July 3, 2017
Disability Policy Consortium Weekly Update


We at the DPC hope everyone has a safe and fun holiday this week.  We had a great movie premiere this past Thursday evening which drew some 70 people.  A big thank you to all who attended.

We have many of stories from around the Internet for you this week.  Most of them have a local angle and art is the theme of the week.  

We hope you enjoy them and your holiday. 

As always happy reading.

John Winske
Disability Policy Consortium
Great Movie, Great Time 

How often do you get to preview a movie, the day before it is released to the public?  Members of the DPC and friends got to do that on Thursday evening as more than 70 of us gathered at 89 South Street and shared a special viewing of The Wounds We Cannot See a new documentary by filmmaker Alexander Freeman. Freeman's company Outcast Productions 
http://www.outcastproductions.biz/ uses film to promote social justice and equality.

The DPC wishes to thank the Matthew V. Joslin Fund which co-sponsored our event.

Alexander and the subject of the film Nancy Ross were both on hand to answer audience questions and discuss the movie.  

We would like to thank Nancy for sharing her story with everyone.
Net News: For Millions, Life Without Medicaid Services is No Option

Finally a major news outlet had a story about the real hazard of repeal of the Affordable Care Act for people with disabilities.  The New York Times had a story outlining how Long Term Support Services are an optional service under Medicaid.  The cutting and capping of Medicaid funds will force states to eliminate these services in favor of mandatory services.  Note nursing homes are a mandatory service.  At this time, nationally, nursing home and institutional services consume 42 percent of funds, even though they serve only 6 percent of Medicaid recipients.

Net News: Coolidge Corner Theater Improves Accessibility

Coolidge Corner theater has implemented accessibility upgrades and has Capti-View┬«, assistive listening devices, and visual narration for the blind. Here is the announcement and part of an article that Ginny Mazur has written: "The not-for-profit Coolidge Corner Theater is one of Brookline's great treasures.... Coolidge Head Projectionist Nick Lazzaro contacted us a several months ago, to announce great news. The theater spent the winter completely revamping its assistive technology systems for Deaf, hard-of-hearing and vision-impaired audiences in all four movie houses, partnering with Boston Light & Sound to introduce state-of-the-art systems for communication access. 

For a movie-goer, like myself, with profound hearing loss, this is life-changing. For close to a decade, I've not been able to attend a first-run movie in a theater in English because there are no captions or subtitles. But now at the Coolidge captioning is available for most of the films that are screened. I attended La-La Land during its first week out. What a thrill to be back in the theater for a first run movie, following along without missing a beat, by reading captions through the new access system."

To read the full article, go to http://www.goddardhouse.org/Theater-Article.pdf
Net News: Fashion Accessibility

On Saturday, June 24th, Epicenter Community, ArtsEmerson and members of our community came together to host the first Fashion Accessibility Project.  You can read about it here on Medium.com.

You can also see the runway show here on this video which is captioned and part of it also has ASL interpreters as well.
Net News: MIT Assistive Technology Design Class Seeks Clients

Dear Friends of PPAT - 

We will be offering the MIT class on Principles and Practice of Assistive Technologies ( ppat.mit.edu) again this fall. This is a project-based course in which small teams of students work closely with a person with a disability to design a device, piece of equipment, app, or other solution that helps the client live more independently. Over the course of the term, each team meets with their client regularly, iterates through multiple prototypes, and learns about the challenges and realities of designing assistive technologies for people with disabilities.

We are looking for clients in the Boston/Cambridge area with good project ideas. We have just opened the call for clients for fall 2017. Please consider submitting your project ideas and/or forwarding the information below to any appropriate contacts you have.

Thanks again,

In an MIT class on Principles and Practices of Assistive Technology (PPAT/6.811/HST.420/2.78), clients with disabilities join teams engineering students to create customized assistive technology solutions. We are looking for clients with specific project ideas for our class this upcoming fall.

We hope to find sixteen adventurous individuals who face daily life challenges related to their disability. 
Potential clients must:
  • Have one or more specific project ideas in mind;
  • Be based in Cambridge, MA or nearby;
  • Be easily accessible via phone or email;
  • Be available to meet in-person with students for approximately one hour every week from mid-September through early December;
  • Be open to new experiences and willing to give active feedback to the students.
Previous client projects have included:

If you are interested in participating as a client, please complete the brief application at https://goo.gl/forms/1ua4UG6ptcZihicE3.


Applications will be considered on rolling basis until August 7. Due to the number of applications received, we regret that we can only respond to individuals with project ideas that pass an initial screening. If your project idea advances to that stage, we will be in touch to answer your questions and confirm mutual interest.

Best regards,


Julie Greenberg, PhD
Director of Education and Senior Lecturer

Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology
Institute for Medical Engineering and Science
MIT Room E25-518 617-258-6086
Calendar:  Governor Charles D. Baker's Council Aging in Massachusetts - Community Listening Sessions

July 25, 2017, 9:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
Barnstable Senior Center

August 2, 2017, 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Elder Services of Berkshire County

Governor Charles D. Baker's Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts will hold listening sessions to hear ideas about how to make the Commonwealth the most livable state for people of all ages. Join us to make an impact on your community!

Specifically, we would like to hear about:
  • What factors make your community a great place to grow older?
  • How can we support families that include one or more older adults?
  • How can we promote more human connectedness (reduce loneliness, isolation) in communities?
  •  What are the top two issues or concerns that create barriers to people
  • being able to age well in their communities?
  • How can we accelerate innovation to support and connect older adults?
  • How can we change public perceptions about aging?
 If you are unable to attend please share your ideas by sending an email
to agingconversation@state.ma.us.

Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request.  Please
contact William Travascio at 617-222-7579 or at William.Travascio@MassMail.State.MA.US.
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