Thursday, July 02, 2015

Advocacy Success Story - Preventing Homelessness


I am a consumer of the Center for Independent Living of South Florida. I needed help finding housing, after my apartment burned. I have a disability, and use a service dog. After the fire, my apartment was condemned, and I sought help in finding a place to live. I turned to the County's Commission on Disability Issues (CODI), and to several disability organizations for help, but they were unable to help me. I sought help from attorney after attorney, without success. I even sought help from homeless shelters, but was told that they would not accept my service dog.
I am glad to say that I received help from Citrus Health, who made arrangements to pay for an apartment, if I could find one. However, I spent months looking for one, without success, while residing in my condemned apartment.
Finally, I turned to the Center for Independent Living of South Florida. Marc Dubin, their Director of Advocacy, listened to me, and immediately took steps to help me.
He contacted Citrus Health to confirm their commitment to provide funding, called the homeless shelters to confirm that they would not admit me to the shelter if I wanted to bring my service dog, and contacted the Homeless Trust to address the problem.
The Homeless Trust, which funds the homeless shelters, was extremely responsive to the concerns, and immediately took steps to address the problem. They were wonderful, and found me housing, to prevent me from becoming homeless. They also agreed to address the need for training shelters about their obligation to admit service dogs. I cannot thank them enough.
I am now in my new home, looking forward to rebuilding my life. I have a future and hope again because of the help I received, and I will be forever grateful to the Center for Independent Living of South Florida,, Citrus Health, and the Homeless Trust.
Berlinda Faye Dixon



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EPISCOPAL CHURCH OKS GAY MARRIAGE


EPISCOPAL CHURCH OKS GAY MARRIAGE
The Episcopal Church voted Wednesday to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, a decade after the church’s first openly gay bishop was elected. Episcopalians voted 129-26 in favor of gay marriage at the Episcopal General Convention in Salt Lake City. “We learned to not only care for, but care about one another,” the Rev. Brian Baker told the Associated Press. “That mutual care was present in the conversations we had. Some people disagreed, some people disagreed deeply, but we prayed and we listened and we came up with compromises that we believe make room and leave no one behind.”




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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Obama Making Millions More Americans Eligible for Overtime

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/30/business/obama-plan-would-make-more-americans-eligible-for-overtime.html?_r=0

"...The rule would raise the salary threshold below which workers automatically qualify for time-and-a-half overtime wages to $50,440 a year from $23,660, according to an op-ed article by the president in The Huffington Post...."

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Disability Advocacy Council Meeting To Be Held Thursday, August 6th

CILSF Disability Advocacy Council Meeting Scheduled for Thursday, August 6th, 2015 10 am-12 noon
The CILSF's Disability Advocacy Council will be meeting on Thursday, August 6th. Join us for an opportunity to discuss your concerns, learn about the ADA, and meet with other disability advocates. The meeting will be held at the CIL offices, located at 6660 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. Free parking in back. The bus stops in front of the building. 
The Disability Advocacy Council is a project of the Advocacy Program of the Center for Independent Living of South Florida. We provide free training in the ADA, to individuals with disabilities, businesses, and state and local governments. 
We address a wide range of issues, and work to create positive relationships among the disability community, businesses, and state and local governments.
Do you have questions about your rights under the ADA? Are you a business owner interested in learning how you can be disability-friendly? Do you want to know when a sign language interpreter is required, and when it is not? Are you interested in learning about service dogs? Do you want to learn about what a business is required to do under the ADA? Do you want information about shelters and services to evacuees with disabilities? Do you have questions about Medicaid Managed Care?
Do you have problems you want to bring to our attention? Do you have questions? Join us.
The meeting will be moderated by Marc Dubin, Esq., Director of Advocacy at the CIL. Marc is an expert in the ADA, having served as a Senior Trial Attorney at the Justice Department, in the Disability Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division. In that capacity, he provided education about the ADA nationwide, and enforced the ADA nationwide, on behalf of the United States.
If you need an ADA accommodation to participate, please contact Mary Fountain, at 305-751-8025, or at Mary@soflacil.org, no later than July 23rd.
Hope to see you there.



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Friday, June 26, 2015

Why People with Disabilities Should Support the Right of Gays andLesbians to Marry

http://www.freedomtomarry.org/page/-/files/pdfs/dubin-june2008.pdf

I posted this to Freedom to Marry several years ago. Their Director, Evan Wolfson, is a close friend with whom I worked while we both served as Assistant District Attorneys in the Brooklyn District Attorney's office in the 1980's. Today's Supreme Court decision is wonderful, and Evan deserves much of the credit for bringing it about. For more information about Evan's work, please visit the following links:




Today's decision was a great step forward for America. Celebrate.
Marc

Why People with Disabilities Should Support the Right of Gays and Lesbians to Marry By Marc Dubin, Esq.1
People with disabilities and their allies should unequivocally support the right of gays and lesbians to marry. Laws that prohibit these marriages are discriminatory, have unjust legal consequences, treat gays and lesbians as inferior to others, and deny gays and lesbians equal protection of the law. People with disabilities, and their allies, should speak out against discrimination against gays and lesbians, and should acknowledge that such discrimination is un- American, and needs to be challenged and changed.
The civil rights movement of people with disabilities has a long history, as does the civil rights movement of gays and lesbians, and people with disabilities should recognize many of the parallels to the effects of discrimination experienced by gays and lesbians as a result of laws prohibiting marriage: ....
Continued at  http://www.freedomtomarry.org/page/-/files/pdfs/dubin-june2008.pdf


Monday, June 08, 2015

NPR - Topical Currents - "Health Care, the ADA, and People with Disabilities"

Monday, June 8, 2015 - NPR - Topical Currents
A discussion of health care, the ADA, and people with disabilities, with host Joseph Cooper.

06/08/15 - Tune in for Monday’s Topical Currents when we examine how physicians adapt and enhance treatment for special needs patients. The Americans with Disabilities Act has been in effect for 25 years, yet a new survey finds some 20% of doctors remain inaccessible to those with special needs. It can be a major challenge for parents, as well as patients who need treatment and understanding. That’s Topical Currents . . . Monday at 1pm.

http://wlrn.org/post/examining-how-physicians-adapt-and-enhance-treatment-special-needs-patients

http://m.wlrn.org/post/examining-how-physicians-adapt-and-enhance-treatment-special-needs-patients

Note:
I am the first caller.

Marc

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