Miracle Leauge

There is a baseball leauge in Wake Co. for children who wouldn’t otherwise get to play because of their disabilities.  Spring registration is open as well as opportunities for people to volunteer to help at the games or coach.  Check out their website to see where you can “fit in” .  Check out the video which is actually a television piece done on the leauge.  Makes you want to go to a game doesn’t it?!  PLAY BALL!

VA (Veteran Affairs) NEW Support Line for caregivers of Veterans

 Caregivers are the family members and loved ones who provide care for Veterans who are living with the effects of war, disability, chronic illness, or aging.  They deserve VA’s highest level of support.  On February 1, 2011, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is opening a toll-free National Caregiver Support Line housed at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center campus in Canandaigua, New York.  The support line will serve as a primary resource/referral center to assist caregivers, Veterans and others seeking caregiver information to help in the care of our Nation’s Veterans. Calls to The National Caregiver Support Line will be answered by VA employees who are licensed clinical social workers.

The Support Line will provide information on VA/ community caregiver support resources and “warm” referral to dedicated Caregiver Support Coordinators located in every VA Medical Center; emotional support for the caregiver will be an integral component of this service. The National Caregiver Support Line is also available to respond to inquiries about the caregiver benefits associated with Public Law 111-163, Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010. 

The National Caregiver Support Line will be open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  The National Caregiver Support Line Toll-Free number is 1-855-260-3274.

Please also see VA’s updated caregiver website:

Proper etiquette

This blog from Dr. Senelick is good, I wanted to share it with you.  So many of us deal with awful encounters with people who literally have NO clue on how to act towards a person with a disability.  Like the day a lady ran after a man in WalMart to ask his wife how long he had been blind.  Then proceeded to tell him that he should be juicing carrots because she knew someone who got his sight back, or as a last result go to Benny Hinn.  What are you thoughts regarding the blog?


FREE TO THE PUBLIC- This Friday night!!

The screening of the documentary “A NEW KIND OF LISTENING” will be at

Pullen Memorial Baptist Church at 7:00PM on January 28. The documentary

follows a theater group as it works to create community through full


Among the cast is Chris, a young man who spent a life-time searching for

his voice. After finding it Chris immediately began asking people to

take time to learn a new kind of listening. He had a lot to say and he

wanted to be heard. He needs to connect with his environment and the

people in it. Chris wants what we all want – a show of patience and

acceptance from others.

Marc Maximov of the Independent Weekly called A New Kind of Listening a

film that is “…tender without being sentimental, … [with] moments of

genuine grace.” The documentary has also been called a “political work

that raises important questions about society’s practice of segregating


A NEW KIND OF LISTENING is poignant, surprising and perhaps shocking. It

reveals the importance of why listening is vital to the well-being and

strength of community and that time is not always on our side.

“A NEW KIND OF LISTENING” the documentary will be showing:

DATE: Friday, January 28, 2011

TIME: 7:00 PM

(The film begins at 7:00, so you’ll want to arrive early)

WHERE: Pullen Memorial Baptist Church

LOCATION: 1801 Hillsborough St., Raleigh 27605


To see the documentary trailer, go to:

We hope to see you there!

Want to share some of you experiences?

Our office received the following.  Read and share your experiences.

The (Equal Rights Center) ERC is getting ready to launch an exciting new multi-faceted campaign – “What’s Wrong with this Picture?” – which will educate people across the nation on what civil rights mean for people with disabilities, and barriers to look for in accessibility. 

The focus of our campaign will be a ‘game’, in which users are shown a picture and are asked to identify the inaccessible feature.  In this way, people with and without disabilities will have a fun and stimulating forum through which to learn more about what federal law mandates.  Users will also find additional resources on accessibility, an easy to use complaint form, and real testimonials from people with disabilities encountering accessibility barriers in their daily lives.

I am writing to ask your help in gathering real testimonies.  The project will be made stronger through the voices of real people, with various disabilities, who can share their experiences.  The testimonies need only be one to two paragraphs, can include a picture or not, and can be submitted with a real name or anonymously.   We would also love to share on our site any video which you think would be appropriate – of personal testimony, or of civil rights issues in general for persons with disabilities.

Please ask your staff, advocates, and community members to submit testimonies of barriers to accessibility, or stories of reasonable accommodations or modifications, by January 31 2011.  The focus of the campaign is housing, but we welcome public accommodations and employment stories.


Thank you so much for your help. 

Robyn M. Powell
Disability Rights Program Manager
Equal Rights Center 
11 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 450
Washington, D.C. 20036  
(202) 370-3210