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Disability Integration Act Introduced in Both Houses: Urge Your Senators and Representatives to Co-Sponsor this Important Legislation!

NCIL is excited to inform you that the Disability Integration Act (DIA) has been reintroduced in both the Senate and the House of Representatives! Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced S. 910 in the Senate on April 7, and Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced H.R. 2472 in the House just last week, on May 16.

If passed, the DIA will establish new federal law that addresses the constitutional right of people with disabilities to live in the community. The DIA addresses the fundamental issue that people who need long term services and supports (LTSS) are often forced into institutions and lose their basic freedom and civil rights. This legislation will require states and insurance providers that pay for LTSS to reverse this institutional bias, provide community-based services first, and offer home and community-based services (HCBS) to people currently in institutions.

The DIA builds on the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Olmstead decision, and programs like Money Follows the Person and the Community First Choice Option. The DIA is the next logical step in the disability community’s fight to FREE OUR PEOPLE. For more information on the DIA, please visit www.disabilityintegrationact.org and see the list of organizations supporting the legislation. See below for a list of current co-sponsors of the DIA and take action!

Take Action!

Now that the bill has been introduced in both the Senate and the House, we want to keep up the momentum! Please contact your members of Congress and tell them to co-sponsor this bipartisan, bicameral piece of legislation!

Senate: S. 910, introduced by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on April 7, 2017

Co-Sponsors:

  • Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
  • Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)
  • Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
  • Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

House: H.R. 2472, introduced by Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) on May 16, 2017

Co-Sponsors:

  • Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE)
  • Representative Robert Brady (D-PA)
  • Representative Lacy Clay (D-MO)
  • Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN)
  • Representative John Conyers (D-MI)
  • Representative Danny Davis (D-IL)
  • Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR)
  • Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO)
  • Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)
  • Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
  • Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA)
  • Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI)
  • Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
  • Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-TX)
  • Representative C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD)
  • Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY)
  • Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY)

LET US HEAR YOUR VOICE! – Asheville March 20

DisAbility Partners Needs Your Input!

Please share your thoughts and ideas about issues and barriers affecting people with disabilities and what steps DisAbililty Partners can take to challenge those issues!

Help us with goals to acheive for 2017 – 2020

A chate session is scheduled:
Monday, March 20 at 2:00pm

Disability Partners Office – Asheville Office

If you cannot attend, we will have other options available for you.  Call us for more information.

LET US HEAR YOUR VOICE1

Light refreshments will be served.

108 New Leicester Highway – 828-298-1977

Don’t Miss This Opportunity to talk to a CPA!  – Asheville area PRE registration required

Don’t Miss This Opportunity to talk to a CPA!

We Still Have Space Left! 

“Ask a CPA Day” next Saturday, January 7th

  • How can I take advantage of current tax credits?
  • Am I maximizing deductions for my self-employment or business income?
  • How much can I put away tax-free into my retirement plan or Health Savings Account?
  • How does the Affordable Care Act impact my taxes?
  • From a tax standpoint, would it be advantageous to incorporate my small business?

Have you had these or similar tax questions and would love the opportunity to get professional advice from a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)?

Here is your chance! Next Saturday, January 7, 2016, OnTrack WNC Financial Education & Counseling and the North Carolina Association of CPAs Western Carolina Chapter are partnering to present “Ask a CPA Day”. The day is possible thanks to generous CPAs who are donating their time to help people start the new year off with information they need.

Advance registration is required and space is limited. Appointments are available for one hour time slots from 9 am – 4 pm at OnTrack WNC’s office at 50 South French Broad Avenue, second floor.

Call OnTrack WNC at 828-255-5166 to schedule your appointment for “Ask a CPA Day”.  

Whether you have a small business or have questions about your personal finances, “Ask a CPA Day” appointments are available as a FREE, private, and confidential service to the community.

2014 Autumn Fest

2014 Autumn Fest(2)

Please Join Stalls Medical, Adaptive Vans and NC Spinal Cord Injury Association

November 6, 2014
11:00am – 3:00pm
7980 Chapel Hill Rd., Suite 101
Cary, NC 27513

Opportunities to see new equipment, current technologies, accessible travel, adaptive sports and gaming, as well as the latest mobility trends!

BBQ lunch provided
Raffle Prizes
Come enjoy the fun and invite your family and friends!

RSVP: 919-233-0732 or 919-234-4161

** NOTICE **

The North Carolina Statewide Independent Living Council (NCSILC) will hold an electronic vote on the following two matters on Tuesday, September 16, 2014:

1. endorsement of applicant Barry Washington for membership on NCSILC; and

2. endorsement of applicant Lacey Coward for membership on NCSILC.

Applicants endorsed for membership by NCSILC will be recommended to the North Carolina Office of Boards and Commissions for appointment to the council.

NCSILC invites input from the public on Mr. Washington and Ms. Coward’s applications for membership.  You may direct Comments and questions to the NCSILC office by mail addressed to NCSILC, 505 Oberlin Road Suite 206, Raleigh, NC 27605; by e-mail addressed to staff@ncsilc.org; by fax to (919) 835-4749; or by phone at (919) 835-3636.

Comments must be received by 5:00 PM on Monday, September 15, 2014.  All comments will be shared with NCSILC members before votes are cast.

Joy A Shabazz Center 17th Annual Eat, Meet and Greet – Greensboro

Joy A Shabazz Center for Disability Rights

Invites the Disability Community and Our Friends to Join Us at Our:
17th Annual Eat Meet and Greet

Monday, September 22, 2014
11:00am to 3:00pm
Doubletree Hotel
3030 High Point Rd.
Greensboro, North Carolina 27403

Please R.S.V.P. by September 15 at:
jascdr@gmail.com or call (336) 272-0501 ext. 311

Great Food, Fun & Door prizes!

Car Show for a Cause! Asheville

CAR SHOW FOR A CAUSE

Disability Partners is partnering with individuals and the community to enhance, advocate for and support personal choices, independent living and community inclusion.  Proceeds will support programs made available by the Employment Network that promote successful return to work by providing individualized support services, as well as our computer program, which facilitates access to technology, resources, and connection to community.
Saturday, October 4 from
12:00 to 4:00 pm
at the Old Home Place
4060 North Mills River
Road
Mills River, NC

Show off your antique, classic or custom car or truck.
1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies are given for Best in
Show. Entry fees are $10.00 if pre-registered by September 26
$15.00 if registered on the day of show.

Contact Disability Partners at 298-1977 to pre-register and/or for more information. All entry fees can be paid at the time of the event.

Admission is free for all visitors
Hot Dog lunch is available along with music and the chance to see a variety of spectacular cars and trucks.

Raffle prizes will be throughout the day

Website: disabilitypartners.org

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Open House – August 22, 2014

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Come to Our Open House!

 

Friday, August 22, 2014 — 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.

 

Visit us in our new offices at 3724 National Drive, Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27612. Light snacks will be served.

Note – if you are a donor or volunteer, you received an invitation to a special open house on a different day, but you are welcome to attend either one (or both).

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Save the Date — November 7, 2014

Nominations for our 2014 Champions for Equality and Justice Awards will close on September 12, 2014. Get more information and download the nomination form.

 

At this year’s reception, in addition to recognizing the recipients of the 2014 Champions Award, we will announce a new award to celebrate the life and advocacy of Adele Foschia. The Adele Foschia Award for Lifetime Cross-Disability Advocacy will be given by Disability Rights NC from time-to-time to individuals who have excelled in advocating for the rights of people with all types of disabilities.

 

The Awards Reception will be held on Friday, November 7, 2014 at the Durham Arts Council beginning at 6:00 pm. Tickets are on sale now. Contact Elaine Whitford at elaine.whitford@disabilityrightsnc.org for sponsorship information.

Press Release

 Last week, Disability Rights NC filed a lawsuit against Duke University for failing to provide accommodations to a student with disabilities. Read more about the case here.


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New Voter Laws

Did you know that new voter laws go into full effect in 2016?  Do you know what the new laws are?

The SILC office had a visit today from two gentlemen who are with the Voter Outreach Department of the North Carolina State Board of Elections.  Their job and goal is to inform all voters of the state of what is and is not in the new laws.

Did you know that any person voting curbside or absentee does not have to provide a photo ID, just any ID that shows where they live?  Did you know that any person without a photo ID is still going to be allowed to vote?  They will vote a provisional ballot that just means that it’s researched to be proven accurate for voter name and address.    For more information regarding all the new laws go to www.ncsbe.gov.  There are a couple of links that will supply information that can answer your questions.

 

 

7 Cutz Above Hair and Fashion Show for People with Disabilities.

I just had the privilege of meeting Jacquil Leathers.  She stopped by to drop off some information about a special event she was hosting.  Jacquil loves to cut and style hair, she also has a sister whom she loves with Cerebral Palsy. She has blended the two factors together and has started a business called 7 Cutz Above.  She will travel to anyone who has a disability that stops them from coming and sitting in a salon with the standard seating.

 

A Hair and Fashion show for those with disabilities who need special accommodations is being hosted by Jacquil Leathers, Jameka Leathers and Devonaire a Fashion Designer. This special event will take place this Friday, June 20, at 700 Brooks Avenue, Brooks Avenue Church of Christ, from 5pm to 7pm.

 

I applaud Jacquil’s innovative look at fashion and hair for those with disabilities.  Support her by attending and spreading the news!

www.7cutzabove.com

919.825.6918