ILCNSCA Tavern in the Square Sunday Brunch Buffet

Date: Sunday, March 30, 2014

Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Location: 189 Washington Street Salem, MA 01970

The suggested donation is $10.00 for a person with a disability and $10.00 for their PCA.  The suggested donation for a person without a disability will be $17.


If you would like to attend this event please RSVP by calling 978-741-0077 v, 978-745-1735 TTY, or via Email to with “Brunch Buffet RSVP” in subject line by March 25, 2014.  All reservations need to be prepaid via cash or check made out to ILCNSCA and received at ILCNSCA, 27 Congress St, Suite 107, Salem, MA 01970 by March 25, 2014.  Space is limited.


ILCNSCA is scent-free to accommodate persons with chemical sensitivities. Please refrain from wearing scents such as perfumes or scented clothing. At public events photographs and/or video may be taken for ILCNSCA publication. We will respect all requests to not be photographed, please inform us at time of RSVP or arrival.

Massachusetts Annual Independent Living Education Day at the State House

Centers for Independent Living provide valuable services to the citizens of the Commonwealth.


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 20, 2014

                      From 11 am to 3 pm

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


·        ILC Funding- In the Fiscal Year 2014 budget the Legislature appropriated an additional $1.1M and created a dedicated line item for ILC appropriations (Line Item 4120-0200).  It is critical that we maintain current funding.  We also are seeking a $750,000 increase to allow continued services to our present caseload and to expand our work to transition persons with disabilities from institutions to community living.

·        Alternative Housing Voucher Program-  We also support increased funding for the Alternative Housing Voucher Program (Line Item 7004-9030).  This program provides affordable housing for persons coming out of institutions as well as persons with disabilities seeking affordable and accessible housing.  Advocates are seeking a $1.55 million increase in the line item, as a shortage of affordable housing continues to beset adults with disabilities. 


What should you do:  To attend as part of group with the ILCNSCA, RSVP by 3/10/14 to Shawn McDuff by phone at 978-741-0077 ext. 140 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.

FCC Moves to upgrade TV Closed Captioning Quality



New Standards – including Accuracy, Timeliness, and On-Screen Placement of Closed Captions – Will Ensure Full Access to TV Programming for Americans Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing 


Washington, D.C.  – The Federal Communications Commission today unanimously approved new, more comprehensive rules for TV closed captioning to ensure that viewers who are deaf and hard of hearing have full access to programming. Today’s action resolves decade-long concerns from deaf and hard of hearing communities to improve captioning quality and provides much needed guidance to video programming distributors and programmers.


The new rules apply to all television programming with captions.  Specifically, the Order adopts quality standards for accuracy, synchronicity (timing), program completeness, and placement of closed captions, including the requirement that captions be:


·        Accurate: Captions must match the spoken words in the dialogue and convey background noises and other sounds to the fullest extent possible.

·        Synchronous: Captions must coincide with their corresponding spoken words and sounds to the greatest extent possible and must be displayed on the screen at a speed that can be read by viewers.

·        Complete: Captions must run from the beginning to the end of the program to the fullest extent possible.

·        Properly placed: Captions should not block other important visual content on the screen, overlap one another, or run off the edge of the video screen. 


The Order distinguishes between pre-recorded, live, and near-live programming and explains how the new standards apply to each type of programming.  The Order finds that full compliance with the above quality standards can be achieved for pre-recorded programming because of the extra time available to review and edit captions offline.  The Order recognizes the greater hurdles involved with captioning live and near-live programming.


Best practices for video programmers and captioning vendors are included in the Order, which promise to improve captioning quality for viewers.  For example, video programmers can provide high-quality program audio signals to promote accurate captioning transcriptions.  They can also provide captioning vendors with advance access to show scripts, proper names and song lyrics, making it easier to caption live programs.  Similarly, captioning vendors can ensure the proper screening, training and supervision of their captioners and take measures to ensure that their technical systems are functional, to prevent service interruptions.


These best practices were developed based on proposals from interested parties, including the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, the National Association of Broadcasters, and several captioning agencies.


The Commission also adopted measures to ensure that people who are deaf and hard of hearing will have greater access to news programming in their local communities.  The measures include requiring broadcasters who are permitted under the Commission’s rules to convert teleprompter script into captions to pre-script more of their news programming, including sports, weather, and most late-breaking stories. The pre-scripting requirement will result in captioning for some news programming that previously aired uncaptioned.  In addition, the new rules require that crawls and other visual information be used to provide visual access to certain news segments that can’t be pre-scripted.  


The Order also addresses several other issues related to closed captioning quality, including multicast channels, technical equipment monitoring, and recordkeeping.


In addition to the Report and Order, the FCC issued a Declaratory Ruling clarifying existing rules defining requirements for “on demand” programming, bilingual English and Spanish programming, obligations of low power television stations, and video programming distributor contact information. 


The FCC Report and Order also is accompanied by a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks comment on reapportioning some of the captioning responsibilities and on ways to further enhance accessibility to television programming and improve the Commission’s procedural rules.


Action by the Commission February 20, 2014, by Report and Order, Declaratory Ruling and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FCC 14-12).  Chairman Wheeler, Commissioners Clyburn, Rosenworcel, Pai and O’Rielly with Chairman Wheeler, Commissioners Clyburn, Rosenworcel, Pai and O’Rielly issuing statements.


For more information about Closed Captioning for Television, visit:



Cape Organization for the Rights of the Disabled (CORD) is holding two Fundraising Events

On March 1, 2014 at 6:30 PM CORD is holding Rock N Roll Fundraiser with Award Winning local Author Martin Sandler who will launch his new book on the Beatles at the Riverway Lobster House Restaurant, Rte. 28, South Yarmouth, MA

On March 31, 2014 from 6:00 – 10:00 PM CORD is holding a Trivia Night at Uno Chicago Grill, 574 Iyannough Road, Hyannis, MA

For more information, please go to


NSCDC Homebuying 101 First Time Homebuyer Course

. Find out about qualifying for and shopping for a mortgage
. Find out if you are financially ready to buy a home
. Meet high quality real estate professionals

The Homebuying Mentors is a program of Allston Brighton CDC committed to helping Massachusetts residents plan responsibly for their future through homeownership education and coaching. We are a HUD housing counseling agency and
hold the Seal of Approval from The Massachusetts Homeownership Collaborative.

. Access ongoing mentoring from our seasoned coaches
. Gain access to special mortgage products and financial assistance for first-time homebuyers

Now is a great time to buy your first home! Let us help you do it right!

Our Next Class: March 4, 5, & 6 

 5:45-9:00 PM

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