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Give Comments on State Plan for Independent Living

February 15, 2013 in Advocacy & Access, Community News

Comments Requested for Statewide Independent Living Council State Plan for Independent Living

The Statewide Independent Living Council, which identifies and coordinates statewide policy development and program planning to meet the independent living needs of Virginians with disabilities, requests your input on the proposed State Plan for Independent Living. For comments to be considered for the 2014 – 2016 State Plan development, they must be received by March 1, 2013.  However, public input is welcomed at any time.

The Statewide Independent Living Council recommends and oversees funding priorities and policies related to the growth, expansion, and maintenance of the statewide network of centers for independent living. The center for independent living serving Northern Virginia is ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia.

Every three years, the Statewide Independent Living Council conducts a survey in partnership with the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services and the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired.  Community input in past years has resulted a new center for independent living in Manassas and a satellite in Loudoun,  as well as enhancements in accessible, affordable housing, transportation, and personal assistance services as statewide systems advocacy priorities.

Complete the survey online or you can send written comments to Rhonda Jeter, SILC Administrator, 8004 Franklin Farms Drive, Henrico, VA 23229. If you require an alternate format of the proposed plan or the public comment form, contact Rhonda Jeter at 804-325–1360, TTY 800 464-9950 or Rhonda.Jeter@dars.virginia.gov.

Thanks to Fairfax County Disability Services

 


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NAD Sues BB&T Bank for Denying Relay Calls

July 1, 2011 in Advocacy & Access

 Thursday, 6/30/2011 

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), Vargas & Stein, LLP and Raymond Marshall of Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall filed a lawsuit against BB&T Bank in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on behalf of the Virginia Association of the Deaf, Inc. (VAD) and a deaf Virginia resident, Melanie Williams. The lawsuit alleges that BB&T’s policy of refusing relay calls is a violation of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The lawsuit asks the court to order BB&T to adopt a policy where all incoming relay calls from people who are deaf or hard of hearing must be accepted in same extent that they accept telephone calls from hearing customers.

The VAD has a number of members who are customers of BB&T. Along with Ms. Williams, they are unable to access BB&T’s customer service via telephone because BB&T customer service representatives refuse to accept relay services.

 

More at: http://www.nad.org/news/2011/6/nad-sues-bbt-bank-denying-relay-calls