Virginia Beach Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities

Virginia Beach Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities Raise awareness of city government and the Virginia Beach community at-large of the needs of persons with disabilities. On behalf of all people with disabilities, and in an advisory capacity to the Mayor, our mission is to raise the awareness of the Mayor, City Council, City Administration and the community at-large of the needs of persons with disabilities.
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We assist in formulating solutions to meet those needs, and provide advice on issues involving compliance with state and national legislation addressing their needs.

Mission: On behalf of all people with disabilities, and in an advisory capacity to the Mayor, our mission is to raise the awareness of the Mayor, City Council, City Administration and the community at-large of the needs of persons with disabilities. We assist in formulating solutions to meet those needs, and provide advice on issues involving compliance with state and national legislation addressing their needs. ​

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"Jelena Kolic, a staff attorney with Disability Rights Advocates, said other states provide special online voting option...
12/28/2020
Blind Voters Sue State of Indiana to Improve Voting Access

"Jelena Kolic, a staff attorney with Disability Rights Advocates, said other states provide special online voting options.

"They deserve to participate fully in our democracy, and to know that their vote is private and that it's being counted," she said. "And that didn't happen for some of the blind residents in Indiana this year."

INDIANAPOLIS -- A group of blind voters is suing to force the state of Indiana to make absentee balloting more accessible. Blind voters now have only two options in Indiana: They can vote in person, using voting machines that read their choices aloud as they are made; or they can ask a pair of bipar...

Obtaining consent presents one of the toughest hurdles as officials mobilize to inoculate residents of these facilities,...
12/20/2020
Nursing homes face daunting task of getting consent before they give coronavirus vaccines

Obtaining consent presents one of the toughest hurdles as officials mobilize to inoculate residents of these facilities, many of whom have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Facilities must track down relatives or attorneys in those cases, which could take days or weeks. In some instances, they may need to resolve disputes when family members disagree on whether their loved ones should receive a vaccine.

Even residents of sound mind may be anxious about a new vaccine and need time to weigh risks and benefits and consult with relatives.

Critics say the Trump administration should have simplified the process and started it earlier to avoid delays that may cost lives.

12/18/2020
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A one page handout of COVID 19 information, mostly in images, with guidance for care providers. PROVIDED BY THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT FOR THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING.https://www.vddhh.org/downloads/COVID-19%20Visual%20Communication%20Tool%20VDDHH_July%202020%20GRAYSCALED.pdf

12/17/2020
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The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities is now accepting public comments on its 2022-2026 Draft State Plan Goals and Objectives. These guidelines will direct all of the Board's activities and work over the next five years and your comments and perspective are an important part of our success. Here's the PDF:

Last day to make a nomination!  Find a simple online form at https://vbforms.seamlessdocs.com/f/disable_nominate
12/15/2020
The Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities :: VBgov.com - City of Virginia Beach

Last day to make a nomination! Find a simple online form at https://vbforms.seamlessdocs.com/f/disable_nominate

 Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities Page Content​​​​​​​​On behalf of all people with disabilities, and in an advisory capacity to the Mayor, our mission is to raise the awareness of the Mayor, City Council, City Administration and the community at-large of the needs of ...

The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities is now accepting applications for the next class of Partners in Policyma...
12/11/2020
Partners in Policymaking - Virginia Board for People with Disabilities

The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities is now accepting applications for the next class of Partners in Policymaking. Over the course of seven intense two-day sessions, you'll learn how to become an effective advocate for those around you and have an impact on the rights and lives of people with disabilities in your community!
Applications are due 3/19/2021
Classes start in September 2021
https://vaboard.org/policymaking.htm

Individuals participating in the Board's PIP sessions attend advocacy training, resource development, and skill building workshops led by state and national experts.

12/09/2020
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

The National Association of Guide Dog Users is inviting you to a special town hall meeting, which will be held this Thursday, December 10 at 8 PM Eastern time. The meeting will last for one hour and the meeting will be recorded. The purpose of this meeting is to answer your questions about the new ruling that the Department of Transportation has published regarding air travel with service animals.
The meeting connection information follows;
Topic: NAGDU TownHall Meeting
Time: Dec 10, 2020 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87528839249
Meeting ID: 875 2883 9249

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"The new rule now defines a service animal to be a dog that is “individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the...
12/03/2020
Airlines will no longer be required to transport emotional support animals

"The new rule now defines a service animal to be a dog that is “individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability” and limits the number of service animals a person can travel with to two. It also requires airlines to treat psychiatric service animals as they would other service animals."

The U.S. Department of Transportation issues new rules on service animals on airplanes.

Drive by Signing Santa, Saturday, December 12, 10 A M to noon, 7400 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk.  You must R S V P by Dec...
12/02/2020

Drive by Signing Santa, Saturday, December 12, 10 A M to noon, 7400 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk. You must R S V P by December 8 to [email protected] with the ages of each child.

The Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities seeks nominations from the community for its 2020 annual awards. The...
11/25/2020
The Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities :: VBgov.com - City of Virginia Beach

The Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities seeks nominations from the community for its 2020 annual awards. The awards recognize individuals, businesses and service organizations that have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to improving and enriching the lives of the citizens of Virginia Beach who have disabilities. The deadline for submitting nominations is Dec. 15, 2020. The award nomination form can be found and completed online on the Committee web page www.vbgov.com/disabilities.

 Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities Page Content​​​​​​​​On behalf of all people with disabilities, and in an advisory capacity to the Mayor, our mission is to raise the awareness of the Mayor, City Council, City Administration and the community at-large of the needs of ...

The Department of Veterans Affairs Website Accessibility Act of 2019 has passed both houses of Congress.  S.3587 directs...
11/23/2020
S.3587 - 116th Congress (2019-2020): Department of Veterans Affairs Website Accessibility Act of 2019

The Department of Veterans Affairs Website Accessibility Act of 2019 has passed both houses of Congress. S.3587 directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to report to Congress regarding the accessibility of VA websites (including attached files and web-based applications) to individuals with disabilities. The report shall identify websites, files, and applications that are not accessible to such individuals and include the VA's plan to make each of them accessible.https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/3587

Summary of S.3587 - 116th Congress (2019-2020): Department of Veterans Affairs Website Accessibility Act of 2019

They’ve incorporated Braille indicating the color of each garment into some of the designs they sell online at Twoblindb...
11/20/2020
Blind brothers donate profits of clothing brand to vision research

They’ve incorporated Braille indicating the color of each garment into some of the designs they sell online at Twoblindbrothers.com.

The goods were originally manufactured in Texas, mostly by visually impaired people. But as they’ve grown, most of the operation moved to Los Angeles.

That’s the question posed by two New York brothers who’ve lost much of their vision to a rare degenerative eye disorder and have dedicated their lives — and livelihoods — to raising money for a cure.

But the JLARC study, presented on Tuesday, found that Virginia’s funding policies don’t encourage public schools to deve...
11/19/2020
As Virginia routes more students with disabilities to private schools, costs are soaring - Virginia Mercury

But the JLARC study, presented on Tuesday, found that Virginia’s funding policies don’t encourage public schools to develop their own capacity to serve higher-need students. At the same time, the reported number of children with more severe disabilities has increased — leading to growing enrollment at private day schools and soaring state costs, which more than doubled between 2010 and 2019.

Virginia places more students with disabilities outside their local public schools than 37 other states — a trend that’s dramatically increased spending on specialized private schools over the past decade. The nonresidential programs — more commonly known as private day schools — have been a...

Our Voices Video Premier & Virtual Panel Discussion When: Thursday, December 3, 2020, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PMTopic: Legislativ...
11/18/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Legislative Self-Advocacy During the Pandemic: Connecting Our Voices and priorities of inclusion with legislators while staying safe and socially distant.. After registering, you will receive a...

Our Voices Video Premier & Virtual Panel Discussion

When: Thursday, December 3, 2020, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Topic: Legislative Self-Advocacy During the Pandemic: Connecting Our Voices and priorities of inclusion with legislators while staying safe and socially distant.

Moderated by Mr. Matthew Shapiro

LINK to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8HKNo97-QSyrvAJeU6RONg

A Video Premier and Panel Discussion: Our Voices, a Southeastern Virginia Self-Advocacy Group and members of the A Life Like Yours Self-Advocacy Alliance, will premier 2 videos funded through a grant from the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities. Following the premier, Our Voices members will...

Hathaway’s villainous character, known as the Grand Witch, has missing fingers. Many people with disabilities pointed ou...
11/15/2020
Warner Bros. apologizes after ‘The Witches’ backlash

Hathaway’s villainous character, known as the Grand Witch, has missing fingers. Many people with disabilities pointed out that she appears to have Ectrodactyly, a limb abnormality that’s commonly referred to as “split hand.” Advocates fear that portraying villains with physical defects can perpetuate stereotypes that disabilities are abnormal or scary.

Warner Bros. has apologized after being criticized by people with disabilities over the depiction of Anne Hathaway’s character in “The Witches.” In a statement, the studio said it “regretted any offense caused.”

If you voted absentee or by mail using an accessible electronic ballot delivery system or a traditional paper ballot, pl...
11/14/2020
National Federation of the Blind 2020 General Election Survey of Blind and Low-Vision Voters who Voted Absentee

If you voted absentee or by mail using an accessible electronic ballot delivery system or a traditional paper ballot, please complete the survey for blind and low-vision voters who voted absentee or by mail at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YJJL7GN

If you are a blind or low-vision voter who voted at an early voting center or at a polling place on Election Day, please complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NGFMPF2

Take this survey powered by surveymonkey.com. Create your own surveys for free.

11/12/2020

Please note: meeting date changed to Tuesday, Nov. 24, 3:45-5pm.

Friday, November 13, 2020, a panel will discuss the issues facing minority members of the Disability Community.  The sec...
11/08/2020
Panel Discussion 2 | VBPD Alumni

Friday, November 13, 2020, a panel will discuss the issues facing minority members of the Disability Community. The second one in a continuing series, it will feature four renowned experts on Diversity, Equity, Disability, and Special Education. This event is free and open to the public. The discussion will be on Zoom and streaming live to Facebook. https://www.vbpdalumni.net/panel2

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Panel and Question & Answer Session: A Discussion on Systemic Racism within the Disability Community 

Free 1 Hour Webinar Nov 25th at 10:30am - Sight Loss Needn't Mean Job Loss Please note: this is a UK focused webinar.Pla...
11/08/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Sight Loss Needn't Mean Job Loss - Free 1 Hour Webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Free 1 Hour Webinar Nov 25th at 10:30am - Sight Loss Needn't Mean Job Loss
Please note: this is a UK focused webinar.
Places are limited so please please register now at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIsd-GgrDgtGNy_OyHqyN6nntmMfx2AGi2t

Every 6 minutes, someone in the UK starts to lose their sight. Visual Impairment is indiscriminate and can happen to anyone at any stage in their life so some of your employees or colleagues could be struggling with sight loss without you knowing. They do their best to conceal the fact that they can...

The American Association of People with Disabilities is excited to share a conversation between Christine Liao and Keri ...
11/03/2020
Voting Priorities for Millennials and GenZ with Disabilities.

The American Association of People with Disabilities is excited to share a conversation between Christine Liao and Keri Gray about "Voting Priorities for Millennials and GenZ with Disabilities."

The American Association of People with Disabilities team members, Keri Gray and Christine Liao have a conversation about topics that are important to young ...

When I’m voting, I’m not voting just for myself – I’m voting for each and every member of the disabled community. I’m th...
10/30/2020
What Does Voting Mean to You? - AAPD

When I’m voting, I’m not voting just for myself – I’m voting for each and every member of the disabled community. I’m thinking about healthcare, about employment, about housing, about long-term care, about transportation, about income and salaries. It’s all of these issues and more that affect my day-to-day life, and the lives of so many others with disabilities, in a very specific way. Disability issues go beyond just access to healthcare (although, of course, that’s important too). It’s recognizing the specific needs that people with disabilities have – during a pandemic or not – and addressing them. So when I cast my vote…, I’m thinking about who will best protect and promote the rights of the disabled community. And when you make your list about the people in your life that you’re voting for, I hope that you think of me and the disability community too.”

~ Denise, as told to AAPD

What Does Voting Mean to You? Voting is a crucial tool for bringing about change, especially for people with disabilities. This October, we asked voters with disabilities in communities across the U.S. to tell us what voting means to them. Here’s what they said! “I was one of the first children ...

10/30/2020
Black Disability Freedom Dreams

Black Disability Freedom Dreams
Date: TODAY, October 30, 2020
Time: 5:30pm – 7pm EST
Virtual Event, RSVP Here: https://aapd1995.wufoo.com/forms/rh56ej010vjh8p/.
What does Freedom look like for Black Disabled people in 2020 and beyond? How are Black Disabled people actively dreaming up alternative visions of freedom, community and political power? What does it mean to center #BlackDisabilityFreedom and #BlackDisabilityDreams in our work? Let’s talk about it!

10/30/2020
Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia

Free Rides to the Polls
Available from Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia:

Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia and Coastal Ride are teaming up to ensure citizens of Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Virginia Beach 60 years and older have a chance to vote on Tuesday. November 3rd.To utilize this service, please call Senior Services at 757-963-9218 no later than noon on Friday, October 30th.

Individuals requesting a ride must provide a phone number, pickup address, registered voting location and a preferred pick-up time. Rides are available on a first-come, first-served basis so pick-up times are subject to change but will be confirmed prior to Election Day. Facebook.com/SSSEVA

Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia is the designated Area Agency on Aging for the South Hampton Roads and Western Tidewater regions of Virginia. Provides a wealth of programs and services for senior adults and their caregiver families.

"U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia G. Zachary Terwilliger announced the settlement with Richmond-based ...
10/29/2020
Group home provider reaches civil settlement with deaf resident

"U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia G. Zachary Terwilliger announced the settlement with Richmond-based Good Neighbor Homes Inc.

"The settlement resolves allegations that the company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to provide an interpreter for a deaf resident. The complaint alleged that interpreters were missing even during important meetings including discussions about investigation of an accident in which the woman was seriously injured.

"The complaint alleged that the resident’s sister was often forced to step in to provide communication assistance."

ALEXANDRIA — Federal litigators reached a civil settlement Tuesday with the largest operator of group homes in Virginia for people with developmental disabilities over allegations it failed to provide necessary sign language interpreters.

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Meetings are public, usually on the 3d Thursday, 3:45-5:00pm, at the Williams Farm Recreation Center.

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This is everything our city is not. Something to consider. Read this, then think of Town Center, and so many other public spaces in the city.
It was very nice meeting everyone at today’s MCPD meeting. I look forward to the next meeting. Here is a short, three minute video of what is coming to Hampton Roads.
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