Disability Policy Consortium Weekly Update
The Reel Abilities films and other movies have been filling up our calendar section over the past couple of weeks. It is a strong signal that we are taking more pride in our community and the accomplishments of our brothers and sisters.
Speaking of our community, many disability groups across the U.S. have come together to encourage our fellow citizens to vote in the elections this year. The effort is called REV Up! There is a strategy meeting in Boston on April 27th. If you are interested I encourage you to attend. Please register in advance.
We also have a couple of somber stories in our news section this week.
Disability Policy Consortium
Calendar: Reel Abilities Film Screening at Perkins
Monday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m.
Grousbeck Center for Students & Technology,
Perkins School for the Blind,
55 Beechwood Avenue
Watertown, MA 02472
"For Once in My Life"
A documentary film directed by Jim Bigham,
in English with open captions and audio description.
Free admission. Wheelchair accessible.
About the film: The Spirit of Goodwill Band is a unique group of 28 singers and musicians from Goodwill Industries of South Florida. They are on a journey to show the world the greatness - and the killer soundtrack - within each of them. The band members have a wide range of mental and physical disabilities, as well as musical abilities that extend into the realm of genius. Winner of the Audience Award at the SXSW Film Festival, "For Once in my Life" was chosen by PBS for the Independent Lens documentary series.
About the festival: The fifth annual ReelAbilities Film festival strives for inclusion of all people and is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with different abilities from a variety of communities. This year's line up of 15 films will screen in various locations throughout Massachusetts. ReelAbilities is co-presented with the Boston Jewish Film Festival.
For festival tickets, updates, and additional information: www.reelboston.org call 617.244.9899 or email
Calendar: Reel Abilities Film Screening at MOS
When: Wednesday. April 13, 2016, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Cahners Theater, Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114
In this fun and surprising documentary, four best friends drive across the country in search of adaptive sports for individuals who live with physical disabilities. Join us to discover that whether a person has been an amputee for 40 years, in a wheelchair for 40 minutes, or has no physical disability, sports really are the great equalizer. Featuring Eli A. Wolff, director of the Inclusive Sports Initiative at the institute for Human Centered Design, director of the Sport Development Project at Brown University, and member of the 1996 and 2004 U.S. Paralympic Soccer Teams, in conversation with Will Humphrey, Windy Films, producer of Endless Abilities.
Advance registration begins at 9:00 am, Wednesday, March 30 (Monday, March 28 for Museum members).
with any accommodation requests or inquiries. This venue is wheelchair accessible and the theater is equipped with an assistive listening system.
Calendar: Apply to Become a Delegate with a Disability
Make the 2016 Democratic State Convention one of our most inclusive, b
ecome a delegate to the convention
Deadline to apply is April 15, 2016
The application to be a Youth, person with a disability or a Minority add-on delegate are now available
The convention will be Saturday June 4, 2016 in Lowell at the Tsongas Center at UMASS Lowell
Calendar: REV UP!
Register! Educate! Vote!
When: Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Where: Suffolk University Law School, Sergeant Hall Function Room, 1st floor, 120 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02108
Join us for an Election Assistance Commission Public Meeting followed by a REV UP Strategy Meeting
2016 is a national election year. The goal of this meeting is the creation of a strategy on how to get people with disabilities registered to vote, educated on the candidates and issues, and to the polls on Election Day, November 8, 2016.
Register by April 20, 2016
Register Online, or contact Amanda if you have any questions.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-723-8455 x 123
: MOD Andover Regional Disability Commission Meeting
When: Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 11:00 A.M. - 1:45 P.M.
Where: Massachusetts School of Law, 500 Federal Street, Room 206, Andover, MA
The Massachusetts Office on Disability will be holding a regional meeting for members of local Commissions on Disability and interested people hosted by the Andover Commission on Disability.
It will be an opportunity to hear from David D'Arcangelo, Director, Massachusetts Office on Disability.
Discussion will include the impact of the budget on people with disabilities and an update on what MOD has been doing throughout the state as well as other initiatives that involve the COD's. There will also be time allowed for a general discussion among commission members to network with one another.
This will provide an opportunity to share what your commission has accomplished in the past year as well as time to discuss any roadblocks you may be encountering. Light refreshments will be provided.
We hope you all can join us. Anyone who is interested in this Regional Commission meeting should contact me by April 21, 2016 at the above number. Please advise me no later than April 21, 2016 if you need an accommodation.
Please be aware of the following:
1. This meeting is open to all COD's and their membership; however, physical mailings only went out to COD's around the Andover region.
3. Pre-Registration is required. Contact me if you are interested in attending this meeting by the dates listed above.
Jeffrey L. Dougan
Assistant Director for Community Services
Massachusetts Office on Disability
One Ashburton Place, Room 1305
Boston, MA 02108
Calendar: World Premiere Screening of "Healing Voices"
When: Friday, April 29, 2016, Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Where: The Cambridge Public Library, Lecture Hall, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
You are invited to be a part of the grass roots, non-theatrical release of HEALING VOICES, a social action documentary that asks the question: What are we talking about when we talk about 'mental illness'.
Doors open at 12:00 pm for a light lunch
Screening starts promptly at 1:00 pm
Following the movie there will be a discussion about the
role of peers with:
Robert Rousseau, M.Div., MA, CPS
Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator,
Senior WHAM Trainer,
CCAR Trained Recovery Coach TOT and
Director of Peer Recovery Services,
** This event is free and open to the public but space is limited. You must RSVP to attend this event **
Out of consideration for people with environmental illness and/or multiple chemical sensitivity, please refrain from using perfume or other scented products.
RSVP and request accommodations by April 22, 2016
CART will be provided
, or contact Amanda if you have any questions at
or 617-723-8455 x 123
Presented by The Disability Law Center, in collaboration with The Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities and Digital Eyes Film
Net News: Woman with DD Shot by Police
In a headline that is becoming far too common, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that a woman who was a resident of a state institution was shot and killed by police on a trip to a local Wal-Mart. You can
read the article here
Net News: Three Young Deaf Women Killed in Haiti for Using Sign Language
The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) of Boston published a story about the recent murder of three young Deaf women who were murdered in Haiti. The three young Women were on a trip to buy supplies for their business.
DRF reported that people with disabilities held a protest march in memory of the three women. You
can read it here
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