In accordance with Federal Statute the Governor of Connecticut appoints each member of our twenty-three member statewide council. The Council is charged by the United States Congress to advance the principles and philosophy of Independent Living for all citizens with disabilities. Federal Statute requires that at least fifty-one percent of the Council’s membership be comprised of persons with a disability. The Council, which is funded by both state and federal resources, collaborates with five Centers for Independent Living, located in the communities of Hartford, Naugatuck, Norwich, Stratford, and West Haven.
Cross-Disability Lifespan Alliance – June 12, 2013 – 10:00 to 12:30, NEAT Marketplace, 33 Coventry Street, Hartford, CT. Allan Bergman, Facilitator. For full details contact Debbie Melaragno at deb.ctsilc.org or Molly Cole at the DD Council, Molly.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Next SILC Meeting will be May 29th at New Park Office and Conference Center, 151 New Park Avenue in Hartford. Lunch will be available for members at 12:00. Meeting will begin at 1:00. If you require special accommodations, please contact the SILC office prior to May 10, 2013 at (860) 523-0126.
As the FEMA Disability Integration Specialist, I wanted to touch base and share my contact information. I am working directly with the New England States to ensure the needs of people with disabilities, access and functional needs are being addressed in preparation for Hurricane Sandy. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me 617-816-6351 or email@example.com. In addition, please feel free to forward my contact information to your networks. Thank you,Kate McCarthy-Barnett Dr. Kate McCarthy-BarnettRegional Disability Integration SpecialistOffice of Regional AdministratorDHS/FEMA Region I99 High Street, 6th FlBoston, MA 02110(617) 816-6351 (cell)firstname.lastname@example.org
Freedom Ride Accessible Taxi Program! Serving Hartford and New Haven areas.
The Freedom Ride Accessible Taxi Program is a partnership between Yellow Cab Company and Greater Hartford Transit District, designed to accommodate individuals in the greater Hartford area who need flexibility and accessibility in transportation options beyond the existing ADA paratransit service area and hours. The program is funded through the FTA New Freedom grant program and is administered by the Connecticut Department of Transportation. The voucher program extends beyond the ADA paratransit service area and hours by providing a pre-paid taxi voucher card at a 50% reduced price to people defined as having a disability under the ADA regulations. The voucher may be used for taxi trips that go beyond the ADA service area, during times that ADA paratransit is not available and for same day service 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Individuals are encouraged to call Yellow Cab Company at 860-666-6666 at least one hour in advance; however, reservations may be made up to 24 hours in advance. For persons who use TTY, it is recommended that the 711 relay service be used to call Yellow Cab for a reservation or with any questions. The individual must state they need a wheelchair accessible vehicle when they call. Personal Care Attendants may ride for free with an individual who requires assistance as long as the attendant starts and ends their ride with the voucher holder. Service animals are allowed. Towns within the service area include: Berlin, Bloomfield, East Hartford, East Windsor, Enfield, Farmington, Hartford, Manchester, New Britain, Newington, Rocky Hill, Simsbury, South Windsor, Vernon, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Windsor and Windsor Locks. Freedom Ride trips must originate and/or end in one of these towns. We ask that you review and post the attached Freedom Ride Notice. For additional information please see the Greater Hartford Transit District website at: www.hartfordtransit.org
New Haven area:
The New Freedom Fund Taxi Voucher Program offers passengers with disabilities a 50 percent discount from the normal cab rate. Those who need wheelchair accessibility can now use Metro Taxi’s Accessible Service, the State’s first wheelchair-accessible taxi service. Metro Taxi’s Accessible Service, offered by Metro Taxi, has an expansive service area so Greater New Haven Transit District passengers are able to travel beyond current GNHTD boundaries. The New Freedom Fund Taxi Voucher Program utilizes taxicabs, so service hours are around-the-clock, 365 days a year, and are not subject to 24 hour prior notice as required by paratransit booking. To be eligible, an individual must meet the definition of “disabled” under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Greater New Haven Transit District staff will interview individuals for eligibility. Applications and program details are included on the GNHTD website: www.gnhtd.org.
A primary responsibility of the Council is to develop and administer a three year strategic plan known as the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). The “SPIL” details Council’s plans, advocating, and financially supporting independent living initiatives for individuals with disabilities.
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