July 15, 2019
Disability Policy Consortium Weekly Update


And I am back.  Last week was the first time in seven years that a copy of this publication went out without my involvement.  I took a little vacation and Colin Killick stepped in and did a great job.  Over the next year you will see the wotds of more members of the DPC staff.

The news this week includes some excellent stories from the Web.  We also have a link to a great resource on supported decision-making.
Until next week, happy reading. 

John Winske
Disability Policy Consortium
Community News:  CPR Unveils Website on Supported Decision-Making (SDM)

After months of work and support from our participants and partners, we are excited to announce that Center for Public Representation's re-designed Supported Decision-Making Website is live. We hope the site will help you learn about SDM, understand how SDM transforms lives, and inspire you to become a participant, supporter, or advocate. 

You can start on the homepage or jump to some of my favorite pages. 

Getting Started Guide: Already know SDM is right for you and looking for some help getting started? This guide will walk you through the basics of writing a SDM agreement and practicing supported decision-making in your daily life. 

SDM Adopter Stories: Hear from SDM adopters about how their lives were transformed. Our pilot participants have wide-ranging needs and life desires. For each of them, SDM has increased their independence and autonomy.

Resource Library: Explore a selection of materials we recommend on supported decision-making. These resources are intended for a range of audiences and cover topics from SDM 101 to state legislation. 

If you'd like updates on SDM you can sign up for our email newsletter or email discussion group here.

Anna Krieger
Center for Public Representation 
Net News:  This All-Amputee Softball Team is Changing the Way We Think About Treating Trauma 

This is a very good article from getpocket.com about an all-amputee softball team.  They may may help us learn about PTSD, w hile they demonstrate their abilities.  Thanks to Howard Trachtman for sending this article our way.
Net News:  Deaf Literature Pioneer Honored with Stamp

An article in Quart brings us this story about Robert Panara:

Mr. Panara will be memorialized in a "forever" stamp.
Net News:  At Banks and Fund Firms, Access Is Too Often Denied, Blind and Deaf Investors Say

The New York Times had an interesting article about a lack of access to information in accessible formats at banks and investment firms.  You can read more here.
Net News:  She Proved Them Wrong: Deaf Couple is Opening a Pizzeria All Deaf Employees

The Washington Post had a very informative article about Melody and Russ Stein who own a successful restaurant and two food trucks in California.  They  are Deaf. The Steins are now expanding and opening a new restaurant in Washington D.C.  The best part, they only employee people who are deaf.  You can read the story here.
Calendar:  ADA Celebration Day inn Boston

When:  Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019,  12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Where:  Boston City Hall Plaza
One City Hall Sq,  Boston, MA 02201

A free event for children, families, and individuals of all abilities!

ADA Celebration Day is a yearly celebration of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is held in Boston around the last week of July near the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act signing. Each year, we honor a local organization that has made an impact on accessibility or inclusion in Boston. ADA Celebration Day is an event for people of all ages and all abilities to come together and celebrate a milestone in the disability community. 

The public is invited t
o join us for:
  • Food
  • Music
  • Resource fair
  • Friends, and
  • Fun
ASL and CART provided. For additional accommodation requests, call 617-635-3682 or e-mail disability@boston.gov.
Net News: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Announces Dates for Accessible Performances on Common

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) is pleased to continue its Common Access Initiative as part of its 24th season of "Free Shakespeare on the Common." Cymbeline runs July 17 - August 4 on the Boston Common. CSC is committed to keeping theatre accessible - financially, geographically, and artistically - as well as inclusive for patrons of all abilities. CSC has offered at least one American Sign Language (ASL) performance nearly every season since its founding in 1996, and in recent years has had the opportunity to meaningfully expand its disability access programming and offerings. At every performance, there are reserved, accessible seating areas for patrons and their guests, in addition to complementary large-print programs and assisted listening devices.

Open Captioned performance: Friday, July 26 (Raindate: Sat, July 27)
Audio Described performance + Tactile Tour: Saturday, August 3 (3pm); (Raindate: Sun, Aug 4)

ASL Interpreted performances: Friday, Aug 2 + Saturday, August 3 (8pm); (Raindate: Sun, Aug 4)

Open-Captioning provided by c2 captioning service will be held on at Friday, July 26 at 8 pm.

Raindate will be Saturday, July 27 at 8pm. Equipment will be set-up of the house left side of the stage.

The Audio-Described performance with interpretation by Cori Couture and Andrea Doane will be held Saturday, August 3 at 3pm; Raindate will be Sunday, August 4 at 7pm. Headsets and Braille playbill will be made available for blind and low-vision patrons, and can be collected at the Information Tent to the left of the stage. In addition to the performance, there will be a free backstage, tactile tour for blind and low-vision patrons and their guests beginning at 1:45pm. No registration is necessary. Guests should meet at the Information Tent a few minutes before the tour is scheduled to begin. CSC staff will be on hand to help guide patrons on the tour.

The ASL-Interpreted performances will be held on Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3 at 8pm; Raindate will be Sunday, Aug 4 at 7pm. ASL Interpretation team will include Shana Gibbs as ASL Coach and Christopher Robinson will be returning as Lead Interpreter.

In addition to the programming listed above, there will be many services available at all performances to enhance the patron experience. ADA-compliant cable-guards have been purchased to make all pathways easier to navigate for patrons using wheelchairs and walkers, and there will be several seating areas designated throughout the Common for patrons using wheelchairs and their companions. Finally, large print programs and assisted listening devices will be available at all performances at the Information Tent.
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