Fall 2006 Volume XV Issue 4
From The Executive Director
For those of you who have not heard, ILCNSCA has a new Cape Ann branch office! After a year and one half wait, ILCNSCA has found space at Action, Inc, 5 Pleasant Street, Gloucester for meeting with consumers by appointment on Thursdays. Action, Inc. has accessible space right off Main Street, Gloucester and close to the Gloucester train station. As a key social services/ advocacy agency, Action, Inc. is a welcoming collaborator and partner to ILCNSCA in our common advocacy for access to necessary services and supports for independent living. If you would like to meet with your Peer Guide at the Cape Ann branch office on a Thursday, please let your Peer Guide know of your wishes. Thank you Action, Inc. for giving us the opportunity to better serve individuals with disabilities on Cape Ann.
Many of you celebrated the great weather with us on July 28 at our Annual BBQ at Winter Island function hall on the waterfront in Salem. Pictures from that fun time are on page 10. The food by Effortless Edibles was scrumptious. The company was superb. We had a 50/50 raffle and other prizes. Winners were pleased and Rep. John Keenan, although he did not win a raffle prize, was greeted warmly by all.
The early Summer saw a completed Massachusetts state budget for this new fiscal year, with increased state funds of close to $1M for all of the eleven ILC's. We are appreciative of the advocacy of all our legislators, especially Rep. Ellen Story of Western Mass, along with the entire North Shore and Cape Ann legislators who insured that this funding increase, the first we have received since 1999, occurred. Thank you Representatives Verga, Hill, Speliotis, Grant, Spiliotis, Keenan, Fennell, Falzone and Walsh. Thank you Senators Berry, McGee and Tarr. All of our state legislators told us at our April 7 Legislative Breakfast that they would work hard to obtain additional funding for ILCNSCA. Our legislators also voted to override the Governor's veto of some of the funds from our line item. With those new funds ILCNSCA will be expanding its service area, per request of MRC and the Statewide Independent Living Council, to include five additional municipalities: Stoneham, Wakefield, Reading, N. Reading and Melrose and be able to hire two additional staff. By next Spring we hope to open our second branch office to provide access to our services from those new municipalities. Any suggestions regarding space/location, give me a call.
ILCNSCA has re-signed its lease for an additional five years at Shetland Properties. Our main office will be painted and new carpets installed during the week of September 10, 2006. We will be closed that week. We will reopen, pending workers completing all renovations, on Monday September 18.
Lastly, Representative Brad Hill of Ipswich has graciously agreed to let ILCNSCA Roast him at a fundraiser for the Center on September 7, 2006 from 7:00-11:00 PM at Jimmy's Allenhurst. We hope you will attend, as many of the Roasters are his fellow legislators and supporters. It will be fun! Mary Margaret
ILCNSCA Legislative Breakfast
Karen Natola - Leavitt Award For Lifetime Achievement.
The Leavitt Award is given annually to a person who has a disability from the North Shore or Cape Ann who, by his/her actions and accomplishments, has done the most to promote the ideals of the Independent Living Philosophy. This award is given in memory of Bernice Leavitt, one of the Center's founders. This year's recipient was nominated by North Shore Self-help Group because of her active participation with North Shore Self-help Group (founders of ILCNSCA), her advocacy to get accessible transportation to the North Shore (The Ride), and for her Presidency of the ILCNSCA Board in the early 90's. We are proud to present this year's Leavitt Award for Lifetime Achievement to Karen Natola of Lynn. Award presented by Mary Margaret Moore, ILCNSCA.
Stop & Shop, Gloucester, Ma, Margaret Pelser, Store Manager Accepting Award- Distinguished Employer Of The Year Award.
The Stop & Shop Supermarket in Gloucester employs several individuals that have disabilities. Some of the employees who have disabilities have worked at this store for many years. Stop & Shop provides their employees with good working conditions, benefits, and great bosses. Stop & Shop has made a commitment to Affirmative Action and through hiring staff who have disabilities insured that not only do they have good staff, they have erased one of the most difficult cultural barriers to those of us with disabilities, employment and economic freedom to live independently in our community. Nominated by Diane Bertolino, Director of the Rockport Council on Aging Award presented by John Chappell, Deputy Commissioner, MRC.
Rob Park - ILCNSCA Advocate Of The Year Award.
The ILCNSCA Advocate of the Year Award is given annually to a person who has a disability and who, by his/her actions and accomplishments, has done the most to promote the ideals of the Independent Living Philosophy through his or her advocacy. The recipient must be a dynamic advocate who lives on the North Shore, Cape Ann. This year's recipient is Robert Park of Salem. Through his work at Boston Center for Independent Living, a sister agency to ILCNSCA, Rob Park has been a spokesperson, negotiator and expert in the class-action lawsuit just settled to require the MBTA to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. By sheer persistence, Rob has used his personal experience—being stuck on elevators or bus lifts that stopped working, for instance—to educate the public and the T about access problems, helping produce an emerging partnership that will implement $310 million in access improvements at the T, improvements that will benefit all customers. In addition, Rob regularly speaks publicly on matters such as the importance of independent living, the value of the PCA program, and the importance of providing services to youth with disabilities. Rob Park has a long history as an advocate for independent living, is a former employee of ILCNSCA and is a role model for all of us who daily strive to overcome the cultural barriers that prevent us from being full participants in typical community living activities. Award presented by Shawn McDuff, ILCNSCA and Bill Henning, BCIL.
Special Certificate Of Appreciation To Beverly Cooperative Bank, Salem Branch
The Certificate was accepted by Diane Gokas for Beverly Cooperative Bank providing a Community Room that is accessible and available to ILCNSCA and other community groups for workshops and meetings. Certificate presented by Mary Margaret Moore, ILCNSCA.
KEY PRESENTERS AT LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST
Sybil Coen described her experiences of getting free from a nursing home with support from ILCNSCA, GLSS, PACE, and Jewish Rehabilitation Center, Swampscott. Senators Berry (Peabody) and Tarr (Gloucester); Representatives Grant (Beverly) and Hill (Ipswich) as co-hosts Lt. Governor Kerry Healey, Key speaker; Secretary Jennifer Carey, Elder Affairs; Ellie Shea-Delaney, Elder Affairs; Steve Higgins, Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) Coordinator; Pam Burkley, CORD and Chair of SILC; Bill Henning, BCIL. Master of Ceremonies, Mary Margaret Moore, ILCNSCA. Workers at event included all ILCNSCA staff and many Board members.
- 1. Rockport Station on the Newburyport/Rockport Commuter Rail Line is now accessible! Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail Crews constructed a ramp and mini-high level platform to allow level boarding for customers who are unable to or who have difficulty using stairs to board/exit train. from OTA Fixed Route Report, July 26, 2006.
- 2. PCA Quality Home Care Workforce bill (HP4758) was passed by our state legislature and signed by the Governor! This bill should make it easier for personal care attendant (PCA) users to find and keep PCAs and help PCAs advocate for better wages and benefits so they can afford to stay in the job. The independent living community, disability advocates, senior advocates and organizations along with other community organizations worked closely with 1199 SEIU, the United Healthcare Workers East Massachusetts Division to have this passed in one legislative session. ILCNSCA wants to especially acknowledge the efforts of Becca Gutman, Community Coalition Organizer for 1199 SEIU for her efforts on this success. All of our legislators supported this issue along with many others including the next item below.
- 3. Equal Choice Bill passes! This state legislation has been a key collaboration between Mass Home Care, ASAPS, COAs, other senior services and advocacy groups and all of our independent living centers, Disability Policy Consortium along with a wide variety of legislative supporters during this past year. It will allow a choice for seniors and individuals with disabilities to:
- choose from a menu of options for staying in the community
- ends the "institution first" policy of MassHealth
- gives consumes a real choice of setting
- promotes the least restrictive form of care
- saves money by better managing long term care dollars
- mandates that all individuals seeking nursing home care be informed of their community care options before going into an institution.
Thank you all who worked for this and especially again to our legislators on the North Shore and Cape Ann who supported this legislation. You and I now can make a choice between institution (nursing home) or a place in the community with supports and services. What a great victory!
Academic Internship Scholarships Available
The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is pleased to announce it will continue to help increase employment for students with disabilities through an academic internship program. Through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, The Washington Center is working to help students develop leadership skills and gain valuable work experience in public service. The Washington Center will complement students' professional experience with solid academic training for credit from highly qualified instructors. In addition, students will be exposed to community, national and international leaders through workshops, seminars, lectures, embassy visits and networking events held throughout the course of each semester. The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) will offer technical guidance and support to the program.
The Washington Center is able to provide a total of 50 competitive scholarship awards in the amount of $8,500 for each eligible undergraduate student with disabilities interested in working in the executive, judicial or legislative branches of the federal government during the fall 2006 and spring 2007 semesters (scholarships are not available in the summer).
Who Should Apply?
- Be enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university as an undergraduate
- Be at least a second semester sophomore at the time of the internship
- Have at least a 2.75 GPA
- Show proof that they will receive academic credit for the internship
- Be a U.S. Citizen
- Self-identify as a person with a disability as defined by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). ADA defines a person with a disability as
- a person with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities OR
- a person that has a record of such impairment OR
- a person that is regarded as having such impairment
IMPORTANT DATES FOR Spring 2007 Internship Program
Application due date: November 15, 2006
Spring semester begins: January 18, 2007
Spring semester ends: May 5, 2007
Applications are available at: http://www.twc.edu/students/how_to_apply.shtml. Please contact The Washington Center if you require the application in an alternate format. The application for the scholarship is the same as the regular application.
Watch For These Upcoming Events!
November 2006 - Celtics
December 2006 - Bruins
January 2007 - Bowling at Beverly Bowl-O-Mat
ILCNSCA Event Descriptions And Sign Up Information
Please refrain from wearing scents or scented clothing to all ILCNSCA events. All events held at ILCNSCA's main office, unless otherwise noted.
ILCNSCA Board Meetings
Meeting held the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM at ILCNSCA.
For more information, contact Executive Director, Mary Margaret Moore at 978-741-0077 x. 10 or email to email@example.com.
ILCNSCA Workshops And Groups
Assistance With Completion Of Universal Housing Application
1st Wednesday of each month from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.
ILCNSCA staff will be available to meet in small groups with persons with disabilities to provide assistance with completion of the Universal Housing application.
Please R.S.V.P. to 978-741-0077 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org with "Housing Application Assistance Appointment" in the subject line to reserve a spot either for 2 to 3:00 group or 3 to 4:00 group.
Ilcnsca Restaurant Accessibility Survey Project (R.A.S.P.)
Meetings held 2nd Wednesday of each month from 2:00-4:00 PM.
No meeting in September as Renovations occurring. See you all in October!
Be a Volunteer of ILCNSCA and promote awareness and improved access to selected North Shore and Cape Ann restaurants.
For more information about RASP, contact Amy Reeder ext. 21 or via email to email@example.com with RASP in the subject line.
Sponsored in part by donation from North Shore Self Help Association and Salem Five Charitable Foundation.
ILCNSCA Community Access Advocacy Team (CAAT)
Meetings held 1st Tuesday of each month from 2:00-4:00 PM.
Volunteers work to remove and/or mitigate cultural and attitudinal barriers and increase access in the community.
For more information about CAAT, contact Shawn McDuff ext. 14 or SMcDuff@ilcnsca.org with CAAT in the subject line.
ILCNSCA Peer Support Group
Meets the third Tuesday of each month from 2:00-3:30 PM.
Share your successes and challenges to living independently with a disability.
Contact Marj at 978-741-0077 x.12 or email with "PSG" in subject to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emergency Preparedness Workshop
Tuesday, November 14, 2006 from 2:00-3:30 PM.
What do you, as a person with disability, need to do to be prepared for weather and other emergencies? Participants will begin to create their own emergency preparedness plan.
RSVP to Amy at 978-741-0077 x.21 or email with ‘EP Workshop' in subject to Areeder@ilcsnca.org. Communication accommodations must be received at minimum two weeks in advance.
ILCNSCA Social Events
ILCNSCA fundraiser Roast of Rep. Brad Hill
Thursday, September 7, 2006
from 7-11:00 PM at Jimmy's Allenhurst, Rt. 114, Danvers.
Comedy, music, hors d'oeuvres, Silent Auction and Raffle.
Tickets are $50 per person, more if you can, less if you cannot.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM.
Come and vote for Board members and hear what has been happening at your ILCNSCA!
Light refreshments and good folks together.
Renew your membership now! Call ILCNSCA for membership form!
Santa Jazz Brunch
Hawthorne Hotel, Salem, Sunday, December 10, 2006 from 11:15 AM to 1:00 PM.
Bring your children as Santa will be there!
Person with Disability and PCA cost is $15.00, children under 10 are $7.00 and Person without Disability is $28.00.
RSVP as seating limited by December 5. For more information contact Jillian at 978-741-0077 x.20.
ILCNSCA Holiday Open House at ILCNSCA
Friday, December 16, 2006, from 1:30 to 4:00 PM.
Drop by and have a cup of cheer (hot chocolate, coffee, cider) and enjoy the company of the ILCNSCA staff, board, friends and supporters.
65 Main St.
Gloucester, MA 01930
Handicapped Parking - The White Rainbow restaurant had one handicapped parking space on the street in front of the restaurant, although no access aisle. There was a curb cut to allow access to the restaurant. There were no van accessible parking spots.
Entrances/Ramps - Entrance through the door was wide enough for a person using a wheelchair to enter the restaurant's bar area. The doorknob could not be used with a closed fist. There was no ramp.
Seating & Tables - The path of travel from the bar area to the dining area was not accessible due one step separating the areas. Within the dining area the path of travel appeared to be 3 feet wide. A person using a wheelchair could maneuver between tables. There was an adequate amount of wheelchair accessible seating located in areas near other patrons. There was enough knee space under the table for a person using a wheelchair.
Restrooms - The restrooms were not accessible.
Communication - Restaurant menus were not in Braille, large print or on cassettes. No restaurant staff understood American Sign Language.
Service - Restaurant personnel treated Surveyor respectfully and did communicate directly with Surveyor.
Rating- 2. Points given for Seating & Tables and Service. Survey completed February 2006 by Tom.
The Beverly Depot
10 Park St.
Beverly, MA 01915
Handicapped Parking - The Beverly Depot restaurant had two van accessible handicapped parking spaces in front of the restaurant and three handicapped parking spaces on the side of the restaurant. There were curb cuts to allow access to the walkway to the restaurant, but from the parking area in front of the restaurant you need to cross over the commuter rail tracks, which may be difficult for a person using a wheelchair.
Entrances/ Ramps - The entrance door was wide enough for a person using a wheelchair and the door was easy to open. The threshold at the door was not easy to roll over. There was no ramp.
Seating & Tables - The path of travel appeared to be 3 feet wide in most areas. A person using a wheelchair could not easily maneuver between all tables, yet could get to many. There was an adequate amount of wheelchair accessible seating located in areas near other patrons. There was enough knee space under the table for a person using a wheelchair.
Restrooms - There were grab bars in the restroom. A person using a wheelchair would have enough room to maneuver into a stall and close the door for privacy. The soap and paper towel dispensers were within reach, but the handles on the faucet could not be used with a closed fist.
Communication - The restaurant offered no menus in Braille, large print or on cassette. No staff understood American Sign Language.
Service - Restaurant personnel treated Surveyor respectfully and did communicate directly with Surveyor and their guest.
Rating - 4. Points given for Parking, Seating/Tables, Restrooms and Service. Survey completed February 2006 by Julia.
July Calendar Raffle
ILCNSCA raised close to $1300 with the July Calendar Raffle. Wow! Thank you to our sponsors for their donated prizes: Blockbuster Video; Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce; Carrabba's Restaurant, Peabody; Dave Eng's Flowers, Salem; Derby Square Bookstore, Salem; Dunkin Donuts; Family Fare Restaurant, Peabody; Fantasy Island, Salem; Finz-oh-so-hip seafood, Salem; Hair & Nail Designs Salon, Salem; N E Meat Market, Peabody; Nick & Tony's Restaurant, Danvers; Red Sox Tickets, Sen. Fred Berry; So. Peabody Liquor Mart; Stop and Shop; Supino's Restaurant, Danvers; Victoria Station, Salem; Wardhurst Shish Kebab & Steakhouse, Peabody; Whole Foods Market, Swampscott.
To all of you who purchased the Calendar, thank you. To all that won, we hope you enjoyed your prize. To those who sold these calendars, we give you our special thank you. To the Board Funds Development Committee, a success!
What's Happening with ACCESS?
Voting sites across Massachusetts are supposed to be fully accessible per the Help America to Vote Act (HAVA). When you go to vote in the Primary, which is on September 19th and in the Elections, which is on November 7, let us know if you see improvements in accessibility. If you have access issues, also let us know as well as let the folks on site know immediately. Just a reminder, last day to register to vote in the Primary is August 30. Last day to register to vote in the Elections is October 18. We are available to assist you to register, including to request an absentee ballot if you cannot get to the polls. Voting is our responsibility, so VOTE!
If you need a ride to the polls most candidates offer transport. Call the candidate of your choice and let them know you need a ride to vote, as well as any transportation needs you might have, and most candidates will arrange a ride for you.
Employment / Low-No Cost Accommodations: Study Finds Most Job Accommodations Cost Little Or Nothing
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
WASHINGTON, DC--Nearly half of workplace accommodations needed for employees and job applicants with disabilities cost employers nothing, a study by the U.S. Department of Labor has revealed. No-cost accommodations include such things as rearranging a work schedule. The remainder of accommodations typically cost just $600 -- and those usually are one-time expenses -- said the Job Accommodation Network, which is conducting the survey for the Labor Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy.
"This new information indicates that for a very small investment in accommodations, an employer can hire or retain a good employee for the business," said Roy Grizzard, assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy. "This is a win for the employer and the worker."
By the end of December, JAN had interviewed 890 employers representing a range of industry sectors and sizes. The accommodation study continues through September 2007. Along with the no-cost and low-cost accommodations, initial findings show that employers want to accommodate valued and qualified employees. They also show that employers benefit directly and indirectly because of retention of qualified employees, elimination of costs of training new employees, and increased productivity from those workers.
Job Accommodation Network http://www.jan.wvu.edu
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Aging And Disability Resource Consortium (ADRC): A New National Initiative To Blend And Braid The Aging And Disability Services Networks
In our last newsletter we reported on this initiative whereby the ILCNSCA and Greater Lynn Senior Services, North Shore Elder Services and SeniorCare, the three North Shore and Cape Ann Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs), and the North Shore Program for All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE) have been meeting for the past two years to work more closely together. In October, 2003 Massachusetts was selected by the federal government as a three year grant recipient to explore how to bring together aging and disability services into a seamless, user friendly, expanded community based network of options for citizens who are seniors and for those of all ages who have disabilities. This grant has been operating in the Northeast part of the Commonwealth with Elder Services of Merrimack Valley and Northeast Independent Living Program designing a ‘no wrong door' consortium of services model. ILCNSCA has been a member of this grant's advisory group and the grant extended to our group here on the North Shore/Cape Ann/ Greater Lynn last March.
Since last March we, the ADRC of the NS/CA/GL has begun to work collaboratively on information and referral services. Now a customer who calls any of us will not, we hope, have to repeat all their information to another one of us. Instead, with the customer's permission, we can quickly have the more appropriate agency answer the customer's questions via telephone. This collaborative approach has begun to happen more this summer as the five of us agencies have received cross-training on each others services, developed changes in our phone systems, revised our individual phone answering procedures, and trained our staff.
In June we held our first Steering Committee meeting of community services agencies, elected officials, recipients of services, and interested parties. The Steering Committee will advise us on how to improve this collaboration as well as how to expand the ‘no wrong door' model. If you are interested in participating with us on this initiative, please let us know. Next Steering Committee will be on September 13. Next on our agenda is how to work more closely together to assist those in nursing homes who want to live in the community transition out of the nursing homes, along with how to keep folks who are at risk of going to nursing homes remain in their homes, if they so choose. If you have questions on the ADRC, contact Mary Margaret Moore at ILCNSCA or Paul Lanzikos at North Shore Elders Services, 978-750-4540.
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 XIV ISSUE 4, FALL 2006
PUBLISHER: Mary Margaret Moore CONTRIBUTORS: Shawn McDuff, Kathy O’Brien, Donna Garber, The INDEPENDENT TIMES is a newsletter of the Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann, Inc. (ILCNSCA), main office located at 27 Congress Street, Suite 107, Salem, MA 01970. Telephone: (978) 741-0077 V, (978) 745-1735 TTY, Toll Free Telephone: (888) 751-0077 V, Fax: (978) 741-1133. EMAIL: Information@ilcnsca.org. INDEPENDENT TIMES welcomes the submission of articles, press releases, personal success stories that relate to independent living. Advertisements are also welcome. 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 philosophy is based upon 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. ILCNSCA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. ILCNSCA serves any person of any age with any type of disability and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, family status or disability. ILCNSCA receives federal and state funds, private grants, donations, and memberships. ILCNSCA is funded in part by the City of Salem Department of Planning & Community Development, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. ILCNSCA has 501 (C) (3) federal and state tax exempt status as a charitable non-profit corporation. ILCNSCA meets the federal standards and assurances of independent living centers. This newsletter is partially funded by a grant from the New England ADA & Accessible IT Technical Assistance Center. This publication is also available at our BOBBY approved web site: www.ilcnsca.org. Por mas informacion calle 978-741-0077.