September 12, 2016
Disability Policy Consortium Weekly Update


It was a beautiful  weekend.  Enjoy it while it lasts.

I hope you took a moment to reflect on the sacrifice of emergency responders and others fifteen years ago.  I know all of us over the age of 30 can tell you exactly where we were when we heard the news on 9/11/2001.

Our calendar is overflowing this week.   We do have information on a summer internship and of an employment opportunity.  

Next week, we will try to catch up on some news stories for you. 
Have a good week and a s always, happy  reading.

John Winske
Disability Policy Consortium
Opportunity: AAPD Internships and Leadership Awards

The American Association of Persons with Disabilities (AAPD) is pleased to announce the opening of the applications for our 2017 Summer Internship Program and 2017 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Leadership Awards. Please share this opportunity with students and leaders that may be interested in participating.
Employment Opportunity: Disability Law Center Executive Director 

We are Seeking an Executive Director

The Disability Law Center of Massachusetts (DLC) is seeking an Executive Director to lead this non-profit organization responsible for providing legally-based protection and advocacy services that advance the rights of individuals with disabilities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. DLC's next Executive Director will continue to advance the high quality advocacy, legal representation and connection with the disability, civil rights and social justice communities in the state.


DLC's mission is to provide legal advocacy on disability issues that promote the fundamental rights of all people with disabilities to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of Massachusetts. In order to achieve this mission, DLC provides a range of services including information, referrals, technical assistance, trainings as well as individual representation and systemic advocacy regarding legal rights and services for people with disabilities.

About the Position

DLC's next Executive Director comes at a time of great opportunity and challenges for the disability community in Massachusetts. The Executive Director will communicate DLC's understanding of the challenges faced by the community, and expand DLC's vision and ability to meet these challenges. More specifically, the Executive Director's duties include policy and advocacy leadership to the disability community and for the staff, oversight of administrative, human resources, and financial operations of the organization while building the public profile and funding base of the organization. The ideal candidate for this position combines a commitment to the mission of advancing the rights of people with disabilities and a dynamic, entrepreneurial leader who has strong non-profit management and fundraising experience. 

Calendar: Abilities Expo Boston

When: September 16-18

Where: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Hall C 

The largest show of products, services and technology for people with disabilities comes to Boston for three days.  Come and be a part of the excitement.  Be sure to stop by the DPC booth #1137 to visit .

For more information go to Abilities Expo.
Calendar: PCA Program Rally

Overtime, Not Nursing Homes! 
When:  Tuesday, September 20, 11:00 a.m. 

Where:  State House, Boston 
PCA work hours will be restricted. The authorization process for consumer PCA hours may change. Rally for the PCA program! Visits with legislators directly after the Rally. 
One story about the overtime cap: 

An elderly veteran, with a range of disabilities, including cancer, gets over 60 total PCA hours per week.  In response to the mailing he received from the state, telling him he can't have his one PCA work more than 40 hours/week, he said, "I might as well pack up my house and move into a nursing home." 

Rally sponsors include: DPC, BCIL, MWCIL, Stavros, Mass Home Care, 1199SEIU, IA, NE Arc, OCES, CLW, UCP of Metro Boston, CP MA, GSES, Enable, Inc., Easter Seals, NILP, more wanted.
For more information contact: 

Charlie Carr,,  
Bill Henning, 
Al Norman,
Jennifer Lee,, or 
David Correia,
Calendar: Disability Law Center Annual Benefit & Auction   

When:  Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6:00 - 9:00 P.M.

Where:  Royal Sonesta Hotel, Cambridge, MA

Join us and our Master of Ceremonies, Susan Wornick, as we honor our accomplishments and individuals who are working to support our mission.

For more information please go to .
Calendar: Getting Involved in Local Government 

When: Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 2:00 - 4:00 P.M.

Where: Boston City Hall, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02201

Are you registered to vote? 
Do you know who your City Councilor is?

Come Join Us and Find Out!
  • Welcome by Mayor Walsh & City Officials
  • See ADA Accessibility Upgrades in City Hall
  • Find your City Councilor & Polling Place
  • Register to Vote & Learn About Early Voting
  • See Accessibility Features & try the Automark
Wheelchair Accessible * ASL *  CART *  Scent Free

For other accommodation requests, contact us
By September 14th at
or call 617-635-3682 / 617-635-2541 TTY

For more information, visit

Hosted by:

Mayor Martin J. Walsh 
Mayor's Commission for Persons with Disabilities 
Boston Elections Department
Calendar: One Care Information Sessions

MassHealth wants to help you understand the benefits of One Care. Join us at one of the information sessions listed below to learn more about this important program. 

Drop by to talk one-on-one with MassHealth, Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA), and Tufts Health Plan representatives about One Care.

Suffolk County:

Monday, September 12, 2016
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Boston Health Care for the
Homeless Program
780 Albany St.
Boston, MA 02118

Saturday, September 17, 2016
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Upham's Corner Health Fair
Strand Theater
543 Columbia Rd.
Dorchester, MA 02125

Worcester County:

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Community Healthlink
68 Jacques Ave.
Worcester, MA 01610

Friday, September 23, 2016
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Worcester Public Library
Banx Room
3 Salem St.
Worcester, MA 01608

For more information about these events, call Kate at 617-886-8280  or email us at:
Calendar: Our Space, Our Place Schedule

With the beginning of school comes the start of the Our Space Our Place after school and career exploration program for middle and high school students who are blind. Below are important dates.

Call us to register and to ask about transportation.
Phone: (617) 459-4084

Saturday September 17

Join us, MAB and Delta Gamma for a Walk, yoga and pizza.

Thursday September 22

Join us at the Tobin Community Center for the start of the after school program. Theater, dance, cooking classes, walking/running club, and much more.

Saturday October 1 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Sign up for the Coding Camp- Create your own website, meet professionals in the tech field.

We will meet the first Saturday of each month from October - March. Lunch is provided.

Saturday October 8, 10:00 AM - Noon

Have fun writing and reading. Join us every second Saturday of the month. Write a song, haiku, poetry, a play, express your opinion, and share your ideas on an issue important to you. Working on a piece of writing for school and want a little help? Join us every second Saturday of the month from October - June.

To register and to ask about transportation call:

Phone: (617) 459-4084
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DPC Needs your Help!!! 
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The DPC also uses the Causes program for recurring donations (as well as one time donations).  This is a great way to make a smaller monthly donation.
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Disability Policy Consortium
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Suite 301
Malden, MA 02148
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