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Article: Blind Man Sues Domino’s Pizza Over Non-Handicap Accessible Website, The Supreme Court Might Hear The Case

Ardis
 

ACB Advocacy and Outreach Specialist Claire Stanley is quoted in this article.

 

Blind Man Sues Domino’s Pizza Over Non-Handicap Accessible Website, The Supreme Court Might Hear The Case

Article Link: https://dailycaller.com/2019/08/02/blind-man-sues-dominos-supreme-court/

Domino’s Pizza has petitioned the Supreme Court to hear their case against Guillermo Robles, a blind man who is suing the company because their website is not accessible to blind people.

Robles filed a lawsuit against Domino’s three years ago, after he wasn’t able to order food on the company’s website, according to CNBC. Robles says he tried using a screen reading software, but it was incompatible with Domino’s Pizza’s Website.

Robles claims businesses must accommodate people with disabilities not only in physical locations, but with websites and mobile apps as well, under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Domino’s argues there are not clear standards by the government on how websites and mobile apps should comply with ADA.

federal appeals court has already agreed with Robles, but Domino’s has petitioned for the Supreme Court to pick up the case. However, the Supreme Court will not decide if they will take up the case until the fall, after they get back from summer recess.

“If businesses are allowed to say, ‘We do not have to make our websites accessible to blind people,’ that would be shutting blind people out of the economy in the 21st century,” Christopher Danielsen, a representative for the National Federation of the Blind told CNBC.

“But Title III says nothing about the accessibility of websites or applications on smartphones, whether standing alone or in connection with restaurants, stores, or any other brick-and-mortar establishments that qualify as public accommodation,” Domino’s argues in their petition to the Supreme Court.

Domino’s said no company wants to discriminate against people with disabilities, but these lawsuits put companies in “an impossible situation.” “Unless this Court steps in now, defendants must retool their websites to comply with Title III without any guidance on what accessibility in the online environment means for individuals with the variety of disabilities covered by the ADA,” the petition says.

It allegedly could cost $3 million per website to meet the web-accessibility requirements.

“Although regulations for website accessibility have not been promulgated, the Department of Justice, on more than one occasion, has firmly stated that websites are covered under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” Claire Stanley, Advocacy and Outreach Specialist for American Council of the Blind, told The Daily Caller.

Stanley thinks Domino’s is in the wrong for saying ADA does not cover websites and mobile apps, “the circuit court made a unanimous decision that Domino’s and other businesses have had more than twenty years of notice that they need to make their websites accessible to all customers.”

Domino’s revamped its website and app years ago after their sales started to go down, and added the Domino’s Pizza Tracker feature. It helped the company surpass Pizza Hut for the first time as the leading pizza chain, The Verge reported.

However, Domino’s deciding not to make their website accessible to blind people only alienates a “large customer base,” according to Stanley.

“The Supreme Court should not grant cert. The case will only belabor an issue that is clearly in Mr. Robles’, an active member of ACB,  favor,” Stanley concluded.

This isn’t the first time a company has been sued for their website not being compatible for people with disabilities. The number of lawsuits over this has gone from 814 in 2017 to over 2,200 in 2018, according to UsableNet.

Chamber of Commerce, the Restaurant Law Center and the National Retail Federation have all filed amicus briefs to support Domino’s, CNBC reported.

“We do not comment on active litigation matters,” a Domino’s spokesperson told The Daily Caller.

 

 

Ardis Bazyn

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Advocacy Update Podcast: Walmart Adopts ScripTalk Accessible Perscriptions at All Stores!

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I thought you’d be interested

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From: Clark Rachfal via leadership [mailto:leadership@...]
Sent: Friday, July 26, 2019 12:12 PM
To: Kelly Gasque via leadership; announce@...; advocacy@...
Subject: [leadership] Advocacy Update Podcast: Walmart Adopts ScripTalk Accessible Perscriptions at All Stores!

 

 

Happy 29th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act! On this episode of the Advocacy Update Podcast, Clark Rachfal is joined by Amanda Tolson, En-Vision America, and JoAnn Stephens and Carrie Farber, Walmart, to discuss how Walmart is making the ScripTalk accessible prescription solution available at all Walmarts and Sam’s Clubs throughout the U.S. To get started with ScripTalk: call En-Vision America at: 1-800-890-1180, or speak with your local Walmart or Sam’s Club pharmacist today! If you have any feedback or questions about getting setup with ScripTalk, please let us know by emailing: advocacy@....

 

The podcast is available at - http://acbradio.org/acb-advocacy


Affiliate fundraising from Aira

Ardis
 

Please read below and let your friends and other members know about the offer for affiliates to get donations from AIRA.

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Buying gifts? discounted Large print 2019 daily calendar planners, thumb drives with or without books, and large multipocketed tote bags available online or by phone (818-238-9321

From: Kelly Gasque [mailto:kgasque@...]
Sent: Friday, June 28, 2019 1:03 PM
To: Kelly Gasque
Subject: Message to Affiliate Presidents from Aira

 

Reminder! Aira will donate $10 for every person who creates a free account and fills in the form on this page between June 14 and August 31, 2019. 100% of all donations will be passed directly to your chosen affiliate. For example, if all 30 of your members sign up, you could receive $300 to your affiliate group. What a great fundraising opportunity!

  • It costs you nothing to create a free account with Aira.
  • You get the opportunity to take advantage of the many benefits free Aira users receive
  • You’ll secure a $10 donation to your affiliate

 

We would also like to mention that Aira is available to make brief presentations during business meetings or technology discussions at the 2019 Conference and Convention. If you’re interested in having Aira partake in your business meeting or discussion, please email Paul@....  

See you in Rochester!

The Aira Team 

 


ACB 2019 conference and convention frogram attached

Ardis
 

Hello everyone,

Attached is the program in word.  It is in two volumes.

Janet Dickelman

 

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ACB convention information -- download the convention program

Ardis
 

Hello everyone,

You can now download the convention program by visiting

Acbconvention.org

Use your down arrow key to locate volume one and volume two of the program.

Once you have entered on a volume you can read it online or go to your links list to download each volume as a PDF, word or text document.

Ardis Bazyn

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Buying gifts? Large print 2019 daily calendar planners, thumb drives with or without books, and large multipocketed tote bags available online or by phone (818-238-9321)-


are you looking for a roommate for the 2019 ACB convention

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Do not reply to all. See message below.

Ardis Bazyn

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From: Janet Dickelman via leadership [mailto:leadership@...]
Sent: Monday, June 17, 2019 12:36 PM
To: acbconvention@...; acb-l@...; leadership@...
Subject: [leadership] are you looking for a roommate for the 2019 convention

 

Hello everyone,

 

I have a male and a female each looking for a roommate.  If you are interested please email me off list at

Janet.dickelman@...

Or call me (651) 428-5059.

 

 

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Re: ACB convention preview -- Financial Freedom: Sailing Away from Social Security

Ardis
 

It is in Rochester NY. Next year will be in Chicago and the following year in Phoenix. Thanks for asking.

Ardis Bazyn

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Buying gifts? Large print 2019 daily calendar planners, thumb drives with or without books, and large multipocketed tote bags available online or by phone (818-238-9321)- no mailing fees.

 

From: Tom Rash via rsva-l [mailto:rsva-l@...]
Sent: Wednesday, June 05, 2019 5:05 AM
To: 'Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America discussion list'
Cc: Tom Rash
Subject: Re: [rsva-l] ACB convention preview -- Financial Freedom: Sailing Away from Social Security

 

Where is the convention this year:

 

 

From: Ardis Bazyn via rsva-l <rsva-l@...>
Sent: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 10:33 AM
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Subject: [rsva-l] ACB convention preview -- Financial Freedom: Sailing Away from Social Security

 

See message below for a session at the upcoming ACB convention.

Ardis Bazyn

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From: Janet Dickelman via leadership [mailto:leadership@...]
Sent: Monday, June 03, 2019 5:26 AM
To: acb-l@...; acbconvention@...; leadership@...
Subject: [leadership] convention preview -- Financial Freedom: Sailing Away from Social Security

 

How do you handle your social Security benefits when you get a job? Join the employment committee on Wednesday, July 10 at 2:45 to learn how to navigate the choppy waters of work and benefits.

 

It's easier said than done! It's not as simple as finding a job and getting it. We all know the system makes it easier to depend on it than to break free from it.

A panel of experts will help you answer important questions, such as:

 

How do I go about saving money in a system that doesn't encourage me save and what are my rights as I navigate social security policies?

 

The cost of this workshop is only $6.00 pre-registration and $8.00 on-site; a small price to pay for your financial future!

 

 

 

Convention registration is now open!

 

Don’t miss out on the fun, make your hotel reservations today!

 

 

Room rates at the Hyatt and the Riverside are  $89.00 per night (single or double occupancy with an additional $10 per person for up to four people.) This room rate does not include tax which is currently  14.0%. For telephone reservations call the Riverside  (585) 546-6400

or the Hyatt at 800-233-1234. Make sure to mention you are with the American Council of the Blind 2019; rooms must be booked by June 7, 2019 to guarantee the convention rate.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions either via  phone (651) 428-5059 or email

janet.dickelman@...

 

 

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Re: ACB convention preview -- Financial Freedom: Sailing Away from Social Security

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Where is the convention this year:

 

 

From: Ardis Bazyn via rsva-l <rsva-l@...>
Sent: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 10:33 AM
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Cc: Ardis Bazyn <abazyn@...>
Subject: [rsva-l] ACB convention preview -- Financial Freedom: Sailing Away from Social Security

 

See message below for a session at the upcoming ACB convention.

Ardis Bazyn

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From: Janet Dickelman via leadership [mailto:leadership@...]
Sent: Monday, June 03, 2019 5:26 AM
To: acb-l@...; acbconvention@...; leadership@...
Subject: [leadership] convention preview -- Financial Freedom: Sailing Away from Social Security

 

How do you handle your social Security benefits when you get a job? Join the employment committee on Wednesday, July 10 at 2:45 to learn how to navigate the choppy waters of work and benefits.

 

It's easier said than done! It's not as simple as finding a job and getting it. We all know the system makes it easier to depend on it than to break free from it.

A panel of experts will help you answer important questions, such as:

 

How do I go about saving money in a system that doesn't encourage me save and what are my rights as I navigate social security policies?

 

The cost of this workshop is only $6.00 pre-registration and $8.00 on-site; a small price to pay for your financial future!

 

 

 

Convention registration is now open!

 

Don’t miss out on the fun, make your hotel reservations today!

 

 

Room rates at the Hyatt and the Riverside are  $89.00 per night (single or double occupancy with an additional $10 per person for up to four people.) This room rate does not include tax which is currently  14.0%. For telephone reservations call the Riverside  (585) 546-6400

or the Hyatt at 800-233-1234. Make sure to mention you are with the American Council of the Blind 2019; rooms must be booked by June 7, 2019 to guarantee the convention rate.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions either via  phone (651) 428-5059 or email

janet.dickelman@...

 

 

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ACB convention preview -- Financial Freedom: Sailing Away from Social Security

Ardis
 

See message below for a session at the upcoming ACB convention.

Ardis Bazyn

Make the Impossible Possible"

For  inspirational speaking, business coaching, or books: http://www.bazyncommunications.com

 

From: Janet Dickelman via leadership [mailto:leadership@...]
Sent: Monday, June 03, 2019 5:26 AM
To: acb-l@...; acbconvention@...; leadership@...
Subject: [leadership] convention preview -- Financial Freedom: Sailing Away from Social Security

 

How do you handle your social Security benefits when you get a job? Join the employment committee on Wednesday, July 10 at 2:45 to learn how to navigate the choppy waters of work and benefits.

 

It's easier said than done! It's not as simple as finding a job and getting it. We all know the system makes it easier to depend on it than to break free from it.

A panel of experts will help you answer important questions, such as:

 

How do I go about saving money in a system that doesn't encourage me save and what are my rights as I navigate social security policies?

 

The cost of this workshop is only $6.00 pre-registration and $8.00 on-site; a small price to pay for your financial future!

 

 

 

Convention registration is now open!

 

Don’t miss out on the fun, make your hotel reservations today!

 

 

Room rates at the Hyatt and the Riverside are  $89.00 per night (single or double occupancy with an additional $10 per person for up to four people.) This room rate does not include tax which is currently  14.0%. For telephone reservations call the Riverside  (585) 546-6400

or the Hyatt at 800-233-1234. Make sure to mention you are with the American Council of the Blind 2019; rooms must be booked by June 7, 2019 to guarantee the convention rate.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions either via  phone (651) 428-5059 or email

janet.dickelman@...

 

 

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Aira Announces Reduced Room Rates for ACB Members at the 2019 Convention

Ardis
 

Aira Looks Forward to Welcoming You to the 2019 American Council of the Blind Conference and Convention in Rochester!

 

As you know, the 2019 American Council of the Blind Conference and Convention will be held in Rochester, N.Y. from Friday, July 5th through Friday, July 12th. What you may not know is that this year’s reduced room rates come courtesy of Aira. ACB members attending Conference and Convention can enjoy a reduced hotel rate from $89 to $82 per night. This is applicable for ACB members only.  

 

Aira will also be providing free service during the event, meaning you can explore and experience everything the convention has to offer with Aira at no cost to you – from the moment you get to Rochester Airport, to entering your reduced rate hotel, to visiting exhibit booths and reading menus while at dinner with friends.

 

Aira and ACB look forward to meeting you at this year’s ACB Conference and Convention. Come say “hi” to the Aira Team at their booth and attend their interactive talks. You can find all the details about Aira convention happenings at aira.io/acb.

To become a member of the American Council of the Blind, visit: http://acb.org/user/register.

Ardis Bazyn

"Making the Impossible Possible

http://www.bazyncommunications.com

 

 


leadership] Article: Disability Representation Is Seriously Lacking In TV And Movies: Report

Ardis
 

Disability Representation Is Seriously Lacking In TV And Movies: Report

Article Link: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/disability-representation-movies-tv_n_5c9a7b85e4b07c88662cabe7?fbclid=IwAR2ZFrdZTArddnR0pbttBkgHbYnaqvmHpqgNm7TWs82dC-MqD0VyHmfO1Ek

People with disabilities are sorely lacking in representation both on screen and behind the camera, according to a new report funded by the Ford Foundation.

The “Road Map for Inclusion” report, released Wednesday, details how few disabled people are seen in movies and on TV and calls for proportional representation going forward. That means there should be 1 in 4 people “both in front of and behind the camera” with disabilities ― which would match the 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. who live with a disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“People need to see themselves. People with disabilities, like any other group ― when you don’t see yourself, you feel invisible,” said Judith Heumann, a Ford Foundation senior fellow and lead author of the report. Heumann, who had polio at a young age and uses a wheelchair, has been a disability rights activist for decades.

“The [entertainment] industry needs to say we have not been doing a good job, we need to do more,” she told HuffPost, adding that when discussing the need for diversity, industry leaders should ensure that people with disabilities are a part of that.

The new report pulls out several statistics showing the lack of disability representation in TV and cinema. For example, only 2.7 percent of characters in the 100 highest-earning movies of 2016 were depicted with a disability, per a 2017 report from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Among regular characters on primetime TV in the 2018-2019 season, only 2.1 percent had disabilities, per a report from queer rights group GLAAD.

Heumann noted that disability representation means including people with “visible disabilities” ― like those who are blind or deaf, have muscular dystrophy or amputations ― and also people with “invisible disabilities” ― like lupus, epilepsy, chronic pain conditions and more. 

The report dives into the stereotypes of disabled people that are often portrayed on screen and makes recommendations for how the TV and film industry can remedy the lack of representation.

“It’s important because there’s a lot of stigma involved with disability,” Heumann said. “We want media to be able to reflect the diversity of the disability community.”

The report notes that when characters do have disabilities, too often they are portrayed by actors who do not. Among disabled characters in the top 10 TV shows of March 2016, only 4.8 percent were played by actors who had that disability in real life, according to a Ruderman Family Foundation report. Among streaming shows that year, the figure was slightly higher at 12.6 percent of characters with disabilities played by actors with those disabilities.

In 2016, the hit film “Me Before You” received serious backlash for having a non-disabled actor play a character who was quadriplegic. What’s more, the movie, based on a best-selling novel by Jojo Moyes, centers on the disabled character seeking an assisted suicide ― sending the message that life with a disability is not worth living.

“We are not your inspiration or objects of pity! We are disabled & proud!” one Twitter user wrote of the film, using the hashtag #mebeforeeuthanasia.

The report points to “small changes” in disability representation that were encouraging, such as “Sesame Street” introducing a puppet named Julia with autism in 2017 and ”Breaking Bad″ having an actor with cerebral palsy play the main character’s son, who has cerebral palsy. (But Bryan Cranston, who starred in “Breaking Bad” and is not disabled, recently received backlash for playing a quadriplegic character in the movie “The Upside.”) 

Common, harmful tropes in movies and TV are also detailed in the report, such as villains with disabilities ― consider that the Joker in “The Dark Knight” and several bad guys in James Bond movies have facial disfigurements. Another common stereotype is the “innocent fool” ― think Raymond in “Rain Man” or Forrest Gump.

The report lays out some steps the entertainment industry should take to increase inclusion for disabled people beyond on-screen representation: Improve the “talent pipeline” to include more people with disabilities in development and production. Ensure accessibility at industry events, as well as to TV, films and online videos through closed-captioning and video descriptions.

“What this paper is intended to do is not only expose the problems but also … to be more demanding that there be more authentic representation of disabled people across media,” Heumann said. “It’s [about] allowing disabled people, who come from many different backgrounds, their stories, their voices to be heard.”

 

Ardis Bazyn

Make the Impossible Possible"

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Mitch Pomerantz update

Ardis
 

From Donna:

Hello to everyone!

Apologies that so much time has passed since my last email about Mitch's progress. We have physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy coming several times a week along with medical appointments so many things have been happening.

We are both so thankful for all of your prayers and good thoughts sent our way! We really appreciate all the good wishes. Please continue sending them our way as we keep moving forward through this time.

Mitch has been making tremendous progress and is doing very well recuperating here at home. He is so happy not to be using the walker anymore and his strength is improving each day. As Mitch says he believes he is at 80 percent. He has regained his ability to read his Braille and is remembering the commands on the computer as well. He is accessing email and using his Braille Sense.

Mitch participated by phone on the ACB Board call last Saturday and stayed for the entire call. He is working on listening to his body and taking breaks when necessary between work tasks and what he calls the annoying exercises he needs to do in between all the physical, occupational and speech therapy sessions.

Thank you to "The ACB Team" for sending the wonderful get well gift to Mitch, and yes, RSVA, he did receive your other gift to help us out with some of the things we needed to do when dealing with the back and forth while Mitch was in the hospital.

Patience is something that is a struggle for Mitch during this time because he is not at his full 100 percent, however, I am pleased that he is really trying and working on listening to his body and slowing down or taking breaks when necessary.

In closing, we received a good report from the Neurosurgeon this past Friday. He was pleased that the latest ct scan shows that his body is naturally absorbing the remainder of fluid in the brain so that is a fantastic report. If all continues on this path, when we see the neurosurgeon on the 29th, we will be able to go on our previously planned vacation in April which will be relaxing, and that is what Mitch needs, smile.

Again, thank you so much everyone who has reached out in so many ways...thank you for lifting us up during this very critical time. This is truly phenomenal, miraculous to put it mildly!

We look forward to seeing many of you in Rochester this summer. Three weeks ago I wasn't sure.

Donna

Donna Pomerantz
626.233.2991
dmpomerantz@...
Ardis Bazyn

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Mitch Pomerantz

Ardis
 

For those who know Mitch Pomerantz:

Here’s a note Donna posted on the leadership list yesterday:

A big thank you to everyone for your love, prayers and support, it means the world and I have been sharing with Mitch emails, voice messages and text messages that have come in from everywhere, Thank you!

 

The best gift for valentine's day was that Mitch was transferred to a regular room at Kaiser Sunset in Los Angeles. Another wonderful surprise was right after we received the news of the transfer, Mitch received a wonderful bunch of very festive, colorful "get well" balloons with messages of "feel better" "get well" and so many happy faces, thank you RSVA-Sagebrush for that very festive special gift wishing Mitch to get well soon!

Mitch is speaking, his voice is getting stronger as time passes. He did not have use of his right side, but that is coming back as he worked with a pt and and ot. Right now things take more effort than he is happy with, but all these things are great signs, yes, I'll even put it down in writing, yes, even his grumpiness and impatience because it takes more effort to do some of the things that were previously done with minimal thought and effort.

He was able to do a wash down with wash cloths and he felt much better after that. He has surprised the medical staff with his humor, smile, and has struggled with some of the others who didn't have much humor.

For Valentine's Day I bought him a box of Milk Chocolate King Size Hershey bars...We shared one today with mom, dad and my sis Debbie so all 5 of us had a good sweet tooth satisfier.

Thank you all so much for your prayers, the best gift, your love and genuine concern for Mitch. Today he is spending the day on a State Rehab. Blind Advisory Committee conference call. He is pretty tired now and am sure will crash shortly after it is done.

 

God is so good, the power of all your prayers, love and good thoughts...this time last week we did not know if he would come back to us, what a huge change in a week.

I'm sure the next email that goes out will be directly from him dictated to me, smile. He's already sent one of those out to his Blind Advisory Committee.

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend. Keep those prayers, love and good thoughts coming and a huge thank you for reaching out!

Donna

626.233.2991

dmpomerantz@...  

On Feb 13, 2019, at 11:26 PM, Donna Pomerantz via leadership <leadership@...> wrote:

Mitch had emergency surgery very early Friday morning to remove a subdural hematoma. I called 911 when I could not get him to wake up. 

 

When Mitch came out of the surgery, he was unresponsive.

 

Now, it was time to wait and see what the body was going to decide to do.

 

I apologize that it has been too long since my first email but I will say Mitch is so blessed to have so much prayers, love and good thoughts coming his way from all of you. All of those prayers are the best gift that can be given to us. Everyone who is praying, God is hearing all those prayers so keep on praying, non stop! So many all over the world are praying, what a beautiful strength and show of God's love! Thank you! We still face a great deal of uncertainty as progress is slow but steady.

 

Mitch always says that ACB is family for many years and still continues to be so thank you for your love during this very uncertain time.

 

On Sunday night Mitch began to listen to conversations and nod yes or no to answer questions.

 

He was still on the ventilator and pretty week heavily sedated.

 

On Monday morning we listened to sports talk shows, morning wake up, and finally, the second time I asked him he decided he was ready to listen to ACB's Good Energy Mix hosted by Debbie Hazelton. Nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists and all other medical professionals known to human kind were entering in and out and asking questions and I was asking questions of all of them as well while Debbie's show was on. I sent her a text letting her know we were listening. It was good because she was talking about stories that Mitch and I shared with her and Mitch found her voice soothing. During that time the nurse came in and wanted him to respond to commands and he squeezed my hand, wiggled his toes etc. It was great to share that moment with Deb during her show.

 

On Tuesday we were told that we would be transferred to Kaiser Sunset as that is our home hospital.

 

We received the call yesterday, Tuesday, that they would let us know when they had a free bed and we'd be on our way. I spoke with his neurosurgeon, as well as his nurse practitioners who were all part of Mitch's surgery. The neurosurgeon told me that he was going to advise that once Mitch was advised and stable, they should begin moving toward leaving the ventilator. That was great news!

 

So many medical professionals coming and going with so much communication back and fourth. There are so many more details in between...and Wednesday, Feb. 13 we were hoping would really be the big day! We received the word that his RT would be turning down the ventalator to begin the weening process as he was already down to only using 30 percent oxygen from the machine! We were so excited...more details to share at a later date. Well, the Dr. and RT said they were ready to take out the tube and we'd see how things went. They took out the tube and put an oxygen mask on Mitch and said if he did well on that for 30 mins. they would take that off and give the oxygen through the nostrils with the two prongs...the much smaller one. He kept letting us know it was more than 30 mins. He was asked to say his name and he did. He is now using the two pronged through the nostrils oxygen and his voice is very low but he is speaking, and the Dr. asked him if he needed anything and he said "HUNGRY!

" Good sign for sure but still much more of our journey to take forward together.

 

Thank you to each of you who have reached out via voicemessage, text or email, Mitch will hear each and everyone of your messages! Thank you and I'll share more later as there are still many Dr.'s and Providers coming and going.

We have some strong uncertainty facing us. Our prayer is that things will continue to progress slow but steady moving forward. Mitch needs to come back to us completely so that he can continue to keep helping the many people he does as well as all the work he does making things better on a global scale!

Please keep praying very strong prayers and sending all your love and good thoughts.

Donna

626.233.2991

dmpomerantz@...

Ardis Bazyn

Make the Impossible Possible"

For  inspirational speaking, business coaching, or books: http://www.bazyncommunications.com


Announcing A New Resource For Taxpayers With Disabilities And Their Families

Ardis
 

This spring we will be filing our first returns under the new tax law.
Many well-publicized provisions of the new law, such as lower tax rates, higher standard deductions, and increased childcare credit, are applicable to everyone. But the law also contains provisions specifically effecting people with disabilities. These disability-specific provisions have not been widely reported or brought together in one place until now.

Six New Tax Benefits for People with Disabilities: What You Should Know About The New Tax LAW by ACB member by Steven Mendelsohn

https://www.amazon.com/Six-New-Benefits-People-Disabilities-ebook/dp/B07MHNY97P/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1548443264&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=six+new+tax+disabilites

explains the most impactful among these
including: improvements to the ABLE Act that help working people; elimination of taxes on people whose student loan debts are forgiven on account of disability; an experimental FMLA tax credit; a new dependent care credit; preservation of the impairment-related work expenses deduction; and temporary improvements to the medical expense deduction.

This clearly-written, fully-referenced, 21-page guide is available for $2.99 as a Kindle download. All proceeds of sale go directly to our California Council of the Blind affiliate.


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Use Aira for free for your Holiday shopping

Ardis
 

As RSVA members, you are automatically ACB members. See great news below.

We’re writing to share some exciting news from our friends at Aira.

 

We’re excited to announce a special shopping opportunity exclusively for ACB members who are Aira Explorers. Aira is offering ACB members 120 minutes of free Aira service for any tasks related to shopping, valid from the Friday following Thanksgiving, November 23, 2018, (Black Friday) through to Christmas, December 25, 2018.

 

How can I take advantage of this offer?

  1. Be both an ACB member and an Aira Explorer.
  2. Connect with an Aira agent and ask them to add “ACB Member” to your profile.
  3. Go shopping with Aira! Make sure you tell the agent that you’re an ACB Member and that you’re using the ACB Shopping Promotion.

 

ACB affiliates should reach out to their members to explain how the offer works, and to ensure members know to update their Aira profiles to reflect their ACB membership.

 

Get ready to make the most of your shopping this holiday season with Aira! Remember, as an ACB Member you’re getting 120 minutes of free Aira service, valid from Black Friday through to Christmas. Just make sure an Aira agent adds “ACB Member” to your profile!

 

Sincerely,

Eric Bridges

Executive Director

 

Ardis Bazyn RSVA 2nd Vice President

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Let's talk low vision for Tuesday November 20

Ardis
 

See below message about monthly low vision call.

 

 

Ardis Bazyn

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From: Christine Chaikin of Council of Citizens with low vision international via leadership [mailto:leadership@...]
Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 8:28 AM
To: leadership@...
Subject: [leadership] Let's talk low vision for Tuesday November 20

 

Hello All,

 

Please join the Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI) for our monthly telephone series, "Let's Talk Low Vision with Dr. Bill"

 

Festive & Fun with Low Vision:

The holidays are among us and whether it is hosting, planning or attending a family or work gathering, DR. Bill and guest presenters Patti Cox and Carla Ruschival from ACB’s mini mall have ideas and suggestions on minimizing stress, anxiety throughout the holiday season and well into the New Year. Topics on recreation, leisure and navigating the holiday with newfound insight will round out the conference call.

 

if you are going to be joining the call please call in at 8:20PM  Eastern or 5:20pm Pacific.    If you miss the show it will be archived.  When the show is archived I will send out another email so that this way the people will know that show is up.  If you come in late on the call for whatever reason please mute your phone by pressing star 1.  Then when it comes time for questions and if you have a question press star 1 to un mute your phone.

  

When: Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Time: 8:30 Eastern 5:30Pm Pacific

To be part of the conversation, please dial in:

Phone: (712) 432 3447

Passcode: 145330#

 

 

Sincerely,

Bill Takeshita, host of let’s talk low vision

Email: drbillfoundation@...

 

 

 

 

 

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Article: Uber and Lyft Are Giving Discounted Rides to Vote on Tuesday. Here’s How To Get One

Ardis
 

Uber and Lyft Are Giving Discounted Rides to Vote on Tuesday. Here’s How To Get One

Article Link: http://time.com/money/5439518/uber-lyft-free-rides-to-vote-midterm-election-day-2018/

Unsure how you’re going to get to your polling station to vote in the 2018 midterm elections? You’re in luck.

A slew of ride-sharing companies and public transportation systems are offering free or discounted rides to polling booths for Americans around the country this Tuesday. The nationwide efforts to encourage voters to show up for Election Day 2018 come amid a hotly contested midterm election cycle, with a number of crucial Congressional races, gubernatorial challenges, local elections, and more.

The concerted effort from Uber, Lyft, and bike-sharing companies to make polling booths more easily accessible follows a number of studies that say access to transportation posed an issue for Americans who failed to make it to the polls in the past.

Harvard University survey found about 14% of non-voters said transportation played a “major” role in their decision not to vote; 29% of voters ages 18 to 29 said it was why they didn’t either, according to an analysis from the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement. And, according to the Pew Research Center, 3% of non-voters cited “transportation problems” as the top reason why.

As a result, it appears a slew of companies, transportation systems, organizations, nonprofits, and activists are working to ensure all registered voters can make their voices heard in the 2018 midterm election. More than 300 companies around the country have also implemented policies that allow employees to take paid time off to get to the polls, for example.

Here are some of the best deals and discounts on transportation to the polls this Tuesday.

 

$10 off an Uber ride to vote

Uber is offering $10 discounts on rides for users heading to the polls on Election Day. That discount only covers a single ride and can only be used on the cheapest option available. (So, it’s likely you’ll be taking an Uber POOL.)

To take advantage of your discount, first, make sure you have the latest version of the app downloaded.

Then, you’ll be able to find Uber’s Election Day promo code, which will be available on the app on Election Day. From there, you can go to your menu, tap “Payment,” and add the promo code.

On Nov. 6, the app will have a polling place locator. Enter your home address and your polling place will pop up. Then you can request a ride.

 

50% off a Lyft ride to vote — and free rides for underserved communities

Lyft riders will be able to access a promo code to get 50% off their rides on Election Day. Similar to the Uber app, Lyft users will be able to find their polling location on the Lyft app, the company says.

Since the ride-sharing company is partnering with BuzzFeed for the initiative, users can find their promo codes on BuzzFeed here by entering their zip code. Then, users can go to the menu on their Lyft apps and enter the promo code there.

Lyft will also be offering free rides to the polls for members of certain underserved communities. The company is working with several nonprofits, including Voto Latino, Student Vets of America, and the National Federation of the Blind — to find these voters and help them get to the polls.

And the company will celebrate Lyft drivers who complete these trips, “surprising select drivers across the country who give rides on November 6 with a special gift.”

 

Free bikes to vote in several major cities

Bike-sharing company Motivate, which operates a number of services in cities around the country, will be giving out free rides, too.

Bikers can use the promo code for their city — detailed here — on Nov. 6 to get a free day pass.

The free ride will be offered through these sharing services in the following cities:

  • Citibike in New York and Jersey City
  • Divvy in Chicago
  • Bluebikes in the Boston-metro area
  • Capital Bikeshare in the Washington, D.C.-metro area
  • Nice Ride Minnesota in Minneapolis
  • Ford GoBike in California’s Bay Area
  • BIKETOWN in Portland, Oregon
  • CoGo in Columbus, Ohio

“As voters make their plans for Nov. 6, we encourage the millions living in cities served by our bike share networks to take advantage of free rides and use bike share to get to and from the polls,” says Julie Wood, a representative at Motivate.

 

Free scooter rides to vote

Lime, a scooter sharing company, will be offering free 30-minute rides on Nov. 6 to help voters get to the polls. To access the free ride, Lime users can enter the promo code LIME2VOTE18 into their app to get a free 30-minute trip.

“Transportation to the polls is often a challenge for many Americans on Election Day, so we’re doing our part to help,” Brad Bao, the co-founder of Lime, says.

Lime scooters are available at a number of cities around the country as well as college campuses. Check Lime’s map of locations here to see if your city (or school) has available scooters.

 

Free public transportation to vote

A number of public transportation systems around the country will offer free public transportation to the polls on Nov. 6. Los Angeles residents, for example, will be able to ride free on trains and buses on Election Day — a decision the board of the Metropolitan Transit Authority made unanimously despite an estimated $600,000 hit with the elimination of the city’s $1.75 fare, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Similar initiatives will take place in small and large cities around the country, including free round-trips in Houston, free bus trips with the presentation of a voter identification card in Tampa, and free bus rides in Knoxville, Tenn.

Check with your local public transportation authority to see if there are any free options in your city.

Ardis Bazyn

Make the Impossible Possible"

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FW: [leadership] Dots and Dashes from Washington

Ardis
 

 

 

See below info from ACB.

Ardis Bazyn

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From: Sharon Lovering via leadership [mailto:leadership@...]
Sent: Friday, October 19, 2018 11:54 AM
To: leadership@...
Cc: announce@...
Subject: [leadership] Dots and Dashes from Washington

 

Dots and Dashes from Washington

October 19, 2018

 

Welcome to “Dots and Dashes from Washington,” a short newsletter featuring a variety of topics and ACB success stories. Everybody loves a little good news, right? 

 

White Cane Day

 

ACB’s advocacy department celebrates International White Cane Day! View the video at https://tinyurl.com/ybs7jkx6.

 

Marrakesh Treaty

 

The second episode of ACB’s new Advocacy Update Podcast is now available. Listen as ACB’s National Office celebrates the Marrakesh Treaty moving out of the House, and look ahead into the new 2019 federal fiscal year. The podcast is now available on iTunes & Overcast, and can also be accessed by visiting our website, or by subscribing to the RSS feed at http://acbradio.org/acb-advocacy.xml.

 

The Marrakesh Treaty now has the President’s signature on it! Find out more at http://acb.org/marrakesh-signed.

 

Technology

 

“Smart Tech: Making a Difference” features ACB’s Executive Director, Eric Bridges, in an interview with Ellee Pai Hong to discuss ACB's collaboration with companies developing innovative technology solutions for everyday life. Find it at https://tinyurl.com/yd2udjex.

 

Bay State Council of the Blind’s own Brian Charlson – ACB’s First Dude – talks about some of the best new technology for people who are blind and visually impaired with “Here and Now’s” Robin Young. Curious about smart glasses or talking appliances? Listen to the interview at  http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2018/10/15/technology-for-the-blind.

 

Advocates say the Justice Department is failing disabled people and businesses. Hear Eric Bridges’ interview with WUSA9 at https://tinyurl.com/yc5w4a2q.

 

ACB and the Bay State Council of the Blind have settled with Hulu to make their streaming service accessible. Find the details at http://acb.org/hulu-accessibility.

 

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

 

ACB’s Advocacy Update podcast features Tony Stephens and Claire Stanley discussing National Disability Employment Awareness Month and unpacking the employment gap for people who are blind and visually impaired. To listen to it, visit http://acbradio.org/content/acb-advocacy-update-october-16-2018.

 

Braille

 

Some people call her the Energizer Bunny. Others know her best for making sure the vending machines, elevator lobbies and such have braille and large print signage at ACB’s national conventions. She’s also responsible for the braille on drive-through ATMs. Who is she? Margarine Beaman! Learn more at https://tinyurl.com/ydbjumj9.

 

ACB 2019 Leadership Meetings

 

ACB will hold its 2019 leadership meetings Feb. 23-27, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Alexandria. Room rates are $120 per night, plus tax. Make your reservations by calling (703) 683-6000, or visiting the Crowne Plaza’s website, https://tinyurl.com/y8suupom.

 

Stay tuned for more good news in the next issue!

 

 

Sharon Lovering, Editor

American Council of the Blind

1703 N. Beauregard St., Suite 420

Alexandria, VA 22311

slovering@...

Learn more about us at www.acb.org

Follow us on Twitter @acbnational

Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmericanCounciloftheBlindOfficial

 

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Friendly reminder for let's talk low vision for this Tuesday

Ardis
 

See below…

 

 

Ardis Bazyn

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Buying gifts? Large print 2018 daily calendar planners, thumb drives with or without books, and large multipocketed tote bags available online or by phone (818-238-9321)- no mailing fees.

 

From: Christine Chaikin of Council of Citizens with low vision international via leadership [mailto:leadership@...]
Sent: Sunday, September 16, 2018 10:59 AM
To: leadership@...
Subject: [leadership] Friendly reminder for let's talk low vision for this Tuesday

 

Hello All,

 

This is just a friendly reminder about the text listed below.

 

Please join the Council of Citizens with Low Vision International

(CCLVI) for our monthly telephone series, "Let's Talk Low Vision with Dr.

Bill"

 

Traveling with Low Vision. From everyday domestic travel to planning that special once in a lifetime getaway, Dr. Bill will interview Dan Smith and Cathy Schmitt-Whitaker who will share their finest travel hacks.

 

When: Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Time: 5:30 Pacific & 8:30 Eastern

 

To be part of the conversation, please dial in:

Phone: (712) 432 3447

Passcode: 145330#

 

Thank you for your time regarding this matter.

 

 

Sincerely,

Bill Takeshita, host of let’s talk low vision

Email: drbillfoundation@...

 

 

 

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FW: [leadership] ACB 2018 Convention Highlights Video

Ardis
 

Hi all,

                See the link below for 2018 highlights.

Ardis Bazyn

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From: Kelly Gasque via leadership [mailto:leadership@...]
Sent: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 10:02 AM
To: leadership@...; announce@...
Subject: [leadership] ACB 2018 Convention Highlights Video

 

The American Council of the Blind’s annual convention is an event that brings thousands of people from many different walks of life together. Check out this audio-described video to see highlights from ACB's 2018 convention: https://youtu.be/-NZ9HbmGyxU

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