Disability Policy Consortium Weekly Update
The DPC Annual Meeting is this Wednesday. I hope you are planning on attending. I look forward to seeing you there.
We have a budget update from Charlie Carr. We also have a research opportunity for you with a nice stipend. Check it out.
We also have a link to a very good article about the life changing potential of technology for people with disabilities.
Have a good week and a
s always, happy
Disability Policy Consortium
Invitation: DPC Annual Meeting
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Disability Policy Consortium (DPC), I am pleased to invite you to our Annual Meeting.
When: Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 5:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Where: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, One Enterprise Drive, Quincy, MA 02171
We will have shuttle service available from the North Quincy Station on the Red Line.
Dinner will be served.
Keynote Remarks by Mr. Andrew Veith, President
Massachusetts State Association of the Deaf and
Co-Organizer Deaf Grassroots Movement Massachusetts
To register or request reasonable accommodations please contact Amy at AKalogeropoulos@dpcma.org.
Requests for Reasonable Accommodations and registrations must be received by June 1, 2016.
Advocacy Update: State Budget
Thank you all for your advocacy in moving our collective budget priorities forward and making significant gains both in the House and Senate. Now is the time for the final push; we could lose hard-fought gains made in the Senate if the House decides to cut them and the Senate deals them away in the conference. I'm sure you've all seen the urgent pleas to contact your House Ways & Means members personally or by email/phone call and point out that you are a constituent and how much this means to you and the people you work with every day who are also their constituents. Well, if you haven't already, please do it today. Attached is the DPC Conference Committee flyer in word format that can be used as a template so that you can easily cut and paste the language onto your letterhead. Please move quickly as the window of opportunity is slowly closing.
Disability Policy Consortium
Disability Policy Consortium Budget
Conference Committee Recommendations
Increase funding for the Alternative Housing Voucher Program (AHVP): line item 7004-9030. The DPC has co-led the Housing Advocacy Leadership Team with BCIL that has been working on this line item for the past 4 years. Key meetings were held with House leadership and appropriate committee members to push for the $2.5 million needed to bring the program up to $7.1 million and fully restore the 800 vouchers it provided in 1996.
House 2 $4,600,000
* House Final $5,100,000
* Net gain in House $500,000
* Senate Ways & Means $6,200,000
* Senate Final $6,200,000
* Net gain over H2 $1,600,000
DPC strongly urges that the Conference Committee support the full Senate Budget amount of $1.6 million given the urgency and extreme shortage of housing for people with disabilities.
Reject the Governor's proposal to count SSI benefits toward TAFDC eligibility. The DPC collaborated with the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute to drive home the draconian nature of the proposal that would stop over 6,000 families with members who have disabilities from receiving TAFDC benefits and would force them into homelessness.
* House 2 Language included
* House Final Language eliminated
* Senate Final Additional protections added
DPC recommends that the Conference Committee keep the additional protections included in the Senate budget.
* Increase funding to the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: line item 4125-0100. The DPC collaborated with the Massachusetts State Association of the Deaf in this new campaign to restore funding to MCDHH back to its 2001 level.
House 2 $5,411,403
* House Final $5,411,403
* Net gain in House $0
* Senate Ways & Means $5,661.403
* Senate Final $5,951,403
* Net gain over H2 $540,000
DPC strongly recommends that the Conference Committee support the full Senate Budget amount of $540,000 given that the agency is barely able to meet its statutory requirements and has lost half of its funding over the past 15 years
Research Opportunity: Carroll Center and Bentley University
Bentley University is interested in recruiting people
to participate in a research study to evaluate the
usability and design of an online career section of a
corporate client's web site.
In this study, they are particularly interested in including
people with visual disabilities who use Assistive
Technologies like screen readers or screen magnifiers.
Each usability study session will last 60 minutes.
All sessions will be conducted on the Bentley
University campus in Waltham, MA.
Sessions will be scheduled for June 15th or 16th.
Selected participants have the choice of a $100 Amazon
gift card or a $100 check,
which will be sent after the
session is completed.
In order to determine your eligibility for this study,
Bentley will need to get some background information
about you to see if you match their client's requirements
for inclusion in the study. If you are interested,
complete the following survey
Net News: Free Fun Fridays Schedule Available
Attending museums and cultural events can be costly and many of us are surviving on a limited income. Worry no more. This summer every Friday eight different venues will offer free admission. Over ten weeks that is 80 different venues available to you. Surely you can find something to your liking. The
schedule is available here
Calendar: Training on Housing Laws for People with Disabilities
When: Friday, June 10, 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Where: Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
View the flyer and transit options for this event online at
10 am - 12:30 pm: Training on Housing Laws
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Light Lunch Provided
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Input from the Community
** RSVP Required **
This Event Is Free And Open To The Public - Space Is Limited
RSVP & request accommodations by June 3rd to
or 617-723-8455 x 123
Join us for a training on housing laws in Massachusetts and the rights of tenants with disabilities. A Community Feedback Forum will follow this training. We are looking for your input on the issues you are facing as a person or family member of a person with a disability
Michael Muehe, Executive Director, Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities
Tom Murphy, Staff Attorney, Disability Law Center
Caitlyn Byers, Staff Attorney - Pike Fellow, Disability Law Center
Rick Glassman, Director of Advocacy, Disability Law Center
INPUT FROM THE COMMUNITY MODERATOR:
Christine Griffin, Executive Director, Disability Law Center
Out of consideration for people with environmental illness and/or multiple chemical sensitivity, please refrain from using perfume or other scented products.
Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be provided.
Hosted by the Disability Law Center and the Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities
Calendar: Stavros Housing Speak-Out
When: Monday, June 13, 2016, 11:00 AM - 12:3
Where: Stavros, 227 Berkshire Ave., Springfield, MA 01109
Within Massachusetts many individuals face barriers to housing. The constant increase in housing costs, long waiting list for voucher programs, and the overall limited availability of housing options makes it difficult for people to live the community.
Stavros is asking community members, housing advocates, those currently seeking housing and cross-sector agencies to come together and discuss their concerns with housing. This event strives to meet the following objectives:
- Allow individuals from cross-disability, and diversified backgrounds tocome together to discuss issues within housing.
- Allow individuals seeking housing and those struggling with their housing placements to come together and share their housing stories.
- Participate in group activity that describes your ideal housing placement. How does it promote healthy living and community integration?
We hope you will join us. Light refreshments will be served.
For accommodations please contact Jennifer Lee at
Calendar: Boston Commission Community Forum
When: Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Where: BRA Boardroom, 9th floor, Boston City Hall, Boston, MA 02201
This event is hosted by the Mayor's Commission for Persons with Disabilities. Attendees will have the opportunity to help set the City's 2016 - 2017 accessibility agenda, hear updates on our current initiatives, and get their questions about access and inclusion in Boston answered.
If you have questions, concerns, or comments about disability issues, we want to hear from you!
Come out and tell us about your access priorities!
- Hear updates from Disability Commissioner Kristen McCosh
- Meet members of Boston's Disability Commission Advisory Board
- Make your concerns about accessibility known to City Officials
- Network with Disability Community Friends over Free Refreshments
Please plan to join us this year on Wednesday, June 15th at Boston City Hall.
ASL and CART provided. This is a scent-free event.
To request an accommodation, contact us by June 1st at:
or call 617-635-3682 / 617-635-2541 TTY
For more information, visit
Please see the flyer linked below for more details - and help us spread the word about this event to the disability community.
| DPC Needs your Help!!!
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Make check or money order payable to:
Disability Policy Consortium
11 Dartmouth Street
Malden, MA 02148