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From the Executive Director

Summer is coming to a close and the ILCNSCA looks forward to the Fall as it is our 20th Anniversary as the independent living center providing services and advocacy on the North Shore and Cape Ann. The North Shore Self-Help Group incorporated the ILCNSCA to insure that those of all ages with all types of disabilities would receive local information and referral, peer counseling, independent living skills and advocacy. Now, 20 years later, we are still serving many individuals who want to live independently and need guidance, support, and options.

To celebrate our 20th Anniversary we are holding our Annual meeting at the Salem Waterfront Hotel and Suites, Pickering Wharf, Salem, MA from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.

Hors oeuvres will be served and voting and a short Annual meeting will occur. You will receive a mailing on this over the next week or so.

Then, we will hold a Roast Benefit with dinner, Roasters, Silent Auction at $50 per plate to raise funds for our Social Recreation activities and our Community Access Advocacy. Representative Ted Speliotis has graciously offered himself to be roasted so we can raise these necessary funds for ILCNSCA.

We are on the verge of unveiling a new community accessibility project. It will be an expansion of the existing Restaurant Accessibility Survey Project (RASP) into additional business types: retail; office; entertainment. We have been working all summer

on expanding the current RASP survey tool and procedures so we can address the additional ADA and CMR access regulations for the additional business types. We will be calling this initiative the All People Accessible Business project, APAB.

We plan to have businesses invite us to survey them, contribute a small donation for the surveyors time, send out trained volunteers surveyors to survey and write up the initial report, send the business the final report (see RASP reports on page 9), and if the business meets all standards, ILCNSCA will issue an APABdecal to that business. If the business does not meet all standards, we would offer, as we not offer to restaurants surveyed under RASP, free technical assistance on how to become fully compliant with the federal/state access requirements.

We will list the survey results on our web page so customers will know which businesses are accessible to them and their friends/families before they attempt to go to that business.

The funds raised at our Benefit Roast on October 17 will assist us with kick-off of this expanded community access project as well as assist with funding other social and recreation events. The 20th Annual meeting/Roast Benefit will provide an opportunity for old and new supporters of ILCNSCA to gather for some fun. Local legislators, friends and others who know Rep. Speliotis are coming to share their comic humor.

It will be a statement of appreciation for all that Representative Ted Speliotis does for those of us on the North Shore and Cape Ann in his work in the Massachusetts legislature, as well as his statement regarding his support for ILCNSCA and its mission of making the community a real option for more of us and more accessible for all of us. Hope to see you on October 17, 2007.

Mary Margaret Moore

SUMMER FUN by Donna Garber

Although I have been to many states I have never been to a state in my own backyard, Vermont, until mid-July 2007. Vermont is a beautiful state, green, spacious and serene. A small town in Massachusetts, such as Hamilton or Wenham is like a big city in Vermont, such as Bennington or Brattleboro. Vermont is very rustic, has a multitude of long winding roads that seem to take a person forever to get from Point A to point B. Vermont is known as the covered bridge state with over 150 covered bridges. It is very apparent why Vermont is called The Green Mountain State with all its trees.

I water skied on a lake in Wilmington VT. As I've described in previous newsletters, the water ski for a disabled user is similar to a boogie board with a trampoline seat in its middle. The board is connected to the boat by a rope that is easily detachable in case you wipe out. A person can either hold on to the rope or the frame of the chair depending on how good your grip is or isn't. One run lasted about 30 minutes. A person is allowed two runs per day. For me it is a two day event.

The hotel I stayed in, The Grand Summit Hotel, is located at the base of Mt. Snow, in Dover. The reserved room had a problem so we were moved to another room. We were supposed to have a roll in shower, but just had a tub bench instead. It was just fine. The bathroom was one of the best I've stayed in as it seemed to have all needed bars and the correct width doorways and great hand-controls in the shower. The room had a kitchenette including a refrigerator, microwave, stove and oven and a coffee-maker with a supply of Starbucks coffee and teas, cable, a radio system, a DVD and a CD player. You could order movies on your television which had Game Boy capability.

Vermont is more accessible than I expected. There are issues such as too narrow aisle space and lack of automatic opening doors, yet many establishments had proper parking and at least an attempt at proper ramping. All stores were willing to give me any assistance I needed. A knick-knack store I visited had a ramp, but the inside was cluttered and no aisle space and two floors with no ramp. The owner was extremely apologetic. I suggested a portable ramp to both floors without major construction/cost.

Vermont is the final resting place of Grandma Moses. The museum is in Bennington and is dedicated to Grandma Moses and other things. It has many Grandma Moses original paintings and different inventions such as printing devices and different types of spectacles and pieces of Bennington Pottery. There were plenty of ramps, an elevator to get from floor to floor, and great spacing between exhibits. I enjoyed my trip to Vermont and hope my travelogue gives you motivation to go visit there.

ILCNSCA and Veterans

LCNSCA works with veterans who contact us for independent living services. We have also been participating in a federal grant to the Commonwealth through the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission to improve access to services by veterans returning from Operation Enduring Freedom, specifically improving access to services for traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress services. This update page has been developed from the new list serve information sent to ILCNSCA and we hope it is helpful to all of the veterans on the North Shore and Cape Ann. We thank you for your service protecting our rights as citizens to live as independently as we choose.

News Flash for Veterans!

Mentor Graphics, in partnership with IBM and Shawsheen Valley Technical High School, is offering free education and employment counseling for returning Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans to help them launch careers in integrated circuit technology.

As part of the Veterans Workforce Investment Program, the Department of Veterans' Services will work with veterans participating in the program to provide case management and other supportive services during and after the training. Contact your local Department of Veterans Services for more information on this.

VA's Suicide Hot Line Begins Operations

WASHINGTON– To ensure veterans with emotional crises have round-the-clock access to trained professionals, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has begun operation of a national suicide prevention hot line for veterans.

"Veterans need to know these VA professionals are literally a phone call away," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson said. "All service members who experience the stresses of combat can have wounds on their minds as well as their bodies. Veterans should see mental health services as another benefit they have earned, which the men and women of VA are honored to provide."

The toll-free hot line number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). VA's hot line will be staffed by mental health professionals in Canandaigua, N.Y. They will take toll-free calls from across the country and work closely with local VA mental health providers to help callers. To operate the national hot line, VA is partnering with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

"The hot line will put veterans in touch – any time of the day or night, any day of the week, from anywhere in the country – with trained, caring professionals who can help," added Nicholson. "This is another example of the VA's commitment to provide world-class health care for our nation's veterans, especially combat veterans newly returned from Iraq and Afghanistan."

The suicide hot line is among several enhancements to mental health care that Nicholson has announced this year. In mid July, the Department's top mental health professionals convened in the Washington, D.C., area to review the services provided to veterans of the Global War on Terror.

VA is the largest provider of mental health care in the nation. This year, the Department will spend about $3 billion for mental health. More than 9,000 mental health professionals, backed up by primary care physicians and other health professionals in every VA medical center and outpatient clinic, provide mental health care to about 1 million veterans each year.

Reprinted from July 30 2007 News Release with permission from Department of Veteran's Affairs, Office of Public Affairs.

ADA Day Proclamations from Municipalities in ILCNSCA Service Area

The Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann, Inc. (ILCNSCA) celebrates the 17th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) today. The ADA is the civil rights federal legislation that protects persons with disabilities from discrimination in the workplace and defines access standards for public buildings and businesses. ILCNSCA is the disability rights and service agency run by and for persons with disabilities on the North Shore and Cape Ann.

Twenty one of the twenty five municipalities in ILCNSCA service area proclaimed July 26, 2007 as "Spirit of the ADA Day". Those municipalities were: Beverly, Danvers, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Lynn, Lynnfield, Manchester, Melrose, Marblehead, Middleton, North Reading, Peabody, Reading, Rowley, Salem, Saugus, Swampscott, Topsfield, Wakefield and Wenham.

Ashley Speicher, IL Peer Guide, attended the Danvers Board of Selectman meeting on July 17, 2007 and spoke with the Chairman, Michael W. Powers as well as Town Manager Wayne Marquis. Both gentlemen expressed how hard they strive to make sure their town is inclusive of all people of all abilities. On July 19, 2007 Mary Margaret Moore, Executive Director of ILCNSCA and Ashley Speicher visited Beverly City Hall to receive Beverly's ADA Proclamation, meeting with Mayor William F. Scanlon who remains a great supporter of the rights of people with disabilities. Ashley Speicher also attended the July 23, 2007 North Reading Board of Selectman meeting and explained the mission of ILCNSCA and the importance of the ADA Proclamation to the municipality since North Reading has recently been added to ILCNSCA service area.

All of the municipalities that issued a proclamation recognize the importance of the ADA and we thank them for sharing in the celebration of the 17th Anniversary of this civil rights legislation. ILCNSCA supports these proclamations and future actions by municipalities to improve access and civil rights by people of all ages with all types of disabilities. The strides we make today affect the changes to come tomorrow.

New Disability Commission in Swampscott Needs You!

The Town of Swampscott in April, 2007 at Town Meeting approved establishing the Swampscott Disability Commission. The Commission will have between 5 and 7 appointed members who will work to find ways for the Town of Swampscott to come into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Board of Selectman in July appointed it first member, Herb Cremer. Some of you may be familiar with Herb as he participates on the ILCNSCA Community Access Advocacy Team as well as is a member of the Aging and Disability Resource Consortium of the Greater North Shore Steering Committee. He is a wonderful advocate for accessibility!

If you are interested in serving on this new Disability Commission in Swampscott, please contact Town Hall at 781-596-8850. Your voice is important! Let it be heard!

PCA Union Election In October

Without a strong Workforce Development advocacy for consumer directed community long term services and supports, many individuals with disabilities will not be able to be autonomous and independent. The personal care attendant (PCA) program has been a cornerstone of the independent living movement for over 30 years. This program is consumer directed, and the individual with the need for personal care is the employer of PCAs. Our MA PCA program is a national model for independent living long term services and supports.

The Independent Living Center of North Shore/Cape Ann has long been an advocate for increased wages and benefits for PCAs. Consumers and PCAs advocated together to pass the PCA Quality Homecare Workforce bill in July 2006. This law protects consumer control of PCAs, creates a consumer-led workforce council that will make improvements to the PCA program and gives PCAs the right to form a union and advocate for better wages and benefits.

Specifically, we've all seen how the independence of people with disabilities is directly impacted by the work of their employees, personal care attendants. Through receipt of the services of PCAs many with disabilities are working or returning to work. Many are able to leave their home and participate in community activities, such as shopping, visiting family and friends, voting.

Yet right now it is still very difficult for many who need PCAs to find and retain workers as their PCAs. This year PCAs did not receive even a small increase in pay and continue to work with no benefits or access to training and cannot participate in the tuition remission program that other human services workers can access. Until PCAs get more wages ($10.84/hour) and access to other benefits (currently no health insurance, no paid time off, etc.) through their employment of providing necessary personal care assistance, we are facing a workforce crisis in the PCA program.

The time has come for PCAs to vote in the first statewide PCA union election. PCAs will be mailed a ballot on October 16 and will have two weeks to fill out their ballot and choose whether to be represented by 1199SEIU, a healthcare workers union. If a majority of PCAs vote yes, they will join with other healthcare workers in the state and can lend their collective voice toward increased wages and benefits for PCAs.

Consumers and independent living centers have been at the forefront of this struggle but PCAs need to join in as full partners. Working together, we will be able to shape public policy to invest in a living wage and other benefits that fairly compensates PCAs for the work they do and attract workers to become and remain PCAs. Together PCAs and consumers can create a more stable PCA program, protecting consumer control and ensuring fair wages and benefits for PCAs. If you have a PCA and are interested in receiving more information or getting involved, please call Becca Gutman at 1199SEIU at 1-877-409-1199.

If you would like to attend an informational meeting on this upcoming election please come to a meeting at ILCNSCA on Monday, October 1 at 6:00 PM. SEIU and ILCNSCA staff Shawn McDuff will be present to provide you with an update on the progress being made on the PCA Quality Homecare Workforce Council Bill and the upcoming PCA union election. Living independently means having the right services and supports and people in our lives to weather the challenges and celebrate the triumphs of life. Call Shawn at 978-741-0077 x.14 or email to him at: Smcduff@ilcnsca.org with Oct 1 PCA meeting in the subject line to RSVP for the October 1 meeting.

ILCNSCA Upcoming Events

Please refrain from wearing scents or scented clothing to all ILCNSCA events. All events held at ILCNSCA's main office, unless otherwise noted. All communication accommodations must be requested two weeks prior to event.

ILCNSCA Board Meetings
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 mmmoore@ilcnsca.org.


PCA Union Election Discussion
Monday October 1st, 2007, 6:00 PM
Are you a person with a disability who has a PCA or are you someone who is a PCA? Hear about the progress being made to form a PCA union. Become involved and voice your opinion on this important issue!
RSVP to Shawn McDuff x.14

Repairing Your Credit
Monday October 22 and Wednesday October 24, 2007, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Beverly Cooperative Bank, Community Room
73 Lafayette St. Salem, MA 01970
This program of two sessions will help you learn to repair your credit and increase your financial awareness by helping you to understand your credit and credit report. It will also help you understand how to establish credit, fix credit flaws, and rebuild good credit.
RSVP to Jillian O'Brien x. 17

'Living Life Easier' Conference by the ADRC of Greater North Shore
Friday September 28, 2007, 9:00 to 4:00 PM
Holiday Inn, Rt 1 N Peabody
Learn about how to make your life easier through Assistive Technology, Home Modifications, and More.
Contact Mary Margaret for invitation via email at: mmmoore@ilcnsca.org by September 14 with ADRC conference in subject line.
Space very limited, so quickly send email.

Social Events

ILCNSCA 20th Annual Meeting and Roast/ Benefit of Rep. Ted Speliotis
October 17, 2007, Salem Waterfront Hotel and Suites, Pickering Wharf, Salem, MA
5:30-6:30 PM Board Election and Annual Report
7:00 PM Dinner and Silent Auction
8:00-9:30 PM Roast Benefit fundraiser
Celebrate 20 years of service and advocacy by Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann
Renew your membership in ILCNSCA

Connect with associates in the independent living movement and meet new supporters
Vote for Board members
Hear current status of ILCNSCA
Bid on Silent Auction items
Enjoy the Roast of Representative Ted Speliotis
Annual Meeting open to all. Dinner and Roast Benefit $50 per ticket/ more if you can/less if you cannot
RSVP by October 12 for each by calling 978-741-0077 v or 978-745-1735 TTY or email to: information@ilcnsca.org with Annual meeting in subject line.

Bruins Game
Friday November 23, 2007, 12:00 PM at Fleet Center, Boston, MA
Join ILCNSCA to root on the Boston Bruins!
The cost is $15 for persons with disabilities and $15 for PCAs. Tickets are $30 for those without disabilities.
RSVP to ILCNSCA, 978-741-0077 or via email to: information @ilcnsca.org with Bruins Game RSVP in subject line.
Only a few tickets, so be quick!

Holiday Open House
Friday December 14, 2007, 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
All are welcome to drop by and have cup of coffee or cocoa with staff of ILCNSCA at this time of year ending and new year beginning.
We look forward, rain, shine or whatever to share with you this time to enjoy your smiles and spend a few moments sharing our hopes for the New Year.
See you on December 14th!


Community Access Advocacy Team (CAAT)
On-going group held the 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. New members welcome!
For more information about CAAT, contact Shawn McDuff x.14.

Restaurant Accessibility Survey Project (RASP)
On-going group held 2nd Wednesday of every other month (October 10, December 12) from 2:00-4:00 PM.
Volunteers work to promote awareness and improve access to selected North Shore and Cape Ann restaurants. New members welcome!
For more information about RASP, contact Jillian O'Brien x.17.
Sponsored in part by donation from North Shore Self Help Group and Salem Five Charitable Foundation

Peer Support Group
On-going group held the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 2:00-3:30 PM.
Share your successes and challenges to living independently with a disability. Join us!
RSVP to Marj Nagle x.12.

Need Assistance completing the Universal Housing Application?
On-going workshop held the 1st Wednesday of each month from 2:00-4:00 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 RSVP Shawn McDuff x.14 to reserve a spot either for the 2:00-3:00 PM group or the 3:00-4:00 PM group.

Save the Date

Santa Jazz Buffet Brunch!
A Sunday in December at Nathaniel's Restaurant, Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square West Salem, MA
See photos of August Brunch and think about coming to this one! Children and young at heart will enjoy this festive time, great food, good music and Santa too!

Celtics Tickets
This may be the year! We are waiting until tickets are on sale and then will let you know when/with whom Celtics competing/and cost.

Movie and Pizza
Sometime in January at East India Mall.

Restaurant Accessibility Survey Project (RASP) Updates

Dockside Restaurant
1099 Main St.
Wakefield, MA 01880

Parking: There were handicapped parking spaces located closest to the entrance, but there were no access aisles for those parking spaces.

Entrances: The doorway was neither wide nor easy to open. The threshold appeared to be easy to walk/roll over.

Seating: The path of travel within the restaurant appeared to be 3 feet wide. A person using a wheelchair could easily maneuver between tables. There was an adequate amount of wheelchair accessible seating.

Restrooms: The accessible restrooms featured grab bars on the side and in back of the toilet. A person using a wheelchair could easily maneuver into the accessible stall and close the door for privacy. The soap and paper towel dispensers were within reach for a person using a wheelchair. The handles on the faucet were easy to use with a closed fist.

Communication: The restaurant did not offer menus in Braille, cassette, large print. There were no any staff members who could understand American Sign Language (ASL).

Service: The restaurant staff communicated with Surveyor directly and sincerely.

Rating: 3. Rating points were given for Seating, Restrooms and Service.

Date of Survey: April 2007

Fuddruckers at Jordan's Furniture
50 Walkers Brook Dr.
Reading, MA 01867

Parking: There was handicapped parking with the handicapped parking spaces located closest to the entrance. There were access aisles for those parking spaces. There was a van accessible space marked with a van accessible sign and an 8 foot access aisle.

Entrances: The doorway was wide and the door easy to open. The threshold was easy to walk/roll over. There was a ramp with a gradual slope. There were no railings.

Seating: The path of travel did appear to be 3 feet wide, allowing a person using a wheelchair easy maneuverability between tables. There was an adequate amount of wheelchair accessible seating. There was enough knee space under the tables to accommodate a person using a wheelchair.

Restrooms: There restrooms were fully accessible.

Communication: The restaurant did not offer menus in Braille, cassette or large print. There was no staff who could understand American Sign Language (ASL).

Service: The restaurant staff communicated with Surveyor directly and sincerely.

Rating: 4. Rating points were given for Parking, Seating, Restrooms and Service.

Date of Survey: April 2007

Observations From The Front Desk by Donna Garber

Many of you have most likely seen or talked to me on the phone. I am Donna. I am at the front desk on Wednesday and Friday afternoons. I am privy to a lot of comments about both the needs of the community and the ILCNSCA. Just last Wednesday two gentlemen came in to seek our assistance with housing issues. Two of our staff, Marilyn and Ashley, made the proper copies of forms that were needed, gave them the proper number of envelopes needed, the proper addresses of places the letters needed to go, told them to how to fill out the forms and address the envelopes and to bring them to the post office for mailing.

After they were finished speaking to the two staff, one of the gentlemen told me he likes coming here because we genuinely like helping people; not because it's our job and we have to. As one staff, Marilyn, put it, "We enjoy making people's day."

I would just like to reiterate, we ILCNSCA staff and volunteers love what we do. We love to assist people in finding the answers to their questions. Never be afraid to ask any of us to help find a piece of information you need. If the person you ask isn't sure, somebody here does. We won't stop until we get the correct answer. We want to help you to get what you need to live as independently as you choose. That is the way we have succeeded in being as independent as we are, so we know what it is like.

See you next time I am at the front desk and you call or drop by. Have a great day!

Attorney General Martha Coakley And The National Federation Of The Blind Reach Settlement With Atm Operator To Improve Accessibility

In June 2007 Attorney General Martha Coakley entered into a settlement with Cardtronics, Inc., the nation's largest ATM operator, that will provide significantly improved access for blind consumers to the company's machines. Under the terms of the agreement, Cardtronics will increase the number of machines equipped with voice guidance technology to its fleet of over 23,000 ATMs nationwide and on more than 1,200 ATMs in Massachusetts. Over 35,000 blind persons in Massachusetts will benefit from the voice-guided machines. Additionally, Massachusetts will receive $100,000 for the Local Consumer Aid Fund that finances local consumer mediation programs across the state, and the National Federation of the Blind will receive $900,000 towards its legal fees. The 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act required ATMs to be made accessible to and independently useable by the blind.

The agreement resolves a 2003 lawsuit originally filed against E*TRADE Access, Inc. and E*Trade Bank. Cardtronics purchased the E*TRADE ATM fleet in June 2004. The Attorney General's Office, in conjunction with the National Federation of the Blind and several blind consumers, filed the suit alleging that E*TRADE refused to make its entire ATM fleet accessible to blind consumers. Cardtronics operates the nation's largest network of ATMs at "off-bank sites," including retail stores, gas stations, supermarkets and convenience stores, with additional locations in the United Kingdom and Mexico.

"We live in an age where certain technologies have become integral parts of our daily lives, and it is important that such technology is accessible to all members of society," Attorney General Martha Coakley said. "We are pleased to have worked with the National Federation of the Blind to lead an effort that has resulted in thousands of ATMs across the country being made accessible to blind consumers. This is a significant step in enabling blind consumers to conduct key financial transactions that are instrumental to our daily lives." This matter was handled by Assistant Attorney General Patricia Correa and Paralegal Bethany Brown of the Disability Rights Project in Attorney General Coakley's Civil Rights Division, with the assistance of investigators from the Attorney General's Civil Investigations Division.

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.

Peer Counseling

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.

ILCNSCA Job Opening

Information and Database Management Specialist
Full Time position
Contact Kathy O'Brien at 978-741-0077 x.11 for job description and then follow up with cover letter and resume to Kathy O'Brien via email to kobrien@ilcnsca.org

Web Page Volunteer Position
Once a week for 2-4 hours
Assist with ILCNSCA Web Page updates and design. Learn how to make web pages fully accessible, including use of Dreamweaver software.
Contact Kathy O'Brien at 978-741-0077 x.11 or email to kobrien@ilcnsca.org for Volunteer Application and CORI Release form.

ILCNSCA is an EEO/AA employer.


PUBLISHER: Mary Margaret Moore CONTRIBUTORS: Shawn McDuff, Kathy O’Brien, Donna Garber, Ashley Speicher, Megan Coughlin (photos). 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: (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 accessible web site: www.ilcnsca.org Para mas informacion llamar 978-741-0077.

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