The Disability Law Center and Digital Eyes Film, invite you to a World Premiere screening of: HEALING VOICES

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Kendal Square Cinema

One Kendal Square at 355 Binney St.

Cambridge, Massachusetts




You are invited to a screening of HEALING VOICES, featuring a dialogue after the film with PJ Moynihan (Writer/Director), Oryx Cohen (Subject/Co-Producer), Chris Griffin (Executive Director of the Disability Law Center), officials from the Massachusetts Public Health Community, and additional guest.


This event is free and open to the public but space is limited. You must RSVP to attend this event. Communication Access Realtime Translation will be provided.


Please Note: Out of consideration for people with environmental illness and/or multiple chemical sensitivity, please refrain from using perfume or other scented products.


RSVP and request accommodations by August 14, 2016



Register Online:  or  contact Amanda if you have any questions. or 617-723-8455 Ext 123

Breaking news to ACT ON Now!!!!

Bruce Darling – a co- NCIL member and Advocate for the Disability Integration Act has news that you need to act on today! Join your NCIL friends and make changes for all people with disabilities:

” We are excited to announce that Representative Gibson (NY-R) has introduced the Disability Integration Act in the House of Representatives!  The bill number is HR 5689.


We have been working for literally decades to assure that Americans with disabilities are not denied their inalienable rights guaranteed to them under the Constitution and Declaration of Independence by being forced into unwanted institutionalization, but this week is the last opportunity for members of Congress to cosponsor the bill before they take a long summer recess to campaign.    




Step One: Do this super easy electronic action alert.  


Step Two: Call Representative Johnson to ask the Representative to cosponsor the Disability Integration Act.  Call 1-866-220-0044 to connect with you Representative’s office.  Tell them:


I am calling to ask Representative Johnson to cosponsor the Disability Integration Act (HR 5689).  The Disability Integration Act has been introduced in the House by Representative Chris Gibson, a Republican Congressman from New York.  Please support him and Americans with Disabilities by becoming a cosponsor of the Disability Integration Act (HR 5689).  There isn’t much time before the break.  I am asking Representative Johnson to contact Representative Gibson’s office to sign on as a cosponsor before the week is out. Thank you.”


Thanks for your continued advocacy to FREE OUR PEOPLE!

MA Legislature Stalls on passage of S1984, Anti-Bullying of Seniors and Those Living With Disabilities Commission

We have a good chance for passage of S1984 in the current session. Action is unlikely by the end of the formal session this month, although it would be great. Our bill can become law during the informal session, which ends I believe early next January.

Success will depend on getting additional and continuing support in the form of letters and calls. Reach out to your elected state representative and/or directly to Brian Dempsey.

Please write to Brian S. Dempsey, Chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means. asking him to release S1984 from committee favorably

His contact information follows:

Phone: 617-722-2990 Fax: 617-722-2215Email:

Have a great weekend and thank you for what you do.

Jerry Halberstadt
Coordinator, Stop Bullying Coalition

Join The Revolution

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.


But those of us who are elderly or disabled and living in multifamily housing, may lose those rights because of bullying. Let us act together to stop the abuse of bullying, and bring freedom to each of us. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has a rich tradition of assuring the independence, freedom, and rights of every individual. Help us restore and protect our rights. We have begun the peaceful revolution against the tyranny of bullying through legislation and we ask for your help to advocate for change. Help pass S1984 to create a commission to study ways to prevent bullying of tenants in public and subsidized multi-family housing.



Bullying in the residential community restricts a victim’s rights as a tenant and citizen and is therefore a civil rights and human rights violation. Bullying has a terrible impact on victims, causing stress, emotional pain, mental disease, and physical disease. Bullying is bad for the institution as well as for everyone in the institution—the housing provider, bystanders, staff, service providers, and also for the perpetrators—those who bully.


Bullying is a contagious social disease that flourishes in the absence of a legitimate social order, creates a toxic environment and an unhealthy community life, all while causing psychological and physical harm to victims.


About 20% of elderly people living independently are the victims of bullying. Bullying targets elderly and disabled people, including those living in public or subsidized multifamily apartment housing.


Our bill, S1984, to create a commission on bullying has passed in the Massachusetts Senate. We are halfway to victory. We need to get the bill moved out of the House Ways and Means Committee, before it is too late. The formal legislative session ends in July. We hope to have passage by then, but if not we can still seek action in the informal session, but the sooner the better.

You won’t have to fire a shot, you won’t have to throw tea into Boston Harbor, you don’t have to throw off the yoke of an oppressive foreign ruler. All you have to do is make a phone call or send an email.


Please contact your own state representative, Letters, email, phone calls



Please write to Brian S. Dempsey, Chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means. asking him to release S1984 from committee favorably Bill S.1984 189th (Current) An Act—Resolve creating a commission to study ways to prevent bullying of tenants in public and subsidized multi-family housing Sponsors: Joan B. Lovely, Bradford R. Hill, William N. Brownsberger and other members of the General Court

The commission on bullying is the best way for all the stakeholders to come together, resolve their differences, and come up with an effective program to protect elderly and disabled from bullying.

Thank you,


Contact information for your own state representative—at:


Also please cc the following:

* Senator Joan Lovely Legislative Director, Anna Roy,
* Representative Brad Hill. Legislative Director,
* The House Ways and Means Chair,


Contact Information

The House Ways and Means Chair, Brian S. Dempsey State House Room 243, Boston, MA 02133 Phone: 617-722-2990 Fax: 617-722-2215 Email:

Joan B. Lovely Senator State House, Room 413A, Boston, MA 02133, Phone: 617-722-1410; Email:; Legislative Director, Anna Roy,

Bradford R. Hill Assistant Minority Leader State House, Room 128, Boston, MA 02133; Phone: 617-722-2100, Email:; Legislative Director, Maura Driscoll. Email:

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:
2. A coffee cup holder for a crutch-user:
3. A text-to-speech app for people who cannot communicate clearly:


If you are interested in participating as a client, please complete the brief application at

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