Email to ILCNSCA Volunteer Staff on Upcoming Highlights of Sen. Ted Kennedy Life

Dear Donna,
I want to share with you today that in the coming week there will be two programs featuring Ted and his legacy airing on television, and I think you’ll enjoy both.
First, at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 2nd, CNN is scheduled to air Teddy: In His Own Words, a documentary that uses Ted’s own voice and words to narrate his life’s story. It’s very powerful.
In addition, I’m proud to announce that on Tuesday, September 4th, the Democratic National Convention will feature a tribute to Ted from the Convention floor in Charlotte, which will air on C-SPAN at approximately 7:30 p.m. ET. (Other cable stations covering the Convention may also carry it as well.)
As you can imagine, all of us at the Institute are deeply humbled that Ted’s enduring commitment to public service and his passion for working to make this country live up to its highest ideals are being honored in this generous way at the Convention. And we all remember his inspiring speech at the 2008 Convention in Denver four years ago, where he said: “The work begins anew. The hope rises again. And the dream lives on.”

We hope you get a chance to watch these programs, and thank you for your continued support of our work at the Institute.
Support the Institute today!
With great appreciation,

Vicki Kennedy

Upcoming Conference and Call for Proposals

The George Washington University National Technical Assistance Partnership (NTAP) and The Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) and The National Council of State Agencies for the Blind (NCSAB)
proudly announce the 2012 National Employment Conference
The New Economy: Rethink, Realign, Reinvent
DECEMBER 5-7, 2012
Marriott Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel Arlington, Virginia
The 2012 National Employment Conference, “The New Economy: Rethink, Realign, Reinvent” is now accepting proposals for presentations due no later than Tuesday, September 25th, 2012. The conference includes the following five themes: 1) Collaborating with Business; 2) High Growth Fields; 3) Bridging Research and Practice; 4) Opportunities in “Middle Skills Jobs”; and 5) Employment for Specific Populations. For a detailed description of the Call for Presenters and the online presentation submission form, please go to the following link:
For additional information or questions, please contact Maureen McGuire-Kuletz, Ed.D., CRC, at 202-973-1550 or

New Rules for Emergency Information Distribution by TV for those who are Deaf and/or Blind

Public Notice Reminder on Video Program Distributors’ Obligation to Make Emergency Information Accessible

On August 28, 2012, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) released a Public Notice reminding video programming distributors (VPDs) such as broadcasters, cable operators, and satellite television services that deliver video programming directly to the home, of their obligation to make emergency information accessible to persons with hearing and vision disabilities in accordance with section 79.2 of the Commission’s rules.

Under section 79.2 of the Commission’s rules, emergency information includes critical details about the emergency and information for consumers on how to respond to the emergency. It also provides information for consumers about how to contact their VPD or the Commission regarding compliance with the rule.

For further information, contact Traci Randolph, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Disability Rights Office (202) 418-0569 (voice);

(202) 418-0537 (TTY) or email

TWITTER with Secretary Solis in Honor of Labor Day

Every year, on the first Monday in September, we honor the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

In advance of Labor Day 2012, Secretary Solis – “America’s Job Counselor” — will host a live Twitter chat at 2 p.m. EDT, Thursday, August 30.

This is a great opportunity, especially for high school and college students, to ask questions and receive information on entering the workforce, finding job training programs and identifying up-and-coming careers.

Join the conversation by using the hashtag #LaborDay2012 or tweet questions in advance to @HildaSolisDOL.

We would also love your help with spreading the word about this important conversation with others in your network. Watch and share the promotional video created by Helen, one of the talented interns that worked at the Labor Department this summer.

For more information and event updates, RSVP at:

Thank you and we look forward to a great discussion!

ILCNSCA Office Closed

Title: ILCNSCA Office Closed
Description: The Statewide Independent Living Council is holding a three day conference for the eleven centers for independent living on September 12, 13 and 14, 2012. ILCNSCA staff will be attending this conference and thus the office will be closed on Wednesday, Sept. 12, Thursday Sept. 13, and Friday, Sept 14, 2012.
Start Date: 2012-09-12
Start Time: 0900
End Date: 2012-09-14
End Time: 1700

“Ansel Adams: At the Water’s Edge”

Title: “Ansel Adams: At the Water’s Edge”
Location: Peabody Essex Musuem 161 Essex St. Salem, MA 01970
Description: Viewers will have the opportunity to see pictures that Adams made for himself. Both grand and intimate at times, these personal and sometimes experimental images express his thoughts about the natural world, and often push the boundaries between realism and abstraction.

Admission to the museum is free for this event. Viewing of this exhibit will be a self-guided tour, Spaces are limited.

Start Time: 14:00
Date: 2012-09-20
End Time: 16:00

Regional Stakeholder Engagement Teleconference with CMS on Health Insurance Marketplace & Expanded Insurance Options

Tuesday, September 11, 2012   The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) invite you to a regional teleconference with CMS staff to:

  • Update you on the latest information regarding implementation of the Health Insurance
  • Marketplace (Exchanges), part of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Start discussing strategies to educate the uninsured, under-insured, and small businesses about expanded insurance coverage options.

Registration is required

Phone lines are limited.  See the teleconference schedule below for call details and registration information.  Tuesday, September 11, 2012,  10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT, Please register at