Fall 2016 MIT Class on Principles & Practices of Assistive Technology – Cambridge MA

In an MIT class on Principles and Practices of Assistive Technology (PPAT/6.811/HST.420/2.78), clients with disabilities join teams of engineering students to create customized assistive technology solutions. We are looking for clients with specific project ideas for our class this upcoming fall.

We are looking for twelve adventurous individuals who face daily life challenges related to their disability.


Potential clients must:
•  Have one or more specific project ideas in mind;
•  Be based in Cambridge, MA or nearby;
•  Be easily accessible via phone or email;
•  Be available to meet in-person with students for approximately one hour every week    from mid-September through early December;
•  Be open to new experiences and willing to give active feedback to the students.

Previous client projects have included:
1. A nurse call system for a residence for people with neurological conditions: http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2015/empowerment-through-mobile-technology-and-co-design-0518
2. A coffee cup holder for a crutch-user: http://assistivetech.scripts.mit.edu/blog/team-paul-and-the-coffee-crane/
3. A text-to-speech app for people who cannot communicate clearly: http://assistivetech.scripts.mit.edu/blog/scriptspeak-a-text-to-speech-app-designed-with-you-in-mind/


If you are interested in participating as a client, please complete the brief application at http://goo.gl/forms/oEcWBt96XQS0dTTJ2

Applications will be considered on rolling basis from June 24 until August 5.


Due to the number of applications received, we regret that we can only respond to individuals with project ideas that pass an initial screening. If your project idea advances to that stage, we will be in touch to answer your questions and confirm mutual interest.

ILCNSCA Advocacy Alert – restoring federal funding for Independent Living Centers. Calls to Congress needed !

Background: When the Independent Living (IL) program transferred from Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) to Administration for Community Living (ACL), there were unused ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) funds. Some Centers for Independent Living (CILs) had been told that funds would be available for 90 days after the expiration date (September 30, 2015), which was incorrect; therefore, those CILs were not reimbursed for money they had already spent. ACL decided to use 2016 funds to reimburse the 2015 expenses that were not reimbursed.  States were not informed of this decision at the time it was made.


Result: RSA made a mistake by telling CILs they could be reimbursed after the expiration date. ACL then made a decision to use Independent Living funds to fix the mistake, lowering the amount of available funds for CILs in 2016.  This mistake will very likely result in lost jobs and a decreased ability for CILs to serve consumers across the country, which is unacceptable.


Advocacy need: The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) has been advocating to appropriators for their help to fix these cuts.  NCIL is currently working with staff from both the House and Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (L-HHS-Ed) Subcommittees, and we need your help! We need advocate with NCIL.  Please contact both members of the House L-HHS-Ed Subcommittee and members of the Senate L-HHS-Ed Subcommittee to ask them to appropriate additional funds to make up for these cuts.  See phone numbers for both Subcommittees’ members below.  Members may not accept emails from citizens outside of their district.


We also need to continue to fight for increased IL funds, so please also use NCIL’s talking points to tell them how important the IL program is to their constituents with disabilities across the country!


Members of the House L-HHS-Ed Subcommittee


Tom Cole, Oklahoma, Chairman      (202) 225-6165

Mike Simpson, Idaho                        (202) 225-5531

Steve Womack, Arkansas, Vice Chair  (202) 225-4301

Chuck Fleischmann, Tennessee         (202) 225-3271

Andy Harris, MD, Maryland                 (202) 225-5311

Martha Roby, Alabama                        (202) 225-2901

Charlie Dent, Pennsylvania                 (202) 225-6411

Scott Rigell, Virginia                            (202) 225-4215


Rosa DeLauro, Connecticut, Ranking Member   (202) 225-3661

Lucille Roybal-Allard, California                           (202) 225-1766

Barbara Lee, California                                        (202) 225-2661



Members of the Senate L-HHS-Ed Subcommittee


Alexander, Lamar  (R-Tn)                  202-224-4944

Blunt, Roy  (R-Mo)                             202-224-5721

Capito, Shelley Moore  (R-Wv)           202-224-6472

Cassidy, Bill  (R-La)                           202-224-5824

Cochran, Thad  (R-Ms)                       202-224-5054

Graham, Lindsey  (R-Sc)                     202-224-5972

Kirk, Mark  (R-Il)                               202-224-2854

Lankford, James  (R-Ok)                     202-224-5754


Moran, Jerry  (R-Ks)                          202-224-6521

Murray, Patty  (D-Wa)                        202-224-2621

Shelby, Richard  C.  (R-Al)                 202-224-5744

Baldwin, Tammy (D-Wi)                     202-224-5653

Durbin, Richard J. (D-Il)                    202-224-2152

Merkley, Jeff (D-Or)                           202-224-3753

Mikulski, Barbara A. (D-Md)                202-224-4654

Schatz, Brian (D-Hi)                          202-224-3934

Shaheen, Jeanne (D-Nh)                    202-224-2841


YouthBuild North Shore Now Enrolling

YouthBuild North Shore is currently recruiting Young Adults between the ages of 16-24 years old, who will have the opportunity to work towards a High School Equivalency Diploma (HiSet formally known as GED) and receive training in the Construction Trade.  Our graduates leave our program fully equipped and prepared to be placed in post-secondary opportunities and or employment.  With a strong resourceful and supportive team, this family oriented environment will help any willing individual succeed.  Our hands-on construction component provides Certified Pre- Apprentice Certification and 10-Hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration certification. 


If you are interested in learning more about YouthBuild North Shore feel free to stop by one of our upcoming recruitment events.


Open House:

Wednesdays – 1: 00 PM


Walk-ins Welcome:

Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Mayor Martin J. Walsh & the Mayor’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities present A.D.A. Celebration Day

Wednesday July 13, 2016 12PM  – 3 PM

Boston City Hall Plaza 1 City Hall Square Boston, MA 02201



A FREE event for children, families, & individuals of all abilities




New This Year
Government Center MBTA Station – Now ADA Compliant & Open to the Public
To request accommodations, contact us by July 1st at:  617-635-3682 or disability@boston.gov


For more information & updates, visit www.boston.gov/disability
* Wheelchair Access * ASL * CART * Scent-free *


Invitation to Participate in an Employment Survey

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) at  Virginia Commonwealth University is Conducting  a study of adults with physical disabilities. We want to know about your barriers to employment as well as resources that you need to support your work/career goals. In addition, we are interested in knowing how you find information on employment services and supports.


The target groups for the study are: Adults with cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, or other physical disabilities.



To be eligible to participate, you must be between the ages of 18 and 65, a U.S. citizen, be able to provide legal consent, and be a member of one of the targeted groups above.


Participants will complete an online survey requiring approximately 20 minutes. One hundred participants will be randomly selected to receive a $25 gift card. However, there is no guarantee that everyone who completes the survey will be selected to receive the gift card.


If you are interested in participating, the VCU-RRTC needs your consent. You may do this by following the link below to read more about the study, review the survey questions, and give your consent.




If you have questions or need special accommodations to participate in the study, please contact: Dr. Katherine Inge VCU-RRTC P.O.BOX 842011 Richmond, VA 23284-2011 or by email: kinge@vcu.edu or phone: 804-828-5956 TTY: 804-828-2494


ILCNSCA Stands Strong with Orlando

The tragic event in Orlando which has been determined as a hate crime by a lone shooter is shocking and painful for all of us at ILCNSCA. We send our support and stand with those who have suffered loss from this event, and send our strength to the survivors and the families and community affected. To those who live on the North Shore and Cape Ann, our service area of 25 municipalities, ILCNSCA has been a leader in serving those who are LGBTQIA and living with disabilities of all types and ages, and offers to you our support and encourage you to attend our monthly peer support group, held the third Thursday of each month, at 1:30 to  3:00 PM at our office. The meeting we are having on June 16, 2016 will provide an opportunity for us to share our responses to the Orlando tragedy, discuss how we are moving forward in our lives in the face of this homophobia, how we can cope with homophobia and ableism, as well as prepare for the 5th Annual North Shore Pride celebration on June 25. Orlando, we stand with you, and are here to provide you what we have to offer to you…alliance, solidarity, and strength.