New England ADA Center
August Newsletter

Red Sox Foundation Honors Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL)
VCIL won the $10,000 first-place IMPACT Award, thanks to receiving the most online votes out of other Vermont nonprofits that were in the running. The Red Sox Foundation honored VCIL for its dedication to social justice, diversity and inclusivity. At a home game, July 9, VCIL Executive Director Sarah Launderville was presented with a check.

The Massachusetts Office on Disability's 2018 Disability Summit
Please join MOD on Friday, October 5, 2018 for our fourth annual summit. Topics will include: healthcare, employment, the ADA and addiction, and state services.  Summit 2018 will be held at a new venue, Partners Healthcare at Assembly Row in Somerville, MA.

To register click here.

Governor Baker Signs Second Major Piece of Legislation to Address Opioid Epidemic in Massachusetts
A new law strengthens state's education and prevention efforts, expands role of recovery coaches, and improves access to treatment"The opioid and heroin crisis has tragically claimed scores of lives and broken families across the Commonwealth, and this new bill will serve as our latest tool kit to address the public health crisis through increased access to treatment, education and prevention," said Governor Charlie Baker.

Maine Man Sues Prison For Addiction Medication Access
The 30-year-old at the center of the suit started using painkillers as a teen and was prescribed Suboxone five years ago. Zachary Smith says if not for buprenorphine, he'd "probably be dead." Last week, the ACLU sued Maine's prisons and one county jail over their continued refusal to give addiction medication to inmates.

Image source: photo courtesy of the fix.

Disability Rights Training Focuses on the Law and Access in Vermont
Disability accommodation is a conversation - involving give-and-take. In July, presenters from the Vermont Center for Independent Living-Montpelier shared that idea at a training on disability law at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington.

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Mike Cherron and Erica Rail VCIL of Montpelier discuss disability rights on Wednesday afternoon at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington. Image source: photo courtesy of the Bennington Banner by Holly Pelczynski.

National News
CIL ADA Knowledge and Capacity Survey
The Southwest ADA Center and the ADA National Network are conducting a survey to determine the kind of information and resources that the Center's for Independent Living (CILs) need to provide instruction, training, and referral on disability rights laws. Keeping up to date on disability rights laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 can be difficult. If you are CIL leadership, age 18 and up, please complete the following survey. The questionnaire takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. 

Click here to take the survey.
Image source: file photo.

Seeking Research Participants Who Have Lived in Nursing Homes
The University of Illinois at Chicago is conducting a study with people with disabilities to identify and address participation disparities among people with disabilities. Participants will be asked to talk about their experience with living in the community after transitioning out of institutions.

To participate, click here.
Image source: photo courtesy of the advocacy monitor.

The Access Board has released an animation on accessible sales and service counters as part of its online guide to standards issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Architectural Barriers Act. The video shows how access can be achieved to different types of counters, including sales counters and hotel check-in counters. It also covers access to teller and service windows, queues and waiting lines, check-out aisles, food service lines, self-service shelves, and food and beverage dispensers.

To watch the video, click here.
Image source: image courtesy of United States Access Board.

Voice-controlled Robotic Furniture Assists People with Disabilities
Industrial designer Nour Malaeb created Relay, a transforming piece of furniture that is somewhat of a cross between a multifunctional table, walker and a voice-controlled robotic personal assistant .

Image source: photo courtesy of treehugger.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
People living with a disability have impairments ranging from difficulty walking or climbing stairs, to trouble concentrating and making decisions, to visual and hearing problemsThe percentage of adults with disabilities is on the rise as poverty grows, according to the CDC.
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September is Addiction Recovery Month
Find a Recovery Month event in your area and learn more about local activities to support recovery efforts. Local and national events, no matter how large or small can go a long way in promoting the benefits of recovery.

For more information click here.

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