Brookline Commission on Disability
LeWana Clark is working with DLC (Disability Law Center) to learn about the experiences of people living in Massachusetts who are dDeafDB (deaf, Deaf, Deaf-Blind). Have you or someone you know had problems getting access to a sign language interpreter or CART services from doctor's offices, hospitals, courts, police departments, or other service providers? Have you been denied other accommodations?
If you or someone you know would like to talk to me about being denied an accommodation, please join me in a scheduled ZOOM meeting:
ZOOM Meeting ID: 824 975 2710
· Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 9am
· Friday, April 9, 2021 at 11am
· Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 2pm
· Monday, April 19, 2021 at 3pm
Or you can contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Adaptive Sports Survey:
This survey is designed for people with disabilities, as well as their caretakers, family members, and friends in the greater Boston area. The survey has been developed in partnership with Boston Self Help Center, the Boston Brakers, and Northeastern University’s School of Journalism. These groups aim to expand opportunities for people with disabilities who are interested in learning about or playing adaptive sports and recreation.
How do you feel about adaptive sports and recreation? Boston Self Help Center, organizers of the Boston Brakers power wheelchair soccer team, has collaborated with Northeastern University to ask people with disabilities, their families, and their caretakers about their thoughts! This short survey will help adaptive sports and recreation organizations better serve people with disabilities.
Participants will be entered to win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards!
Visit http://bit.ly/BSHCsurvey now to share your opinions.
(This message is copied from Apr 6 Disability Policy Consortium Newsletter)
How to Guide a Person With Vision Loss
The Town of Brookline, Massachusetts has just released a new instructional video telling and showing via demonstration clips how to guide a person with vision loss in a variety of everyday situations. This video is free to all and may be used by any agencies, organizations, groups, or individuals who find it useful.
Many people would like to assist a person with vision loss when appropriate but hesitate because they do not know-how. People with vision loss often turn to strangers in various public places for assistance in getting to their desired location, whether it is to cross the street or to find an elevator in an office building or hospital. This new video offers standard instructional guiding techniques for people to understand the best approaches on how-to guide someone with vision loss.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, maintaining social distance when guiding a visually impaired person can be challenging. Modifications to the standard guiding techniques are recommended as we work together to mitigate the transmission of the virus. When guiding a visually impaired person, both the individual and the guide should be wearing masks and be facing in the same direction, so their breath is not directed towards one another. Using a glove can protect from skin-to-skin contact.
"Educating the public on how to guide people safely with vision loss makes everyone more comfortable. These suggested modifications necessitated by the pandemic are certainly timely, said Paul Saner, Co-Chair of Brookline's Economic Development Advisory Board, and former Commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind. "A sighted guide providing access while respecting social distancing furthers inclusion," he continued.
Additional ideas for safe guiding while social distancing can include placing a hand on the guide's back instead of the arm, putting a shopping cart between the individual and the guide with the guide in front, using an adequately sanitized extra cane, as a guiding pole with each person holding one end, and verbal guiding from behind the person with vision loss. The person with vision loss should also be using their usual mobility aid, such as a cane or guide dog, for added safety.
Produced by the Town’s Commission on Disability, along with Brookline Age-Friendly Cities TV and Brookline Interactive Group, the video is simple and offers repetition in the demonstrations to make learning and remembering easy.
Appearing in the demonstration video are Paul Saner, Brookline Town Meeting member, Co-Chair of Brookline's Economic Development Advisory Board, and former Commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, and Michael Allen, LCSW, Social Worker at the Brookline Senior Center. The video is narrated by Sassy Outwater-Wright, Executive Director, Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
- Saralynn Allaire, Chairperson
- James Miczek, Deputy Chairperson
- Henry Winkelman
- Robert Heist
- Ann Kamensky
- Joan Mahon
- Elaine Ober
- James Lee
- Nancy Moore
- Select Board Member Heather Hamilton
Do you have PCAs? Are you in need of PPE?
PPE is available for PCAs free of charge from SEIU. Go to www.bit.ly/1199masks and register to get masks if needed. First come, first served. Supplies are limited.
Check with your insurance provider (MassHealth or otherwise) regarding gloves or other PPE. Gloves are often covered by insurance. You can get a prescription through your doctor sent directly to your local pharmacy, and they will fill it. Some pharmacies have programs to deliver prescriptions if needed.
Town of Brookline Parking Map with Handicap Parking Spots
The mission of the Brookline Commission on Disability is to enhance the quality of life for all persons with any form of disability. We strive to learn about and rectify obstacles on Brookline’s streets and sidewalks, barriers in public and private buildings, or a lack of full compliance in programs, services, and activities which may impede full access and equal opportunity for all citizens. The Commission seeks to foster a town culture in which the needs of all persons with disabilities are understood and addressed.
Please send copies of AAB Variance applications to BCOD Chairperson: Saralynn Allaire 157 Bellingham Rd Chestnut Hill, MA 02467