VolumeIX Issue 1, Fall 2001
From the Executive Director Mary Margaret Moore
Today as I write this all of us are still reeling from the events of September 11, 2001. As an American with a disability I am shocked and outraged that our great country has been attacked by terrorists. I am saddened by the loss of many lives and the devastation of many families. The ILCNSCA offers its sympathy and support to all affected by these events. We at the Center support the President and Congress in whatever course they determine to respond and achieve the recovery of our country.
At the Center we are preparing for our Annual meeting on October 16th. We are also working with some local folks to achieve the passage of a Massachusetts Prosthetics Insurance Parity bill. Currently private insurers cover differently than Medicaid for prosthetics. This bill, written and filed in the House by Representative Ruane of Salem, has received much support from most of the representatives in our area and by Senator Berry who is available to file in the Senate. It will require all private insurers to cover prosthetics at the same rate, 80-20, public insurance. We owe a large thank you to Representative Ruane !!
The Center received major support from four of our formerly nineteen and as of July 1, 2001 now twenty municipalities in its service area. The town of Hamilton scheduled the Center to make a presentation at its July 23rd Selectman's meeting. Chairman John Serafini introduced me as Executive Director of the Center and invited me to explain our services to the Board of Selectman at this open meeting which was televised live over Hamilton local cable TV. Upon the conclusion of my speech Chairman Serafini and the other two Selectman, David Neill and Paul Ricker, voted passage of an ADA Day Proclamation from the Town of Hamilton and presented this proclamation to me. This proclamation was the first one received by the Center for ADA Day, July 26, 2001.
On July 25 I went to Mayor Stanley Usovicz's office with Kathy O'Brien, Associate Director. Mayor Usovicz presented to us (see photo below) an ADA Day Proclamation from the City of Salem. On July 26 Jeanne Lyons, Peer Advocate and Shawn McDuff, Director of Access and Advocacy received at Peabody City Hall from Mayor Peter Torigian an ADA Day Proclamation. Also on the morning of July 26th Art Daignault, Access Specialist and Rebecca Poulton, Information Specialist, received at Beverly City Hall from Mayor William Scanlon an ADA Day Proclamation from the City of Beverly.
All the proclamations are strong statements by these municipalities of their commitment and support to the principles and tenets of the Americans with Disabilities Act on its 11th anniversary. These proclamations symbolize the support of from these municipalities for inclusion of individuals with disabilties. The text of the Proclamations follows:
I, (Name of Municipal Official), (Title of Municipal Official) of the (Name of Municipality), Massachusetts, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the people of (Municipality) as an elected official, do hereby proclaim Thursday, July 26, 2001, as Spirit of the 11th Anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).
I urge all citizens of (Municipality), its community leaders, businesses and government officials, to celebrate the contributions that people with disabilities have made and continue to make. As (Title), we renew our commitment to upholding the nondiscrimination principles of the ADA. I urge that all citizens support the efforts of the Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann, Inc. which is the voice of all persons with disabilities and their families. This proclamation is an acknowledgement of the rights of all persons with disabilities under the ADA and their daily activities, struggles and triumphs here in our City.
In witness whereof, I have hereby set my hand and the seal of the (Municipality) this 26th day of July, 2001.
Come by the Center and see these 4 Proclamations. Peace to all.
ILCNSCA Annual Meeting 2001
The 2001 ILCNSCA Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 16, 2001 from 5:30 PM to 7 PM at the ILCNSCA North Shore office at 27 Congress St., Suite 107 in Salem. Voting and socializing will occur from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Annual meeting at 6:30 PM. Make sure your membership is renewed so you can participate. For information contact Mary Margaret Moore, ILCNSCA Executive Director at (978) 741-0077 V/TTY. Entertainment Books will be on sale from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.
Entertainment Book, 2002 Fundraiser
The Entertainment Book is packed with hundreds of two-for-one offers and 50% discounts on almost everything you like to do-dining, travel, shopping, movies, theater, sports and more. It's your ticket to save funding year 'round on all your fun. Get your book today at the ILCNSCA. Only $20. Support the Center's fundraiser! Stop by the ILCNSCA on 27 Congress St., Suite 107, in Salem, Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or call ILCNSCA to reserve your book at (978) 741-0077 V/TTY.
Entertainment Books will be available for purchase at the ILCNSCA Annual Meeting on October 16, 2001.
Wedding Bells Rang Out
The marriage of the ILCNSCA's morning Information Specialist, Rebecca Hutchinson, to Harry Poulton occurred on Friday, June 15, 2001. The ceremony was performed in the rose garden at Lynch Park in Beverly and was followed by a reception at a waterfront location in Gloucester. The newlyweds had intended to honeymoon in Bermuda, but their cruise was cancelled due to an engine fire on the cruise ship. The couple had to make a quick decision as to where their new honeymoon destination would be. They decided to go to the Sandals Resort in the Bahamas. They had a relaxing and wonderful time there.
ILCNSCA's Library - A Wealth of Information
By Rebecca Poulton
The ILCNSCA has a wealth of information and resources in the bookshelves of the Library located in the reception area of the North Shore office at 27 Congress Street, Suite 107, Salem, MA. The Library collection covers a wide variety of topics related to health, disability, advocacy, business and much more. Library books can be signed out of the ILCNSCA Library, and then read at leisure. If you are looking for a specific subject matter and can't find it or need general assistance with the Library, please ask one of the Information Specialists at the front desk. They are always willing to help you in your search for information. So make sure on your next visit to the ILCNSCA to browse through our selection of books! You might be surprised at our selections.
by Art Daignault
Your source for Accessibility Solutions. Call him at 978-741-0077 V/TTY ext. 16 or email: Adaignault@ilcnsca.org, please put Access issue in subject line of all emails.
ILCNSCA Begins RASP (Restaurant Accessibility Survey Project )
In July 2001 the first round of training for the RASP began. ILCNSCA's Access Specialist Art Daignault and Director of Access & Advocacy Shawn McDuff provided the training to 19 volunteer candidates. The training consisted of a review of the RASP procedures and how to complete the restaurant accessibility survey form. All the candidates who volunteer as a RASP Surveyor were and are required to 1) complete the ILCNSCA volunteer application, 2) sign an agreement to uphold ILCNSCA Staff Conduct & Confidentiality policy, 3) sign permission to allow ILCNSCA to perform a Criminal Offender Record Information (C.O.R.I.) check and participate in the RASP training and data tabulation. Depending upon the response to the C.O.R.I. check candidates to participate as volunteer RASP surveyors are accepted by ILCNSCA.
This first training generated 9 volunteer RASP Surveyors who will begin to survey North Shore and Cape Ann restaurants during late September. If you missed the first round you have another opportunity to get involved with RASP by participating in round 2 of the RASP trainings which will be held on Thursday October 18, 2001 from 2 - 4 PM & from 6 - 7:30 PM at ILCNSCA main office on 27 Congress Street, Suite 107, Salem. Each session will cover the same information including basic accessibility requirements and how to complete a Restaurant Survey form. These training sessions are for new volunteers who did not attend the first set of trainings in July. For more information about RASP, contact Art Daignault @ (978) 741-0077 V/TTY or e-mail Adaignault@ILCNSCA.org. Sponsored in part by donation from North Shore Self Help Assoc.
You can report any aisle access complaints in any CVS to ILCNSCA. Please call me, Access Art, for a complaint form that needs to be forwarded to the Massachusetts Office on Disability (M.O.D.). I am available to assist you in completing this form and mailing it to M.O.D. You can be a part of the Attorney General's settlement in Massachusetts with CVS by monitoring their aisle access and letting the powers that be confront them if their aisles are not clear and accessible.
Electronic & Information Technology
On June 21, 2001 new Section 508 regulations concerned with access to electronic and information technology (E&IT;) went into effect. On that day the National Council on Disability (NCD) held a news conference to highlight their report entitled Accessible Future.
The NCD report concluded that everyone has a civil right to access Electronic &Information; Technology, E&IT.; They also stated that there is a need for a national accessibility policy. The NCD issued "an appeal to the Federal Government, private industry, and consumers to join forces to increase access to E&IT; for people with disabilities. The NCD believes that these groups will accelerate a better life for people with disabilities.
This report is available at www.ncd.gov/newsroom/publications/accessiblefuture.html.
ILCNSCA is interested in hearing from you regarding any access issue you are encountering. We are committed to working with individuals, businesses and municipalities in the 20 cities/towns in our service area to increase accessibility for everyone. If you or someone you know has an accessibility issue, Access Art, alias Art Daignault, would like to hear from you. Art will assist you filing complaints, educating landlords and business owners, and giving you support to make things more access. Contact information for Art Daignault is available at the top of this article.
Vocational Readiness/ Independent Living News
By Jeanne Lyons
ILCNSCA Will Be Hosting Two Exciting Vocational Readiness - Independent Living (VR-IL) Workshops For SSI/SSDI Recipients This Fall!
On December 17,1999, President Clinton signed into law the historic Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999. SSI/SSDI recipients will be getting "Tickets" in the mail this fall. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has issued two separate grants to assist (SSA) in outreach and education of SSI/SSDI recipients. ILCNSCA will be hosting two exciting Vocational Readiness - Independent Living (VR-IL) Workshops this fall that will be very informative for anyone who receives SSI/SSDI and is interested in working.
On October 4, 2001, there will be a VR-IL Workshop entitled, "Social Security and Work Incentives". The facilitator of this workshop will be Marit Young, Benefits Specialist at the Statewide Employment Services of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC). Marit will be talking about a new program of MRC called "Individual Members Planning and Assessing Choices Together" or "IMPACT". If you are on SSI or SSDI and want to know how earnings from employment could affect your current benefits, Marit is the key person for you to meet with and explore your options. She can give you accurate and understandable information regarding Social Security Work Incentives and be able to develop your individual benefits plan.
On November 1, 2001, ILCNSCA will host for you a VR-IL Workshop entitled, "Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act" (TWWIIA). The facilitator of this workshop will be Linda Landry, Attorney at the Disability Law Center, Inc. The Disability Law Center, the Protection and Advocacy Agency for Massachusetts, has a new service for individuals with disabilities wishing to return to the workplace. Linda at this workshop will discuss the (TWWIIA) and how (TWWIIA) will affect current SSI/SSDI recipients.
Both of these Workshops will be held from 2-4 PM at the North Shore office at 27 Congress Street, Suite 107 in Salem. To request reasonable accommodation (contact two weeks prior to workshop) and to RSVP (at least 2 days prior to either VR-IL Workshop) please call Jeanne Lyons at (978) 741-0077 V/TTY ext. 18 or email her at email@example.com.
North Shore Career Center Hires Accessibility Coordinator
Menorca Collazo is the new Accessibility Coordinator for the North Shore Career Center, located at 70 Washington St. in Salem. Her role is to coordinate services with agencies that work with people with disabilities, allowing the Center to deliver the most efficient and suitable job search services to all individuals.
The North Shore Career Center is committed to providing employment services and training information to job seekers and employers, and has many resources that are beneficial to all in pursuit of employment. For more information, contact Menorca at (978) 825-7200.
Social Event Update
By Shawn McDuff
On August 15th, the Boston Red Sox played the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park. A group of 10 ILCNSCA consumers and friends attended the game. Although the Sox lost, it was a great time and a pleasant evening for all.
August 30th was the date of our annual summer barbecue at Winter Island in Salem. It was a sunny 75 degree day along Salem Harbor featuring hamburgers, hot dogs, salad, snacks and soda. Keeping with tradition, Greg Levis from Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission in Salem performed his magic on the grill. Over 80 consumers and friends of ILCNSCA attended including Claudia Chuber, a candidate for Ward 1 City Counselor in Salem. Claudia is pictured with her friend Tony Porcello in the first photo below. As you can see by the other photos below, everyone enjoyed themselves.
ILCNSCA Summer BBQ 2001 at Winter Island Salem
Special Thanks to Our Sponsors & Supporters: Aqua-Cool, Shaw's Supermarket in Salem, Salem Trolley, Inc. and Greg Levis of MRC. Entertainers - January Germano and Greg Gallo.
Upcoming fall events are the ILCNSCA 2001 Annual Meeting in October, a Pizza Sharing Party in November and a Sunday Jazz Brunch in December. Dates, times, and reservation information can be found on the ILCNSCA Calendar of Events (link to calendar web page).
Ride Like The Wind
By Donna Garber
Belonging to an organization named North East Passage, which specializes in showing disabled individuals how to adapt sporting activities around their physical disability, allows me to participate in and enjoy many activities that most people would not think possible. This Summer I went hand cycling and I wanted to tell everyone about it.
A hand cycle is a bicycle that is pedaled by your hands. It looks like an elongated tricycle. Because the muscles in your arms work differently than the muscles in your legs, both arms pedal at the same time; unlike a bicycle, where legs alternate. People who have no use or limited use of their legs will find success with a hand cycle, though it does require that the cyclist has some upper body strength and coordination. I did my cycling around a 5-mile track in Portland, Maine. Everyone I passed (or who passed me) on the track, cheered me on with words of encouragement. Hand cycling, to me, was a freeing experience.
For more information about participating in hand cycling and other activities, contact: North East Passage, UNH Hewitt Hall, 4 Library Way, Durham, NH 03824 or call 1-603-862 0077.
Hearing Ear Dog Available
NEADS, the National Education for Assistance Dog Services Inc., has a fully trained hearing ear dog available for a person with a hearing disability. This Lab/Greyhound Mix, Huckleberry, would like an active owner and is good with kids, dogs and cats.
Persons who are interested need to fill out an application, which can be found at the NEADS web-site at www.neads.org. For more information about the application process and fee contact Stephanie at NEADS at 978-422-9064 V/TTY.
Are You O.K.?
The Are You O.K. program is a computerized telephone calling system operated out of the Salem Police Department. Older adults, disabled persons, isolated persons living alone or anyone in the community can enroll to have the computer call daily at a predesignated time. For information, contact Tracey LaPointe at the Salem Council on Aging, 978-744-0924.
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Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann
ILCNSCA follows the federal standards as an independent living center (ILC). We are unique in the arena of human service agencies as all ILC's are consumer controlled and community based. Persons with disabilities control agency decision-making and operations. Fifty percent or more of the Board of Directors must be persons with disabilities as must also be the Executive Director and any staff responsible for direct services. Directors and staff provide leadership and also serve as role models of successful Independent Living (IL) for others to follow. ILCNSCA provides direct services to empower individuals with the essential skills and self-confidence to achieve their IL goals. It also seeks positive change in the broader community to ensure rights and opportunities for participation in all areas of life and the freedom to pursue dreams.
Programs and Services
ILCNSCA serves the following cities and towns of the North Shore and Cape Ann: Beverly, Danvers, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Lynn, Lynnfield, Manchester, Marblehead, Melrose, Middleton, Nahant, North Reading, Peabody, Reading, Rockport, Rowley, Salem, Saugus, Stoneham, Swampscott, Topsfield, Wakefield and Wenham. In keeping with federal standards for ILCs, the ILCNSCA offers the requisites of Independent Living Skills Training, Peer Counseling, Information and Referral, and Advocacy. Peer Support Groups, Social/Recreation activities, topical Workshops, and Community Access Advocacy Groups are also offered.
Information and Referral (I&R;)
The Center provides information continuously to individuals with disabilities, their families and friends and representatives of human service agencies and cities and towns regarding services throughout the North Shore and Cape Ann Service Area. I&R; keeps people informed about IL possibilities, expands awareness about the mission and activities of the Center, and reinforces the fundamental IL principle of participation in already available services in the mainstream to the fullest extent.
Independent Living Skills Training
IL Skills teach a person with a disability all of the essential skills necessary to function in today's complex society. Topics covered include household maintenance, meal preparation, nutrition, health maintenance, emergency medical procedure, housing search, landlord/tenant relations, financial management, transportation, civil rights, individual advocacy, and Personal Assistance management for those who will need assistance to meet daily needs which the nature of their disabilities prohibits them from doing. Working with a Peer Guide, a Consumer will determine his/her own goals for independent living, which will in turn determine the skill areas for training. The Consumer will then master these skills through a combination of visits with the Peer Guide, written practice, homework and actual hands-on experience at the market, on the bus, in a social setting or at a relevant community setting.
For success in IL, it is necessary to have confidence, to understand how to cope with being "out there" in society and being constantly viewed as "different." Family issues, sexual identification, as a man or woman with a disability, and assertiveness in social and business situations are common areas of concern. The same Peer Guide providing IL Skills will also assist the consumer on these personal issues. Learning to cope with challenges is equally important for success in Independent Living as any practical skills training.
Advocacy and Education
The Center brings together its Members and acts in collaboration with other organizations such as the Massachusetts Statewide Independent Living Council, Independent Living Centers, and social justice organizations to eliminate barriers to full social participation by individuals with disabilities in society. Advocacy may take any one of several forms including information in the Center's newsletter, technical assistance on laws and regulations to other organizations to assist them to take informed, appropriate individual or group action to improve access to their activities and services, or education of elected and appointed local and state officials on rights and benefits of participation by persons with disabilities.
INDEPENDENT TIMES VOLUME IX Issue 1, Fall 2001
Publisher: Mary Margaret Moore Editor: Shawn J. McDuff Contributors: Art Daignault, Donna Garber, Rebecca Poulton, Jeanne Lyons, Andrew H. Martensson, Kathy O'Brien, Elaine O'Donnell. The INDEPENDENT TIMES, is a Quarterly newsletter of the Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann Inc. (ILCNSCA), 27 Congress St., Suite 107, Salem, MA 01970. Tel: (978) 741-0077 V/TTY, Toll Free Tel: (888) 751-0077 V/TTY, Fax: (978) 741-1133. Email: ILCNSCA@aol.com. We also have a Cape Ann Branch at Addison-Gilbert Hospital, Room 4, 298 Washington Street in Gloucester, Monday and Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM. Tel: (978) 283-4000 ext. 366 V/TTY. INDEPENDENT TIMES is published quarterly and welcomes the submission of articles, press releases, original cartoons, and advertisements. The editorial staff reserves the right to edit or reject material submitted to accommodate space or other concerns. Unsolicited material not accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope will not be returned. ILCNSCA's philosophy is based on the belief that people with disabilities can lead more independent lives when given the opportunity. We also believe that such an opportunity is a human right. This newsletter is partially funded by a grant from New England ADA Technical Assistance Center.