December 5 2016
Disability Policy Consortium Weekly Update


The weather forecast is mentioning that white stuff known as snow will be falling from the sky.  Yuck is all I have to stay.

In the update this week, we have news stories you may have missed and a busy calendar section.  

Hope your holiday plans are going well.   Until next week enjoy and as always happy reading.

John Winske
Disability Policy Consortium
Local News: Six Health Care Networks to Test MassHealth ACO System

According to the Boston Globe, six health care networks have been selected to participate in a pilot of MassHealth's new Accountable Care Organization model.  This will be an important test.  MassHealth would like most MassHealth members to be enrolled in an ACO in the future.  You can read more here.
Advocacy News: Why Blind Americans are Worried About Trump's Tech Policy

Several weeks ago, the New Yorker Magazine had an article about the potential impact of President-elect Donald J. Trump's technology policies.  The article quoted representatives of the American Council of the Blind. You can read the article here.
Advocacy News: Education Secretary Calls for End of Corporal Punishment

According to the DisabilityScoop, U.S. Education Secretary John B. King has called for an end to corporal punishment in schools.  Citing the disproportionate use of the punishment on children with disabilities, he  called for the 22 states that still allow it to end the practice. You you can read more here.
Calendar: Film "Bottom Dollars"

The Disability Law Center and Disability Reframed:  A Community Film Series present:   Bottom Dollars

When:  Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 11 AM - 3 PM

449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA

Registration: 11 - 11:30am
Lunch: 11:30am - 12:30pm
Film Screening: 12:30 - 1:30pm
Panel Discussion: 1:30 - 3pm

Free Admission. Advance RSVP Required

Bottom Dollars is an hour-long documentary that exposes the exploitation of people with disabilities through personal stories and expert interviews. It also presents clear employment alternatives with competitive wages and community inclusion. Do we want all people to have a shot at a job for fair pay in their own communities, or do we want some people to be separated, exploited and robbed of their chance to seize the American dream for themselves? 

Panel discussion following the screening, with film Director Jordan Melograna, Sara Frost (featured in film) and DLC Director of Advocacy, Rick Glassman.

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

Disability Reframed: A Community Film Series is a collaboration of the Boston Mayor's Commission for Persons with Disabilities and the Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities. Hosted by the Cambridge Public Library.

ASL Interpreters and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) have been requested.

Register & Request Accommodations by November 29, 2016

Fill out the registration form below, or contact Amanda if you have any questions.

To register go to: or 617-723-8455 x 123
Calendar: ILCNSCA Holiday Open House  

When;  Friday, December 9, 2016, 1:30PM - 4:00 PM

Where: 27 Congress Street, Suite 107, Salem, MA

Please RSVP at 978-741-0077 or check out for more information.   All are welcome to drop by, have a cup of coffee or cocoa, and enjoy a snack with staff  of ILCNSCA at this time of year ending and New Year beginning.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year f rom ILCNSCA!

Please request communications accommodations at least two weeks in advance. ILCNSCA is scent-free to accommodate persons with chemical sensitivities. Please refrain from wearing scents such as perfumes or scented clothing.

At public events photographs and/or video may be taken for ILCNSCA publication. We will respect all requests to not be photographed, please inform us at time of RSVP or arrival.
Calendar:  MOS Community Partner Day with ASL 

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

Where:  Museum of Science, One Science Park, Boston

You are invited to a Community Partners Day on Saturday, December 10th. The Museum asks that you join us in celebrating Computer Science Education Weekend. Interact with robots; build and test circuits; learn programming basics! We hold this annual event in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper.

* Registered guests will receive a hand stamp for Exhibit Hall entrance at the Community Relations registration table in the main Museum lobby on December 10th between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.

* Registered guests will receive up to 4 free adult and/or children exhibit hall entrances per reservation. Guests can view the exhibits until the Museum closes at 5:00 pm.

* Email: Lisa Monaci ( 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!

* Tickets to other venues in the Museum are available at the Museum Box Office. No additional discounts apply.

* Registration ends on December 8th.

American Sign Language interpreters will be available. Please indicate if you need an interpreter upon your email registration.
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