October 3, 2016
Disability Policy Consortium Weekly Update


Don't look now but it's October already.

This week we have three upcoming DPC events for you in the Update.  It is one busy autumn season around here.

We have an interesting news story for you on a study released by the Ruderman Family Foundation.  If you think that alot of the victims of police violence seem to be people with disabilities, as well as being people of color, you are correct.

In the calendar section, we have news of what seems like a fun event at the Museum of Science.
It's never too late to buy a ticket to our Annual Event.Have a good week, and a s always, happy  reading.

John Winske
Disability Policy Consortium
DPC News: Annual Reception and Award Ceremony

We are getting close to our Annual Reception on October 13th.  The event will be at the Non-Profit Center at 89 South Street in Boston from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M.

As a reminder  tickets are now on sale here  as well as directions to the venue. 

This week we are pleased to announce two long time supporters have returned to sponsor the event.   1199SEIU Healthcare Workers East and EMS Division of Boston Police Patrolmen's Association have joined at the Power Broker and Deal Makers level respectively. We are also very pleased to announce a new sponsor, PLAN of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The DPC is fortunate to have so many organizations investing in our future. 

If you have any questions about our event please contact Liz Hardy at lhardy@dpcma.org or 617 680-2599.

See you on the 13th.
DPC News: Tickets Now On Sale for DIS

Tickets are now on sale for the Disability and Intersectionality Summit (DIS) on November 5th.  The summit will be the first in New England to explore this timely subject.  It will be a great opportunity to explore the future of our struggles for inclusion, acceptance and social justice.

Next week we will announce our line-up of speakers.

DPC News: Save the Date - Meet with Uber

As you know from following this newsletter, the DPC along with Disability Law Center and the Boston Center for Independent Living are working with Uber to improve access to transportation for our community. On Thursday, October 27th from 6-8 P.M. we will be holding a community meeting.  We will have more details in our newsletter next week, but wanted to give you a heads up so you can save the date. 
Net News: Half of People Killed by Police Have a Disability

NBC News had a story about a new report from the Ruderman Family Foundation.  The report was written by historian, David Perry, and disability expert, Lawrence Carter-Long.  The study found that almost half of the people who died at the hands of police between 2013 and 2015 were people with disabilities.  
The authors propose that "people with psychiatric disabilities" are presumed to be dangerous.

Net News: Young Friends Help Develop Computer Games 

I thought this was an interesting integration story.  It's from ABC in Australia.  It's about students who get to know a classmate who cannot speak by developing computer games that he can use.  While the story may strike some as less than empowering, I believe it demonstrates the powerful role that integration in the classroom can play in breaking barriers.  You can check out the story here.
Calendar: Fire Emergency Evacuation for People with Disabilities

When:   Friday, October 14, 2016
Where:  Cambridge Public Library, Lecture Hall,
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138

The ADA has been in effect for more than 26 years, but emergency evacuation plans for people with physical disabilities have changed little. Join us for a discussion on current strategies for evacuation of individuals with disabilities in fire emergencies and new concepts that can be implemented.

Opening Remarks

Brian Gover, Deputy Fire Chief, City of Cambridge
Christine Griffin, Disability Law Center
Michael Muehe, Cambridge Commission For Persons With Disabilities


Donald P. Bliss, Vice President Of Field Operations,
National Fire Protection Association
J. William Degnan, New Hampshire State Fire Marshall/Director
Wayne D. Moore, Fire/Life Safety Columnist & Freelance Writer

10:00 am - 10:15 am
Opening Remarks

10:15 am - 12:00 pm
Addressing Barriers Associated With Fire Life Safety Notification
J. William Degnan & Wayne D. Moore

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Light Lunch Provided

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Evacuation Strategies
Donald P. Bliss

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Open Discussion

Please Note: Out of consideration for people with environmental illness and/or multiple chemical sensitivity, please refrain from using perfume or other scented products.

CART will be provided

RSVP and request accommodations by October 7, 2016

Fill out form at 

or contact Amanda at agasparonis@dlc-ma.org or 617-723-8455 x 123.
Calendar: Museum of Science Community Partners Day

When:  Saturday, October 15, 2016, 10:00 A.M - 5:00 P.M.

Where:  Museum of Science, One Science Park, Boston, MA  02114

Join us for a Community Partners Day on Saturday, October 15th at the Museum of Science. The Museum will be celebrating our 10th annual Archaeology Fair! Enjoy activities and presentations throughout the Museum. Meet archaeologists from all over New England in the Blue Wing, Lower Level. A discussion on our Gordon Current Science & Technology stage will allow the audience to ask questions about techniques, sites, and experiences. Guests can watch the Diablo Glass School practice an art that dates back to the 1st century BC on the front plaza of the museum.
  • Registered guests will receive up to 4 free adult and/or children exhibit hall entrances per reservation.
  • Guests can view the exhibits until 5:00pm, when the Museum closes.
  • Registered guests will receive a hand stamp for Exhibit Hall entrance at the Community Relations registration table in the Museum lobby on October 15th between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM.
  • Tickets to other venues in the museum are available at the Museum Box Office. No additional discounts apply.
  • Email: Lisa Monaci (lmonaci@mos.org) to register for attendance. Please include your name, your zip code and the number of adults and children attending. Please tell us the name of the organization that referred you to this event!
  • Registration ends on October 11th.
ASL interpreters will be available. Please indicate if you need an interpreter on your email registration.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Monaci ( lmonaci@mos.org, 617-589-0315) or Maria Cabrera ( mcabrera@mos.org, 617-589-0418).
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.

WORLD OF CAREERS:  Exploring Career Options and Creating Your Career Map
Friday, October 7, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston

Students in high school and college, adults with disabilities who are entering or re-entering the work force, are invited to participate in this career exploration workshop:  Meet and talk with individuals who work in the private and public sector.

Lunch provided

Free admissions to the Museum of Science Exhibit Halls from 2:00-5:00 PM after the workshop.
Please let us know if you need any accommodation by September 30, 2016.

To register for World of Careers please contact Lisa Monaci lmonaci@mos.org or 617 589-0418. Please let her know your name, school or agency, if you are a student, coach, and parent, adult. Your zip code, telephone # or email.

For more information or any questions you may have, contact:  president@ourspaceourplace.org or mcabrera@mos.org

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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