Massachusetts Annual Independent Living Education Day at the State House

The Massachusetts Statewide Independent Living Council invites you to join us and educate your legislators on our priorities.

Where:     Great Hall, State House

When:      Thursday, March 21, 2013

Time:        From 11 am to 3 pm


Why:  Funding for independent living centers benefits all citizens of the Commonwealth.

  • Independent Living Centers (ILC’s) have faced level funding for several consecutive years, but face increased operating costs.  The current workload cannot be maintained or improved without increased funding.
  • In 2012, 213 people were helped by ILC’s to move into the community from more costly institutionalized settings, SAVING the Commonwealth $4.6 MILLION dollars.  Today, ILC’s are working with 780 people who are striving to achieve the same goal.
  • ILC’s answered over 10,430 calls from consumers & family members.
  • ILC’s assisted hundreds of people find jobs, working in partnership with Vocational Rehabilitation.

What should you doTo attend as part of group with the ILCNSCA, RSVP by 3/13/13 to Jess Tourtellotte by phone at 978-741-0077 ext. 110 or email: with ‘IL Education Day RSVP’ in the email subject line.  The ILCNSCA group will meet just outside the Great Hall entrance at 10:30 AM.  Attendees will need to arrange their own transportation to the State House.  *Note: For MBTA ‘The RIDE’ users, we recommend drop off and pickup at the Capitol Coffee House at 122 Bowdoin Street in Boston, which is directly across the street from the accessible State House entrance.


A bagged lunch will be provided to all participants. This event is supported by the SILC Public Education & Information Committee, Massachusetts 11 Independent Living Centers, MRC State Rehab Council, & Disability Policy Consortium.

Join the Active Planning Emergency Preparedness Project

The UMASS Medical School’s E.K. Shriver Center is looking for MA cities and towns to participate in an emergency preparedness project to build greater local capacity to meet the needs of residents with disabilities.

We provide a free disability awareness workshop for public health and public safety emergency responders, planners and managers, to:



* Develop inclusive and updated local evacuation and transportation plans

* Design accessible shelters and emergency services for the whole community

* Learn techniques, resources and practical solutions to address
disability needs during emergencies

* Hold a meeting with the disability community to review the local emergency plan

* Enhance communication and interactions with people with disabilities

We also provide your city or town with:



* Useful tools to assess local needs, find plan gaps related to disabilities,set priorities,  and close the gaps

* Personal preparedness handouts for people with disabilities
* First responder resources



To schedule your training or for more information contact:
Jennifer Brooks, Recruitment Coordinator, (781) 642-0047
E.K. Shriver Center, UMASS Medical School
200 Trapelo Rd., Waltham, MA 02452

ASAN is Now Accepting Applications for the 2013 Summer Leadership Academy

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is excited to announce the Autism Campus Inclusion project is now seeking applications for its 2013 Summer Leadership Academy. The training will take place in Washington, DC, June 9 to June 15, 2013. All expenses for the training are covered by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, including travel, lodging and food.

The ACI summer leadership training prepares students to create systems change on their college campuses. Each participant will learn valuable skills in community organizing, creating policy goals and activism. Applicants must be current college students with at least one year remaining before graduation.

In order to apply, please email your completed application to Melody Latimer at with the subject line “2013 ACI Application”. You will receive a confirmation that your application has been received within one business day.

If you need assistance or accommodations at any stage, please contact Melody Latimer at

Hamilton Relay $500 Scholarship for High School Senoirs

The Hamilton Relay Scholarship opportunity is available to high school seniors who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking.

Hamilton Relay selects a recipient within each of the states where Hamilton Relay is the contracted Telecommunications Relay Service and/or Captioned Telephone Service provider. This opportunity is one of several ways the company gives back to the communities it serves.

To apply download the materials at today!