The Virginia Association of Centers for Independent Living is pleased to present a virtual conference to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act and to also celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the passing of the Virginians with Disabilities Act. Throughout the day, you will hear personal testimonies as well as advocacy efforts and needs that remain despite these two monumental laws being 30 and 35 years old. The day will end with a celebration of how far we have come in creating independence for individuals with disabilities and moreover, the work that is yet to be done.
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8:45 AM: Sign On to make sure that sound works etc. and you are ready as we will begin sharply at 9:00 AM.
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Greetings from Leaders within the Commonwealth – Gayl Brunk, VACIL President – Governor of Virginia, Ralph S. Northam – invited – Dr. Underwood, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer – Invited – Commissioner Hayfield, Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services – John Chappell, former Deputy Commissioner for Community Services at the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and current President of the Disability Policy Consortium
9:40 AM – 11:00 AM: Personal ADA Stories Presenters: – William hess: Clinch Independent Living Serivces – Althea Pittman: Eastern Shore Center for Independent Living – Kelly Hickock: Resources for Independent Living – Dennis Horton: Junction Center for Independent Living – Ralph Shelman: Insight Enterprises/Peninsula Center for Independent Living – Nichole Davis: Endependence Center
11:00 AM – 12:25 PM: Break for lunch
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: ADA Issues and Barriers to Be Resolved Presenter: John Wodatch: Civil Rights Attorney
1:45 PM – 2:45 PM: HOT TOPICS: Your Independence in the Community Presenters: – Marilyn Golden: Senior Policy Analyst, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF) – Transportation Network Companies – Lex Frieden: American Educator – Social Media – Marcie Roth: Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, World Institute on Disability – Emergency Implementation
The safer-at-home status hasn’t stopped the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center from making plans for celebrations and activities for the 30th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The anniversary date is July 26, but the celebrations go on all month and into the fall! The ADA Center has provided a list of some of the events scheduled as well as other resources and information on this special anniversary. Thanks to the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center for creating this list!
Friday, July 17, 2020 1:00 – 2:00 PM Eastern Talking About Talking About the ADA: Mid-Atlantic ADA Center trainers will review the law and discuss the dos and don’ts when talking about the Americans with Disabilities Act. Part of Disability Pride Virtual PA.
Monday, July 20, 2020 2:00 – 3:00 PM and 6:00 – 7:00 PM Eastern ADA Palooza: An interactive game show, presented by the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center as part of Disability Pride Virtual PA
Thursday, July 23, 2020, 7:00 – 8:30 PM Eastern ADA30: Lead On – A Celebration of Disability Arts, Culture, Education and Pride – SAVE THE DATE, INFO SOON!
We here at VAIL love what we do and we think the people we serve deserve the very best. Our dedicated staff strives to provide the services that every individual and family we serve needs to navigate the complex system of disability services. As a non-profit organization, we rely on funds from many different sources to enable us to do what we do. Donations from generous organizations and individuals are so important to our mission of promoting self-direction among people with disabilities and removing barriers to independence in the community.
We hope you’ll join us on June 24, 2020, for the Great Community Give hosted by the Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham, a single-day online fundraising celebration, when you can donate to VAIL and all your favorite local non-profits!
VAIL will have a POWER HOUR during the event – from 11 AM to noon on the 24th – when we can earn extra if we have the most donations during that one hour! We’re grateful for any and all donations, no matter when they’re given, but we encourage you to make yours during the POWER HOUR to get the most ‘bang for your buck’!
NAMI released the NAMI COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide to answer frequently asked questions regarding the intersection between Coronavirus, or COVID-19, and people affected by mental illness, their caregivers and loved ones. The guide features FAQs on a variety of topics from managing anxiety and social isolation to accessing health care and medications.
We recognize that people affected by mental illness face additional challenges dealing with COVID-19. Now, more than ever, it’s important to remember that there is no health without mental health. During these difficult times, we encourage you to take care of yourselves and check in on loved ones. You are not alone, and we will get through this together. —Daniel H. Gillison, Jr.
You may have heard that Appendix K for Virginia’s Medicaid waivers has been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) . What does this mean?
Appendix K outlines new flexibilities that will be allowed during the state of emergency due to COVID-19. For individuals using consumer-directed services, these flexibilities include the ability for spouses, parents of minor children, and guardians of minor children to TEMPORARILY be paid attendants. This does come with some challenges and we encourage you to read the letter below for more information.
As always, we encourage you to stay in touch with your service facilitator about what this means for you in your specific situation.