Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the ADA!

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!

Ideas for Activities
ADA National Network: Ideas for Celebrating the ADA
30 Things to Do to Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

June 27, 2020 – July 26, 2020
Disability Pride Virtual Pennsylvania 2020

Monday, July 6, 2020 11 AM Eastern
Endependence Center of Northern Virginia: ADA30: Trip Down Memory Lane

Wednesday, July 8, 4:00 – 5:00 PM Eastern
University of Maryland President’s Commission on Disability Issues: Celebrating 30 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act – A Conversation with Disability Rights Activist Judith Heumann

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 1:00 PM Eastern
United Spinal Association: 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act webinar

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!

Monday, July 27, 2020 5:00 PM
DC Public Library: Author Talk with Judith Heumann

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 1:30 – 3:00 PM Eastern
U.S. Access Board Virtual Meeting to Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Friday, July 31, 2020 4:00 – 5:30 PM Eastern Time
Certified Access Specialist Institute (CASI) & ADA Anniversary Webinar Celebration
Featuring John Wodatch, Ida Clair and Janis Kent

Saturday, October 3, 2020 Harrisburg, PA
Disability Pride Central PA

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, Washington DC
Bazelon Center: Annual Awards Event – Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Films – Webinars – TV Programs

Lives Worth Living
A film about the history of the disability rights movement originally broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens series.

Webinar: Reflections on the ADA: Past Present and Future
A 90 minute discussion featuring disability rights attorney, John Wodatch and former director of the Mid-Atlantic ADA
Center, Marian Vessels.

Crip Camp
An award winning documentary about a group of teenagers with disabilities and the beginning of the disability rights movement.

Drunk History: Judy Heumann Fights for People with Disabilities
A segment from the Comedy Central show Drunk History; a dramatization of the 1977 Section 504 sit in at the San Francisco federal building by disability rights activist Judy Heumann and other activists.

And more…

View a virtual exhibit like the Smithsonian’s EveryBody: An Artifact History of Disability in America

SHRM HR Magazine
The ADA at 30: Looking Back and Ahead

VGM & Associates, U.S. Rehab and NCART
Celebrating 30 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Features a video, “30 Years of the ADA Promise and the Importance of Complex Rehab Technology” with Tom Harkin.

The Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work Blog includes posts honoring the 30th anniversary of the ADA.

US Census Bureau Data for the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Originally broadcast on June 24, 2020.

National Business and Disability Council at the Viscardi Council: ADA30 Blog: How the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Impacted Our Employment Journeys

#ADA30 #ThanksToTheADA

Great Community Give

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’!

And giving couldn’t be any easier! Simply to go https://donate.greatcommunitygive.org/organizations/vail and click “Donate”. The website will be open from June 10 – 23, 2020.

Thank you! #PointClickGive

NAMI’s COVID-19 Information & Resource Guide

May is Mental Health Month!

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.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 600 state organizations and affiliates across the nation. https://nami.org/Support-Education/NAMI-HelpLine/COVID-19-Information-and-Resources

Access the NAMI COVID-19 Resource Guide here.

Important Information Regarding Medicaid Waiver Appendix K

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.

Letter to EORs regarding Appendix K

How do I get my COVID-19 economic impact payment?

The latest guidance from the Social Security Administration, as of Friday, April 10, 2020. The important information is excerpted here:

The Treasury Department has launched a new web tool allowing quick registrations for Economic Impact Payments. Treasury, not Social Security, will make these payments. Please see guidance below.

People who receive Social Security retirement, survivors, or disability insurance benefits and who did not file a tax return for 2018 or 2019 and who have qualifying children under age 17:

Go to the IRS’s webpage to enter their information instead of waiting for their automatic $1,200 Economic Impact Payment. By taking proactive steps to enter information on the IRS website about you and your qualifying children, you will also receive the $500 per dependent child payment in addition to your $1,200 individual payment. If Social Security beneficiaries in this group do not provide information to the IRS soon, you will have to wait to receive $500 per qualifying child.

SSI recipients, especially those who have qualifying children under age 17:

To receive the full amount of the Economic Impact Payments you and your family are eligible for, go to the IRS’s Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info page and provide information about yourself and your qualifying children.

New beneficiaries since January 1, 2020, of either Social Security or SSI benefits, who did not file a tax return for 2018 or 2019:

Go to the IRS’s Non-Filers website to enter their information.

Get the full press release here.