Enhancing the Effectiveness of Disability Activism by Organizing and Empowering

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1 Enhancing the effectiveness of disability activism by organizing and empowering individuals, families, groups, and organizations! Empowerment! Opportunity! Justice! October 2009 Calendar of Events To include events in next month’s calendar please contact us: Jayne Kleinman, 203-631-4800 or JayneKleinman@ct-dac.org Stan Kosloski, 860-614-8351 or StanKosloski@ct-dac.org Website: http://www.ct-dac.org/contactus.htm October Events October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. For m
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   1  Enhancing the effectiveness of disability activism by organizing and empoweringindividuals, families, groups, and organizations!  Empowerment! Opportunity! Justice! October 2009 Calendar of Events To include events in next month’s calendar please contact us:Jayne Kleinman, 203-631-4800 or JayneKleinman@ct-dac.org  Stan Kosloski, 860-614-8351 or StanKosloski@ct-dac.org  Website: http://www.ct-dac.org/contactus.htm   October Events October is  National Disability Employment Awareness Month . For more informationgo to www.dol.gov/odep/faqs/ndeam.htm .In 1988 Congress designated each October as NationalDisability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This effort to educate theAmerican public about issues related to disability and employment actually began in1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each yearNational Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.The Learning Disabilities Association of Connecticut is offering a series of seminars  designed to provide parents and supportive professionals the training they need to befully knowledgeable and engaged at IEP meetings and as parent advisors. Seminars areheld Thursdays from 9:30 am – noon from October through December 17 th at the LDAoffice on the fifth floor of 999 Asylum Avenue in Hartford. For details call the LDAoffice at 860-560-1711 or e-mail ldact@ldact.orgThe Connecticut Association of Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities is alsooffering a series of workshops for parents and supportive professionals seeking toimprove or develop their advocacy skills. The workshops will take place on Tuesdays  from October 6 – December 8 in Conference Room 8C, First Floor, 25 Van Zant Street inEast Norwalk. For details call CACLD at 203-838-5010 or e-mail them atcacld@optonline.net. Wednesday, October 7, 8:15 am – 5:00 pm, “A New Day for Housing”, the annualconference of the CT Housing Coalition – at the CT Convention Center in Hartford. Allmajor candidates for Governor have been invited – three sets of workshop sessions willbe held during the course of the day – cost is $95 for members, $110 for non-members -For more information call 860-563-2943 x20.   2 Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Interactive Round-Table Discussion ,Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Ave., Norwalk - Attorney Nora Ann Belanger will present astreamlined, parent-friendly discussion of “Fact or Fiction” issues regarding parentalrights and misconceptions regarding special education. Attorney Belanger will alsoanswer general audience questions. The round-table discussion is co-sponsored byNorwalkSEEKS and Connecticut Association for Children and Adults with LearningDisabilities (CACLD). It is free and open to the public. For more information orquestions contact info@norwalkseeks.org , or call 203-846-2501. Wednesday, October 7, 6:30 - 9:00 pm, “No Kidding, Me Too!” A community eventfor adults & teenagers with mental illness/brain disease - featuring Joe Pantoliano - atWilton High School, 395 Danbury Road, Wilton. Joe Pantoliano, award winningactor/producer, (The Matrix, Empire of the Sun, Risky Business) and NY Times bestselling author, makes his documentary directorial debut with “No Kidding, Me Too!” aspart of his fight against the stigma and shame of mental/ brain disease. There is noadmission fee. For more information call Wilton Youth Services at 203-834-6241. Thursday, October 8, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, “KTP Annual Legislative AdvocacyTrainings: Essentials of Legislative Advocacy,” Legislative Office Building, 300Capitol Avenue in Hartford. A box lunch will be provided. There is a $10 fee to helpcover the cost of a book and lunch. Scholarships and pre-approved travel/family carestipends are available. Call Cheri or Maura with any questions at 860-882-0236 or 1-800-215-3021 or e-mail keepthepromise@namict.org . (See also Dec. 3 and 10.) Thursday, October 8, 6:00 pm, Community Forum on Direct Care WorkforceShortage - Rose Senior Center Library, 8 Mahan Drive in Norwich. For moreinformation contact Senior Resources at 860-887-3561 or 860-886-4736, or e-mail seniorinfo@seniorresourcesec.org . The forums (there are three more, on October 15 inWillimantic, October 21 in Waterford, and November 11in Norwich) are a follow up tothe recent white paper, “When No One Cares”. Each will feature a panel of local expertsfielding audience questions involving the direct care workforce challenges of recruitment,retention, and reimbursement. Saturday, October 10, 2:00 pm, “The Master Builder” (an Audio Describedperformance, with a preshow description beginning at 1:45 pm) - presented by YaleRepertory Theatre, performed at the University Theatre, 222 York Street, between Chapeland Elm in New Haven. Wednesday, October 14, 10:30 am– 12:00 pm, Northwest Connecticut DisabilityAdvocacy Collaborative Meeting, in the LARC Conference Room, 314 Main Street inTorrington. Do you have a disability, or are the friend or relative of someone who isdisabled and want to get involved in disability advocacy? If so attend the next meeting of the Northwest Connecticut Disability Advocacy Collaborative. If you would like moreinformation about this meeting contact Bill Knight at 860-489-6494. You can also e-mailyour questions to lackerman01@snet.net . If you are planning on attend please RSVP to Bill nolater than Monday, October 12.   3 Thursday, October 15, 9:00 am - 12 pm, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Symposium,  Legislative Office Building – Room 2 B, Hartford. For information or to register for thesymposium, contact Ryan Lynch at the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, rlynch@tstc.org  or call 860-796-6988. The Keynote Speaker for the event is Mr. Joseph Calabrese, theChief Executive Officer of the Greater Cleveland Transit Authority. Mr. Calabrese willpresent an overview of Cleveland’s HealthLine System, discuss its implementation andhow it spurred development and transit oriented development, and focus on the overallflexibility of bus rapid transit to suburban development pattern Thursday, October 15, 6:00 pm, Community Forum on Direct Care WorkforceShortage -The forums (there are two more, on October 21 in Waterford and onNovember 11in Norwich) are a follow up to the recent white paper “When No OneCares”. Each will feature a panel of local experts fielding audience questions involvingthe direct care workforce challenges of recruitment, retention, and reimbursement. Thisforum will be held at the ACCESS Agency, 1315 Main Street in Willimantic. For moreinformation contact Senior Resources at 860-887-3561, 860-886-4736, or e-mail seniorinfo@seniorresourcesec.org . Friday, October 16, 11:30 am, “StandUP for 25 Years”, at the State Capitol inHartford. The Mental Health Association of Connecticut and the Community HealthCenter Association of Connecticut are sponsoring this event to draw awareness to a littleknown but tragic health problem; in 2006, a landmark study revealed that people withmental illness have a 25 year shorter life span than the general public. The goal of theevent is to educate lawmakers, providers, consumers and the public about this issue andto call them to action. At the event, participants will hear several presentations and willbe asked to sign an open letter to our lawmakers asking them to make future decisionswith the 25 year statistic in mind. To register, or for more information, call 860-529-1970. October 19, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Community & Natural Supports for Brain InjurySurvivors, Connecticut Valley Hospital, Page Hall (1st floor), hosted by theMiddletown Support Group of the Brain Injury Association of Connecticut (BIAC). Thepresenter will be Carrie Kramer, M.A., CRC, Director of Brain Injury Services at BIAC,who will discuss Community & Natural Supports for Brain Injury Survivors. Herpresentation will address redefining one's self after a brain injury, as well as thecommunity resources that exist to help individuals live and participate more actively intheir communities. To RSVP call BIAC at 860-721-8111. Tuesday, October 20, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, 28th Annual Connecticut LobbyingConference – at The Lyceum, 227 Lawrence Street in Hartford. If you want to be alobbyist, a better lobbyist, improve your advocacy skills, work at the Capitol or in stategovernment, learn more about how our state government operates, or simply network with legislative leaders and influential lobbyists, you should attend this conference. Toview the program, see the attachment or to register online, go to: www.bettygallo.com . Adiscount rate to groups sending 5 or more participants is available. For furtherinformation, contact Kate Robinson at: kate@bettygallo.com , or call 860-247-4322.   4  Tuesday, October 20, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, “Hearing Loss Open House” – at theDisability Resource Center of Fairfield County (DRCFC), 80 Ferry Blvd., Suite 210 inStratford. There is no charge to attend. Vendors include the DRCFC, New EnglandAssistive Technology (NEAT) Marketplace, the Hearing Loss Association of America/SW CT Chapter, CapTel, Precision Hearing, and the Commission on the Deaf and Hearing Impaired. Please RSVP, as seating is limited - call Fran or Stephanie at 203-378-6977, 203-378-3248 (TDD) or e-mail neat@drcfc.org , Wednesday, October 21, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, 3rd Annual Disability AdvocacySeminar at the Norwalk Inn and Conference Center, 99 East Avenue, Norwalk - Cost:$15 (includes lunch) – the seminar is presented by the Southwest Advocacy Network, anaffiliate of the Disability Advocacy Collaborative . There will be presentations by CarolKana, Leader of the SW Advocacy Network; Scott MacDonald, Veterans OutreachCoordinator for Congressman Jim Himes Office; and Stan Kosloski, Project Director forCT Disability Advocacy Collaborative. Topics include: Self-Advocacy, Legislative andVeterans Issues, and the ADA Amendments Act. To register, send a check to Carol Kana,42 Wescott St., Riverside, CT. 06878, made out to Connecticut Disability AdvocacyCollaborative. For further info contact Carol at 203-637-4304, or email pkana@snet.net .Payment must be received by October 12. Please advise if an accommodation is needed,or an alternate format is required for written materials. Wednesday, October 21, Disability Mentoring Day - one of many activitiescommemorating Disability Employment Awareness month sponsored by the CT BusinessLeadership Network (BLN). People with disabilities throughout Connecticut will have anopportunity to job shadow at a local business. The BLN will be coordinating an effort tomatch people with disabilities with participating companies. Who should participate?People with disabilities of working age - including college students, high school seniors,and jobseekers of all ages - are welcomed. Although the event includes companies fromWallingford, Trumbull, Stamford, Wilton, Windsor and New London, there is aconcentration of employer participants in the Hartford area. Those who would like toparticipate should contact Melissa Marshall at melissa.marshall@snet.net or 860-561-1232. Wednesday October 21, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Deaf Focus Group, at the DisabilitiesNetwork of Eastern Connecticut (DNEC), 238 West Town Street, Norwich. Come learnmore about better ways to interact using SVRS and the other services available withSorenson. James Tourangeau, Outreach Manager-New England States will present. TheFocus Group is open to individuals who are deaf, ASL students, and interpreters. Formore information contact Linda Fafard at 860-823-1898 ext 12(V), via Videophone 860-237-3445 (VP), by e-mail at Lfafard@dnec.org or text 860-639-0897(T). Wednesday, October 21, 6:00 pm, a Community Forum on Direct Care WorkforceShortage - at the Waterford Community Center, 24 Rope Ferry Rd, Waterford. Theforums (there is one more, on November 11in Norwich) are a follow up to the recentwhite paper “When No One Cares”. Each will feature a panel of local experts fieldingaudience questions involving the direct care workforce challenges of recruitment,
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