Transgender Rights in Massachusetts Discussion

The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition invites you to discuss the current state of transgender rights in Massachusetts at the MTPC Town Hall meeting: Thursday May 3 in Salem, with trans and GLBT folk from across the North Shore. This meeting will be an opportunity to: find how the new state law passed last November affects you, meet with trans community leaders, share your own opinions and ideas, help decide what’s next for our community and show your support for the work of MTPC.
Thurs May 3 6:30-8:30pm, Universalist Church, 211 Bridge St, Salem. Led by MTPC Director Gunner Scott, with MTPC Chair Nancy Nangeroni

MassHealth Member Public Forum – Let Your Voice Be Heard

Public Forum to Identify the Concerns of MassHealth Members with Disabilities
Join Christine Griffin, EOHHS Assistant Secretary and Dr. Julian Harris, Medicaid Director.
Friday, May 4, 2012, 1:00-3:00 pm, State Transportation Building, Floor 2, Conference Rooms 2 and 3, 10 Park Place, Boston.
This meeting is for * people with disabilities * family members of people with disabilities * advocates and community stakeholders active in disability rights.
The forum is open for anyone to tell us what MassHealth can do better for people with disabilities. It is important for MassHealth policy makers to hear people with disabilities and their families express their concerns about current services, describe needs that are not being addressed, and suggest ways to improve services and expand opportunities. Call our Disability Accommodation Ombudsman if you would like more information about this event, or to ask for accommodations to help you take part in this forum.
Miriam Brathwaite, MassHealth Disability Accommodation Ombudsman, 617-847-3468 TTY: 617-847-3788
Hana Hanigan, Ami.Hanigan@MassMail.State.MA.US

Food Handlers’ Gloves Trigger Latex Allergy

Food Handlers’ Gloves Trigger Latex Allergy
Dec 13, 1999, By OH EDITORIAL STAFF, EHS Today Magazine

A case study shows that food exposed to latex may cause allergic reactions.Food that is exposed to latex — a common allergen — may cause similar allergic reactions as latex products themselves, according to a new case study. In this Dec. 1999 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, two Boston researchers reported on the case of a woman who suffered allergic reactions as a result of foods she ate in restaurants or purchased in markets where the food was handled by employees wearing latex gloves.
Dr. William Franklin of Massachusetts General Hospital, and Dr. Josephine Pandolfo of Peabody, a dentist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center concluded that food workers should follow the lead set by the healthcare field and eliminate all products made of latex.
Latex is found in as many as 40,000 consumer products, including balloons, athletic shoe soles, tires and pacifiers. Additionally, latex rubber can be found in many medical supplies, including disposable gloves, intravenous tubes, syringes and bandages.
At least 1 percent of people in the United States have latex allergies, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI).The first sign of latex allergy is usually a poison ivy-like rash that appears 12 to 36 hours after contact with latex. Itching, redness, swelling, sneezing, and wheezing may also occur, according to the AAAAI.According the report, the woman, a periodontist, first developed latex allergy “about five years after she began using latex gloves routinely in her work.”
As a result, she removed all latex products from her office. However, during the past seven years, she noticed her symptoms would recur when she ate food from restaurants where food handlers wore latex gloves, according to the report.
“She did not have a reaction to these same foods when they had not come in contact with latex,” said Franklin and Pandolfo.
To test the theory, the researchers asked the woman to drink orange juice on two different occasions. On one occasion, the juice was stirred with a latex glove. “Within 35 minutes after drinking the juice stirred with latex, she had wheezing, tightness of the chest, and flushing of the face and lips,” reported the researchers. She was immediately treated with medications to alleviate these symptoms.
“The elimination of latex, which is already underway in the healthcare environment, should also be extended to the food-handling environment, to protect consumers,” concluded Franklin and Pandolfo.
For more information on how to prevent latex allergy, visit the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Web site at

DEAF Inc. Project HOPE Food Safety Workshop

Healthy Aging Workshops with Project HOPE – Health workshops in ASL for Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing and Late-Deafened people aged 55 and up
More information about food safety! Play Food Safety Bingo!
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm,  New England Homes for the Deaf (Community Room) 154 Water St, Danvers
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 from 9:00am to 11:00am, Bishop Mackenzie Center, 1337 Centre St, Newton
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm,  Taunton Library, 12 Pleasant St, Taunton
For more information about workshops, please contact Jenna: or contact Project HOPE at

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Speak Out for Fair MBTA & The Ride Fares!

Speak out for fair fares and full services for people with disabilities and seniors who use the MBTA and The Ride! Tuesday, April 24, time to be determined – at the State House T fares are going up 23%, but for Ride users it’s as much as 150%!
$10 round trips will hurt those on limited incomes. Keep up the fight for independence in our communities! Contact Karen Schneiderman ( for information. Sponsored by Mass Senior Action Council and BCIL