans lived without access to schools, apartment buildings, and public transportation – a way of life unimaginable today.

Lives Worth Living traces the development of the disability rights movement from its beginning following World War II, when thousands of disabled veterans returned home, through its burgeoning in the 1960s and 1970s, when it began to adopt the tactics of other social movements. Told through interviews with the movement’s pioneers, legislators, and others, Lives Worth Living explores how Americans with a wide variety of disabilities — including the blind, deaf, mentally, and physically challenged — banded together to change public perception and policy.
Through demonstrations and legislative battles, the disability rights community finally secured equal civil rights with the 1990 passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, one of the most transformative pieces of civil rights legislation in American history.
To learn more about the film, and the issues involved, visit the film’s companion website at Get detailed information on the film, watch preview clips, read an interview with the filmmaker, and explore the subject in depth with links and resources..

Free Adult Speech, Language, Memory and Swallowing Screenings

The Speech-Language Therapy Department at Beverly Hospital and Addison Gilbert Hospital will be offering FREE Adult Speech, Language, Memory, and Swallowing screenings in our outpatient clinic from September 6, 2011- September 30, 2011.
Communication, memory, and swallowing abilities have a great impact on quality of life, and sometimes these tasks become more difficult in aging adults. The speech language pathologist may be able to offer you strategies and tips to help improve and/or maintain your current level of functioning for a longer period of time.
Open to adults with difficulty communicating or having trouble with memory or problem solving tasks and/or adults who are having difficulty swallowing – Free speech/language/cognitive/swallowing screenings that are 30 minutes long to identify if you could benefit from the treatment of a speech language pathologist to improve your speech, language, memory, or swallowing abilities.  If you do qualify for further evaluation, a Speech-Language Pathologist will assist you in scheduling a comprehensive speech/language/swallowing evaluation at the Speech-language therapy outpatient clinic at Beverly Hospital, directly on Herrick Street in Beverly, MA or at Addison Gilbert Hospital at 283 Washington Street in Gloucester, MA.  Times are available in the AM and PM. Please call to schedule your appointment today.
Please call and speak with Joe 978-922-3000 x2690 to schedule at Beverly Hospital or for appointments at Addison Gilbert Hospital, please call 978-283-4000 x141 to schedule your free screening today! Please feel free to email Sarah: with any questions or comments..

Eight week Human Service Training Program

The Human Services Employment Ladder Program (H.E.L.P.) is an eight week Human Services training program that prepares participants to become entry-level direct Support Professionals in the field of Human services. Students learn the essentials of the field while gaining a significant amount of experience in personal interaction with disadvantaged populations. Students learn the nuts and bolts of direct care including terminolgy and methods, motivating and managing client behaviors, maintaining boundaries and identifying career paths. Students are challenged and enouraged to apply themselves on a daily basis through individual and group assignments. Through the H.E.L.P. program, graduates become qualified to fill the increasing need for caring, professional workers in community
residences, shelters, day programs and other Human Service settings.
Graduates can become Residential counselors, Job Coaches, Outreach Workers, Youth Worker, Advocates, Case Aides or Program Monitors.
Program Requirements:
Candidates must: be 21+, have a high school diploma or GED, be interested in helping others, be willing to commit to 2nd, 3rd, weekend and holiday shift schedules, have a minimum of 6th grade reading and math skills, be willing to submit to a Criminal Background Check (CORI), have a U.S. drivers license in good standing and pass academic, ethical and computer screening.
Next session begins October 11, 2011 at Salem Goodwill. Applications are available at 45 Congress St., Salem, MA and deadline is: September 30, 2011. For more information call the HELP Line: 617-541-1499
Licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Section 30 and WIA Voucher approved..