Celebrate the 27th Anniversary of the ADA with an Indoor Picnic and Open House – Asheville

DisAbility Partners will host an Indoor Picnic and Open House Celebration for the 27th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This law has had a significant effect on the lives of millions of people living with disabilities by ensuring we have the same rights and responsibilities as any other citizen.

On Friday, July 14th, beginning at Noon we will serve up tasty fried chicken and a vegetarian option along with all the traditional side fixings and desserts too.

We have a guest speaker, show a short video and read the Proclamation from Mayor Esther Manheimer and have a lot of fun too.

The event is FREE, but you must Save Your Seat by calling us at 828-298-1977 so that we will have plenty for all.

Peer Support Class – Asheville area

Vaya Health Peer Support

What will I learn?

This training involves lectures and group activities. The group activities require respect and support. The trainers will utilize class participation, involvement in group activities, as well as general attendance to assess readiness to deliver peer support services in a professional setting. In addition to providing education to participants, there will be skill-building through role plays, take-home activities, and sharing of personal recovery experiences related to overcoming mental health and/or addiction challenges. Vaya Health’s North Carolina Peer Support Specialist training is a 40-hour program scheduled on five days. A brief graduation ceremony will be held on the afternoon of the final training day. Our current training curriculum meets the criteria set forth by the state of North Carolina.

What do I need to do to be admitted?

You are required to have a minimum of nine (9) months of demonstrated, sustained recovery to be eligible for this training. You must also have a High School Diploma or GED.                                   

To receive a completion of training certificate, students must be present and participate on ALL of the scheduled days and hours. If you are unable to attend all hours, please do not apply at this time. Students who do not complete all 40 hours will not earn the certificate of completion, which is required for NC Peer Support Specialist Certification.

 How do I register?

Visit: http://vayahealth.com/members-caregivers/member-services/peer-support/

Print your application and two reference sheets. When completed mail to:
Vaya Health/Smoky Mountain
Attention: Peer Support Training
408-B Spaulding Road
Marion, NC 28752

What are the program costs?

Tuition $30.00 for Materials

NOTE: Please do not send payment with your application. Upon selection, you will be asked to send payment.

When are the next classes?

Peer support Specialist:
June 26-30th                 8:00-5:00
July 10th-14th               8:00-5:00
October 23-27th                       8:00-5:00

After Class?

  • To become a North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist, you must have a minimum of one year of demonstrated, sustained recovery.
  • For NC PSS certification you will need to have an additional 20 hours of training. Information on this training will be covered fully during Vaya’s 40 hour training.
  • Then you can submit an application to the state to be certified ($15).

Goodwill- 828-298-9023
Vaya Health- 828-225-2785 ext. 5132

Parker Utter
Skills Training Recruitment Specialist
Goodwill Industries
1616 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28806
Phone: (828) 298-9023 Ext. 1106

Contact your Senators and Representatives and let them know what you think

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


  • 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


  • 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.


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.

North Carolina Residents Encouraged to Register for Federal Assistance

North Carolina Residents Encouraged to Register for Federal Assistance

RALEIGH, N.C. – Disaster survivors in Beaufort, Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Edgecombe, Hoke, Lenoir, Nash, Pitt, and Robeson Counties are encouraged to register for federal disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

Individuals, including homeowners, renters, and business owners, in the above designated counties who suffered loss or damages due to Hurricane Matthew may register for assistance online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, by downloading the FEMA mobile app, or by calling

 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), the number is also 1-800-621-3362.  For people using TTY, the number is 1-800-462-7585.

These toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice; operators are standing by to assist survivors in multiple languages.

The President declared a major disaster October 10, 2016 for the above North Carolina counties to assist individuals and households as they recover from the effects of Hurricane Matthew beginning October 4, 2016 and continuing.

Grant assistance provided by FEMA for homeowners and renters can include funds to help with rent, temporary housing and home repairs to their primary residences, as well as other serious disaster-related needs, such as personal and necessary items, moving and storage expenses, transportation,  medical and dental expenses, or funeral and burial and reinternment costs caused by the disaster. Other relief programs include crisis counseling and legal assistance.

Survivors should also contact their insurance company to file an insurance claim. FEMA is unable to duplicate insurance payments. However, those without insurance or who may be underinsured may still receive help after their insurance claims have been settled.


Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 or TTY at 800-462-7585.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

The latest updates on road closures can be found at ReadyNC.org or by calling 5-1-1. Residents can also get real-time traffic and weather on the ReadyNC mobile app.  Follow us on Facebook at NCEmergencyManagement and Twitter @NCEmergency  or @femaregion4.

Public Comment Extended regarding Web Accessibility

Public Comment Period Extended for State & Local Government Web Accessibility Rulemaking

Source: U.S. Department of Justice

This week, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta approved an extension of the public comment period for the Supplemental Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Accessibility of Web Information and Services of State and Local Government Entities. The public comment period will be extended for 60 days, and will now close on October 7, 2016.

More information, as well as a link to the Federal Register publication, is available at https://www.ada.gov/newproposed_regs.htm.

To learn more about the ADA, visit the Pacific ADA Center’s website at www.adapacific.org.  You can contact us at 1-800-949-4232 (V/TTY) or by email at adatech@adapacific.org.

The information provided in this message is intended solely as informal guidance, and is neither a determination of legal rights or responsibilities under the ADA, nor is it binding on any agency with enforcement responsibilities under the ADA.

Picnic in the Park – Hanging Rock July 24 noon to 3pm

hanging rock

Accessible Picnic Shelter Opens at Hanging Rock State Park for People with Disabilities and Their Families  



A new accessible picnic shelter will welcome families with and without disabilities to enjoy a day at Hanging Rock State Park to further the mission of accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities.

Picnic in the Park! will be held at Hanging Rock State Park on July 24, 2016 from Noon – 3 PM to celebrate the opening of the shelter with an ADA training, lunch and also commemorate the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Who: Hanging Rock State Park, The Adaptables, Inc. Center for Independent Living and North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD)

What: New accessible picnic shelter providing accessibility and inclusion for people with mobility disabilities, their families, and their travel companions

When: Sunday, July 24, 2016, Noon – 3 PM

Where: Hanging Rock State Park, 1790 Hanging Rock Park Rd, Danbury, NC 27016

Why: Hanging Rock State Park will celebrate the anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at its new accessible picnic shelter. Activities will include an ADA training provided by the staff of The Adaptables Center for Independent Living and painting the Accessible Icon in accessible parking spaces led by Brendon Hildreth of New Bern, NC. Lunch will be provided at the accessible picnic shelter that the ACCESS North Carolina program built to increase accessible picnic opportunities in the park.

Contact: Philip Woodward                                     Devika Rao
NCCDD Systems Change Manager        O’Neill Communications
philip.c.woodward@dhhs.nc.gov             devika@oneillcommunications.com

About Hanging Rock State Park:

Since its creation as a 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps project, Hanging Rock State Park has offered the best of a traditional outdoor experience with 73-site campground, picnic grounds, stocked lake for swimming and canoe rentals and more than 20 miles of hiking trails that climb onto spectacular views and weave alongside clear streams and waterfalls. There is also access on the Dan River for paddling, 8.4 miles of mountain biking trails and rock-climbing opportunities with permit. A complex of vacation cabins is available for longer visits. Free interpretive programs complement the education offerings of a park museum that explores the natural and cultural history of the Sauratown Mountains.

About The Adaptables, Inc. Center for Independent Living:

The Adaptables, Inc. CIL is one of over 300 federal and state supported Centers for Independent Living (CIL). All centers are consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, private, non-profit organizations. The Adaptables, Inc. along with all other centers respect consumer choices, goals, and expertise. The center provides advocacy, IL skills training, peer support, information, and referral services that combine to guarantee that people with disabilities have the opportunity to exercise control over their own lives. The Adaptables, Inc. CIL serves: Davidson County, Davie County, Forsyth County, Stokes County, Surry County, and Yadkin County.

About the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities:

The North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD) works to assure that people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families participate in the design of and have access to needed community services, individualized supports and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination, integration, independence, productivity and inclusion in all areas of community life. Through its Five Year Plan, the Council identifies and funds innovative projects and initiatives that promote the goals of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act) for all North Carolinians.