Respect & Protect the Vote Rally

respect the vote – flyer for printing

Wednesday July 13th @ 11:00am
NC General Assembly Building
16 W. Jones St., Raleigh

The General Assembly convenes again on July 13th and GOP leaders have announced they will try to override GOv. Perdue’s veto of the voter ID bill, eliminate Same Day Registration,  slice a week off Early Voting, end straight-ticket voting and eliminate successful public financial programs.  Meanwhile, redictricting of voting districts is underway – and the stakes are huge!  We can’t stop now.  Take a stand for democracy:

Join us in Raleigh on July 13th
Please wear red to the rally.  WHy?  Because we’re seeing red over these blatant attempts to suppress voter turnout in NC!

For more information, contact Adam Sotak of Democracy North Carolina at 919-286-6000, et. 11, email him at or go to

This is a non-partisan event sponsored by the Respect Our Vote Coalition.

Dance company features people with ALL abilities

Muscular man in a wheelchair dancing with a women on her toes

AXIS Dance Company was featured last week on the show “So You Think You Can Dance”. This amazing dance company features dancers with and without disabilities.   This group caught the attention of the shows producer Nigel Lythgoe who invited them to be on the show.  Watch there performance of “To Color Me Different” , by Alex Ketley.  Check out the San Francisco area blog by Caroline Chen. 

I think this is beautiful and encouraging.  Do you want to dance?  If you have a desire GO FOR IT! even if you have a disability.  Remember disability doesn’t mean you can’t do something it just means you find a different way to do it.  Let us know of other groups incorporating people of all abilities in their performances, we would love to show that too!

Free Workshop for Disaster Preparedness – Asheville area

Disability Partners
invites you to attend a free workshop

PREParation for Emergencies and Recovery:

Supporting Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

and their Families


Learn how to be ready when an emergency happens

Winter Storms, Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Floods, Terrorist Attacks,
and other emergency situations

         Workshop Topics:

Ü  The Unique Needs of Individuals with Disabilities in Emergencies

Ü     How Individuals with Disabilities Can Prepare

Ü     The PREP Planning Process

Ü     How to create an Individual PREP Plan

Ü     Emergency Response and Recovery


Ü  Individuals with disabilities and their families

Ü  Self- advocates

Ü  Service providers

Ü  Community Response Teams

Ü  Emergency Responders


Location: 108 New Leicester Hwy,

Asheville, NC 28806                      

Time:  Thursday, July 21, 2011   1:30- 4:00 PM

Hosted by:   Disability Partners                               

For more information and

Registration:  828-298-1977







Sponsored by the Family Support Program, School of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Funded by the US Dept of Health and Human Services, Administration on Developmental Disabilities

Closed Caption & Descriptive Video – Regal Theatres

See the press release below? If you have a Regal theatre in your area, let them know you are anticipating this and will patronize them! This is exciting to me!

Knoxville, Tennessee – May 4, 2011 – Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, today announced plans to equip all digital cinema locations with personal captioning and descriptive video technologies.

For years Regal has actively worked with various technology companies and film distributors to create opportunities to increase theatre access for deaf, hard of hearing and blind moviegoers. The advent of digital cinema technology offers new opportunities to increase access at all digitally equipped theatres and Regal expects to have practically all of its theatres converted to digital cinema by the end of 2012. In conjunction with its digital cinema rollout, Regal has developed a strategy to also rollout these adaptive technologies for widespread consumer use over the next 12 to 18 months. In addition, Regal has partnered with Captionfish which is the internet’s leading captioned movies search engine that finds open captioned, Rear Window® captioned, foreign/subtitled and descriptively-narrated movies showing at theatres across the United States.

“Regal once again has bolstered their commitment to providing movies that are accessible to people with hearing and vision loss. Regal was the first to provide a comprehensive website, advertised show times, theatre manager training program and free screenings to deaf and hard of hearing children. Regal has always been a strong advocate for the deaf and hard of hearing and remains the most committed exhibitor in the U.S. to support captioned programming and providing the deaf and hard of hearing community access to feature films. This announcement demonstrates their continuing leadership in accessible entertainment,” said Nanci Linke Ellis, of Partner Brendan Gramer added, “We are thrilled that they have chosen to partner with Captionfish as a resource for disseminating accessible showtimes.”

“After years of working to ensure that personal captioning solutions would be available through digital cinema, as well as meet the needs and expectations of the deaf, hard of hearing and blind, we are pleased to begin efforts now to offer this access at theatres converted to the all-digital format,” stated Randy Smith, Regal Entertainment Group, Chief Administrative Officer & Counsel. “Regal is now ordering and, depending on product availability, will be installing these new technologies at our fully digitized locations. Our intentions are to offer captioning and descriptive video for every film that comes with such content, at all show times, at every theatre equipped and to be equipped with digital cinema systems over the next 12 to 18 months. By the end of 2012, almost every Regal location nationwide will be fully equipped with digital cinema systems and be further equipped to provide closed captions and descriptive video for our deaf, hard of hearing and blind guests.”
Regal Entertainment Group is grateful for the many years of aid, insight and support provided by numerous individuals and advocates within the deaf, hard of hearing and blind communities. While obstacles remain for some large format presentations, 3D films and the limited availability of captioned film product from some studios, Regal is eagerly entering a new era of unparalleled access for the deaf, hard of hearing and blind.

About Regal Entertainment Group
Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) is the largest motion picture exhibitor in the United States. The Company’s theatre circuit, comprising Regal Cinemas, United Artists Theatres and Edwards Theatres, operates 6,670 screens in 535 locations in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Regal operates theatres in 43 of the top 50 U.S. designated market areas. We believe that the size, reach and quality of the Company’s theatre circuit not only provide its patrons with a convenient and enjoyable movie-going experience, but is also an exceptional platform to realize economies of scale in theatre operations. Additional information is available on the Company’s Web site at

Media Contact:

Dick Westerling

Senior Vice President of Marketing & Advertising

Regal Entertainment Group


FEMA urges people to take action during severe weather

A news release was issued by FEMA this week urging people to take action during severe weather and be aware of neighbors who may be at higher risk or have special needs. Please take heed and prepare yourself! Links to the program and more information for disaster preparedness can be found here on our website on the Resources page under disaster and emergency preparedness.

Below is an excerpt from the news release. The full news release can be read by following the link at the bottom:

“As we’ve seen from the damage caused by the recent tornadoes and severe storms that hit the Southeast, as well as flooding all across the country, natural disasters can be devastating,”  said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate.  “While we can’t prevent them, if you haven’t already, you can take steps now to get ready by visiting, and be sure to check on your neighbors, especially the elderly and young children – those who can be most vulnerable during emergencies.”

Excessive rain and flooding threats continue across the lower Mississippi and Ohio river valleys into the Northeast.  The southeast is also expected to experience rain and thunderstorms today.  Stay up to date on the latest weather hazards in your area by visiting the National Weather Service, which is the official source for severe weather information.

FEMA News Release-05.03.11

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

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: