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

In Memory of Max Starkloff

In Loving Memory of Max Starkloff

Mark Starkloff
Mr. Starkloff

The Independent Living Movement celebrates the life and achievement of one of its greatest leaders. Our dear friend Max Starkloff passed away early Monday due to complications with the flu, however his legacy of caring and fight for civil rights has changed the face of a nation, and helped America define what independence means in the 21st century.

Max was a giant in the Movement and embodied the spirit of independence and determination. He co-founded Paraquad with his wife Colleen in 1970, and established it as one of the original 10 federally funded Independent Living Centers in the nation. Max would later go on to establish the Starkloff Disability Institute in 2003 with his wife Colleen.

He served as the first president of the National Council on Independent Living from 1983 through 1985. In 2007 on the 25th anniversary of NCIL, then NCIL President Kelly Buckland honored Max’s cumulative work and contribution to the Movement by dedicating an award in his name: The Max Starkloff Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is given to recognize people for a lifetime of achievement in the Independent Living Movement.  Max has served in numerous critical positions and has received several awards for his work, including:

  • President’s Distinguished Service Award – President George H. W. Bush
  • Community Leadership Award – Leadership St. Louis;
  • Commissioner’s Distinguished Service Award – Rehabilitation Services
  • Administration, Washington, DC;
  • Mayor’s Arch Award for leadership in disability rights – St. Louis, Mo.
  • Annual Civic Service Award – Maryville University
  • Human Rights Award – United Nations Association, St. Louis, MO;
  • Humanitarian Award – Human Development Corporation, St. Louis, MO;
  • St. Louis Award;
  • Sold on St. Louis Award;
  • Sword of Ignatius Loyola Award, St. Louis University’s highest honor, St.
  • Louis, MO.
  • Missourian Award – Missouri Hall of Fame;
  • Doctor of Humane Letters – Webster University, St. Louis, MO
  • Doctor of Humane Letters, University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO.
  • Recognized by National Council on the Handicapped and St. Louis Unit of
  • NASW.
  • “Max Starkloff Lifetime Achievement Award” – National Council on Independent
  • Living, Washington, D.C.
  • St. Louis Walk of Fame, Induction, June 20, 2008


Max lives on through his important work, in our hearts, and especially through his wife Colleen and their children. He will forever be considered as part of the soul of the Movement, and will be remembered in the pages of American history as a civil rights icon.

Today NCIL celebrates our brother Max as a pioneer and soldier in America’s fight for equality. Max Starkloff will be dearly missed, and will never be forgotten. Please submit your memories in the comments section of this blog, so that they can be shared at his funeral services, or email them to As we get more details about the services we will forward them on to you.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers people make donations to the Max Starkloff Disability Institute at:

The Starkloff Disability Institute

133 S. 11th Street, Suite 500

St. Louis, MO 63102

Cards and correspondence should be addressed to:

4446 Laclede Avenue

Saint Louis, Missouri  63108

For more information about Max’s life and contributions please visit the following websites: