ILCNSCA 2015 Yellow Pages

Many of you have received in the mail a paper copy of our updated for 2015 Yellow Pages. This handy resource booklet has been a gift that ILCNSCA has produced for the past 16 years as the Yellow Pages and we again share this gift with you at this time of year ending and year beginning. It is up on our web page at http://www.ilcnsca.org/yellowpages.php

We hope this is helpful to you, your family, your colleagues and friends! Happy 2015 from ILCNSCA!

Public Notice on Importatnt Transportation-planning Document

PUBLIC NOTICE

The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is circulating for public review and comment an important transportation-planning document— the Coordinated Public Transit–Human Services Transportation Plan (CPTHST Plan). The CPTHST Plan is prepared by the MPO in order to be eligible to receive funding from the Federal Transit Administration 5310 transit funding program. This program provides capital and operations funding for services for the elderly and people with disabilities, and supports job access transportation services for people with low incomes. The proposed CPTHST Plan describes the current transit network and identifies unmet transit needs.

A 30-day public comment period for the draft CPTHST Plan will begin on Monday, December
1, 2014, and will end at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, December 30, 2014. This public comment period is an opportunity for members of the public to provide input on the transit needs of people who are eligible for inclusion in this program and to identify any existing transit services that are missing from the CPTHST Plan. The MPO is planning to take action on the amendment at the MPO meeting scheduled for January 8, 2015.

The meeting cited above for the proposed action is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM in conference rooms 2 and 3 of the State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, in Boston. Members of the public are invited to attend all MPO meetings. Comments on the proposed amendment will be accepted in writing at the address below before the close of the public comment period, and in writing or orally at the meeting.

For details, including information on the January 8, 2015, MPO meeting and a copy of the draft CPTHST Plan, please refer to the MPO’s website, www.bostonmpo.org, beginning December 1.

MPO meeting locations are accessible to people with disabilities and are near public transportation. Upon request (preferably two weeks in advance of a meeting), every effort will be made to provide accommodations such as assistive listening devices, materials in accessible formats and in languages other than English, and interpreters of American Sign Language and other languages. For assistance, please contact the MPO staff at 617-973-7100 (voice), 617-973-7089 (TTY), 617-973-8855 (fax), or publicinformation@ctps.org (email).

The MPO complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other federal and state nondiscrimination statutes and regulations in all programs and activities. For more information on the MPO’s nondiscrimination statement and related information, please see the MPO website.

Copies of the MPO documents may also be obtained by contacting MPO staff: by mail at 10 Park Plaza, Suite 2150, Boston, MA 02116-3968; by voice at 617-973-7100; by TTY at 617-973-7089; by fax at 617-973-8855; or by email at publicinformation@ctps.org. Copies are free of charge and, upon request, will be made available in CD, print, and accessible formats.

The Cape Ann Transportation Authority, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, and the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority, which are FTA Section 5307(c) applicants, have consulted with the MPO and concur that the public involvement process adopted by the
MPO for the development of the TIP satisfies the public hearing requirements that pertain to the development of the Program of Projects for regular Section 5307, Urbanized Area Formula Program, grant applications, including the provision for public notice and the time established for public review and comment.

National Disability Leaders Outraged Over Senate Inaction on Disability Treaty

Senate Chose Politics over more than 1 Billion People with Disabilities
Washington, DC – Today, on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, American disability leaders express outrage over the Senate’s inaction on ratification of the international Disability Treaty (the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, or CRPD). As the end of the 114th Congress nears, it has become clear to disability leaders that the Senate will not pass the resolution for ratification of the CRPD this year.

The Disability Treaty is supported by over 800 disability, civil rights, and faith groups, as well as over 20 of the top veterans’ service organizations and many major businesses as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This is because not only would it protect the human rights of millions of people in other countries, it would also open the world to wounded warriors and other Americans with disabilities who wish to work, study, or travel abroad, and level the international playing field for American corporations.

Marca Bristo, retiring President of the United States International Council on Disabilities and long-time leader of the coalition for ratification of CRPD, said: “Unfortunately, the Senate chose to let politics, lies and misinformation rule the day instead of the rights of more than one billion of the world’s most impoverished and marginalized populations. We deeply appreciate those Senators, both Democrat and Republican, who did the right thing and stood with the disability community on this important treaty.”

Susan Henderson, Executive Director of the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, said: “Ratification of the Disability treaty would have created an opportunity for the United States, which has led the world in recognizing and protecting the rights of persons with disabilities, to provide leadership at the UN in the global fight for the rights of people with disabilities. It is shameful that the Senate is choosing to let this opportunity pass us by.”

Howard Rosenblum, CEO of the National Association of the Deaf, said: “Disability rights legislation has always been bipartisan given that disability can and does impact anyone. We regret that such unity for our human rights has gone missing on Capitol Hill, but are staunchly unified in our conviction for universal rights for all including one billion people with disabilities worldwide.”

Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “The National Federation of the Blind is disappointed with the failure to ratify this common-sense treaty, which would, among other things, protect the rights of Americans with disabilities who are living, working, or studying abroad. We have made great progress for people with disabilities, but there is much more to be done. We hope that the next session of the Senate will act swiftly to continue advancing the rights and dignity of people with disabilities in the United States and throughout the world.”

Kelly Buckland, Executive Director of the National Council on Independent Living, said: “Disability rights have always been bipartisan. It is shameful that a small number of ultra-conservatives could derail what should have been a slam-dunk.”

Mark Perriello, President and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities, said: “America’s leadership on human rights matters. We will work to ensure that one of the greatest legacies of American democracy-the Americans with Disabilities Act-remains as a beacon of hope for one billion who look to us for that leadership.”

Mike Oxford, a member of ADAPT, a national grassroots disability rights organization, said: “We are profoundly disappointed but we will not give up. We are still hopeful that the right outcome will prevail in the future. For the one billion people with disabilities in the world, we cannot give up.”

Patricia Morrissey, newly elected President of USICD, said: “Our advocacy for ratification of CRPD is not over. Our coalition of veterans, parents, private companies, faith communities, and both Republicans and Democrats will not abandon pursuit of ratification. The world expects and needs us to be full partners in realizing a world where disability rights-accessibility, opportunity, freedom, and choice-are practiced, observed, and replicated everywhere. The CRPD is the road map for a more inclusive planet.”
Connect with the U.S. International Council on Disability!

http://www.usicd.org
http://disabilitytreaty.org

Today December 3, 2014 Is 2014 United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3rd is the 2014 United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). Please take a moment to read the following statement by the National Council on Disability in support of IDPD, and the approximately 1 billion people worldwide who have disabilities. The statement is available online at http://www.ncd.gov/newsroom/12032014.
December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities Observed by the National Council on Disability
Washington, DC – The National Council on Disability supports the 2014 United Nations (UN) International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) on December 3. According to the UN, the official theme of this year’s commemoration is “Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology.”
In 2011, NCD published “The Power of Digital Inclusion: Technology’s Impact on Employment and Opportunities for People with Disabilities.” Much of what we detailed then is, arguably, even more true now – if people are provided access and the opportunity, technology can enhance and improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities at home, at work and recreationally. Just as the Industrial Revolution ushered in new standards for access to goods and services, modern technology is built in to almost every facet of daily living. Access to and use of communications technologies have dramatically increased connectivity between people and their access to information raising living standards even further.
Sadly, not all people benefit from the advances of technology and the higher standards of living that technology can bring. This is mainly because not all people have access to new technologies and not all people can afford them. Add in the incidence of poverty, lack of educational and/or employment opportunities and the gap is considerably wider for many persons with disabilities than for their non-disabled peers.
In addition to supporting the advances in access and opportunity for people with disabilities that technology can enhance, NCD would also like to take this opportunity to restate our support for ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), an international treaty that was inspired by our own Americans with Disabilities Act, in recognition of the need for strengthening the rights of people with disabilities around the world.
The United Nations adopted the CRPD in 2006 and it was signed by more countries on its opening day than any other treaty in the history of the UN. Today, 151 out of 192 countries have ratified it, but while the United States signed what is commonly called the Disability Treaty in 2009, the U.S. Senate has not yet ratified it. This is somewhat shocking because support for the ratification of CRPD bridges both party affiliations and the political spectrum, including more than 500 disability organizations, 26 leading faith organizations, 22 veteran’s service organizations and key leaders from the business community including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Business Leadership Network and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI).
Without laws like the ADA abroad, millions of children and adults are housed in institutions without enrichment of a family life, community resources or access to the most basic civil rights like a birth certificate or even a name. Until the United States ratifies the CRPD, our nation will remain little more than a bystander on these critical matters. Ratification of the CRPD brings us one step closer to the world as we know it can be – making sure that people with disabilities and people without disabilities are treated equally.
With this in mind, and in recognition of the 22nd observance of the annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities, NCD reaffirms our support for CRPD and reiterates the following recommendations from our own 2013 report, “Toward the Full Inclusion of People with Disabilities: Examining the Accessibility of Overseas Facilities and Programs Funded by the United States”:
– Apply Federal Disability Standards to Overseas Programs and Employment. Congress should instruct USAID, DOS, DOD, and other U.S. Government agencies operating overseas that Sections 501, 503, and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 apply to overseas programs and employment opportunities operated by the U.S. Government. This will ensure that Americans with disabilities working for the U.S. Government are afforded the same protections abroad as U.S. residents. It will also foster disability inclusion in overseas development programs funded by the United States.
– Limit Accessibility Waivers and Exceptions in Infrastructure to Avoid Costly Redevelopment Costs. NCD recommends that DOD limit the number of waivers and exceptions permitted under its newly adopted ABA Accessibility Standards for DOD Facilities. Waivers and exceptions have been used throughout the world to build inaccessible infrastructure that later must be retrofitted to provide accessibility at a very high cost to American taxpayers. DOD should closely review waivers and exceptions prior to authorizing them to ensure they are used only in narrowly defined circumstances and only where necessary.
– Provide Clear Accessibility Guidelines for New Infrastructure in Developing Countries. NCD recommends that DOD provide clear guidance to contractors on the application of the ABA Accessibility Standards in developing countries. At present, the standards state they apply “worldwide,” but there is a gap in the standards that allows for contractors to apply for waivers or argue for an exception in developing countries. These standards must clearly indicate that DOD infrastructure projects in developing countries are subject to the same provisions as other DOD infrastructure projects.
“Disability is a natural part of the human experience. An estimated 57.8 million Americans have disabilities; including nearly 40 percent of Americans over the age of 65 – about 16 million people – and roughly 5.5 million disabled American veterans. Around the world, there are approximately 1 billion people with disabilities, with 80% living in developing countries,” said Jeff Rosen, NCD chair. “As technology increases engagement among the global community of 1 billion individuals with disabilities, NCD marks this occasion by shining a spotlight on the worldwide community of persons with disabilities who deserve, but far too often still lack, equal access to quality education and work opportunities, to the children with disabilities languishing in orphanages, and to our own disabled veterans who are routinely denied the same kinds of access laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act affords them here at home.”
About the International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Since 1992, the United Nations has sponsored the International Day of Disabled Persons to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. The event also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
About the National Council on Disability (NCD): First established as a small advisory Council within the Department of Education in 1978, NCD became an independent federal agency in 1984. In 1986, NCD recommended enactment of an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and drafted the first version of the bill which was introduced in the House and Senate in 1988. Since enactment of the ADA in 1990, NCD has continued to play a leading role in crafting policy solutions, and advising the President, Congress and other federal agencies on disability policies, programs, and practices.

Over The Rainbow Holiday Dinner & Party

Over The Rainbow Holiday Dinner & Party

 

Dinner and Conversation for our LGBT Older Adults and their supporters! At the Historic House of Seven Gables. All are welcome!

 

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

House of Seven Gables 115 Derby St. Salem, MA 01970

Food, Entertainment, Games and More!

You must sign up and reserve your place at our Annual Holiday Dinner! Call North Shore Elder Services at 978-750-4540 to reserve you place.