Flashback 5K

1960’s Outta Sight Theme with a Burnin’ Rubber 5K, a Blow the Doors Off 10K and our Gimme Some Skin 1-mile family run/walk.  Peel Out and get bookin’ to: Mayfaire Town Center next to Try Sports.  Get stoked…dress in your most righteous ’60s colors if you like…and come run, jog, or walk and have a blast with fellow flashbackers!  A portion of funds raised by this even will provide support services for children & adults with disabilities in our area through the Flashback Arts/Athletics program. Register Here

Opening the Creative Door Art Show & Sale

1st show highlighting artistic talents of individuals with disabilities.

Please join the dRC for our first Opening the Creative Door Art Show and Sale.  This show will highlight the artistic talents of individuals with disabilities.  50% of all sales will help the dRC expand our programs and services.  Refreshments and light hours dourves will be served.  Please contact Leigh Muscle at for more information.

New App can help identify currency

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing has developed a free, downloadable application (app) to assist the blind and visually impaired denominate U.S. currency. The app is called EyeNote.

EyeNote is a mobile device app designed for Apple iPhone (3G, 3Gs, 4) and the 4th Generation iPod Touch and iPad2 platforms, and is available through the Apple iTunes App Store. Research indicates that more than 100,000 blind and visually impaired individuals currently own an iPhone.

EyeNote uses image recognition technology to determine a note’s denomination. The mobile device’s camera requires 51 percent of a note’s scanned image, front or back, to process. In a matter of seconds, EyeNote can provide an audible or vibrating response, and can denominate all Federal Reserve notes issued since 1996. Free downloads will be available whenever new U.S. currency designs are introduced.

The EyeNote app is one of a variety of measures the government is working to deploy to assist the visually impaired community to denominate currency, as proposed in a recent Federal Register notice.

These measures include implementing a Currency Reader Program, whereby a United States resident who is blind or visually impaired may obtain a coupon that can be applied toward the purchase of a device to denominate United States currency; continuing to add large, high-contrast numerals and different background colors to redesigned currency; and possibly adding raised, tactile features to redesigned currency, which would provide users with a means of identifying each denomination via touch. More information is available at

Royal Wedding – Audio Description & Closed Captioned

Magical, that’s the word that was being used to describe the wedding of Prince William and Kate Midleton.  She was a beautiful bride wearing a tiara that the Queen was given as a gift for the 18th birthday by her father. Prince William daper in his military uniform of red coat and blue trousers.  I’m watching now as they ride in the carriage to the palace.  Did you know that in Britian and Canada the whole ceremony was audio described and close captioned?  How inclusive is that?  On a day when the whole country is so excited and involved, steps were taken to include all.  Not just England but in Canada also,  I for one am impressed that these describers did this hours long event as it happened.  Most audio describers have the opportunity to preview these describers did not.  Are you familiar with audio description?  If not check it out.  There are more and more DVD’s released with this.  There are opportunities for live audio description in many theatres, call your theatre at least 2 weeks in advance of the show you are interested in.

YLF Conference – Are You Coming?

2011 North Carolina Youth Leadership Forum


What is an YLF?

  • Youth Leadership Forum is an event for youth between the ages 15-28 with a disability.  This event is to support them in transition skills.  This can include transitioning from high school out, college to work, or moving out of parents home, or any other transition phase that may be taking place.  This week long opportunity is to encourage youth that are taking leadership in their own lives, whether community, or individually.  This opportunity is aimed at empowering, skill strengthening, evolving current or future change agents, and allowing youth to experience independence while finding their own voice.  Staying on a college campus on their own allows them to experience independence in a new way.  Learning disability history will empower them to make change.  Learning independent living skills throughout the week will strengthen skills. Allowing them to find their voice and become a change agent happens when they learn their leadership style, identify their own strengths, learn the legislative process, and testify to legislatures on their story.  Becoming a change agent happens when they look into their own community and make plans to affect change in their own community. 


2011 North Carolina Youth Leadership Forum

  • We are going to be located at North Carolina State University campus.  We will stay in the dorms, eat in the dining halls, learn in the meeting rooms, and hang out in the lobby areas.  We will all be college students for this week.  This is for 20 youth only! Forum begins on Monday, June 20th, 2011 at 11:00am and ends on Friday, June 24th, 2011 at 5:00pm.  For a week we will learn disability history, leadership skills, legislative process, self-identification, self-reflection, self-advocacy, and become system change agents.  This will all be taught by local and national young speakers.  We provide accommodations that are needed.  We fund all cost, food, forum, rooms.  You will have to bring linens, clothes, medicine, durable medical equipment, hygiene products, and any other items that are necessary.  We look forward to seeing you apply now!!!


Process for applying

  • Apply by May 16th, 2011
  • Receive a selection or denial letter
  • If selected
    • Will receive agenda, item list, media release, emergency contact sheet, (if needed) medication form, and other needed forms
    • Will receive a “get ready for fun” phone call
    • Attend the YLF for 5 days
    • Have fun, make friends, learn
    • Depart, but not forget
    • Receive follow up phone calls for youth committee to receive information on your change project. 
    • Possible future involvement in other youth events
  • If denied
    • Can make contact to youth committee leader, Sierra Royster, for future goal setting to prepare yourself for future YLFs!


Expected Guidelines

  • Openness to learn
  • Respectful
  • Share gained knowledge and experience to all
  • FUN

2011 Youth Leadership Forum

Recruitment Ideas

For the Youth Leadership Forum we want to encourage any and all youth with disabilities to apply!  We have to go find the youth, they might not know about us and the YLF.  Here are some ideas of where to reach out in the community to find youth with disabilities 15-28 years old!!


Public and Private Schools, Special Education

Community Colleges, Disability Services

University and Colleges, Disability Services

Community Non and For profit organizations

ARC in your counties

Parks and Recreation, Disability Division

County Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors for school systems

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer organizations

Accessible Transportation Companies

Bus Stations, Train Stations


Religious Youth Programs

Local town Mayor Committees

Boy Scouts Organizations

Girl Scouts Organizations


Town Calendars

Local Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center

Local Pediatric and Adult Therapy Centers

Local Specialty Doctors

Accessible Recreation Programs

Easter Seals

Boys and Girls Club


Learning Centers, Sylvan

Community Alternative Program, Intellectual Disabilities

Wake Enterprise

El Pueblo

El Centro Hispano

First In Families

State National Federation of the Blind

American Council of the Blind

Foundations Fighting Blindness

Dynasty of Raleigh

Local Religious Groups

Local Minority Groups

Schools for Deaf/Blind

Local Parent Support Networks

Multiple Sclerosis Local Chapters

Local Cerebral Palsy Support Groups

Cystic Fibrosis Support Groups

Spinal Cord Injury Association

Traumatic Brain Injury Association

Amputee Organizations    

Rehab Facilities

Autism Society

Disability Support Groups




People you meet in the streets

Now, fill out the application at the beginning of this blog and mail it in!

Free Clinics ! Financial Health Clinic Day by the Bankruptcy Section of the NC Bar Assc.

Article Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Written By: Russell Rawlings




Saturday, April 30, has been declared Financial Health Clinic Day by the Bankruptcy Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. On this day, a free statewide clinic promoting personal financial knowledge to the citizens of North Carolina will be conducted in eight cities across the state.

The event, which coincides with Financial Literacy and Education Month, will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m.. Partners in this endeavor include Legal Aid of North Carolina and Consumer Credit Counseling Services offices throughout the state.  

Bankruptcy, Estate Planning, Tax and legal aid lawyers who are well versed in financial issues will offer free legal information and as well as information about consumer rights and debt relief options. CPAs and other financial professionals will also offer free information and educational materials. The Foreclosure Prevention office will assist those in foreclosure and CCCS will offer information on budgeting, credit empowerment and debt counseling.  

Other participating organizations include the N.C. Association of CPAs, the N.C. Housing Finance Agency’s office of Foreclosure Prevention, the FDIC, the N.C. Institute for Minority Economic Development, State Employees Credit Union, the Center for Responsible Lending, The North Carolina Treasurer’s Office, State Farm Insurance, NC Secretary of State’s Investor Education Office, the Center for Responsible Lending, Wells Fargo/Wachovia and many others (location participants may vary).  
Cities and site locations are:

  • Asheville – United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, 50 South French Broad Avenue
  • Charlotte – Johnson C. Smith University, Business Administration & Economics “Family Dollar” Room, 100 Beatties Ford Road
  • Durham – Center for Responsible Lending, 302 West Main Street
  • Greensboro – Center City Park, 200 North Elm St.; rain location, Greensboro Cultural Center, 200 North Davie Street
  • New Bern – Garber United Methodist Church, 4201 Country Club Road, Trent Woods
  • Raleigh – Alexander YMCA, 1603 Hillsborough Street
  • Wilmington – Self Help Credit Union, 272 North Front Street
  • Winston-Salem-  Forsyth Medical Center Conference Center, 3333 Silas Creek Parkway

To volunteer, please contact the area chair where you would like to volunteer by e-mail.  Please provide your name, organization, email address and telephone number.  The area chairs are as follows:

“All participants are encouraged to provide financial education materials,” Wright added. “We recognize that many people who attend the event will be in financial trouble and each venue will offer attorneys and credit counselors to answer legal and general questions dealing with consumer credit, debt and financial concerns.

Let Your Voice be Heard

The North Carolina Department of  Transportation is conducting a survey.  This is to gather information to incorporate into future plans regarding transportation in our state.  There will be a PDF form in this blog that you can print out and mail in.  Other options would be to contact NCDOT to request a survey their number is 1-877-DOT-4YOU -( 1-877-368-4968).  You can also go to their website .  (The survey can be filled out on line)  If you are unable to obtain a survey through their office please contact our office and we will make sure you get one.  919-835-3636 or 1-888-762-7452.   These surveys will be collected through the month of May.  So……let your voice be heard, fill one out!

Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia

Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia
Airs Tuesday, April 26th
10pm on UNC-TV
It was produced and directed by physician, Delaney Ruston, whose father had schizophrenia.It’s gotten rave reviews at showings on national public television and locally, by NAMI in Durham, Moore County and the Clinical Update Conference in Pinehurst.

Public television stations across the country have the option of airing it and we are most fortunate to be able to collaborate with UNC-TV to find a spot for it.
Attached are links to promotional materials which can be used in any publications and newsletters.

More are available at: