Newsletter Date: October 29, 2018.
Issue # 8 Volume 1 THE VOTING ISSUE
What ? ? are ? ? YOU ? ? doing ? th November 6
Certified Candidates in Ballot Order for November 6, 2018 General Election* UNITED STATES SENATE Candidate Name Corey A. Stewart Timothy M. Kaine Matt J. Waters
Party R D L
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES District 1 Candidate Name Party Robert J. “Rob” Wittman R Vangie A. Williams D
District 8 Candidate Name Thomas S. Oh Donald S. Beyer, Jr.
Party R D
District 9 Candidate Name H. Morgan Griffith Anthony J. Flaccavento
Party R D
District 2 Candidate Name Scott W. Taylor Elaine G. Luria
Party R D
District 3 Candidate Name Robert C. “Bobby” Scott
District 10 Candidate Name Barbara J. Comstock Jennifer T. Wexton
Party R D
District 4 Candidate Name Ryan A. McAdams A. Donald McEachin Peter J. “Pete” Wells
Party R D L
District 11 Candidate Name Jeff A. Dove Jr. Gerald Edward Connolly Stevan M. Porter
Party R D L
District 5 Candidate Name Denver L. Riggleman, III Leslie C. Cockburn
Party R D
District 6 Candidate Name Ben L. Cline Jennifer Lynn Lewis
Party R D
District 7 Candidate Name Dave A. Brat Abigail A. Spanberger Joseph B. Walton
Party R D L
R – Republican D – Democratic L – Libertarian I – Independent * ‐ List Subject to Change
Toll Free: (800) 552-9745 TDD: (800) 260-3466 firstname.lastname@example.org
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VOTE SMART ON ELECTION DAY BEFORE YOU GO TO THE POLLS Educate and Motivate yourselves and the people you know to GET OUT & VOTE SMART on Tuesday November 6, 2018: In the following pages find the Issues Guide developed by the AAPD.
Included are details on Key Issues with significant and serious impact on people with disabilities and those who support them: Budget & Government Spending Civil & Human Rights Community Living Healthcare, Medicaid & Medicare Social Security Education Employment Housing Transportation
** Learn about and understand the important issues at stake in this election. ** ** Support your right to ensure that your life and the lives of the people you care about are governed with respect and empathy. ** See you ALL on November 6th.
REV UP 2018 Election Issues Guide reference: https://www.aapd.com/advocacy/voting/rev-up-issues-guide/ BUDGET AND GOVERNMENT SPENDING: Position of the Disability Community: The nationâ€™s budget priorities must include funding for programs that promote the independence and self-determination of people with disabilities. Federal and state revenue must be sufficient to fund the programs that people with disabilities rely on to be healthy participants in work, school, and their community. Candidates must: Support: safeguarding the ongoing federal funding for independent living programs and centers; protection and advocacy systems; special education and related services: Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Oppose: cuts to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, Medicare, State Councils on Developmental Disabilities and for Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and State Supported Employment Services Grants. CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS: Position of the Disability Community: Disability rights are civil and human rights, and vice versa. The disability community is diverse and intersects with many other identities and populations. Legislation and programs that strengthen or support any underserved community also benefits people with disabilities. We support the protection and advancement of civil and human rights for all. Candidates must: Support: adequate funding for the U.S. Department of Justice to safeguard the right to vote for people with disabilities; robust enforcement of the ADAâ€™s integration mandate and the Olmstead decision; passage of the Disability Integration Act; strong enforcement of the ADA and the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA); enforcement of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act; enforcement of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA); the DREAM Act; expanding the quota of vulnerable refugees with disabilities for resettlement in the US; efforts to ban the electric shock device used in the torture, inhumane treatment, and punishment of children and adults with disabilities. Oppose: the appointment of key administration and judicial nominees who do not have a track record of supporting the civil and human rights of all Americans with disabilities.
REV UP 2018 Election Issues Guide contd. COMMUNITY LIVING: Position of the Disability Community: Community living is a right of all people with disabilities, regardless of age or type of disability. Programs and services that help people live in the community, prevent them from being forced into institutions and nursing homes, and that help people move back to the community from institutional settings must be supported, funded, and expanded. Candidates must: Support: the provision of long-term services and supports (LTSS) in the community through the Disability Integration Act (DIA); the EMPOWER Care Act; the Home and Community Based Services Settings Rule; a living wage for Personal Care Attendants (PCA); protection of funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program; affordable and accessible housing for people with disabilities in mainstream buildings; inclusive Disaster Response and Management; the Disabled Access Credit Expansion Act. Oppose: federal and state cuts to Medicaid; the institutional bias in Medicaid; electronic visit verification; attempts by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to increase rent in federally subsidized housing and impose work requirements; funding cuts for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); work requirements for eligibility to federal programs, including housing subsidies, food stamps, and Medicaid. HEALTH CARE, MEDICAID AND MEDICARE: Position of the Disability Community: People with disabilities, and all Americans, need access to affordable health care coverage that covers comprehensive services. The Affordable Care Act should not be repealed and there should be no budgetary or service reductions to Medicaid, the Childrenâ€™s Health Insurance Program, or Medicare. Candidates must: Support: expanding Medicaid; the EMPOWER Care Act; the strong and transparent state implementation of the Medicaid home and community-based services setting rule (HCBS Settings Rule); living wage for Personal Care Attendants (PCA); COMPREHENSIVE Universal health care; the HEADs UP Act. Oppose: repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA); cuts to Medicaid; the institutional bias in Medicaid; work requirements, time limits, and other barriers to Medicaid eligibility; cuts to Medicare & CHIP; legalizing Doctor Assisted Suicide. SOCIAL SECURITY: Position of the Disability Community: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are essential programs and funding must be fully protected.
THE BUZZ REV UP 2018 Election Issues Guide contd.
SOCIAL SECURITY contd. Candidates must: Support: reducing the SSDI decision time. Oppose: cuts to SSDI and SSI; privatizing SSDI; reducing SSDI retroactive benefits. EDUCATION: Position of the Disability Community: All students have the right to a public education, including students with disabilities. This must be provided with the appropriate supports, including assistive technology, and students with disabilities must be offered the same opportunities to succeed and pursue higher education alongside their non-disabled peers. Candidates must: Support: implementation and oversight of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); improving high school and college graduation rates of students with disabilities; the U.S. Department of Education improving oversight of charter schools; ongoing enforcement of Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and Least Restrictive Environment (LRE); federal legislation to reduce the use of seclusion and restraints; the reauthorization of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA); ongoing federal and state funding of assistive technology; education models that are integrated and inclusive. Oppose: the seclusion and restraint of students with disabilities; the school-to-prison pipeline for students with disabilities. EMPLOYMENT: Position of the Disability Community: People with disabilities want to work, and their ability to get and keep jobs must be protected through enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Employment programs and supports must be expanded to ensure opportunities for people with disabilities to work in competitive and integrated work environments. Candidates Must: Support: greater enforcement of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; continuation and use of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit; eliminating work disincentives and the Social Security income limit; adequate funding for transition planning for young people with disabilities; a National Paid Family Medical Leave Plan that promotes the health and economic well-being of people with disabilities and their families; the Transition to Independence Act of 2018; the employment of veterans with significant disabilities; implementation of the ABLE Act and bills to expand ABLE. Oppose: cuts to Medicaid; efforts to weaken or make cuts to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA); allowing companies to pay people with disabilities subminimum wages; work requirements for eligibility to federal programs, including housing subsidies, food stamps, and Medicaid.
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THE BUZZ REV UP 2018 Election Issues Guide contd.
HOUSING: Position of the disability community: The lack of affordable and accessible housing leaves people with disabilities vulnerable to homelessness, institutionalization, and incarceration. Currently, the need for affordable, accessible, and integrated housing for people with disabilities far outstrips the supply. Rental subsidies play a key role in making such housing more available, including state and local subsidies as well as federal subsidies such as those provided through the Section 811 supportive housing program and the Section 8 voucher program. Funding must be directed to increase housing opportunities for people with disabilities in community settings. Candidates must: Support: affordable and accessible housing for people with disabilities in mainstream buildings; improving accessibility in publicly funded housing units; enforcement of the Fair Housing Amendments Act to combat discrimination against people with disabilities; enforcement by HUD of the integration mandate and Olmstead; the Eleanor Smith Inclusive Home Design Act of 2018; language in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) mission statement calling for “inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination.” ; increased accessibility and inclusion of students with disabilities in the nation’s colleges and universities; accountability for protecting the rights of students with disabilities with implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Oppose: attempts to increase rent in federally subsidized housing and impose work requirements for benefits; cuts to housing vouchers. TRANSPORTATION: Position of the Disability Community: Accessible transportation is vital to the inclusion of people with disabilities in work, school, and community life. People with disabilities have the right to access mass transportation facilities and services. Rural communities especially need resources to improve accessible transportation opportunities. Candidates must: Support: continued development and enforcement of accessible transportation as called for by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); the Air Carrier Access Amendments Act; inclusion of disability-related provisions in a long-term FAA Reauthorization; universal design for autonomous vehicles (AV); Amtrak becoming fully accessible; holding transportation network companies accountable to the Americans with Disabilities Act; safeguarding funding for transit (including paratransit) and Section 5310, Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and People with Disabilities, programs Oppose: cuts to the transportation benefit under Medicaid.
ACCESSIBLE VOTER INFORMATION: from https://www.elections.virginia.gov/voter-outreach/accessible-voting.html Accessible Voting Options A person with cognitive disabilities can be eligible to register and vote if not adjudicated mentally incapacitated by a court of law If age or disability make it difficult for you to come to your polling place on Election Day you have other options: Vote absentee by mail: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/absentee-voting/ index.html Vote absentee in person: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/absentee-voting/ index.html#inperson Use Curbside Voting If you have a continuing disability, you may apply annually to receive absentee ballots for all elections that year using the Annual Absentee Ballot Application: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/Files/ Forms/VoterForms/ABApplicationAnnual.pdf Accessible Polling Places There is at least one voting machine accessible to voters with disabilities at each polling place. Voters with a disability should be able to vote in the same private and independent manner as a voter without a disability. Virginia polling places, including in-person absentee voting locations, meet state and federal accessibility standards. You can find: Accessible parking spaces Curb cuts where needed Signs showing an accessible entrance and route in building Accessible voting booth with chair Seating available for voters waiting to vote Sufficient space for voters in wheelchairs Notepads available to communicate in writing Magnifier for election material and the ballot Other Assistance: If you required ASSISTANCE IN READING OR COMPLETING FORMS, an election official or your own helper may provide help. If you are 65 or older, or have a physical disability, you may vote on Election Day without leaving your vehicle. This is called CURBSIDE VOTING. To use curbside voting, bring a helper with you to enter the polling place to ask an election officer for curbside assistance. Ask an election officer for assistance you may need at any stage of the voting process. You may ask an elections officer to explain your rights to you but KNOW YOUR RIGHTS BEFORE YOU GO TO THE POLLING PLACE.
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For More Information: Contact your local voter registration office: https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation/PublicContactLookup Contact the Virginia Department of Elections at 800-552-9745 or email@example.com TTY Phone Access for Hearing Impaired: Contact Virginia Relay Service at 711 and ask them to call the Virginia Department of Elections at 800-552-9745 or your local voter registration office: https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation/PublicContactLookup Special Needs Voting in the Commonwealth of Virginia https://www.elections.virginia.gov/ registration/voters-with-special-needs/index.html Election Day FAQs https://www.elections.virginia.gov/registration/election-day-faq/index.html Register to Vote in the Commonwealth of Virginia https://www.elections.virginia.gov/citizenportal/index.html
If your rights to accessible voting/registration have been violated: Submit your complaint here: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/voter-complaints/ index.html Contact your local voter registration office or electoral board: https:// vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation/PublicContactLookup Contact the Accessibility Coordinator at the Department of Elections: Terry Wagoner Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone (804) 864-8937 or (800) 552-9745 or TYY 711
ELECTION DAY 2018 CHEAT SHEET by Grace Faezelle
Register to vote or update your registration information Make sure you have proper identification Know your accessible voting options Know your polling location Know when your polls open and close Make sure you have the support you need Know your voting rights so you’re prepared at the polls Get to know your candidates and the issues on the ballot!
!!GET OUT THERE & VOTE!!
VIEW SAMPLE BALLOTS AT:
www.Norfolk.gov/elections www.Vbgov.com/voter cityofchesapeake.net/government/city-departments/departments/Voter-Registrar/election-info/ sample-ballot.htm
THE BUZZ INDEPENDENCE—IT’S CLOSER THAN YOU THINK by James Burney
ON THE JOB: Hello, I am James Burney. I want to share how I got to work at Chanello’s Pizza. I had a job coach through Hired Hands & Associates and he took me on some Job assessments. I went to a place where they packed cakes around Christmas time. Then the next place was Lake Wright hotel, but neither of those places worked for me. The next place he took me to was Chanello’s pizza on Chesapeake Blvd. The manager wanted to see if I could fold pizza boxes. She was impressed by my skills and offered me the job on the spot as the new Box Engineer! After working there a few years, the pool hall next door caught on fire and spread to Chanello’s. They had to close down to remodel the store, but during that time we all worked at the Ocean View store until the Five Points store was ready to reopen. And I have been working with Chanello’s for almost 20 years and I enjoy every minute of it! I love what I do! AT HOME: Are you satisfied with how you live? Do you prefer to live alone or with people? You know at times people talk about wanting to have their own apartment knowing they would have their own privacy & their own space so they won’t feel like their space is being invaded. I know for myself, when I lived in a home with a bunch of other people there just wasn’t any privacy for me. Now I am living in my own apartment. I am living like I want to live! Listening to music, enjoying my T.V. shows, and going out visiting friends and family and having a good time! This is the lifestyle I want to continue to keep living! That’s what keeps me going strong! Now I’m asking you…How do you prefer to live? Think about it and tell your family and the people who provide your supports. Figure out together what you all can do to make it happen. If anyone has any stories to share or any questions about what it’s like to live in your own place, email me at Jamesburney20@yahoo.com.
RESTAURANT REVIEW by Kevin Latham Wanna B’s KARAOKE CLUB & RESTAURANT Have you ever wanted to be a star? Have you ever wanted to hear applause after singing a Billy Ray Cyrus song in the shower? Well, put your clothes on and head down to Wanna B’s Karaoke Bar in Virginia Beach. With 15,000 options from show tunes to rap to, my favorite, country, there’s a song for everyone. Slots are on a first-come-first-serve basis and you can only request one song at a time, but on the average night, I can sing two songs in an hour, not counting the “bonus song”. The Bonus Song is my favorite part of karaoke. Every hour on the hour, the DJ draws a random name from a hat to sing the next song in the rotation. I’ve been picked twice in the past two months! My two bonus songs were “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver and “Better Things to Do” by Terri Clark, which I wore props while singing. Wanna B’s has a variety of props you can wear --boas, hats, etc. But even if you’re too shy to use props or sing, it’s still a great environment to come and watch a show. Plus, the food and drinks are delicious! They have typical bar food like burgers and fries, but also salads, chicken, and wraps. Just order a chicken parm wrap, pair it with a bottled root beer, and tell Silver that Kevin sent you! You’re sure to have a great time!
COLD WEATHER HEALTH TIP by Dorothy Clark Eat dark green vegetables at least twice a week, especially during the fall and winter months. Dark green vegetables are a good source of fiber and believe it or not they are a good source of iron & calcium, as well as vitamins A, C, and K according to the USDA. Steamed or raw vegetables are the healthiest so make them tastier by adding a bit of your favorite dressing.
ENTERTAINMENT REVIEWS by Stephen Curtis
interviewed by Jaime Benjamin
“Coolin’ Out” This live music was seen at Ocean View Pavilion in Norfolk, VA. The live music there is free admission and that is always great! The parking can be tricky - there is a parking lot right next to the pavilion but it fills up fast! That side area has several handicap parking spots as well. There is also parking across the street in the shopping center. There are crossing guards that help people cross the street safely. The event is outside and accessible to all people, there are sidewalks for people that utilize wheelchairs and grass for people to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. The music played was oldies, the crowd was dancing and singing along. Along with music there is also food and alcohol venders. They allow visitors to bring outside food as well. Jurassic World The movie, Jurassic World, is about a group of dinosaurs that have left a safe island and are coming to the new world. The movie was very exciting and suspenseful at times. This film shows dinosaurs eating people so it may not be best for people sensitive to that. While the movie was suspenseful it also had funny moments. Some of the dinosaurs were funny and Owen was very funny. The main characters in this movie were great and the acting skills of Chris Pratt (Owen Grady) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) were my favorite. Owen was my main favorite because he was the one saving both the people and dinosaurs and he was funny at times too. If this movie was in real life I would want to have a dinosaur as a pet. Some dinosaurs can think and feel like people do. I would recommend this movie because the beginning scene was great! Jurassic World was rated 10 out of 10 - no slow or boring moments. There was lots of excitement and action! After Jurassic World ended I think they will make another movie to show what happens afterwards. I would I once did a theatrical performance on puns— it was a Play On Words. L. Shapiro
SELF-DIRECTED LIVES by Ivy Kennedy What is Supported Decision-Making? Do you use supported decision-making when making choices in your life? People use this every day, and supported decision-making is only the label that's been slapped on it. If you ask an opinion on where do people like to get their hair cut, that is an example of supported decision-making. You can ask somebody face to face; you can look up hair cut locations that are rated on google; you can ask for an opinion on your Facebook profile. All these are examples are ways supported decision-making is practiced. This is an important tool to live your life the way you want to live. If you have access to Youtube, there are many great videos about supported decisionmaking. I invite you to watch them! When you are able to gather many opinions about what your choice is, you’re better equipped to make a choice that's best for you. Supported decisionmaking is key to protecting your right to choose. You have the right to choose on every aspect in your life. Having people in your life who you trust is important when you consider who to go to for an opinion before making a choice. Supported decision-making can empower you and enrich your life! Watch some examples of Supported Decision Making in Action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaIcnUNMTHI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0jd-J9Lozs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGJe5KyflxM
OUT AND ABOUT WITH BERNARD TERRY HOLIDAY AT MYRTLE BEACH: Bernard had a great time at Myrtle Beach South Carolina for his birthday. He ate at places like The Original Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood Restaurant while there. He also enjoyed the beach a few times and went to two different malls—one was the Coast Grand Mall and the other was Tanger Outlet. Bernard only window shopped, but had great Chinese food at one of the malls. EVERYDAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Bernard enjoys walking around the Ghent community. He walks to McArthur Mall and sometimes the Premium Outlet mall just to look see new and exciting things there. Bernard also hangs out a nearby park in his neighborhood enjoying the people and the outdoor fun.
ADVOCATES AT THE ARC 2018 ARC 2018 TAKE-AWAY by Grace Faezelle I attended the Arc Convention this year. I was able to meet and speak to other individuals who have a heart for advocacy, particularly about employment. I learned about what steps to take to gain employment during one of the many informative breakout sessions. They talked about the process of getting a job while having to depend on disability waivers such as the I.D Waiver and the D.D Waiver, just to name a few. I was introduced to a program called DARS that help individuals get a job by using resources like help building a resume and finding competitive fields of employment that are also manageable for those with disabilities. I also learned that the process can take time because there is a waiting list for waivers and it can take time to gather all the resources to get a job. So getting a job is not so simple and fast, it takes time and you have to be willing to wait and to work. I canâ€™t wait to return next year!
ADVOCATES AT THE ARC 2018
REPRESENTING AT THE ARC 2018