April Newsletter

Attend Ocean State Center for Independent Living's 28th Annual Meeting and Open House


The Ocean State Center for Independent Living's 28th Annual Meeting and Open House is taking place on April 26, 2016, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. It is being held at the new satellite location, 175 Main Street in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Lunch will be served.

Please RSVP to cmckenna@oscil.org by April 18th.

Titles I, II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act Training in Montpelier, VT

Kathy Gips

The Vermont Human Rights Commission welcomes the New England ADA Center's Director of Training, Kathy Gips, who will lead an all-day training on Titles I and II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The training is intended for advocates, municipal employees, attorneys and related professionals. The training has CLE credits for attorneys.

Sponsor: Vermont Human Rights Commission
Trainer: Kathy Gips, Director of Training at the New England ADA Center.
Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Locaton: Capitol Plaza - Governor's Ballroom, Montpelier, VT
Questions: Please contact the Vermont Human Rights Commission by telephone at (802) 828-1625 or email at human.rights@vermont.gov
Registration Form: http://hrc.vermont.gov/education

Vermont Holds Disability Awareness Day with a Focus on Employment

Vermont Coalition for Diability Rights

The theme of this year's Disability Awareness Day was "Let's Get to Work!" On March 23, bout 300 members of the Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights gathered at the Vermont State House to spread this message to lawmakers. Advocates want legislators to get to work removing barriers to employment that many people with disabilities face, and addressing other issues such as cuts to the Reach Up program.

Learn more about Disability Awareness Day

Vermont Advocates Fight Cuts to Reach Up

Vermont Department for Children and Families

Reach Up helps families with children by providing case management, cash assistance for basic needs, and services that support work and self-sufficiency. Under a new policy, if an adult in the household receives supplemental security income (SSI), a federal disability benefit, the household's monthly benefit is reduced by $125. The annual cost to families is about $1,500. This policy impacts about 860 families.

Advocates Push Against Reach Up Deduction

News From Outside New England

VA Awards Technology Grants Help Veterans Modify Their Specially Adapted Homes

US Department of Veteran Affairs

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded more than $784,000 in Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology (SAHAT) Grants to individuals, researchers and organizations. The grants will be used to develop new technologies to make homes accessible for Veterans and Service Members with disabilities.

Read the VA's press release

FCC Proposes Rule to Expand Accessibility of Television Programs for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Federal Communications Commission

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that recommends updating its video description rules to expand the availability of video described programming. Video description makes video programming accessible to individuals who are blind or visually impaired by enabling audio-narration to describe key visual elements of a television program during pauses in the dialogue.

View the FCC press release (PDF 269KB)

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