May 2014 Archives

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In 2011 my friend, Brazilian psychologist Marta Alencar, visited Nepal.She has a project that introduces people to mobility impairments in a unique way. She created an imaginary character named Tina Descolada who is a doll in a wheelchair. ( Marta created a heartfelt slideshow for me to include in some of my presentations next week. You will find it here:

U.S. Access Board to Hold Town Hall Meeting in New York City on May 15

This is a reminder that the U.S. Access Board will hold a town hall meeting in New York City on May 15. At the event, the Board will provide briefings on its work, including new guidelines it recently released on emergency transportable housing and guidelines issued last fall covering outdoor developed areas on federal sites. There also will be panel discussions on various topics and open question and answer sessions.

All events are open to the public and will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building in lower Manhattan. People can attend all events or just those of particular interest. For further information, contact Kathy Johnson at, (202) 272-0041 (voice), or (202) 272-0065 (TTY). The Board requests that attendees refrain from wearing perfume, cologne and other fragrances for the comfort of all participants.

U.S. Access Board Briefings and Panel Discussions
May 15, 9:30 - 4:00
Jacob K. Javits Federal Building, 6th Floor, Conference Rooms A/B
26 Federal Plaza at Broadway and Worth
(Visitors should use the Boardway entrance and allow time to get through security.)

9:30 - 12:00

Opening remarks by Victor Calise, Commissioner of the New York Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
Board Briefing: Final Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas
Panel Discussion: Taxicab Accessibility in New York City
includng: Jim Weisman, United Spinal Association Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Janice Schacter Lintz, Chair, Hearing Access Program, and Marc Klein, Vice President, Airports Nationwide, Clean Energy
Panel Discussion: U.S. Department of Justice ADA Enforcement Actions 
featuring David Kennedy, Chief of the Civil Rights Unit, U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York
Public Question and Answer Period
1:30 - 4:00

Board Briefing: Supplementary Guidelines on Emergency Transportable Housing
Panel Discussion: Rebuilding after Super Storm Sandy
including: Susan Dooha, Executive Director for the Center for Independence of the Disabled, Rosemary Lamb, Director, Division of Advocacy, NY State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, Edith Prentiss, Disability Advocate, and Marcie Roth, Director of the Office of Disability Integration and Coordination, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Public Question and Answer Period

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Check out Candy Harrington's new book "Barrier-Free Travel; The Grand Canyon for Wheelers and Slow Walkers"

($6.99, 6 X 9 paperback, ISBN: 978-0-69221-052-9; $6.99, Kindle,
ASIN: BOOK40L73K) is available at or

Seventh session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 10-12 June 2014

The 7th session of the Conference of States Parties will take place at United Nations Headquarters from 10 to 12 June 2014. The thematic discussions for this session are: Incorporating the CRPD provisions into the post-2015 development agenda; Youth with disabilities; and  National implementation and monitoring.

This session will include:

Six meetings: 
(see Draft Programme:

  • Election of the Member of the CRPD Committee
  • Matters related to the implementation of the Convention:
    (a) General debate
    (b) Round Table 1. Incorporating the Provisions of CRPD in the post-2015 development agenda
    (c) Round Table 2: National implementation and monitoring
    (d) Informal panel: Youth with disabilities
  • Implementation of the Convention by the UN System

  • Provisional agenda  ((CRPD/CSP/2014/1)
  • Election of the members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities under article 34 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (See online announcement:
  • Background Paper for Roundtable One: Incorporating the provisions of the CRPD in the post-2015 development agenda (CRPD/CSP/2014/2)
  • Background Paper for Roundtable Two: National implementation and monitoring (CRPD/CSP/2014/3)
  • Background Paper for the Informal panel: Youth with disabilities (CRPD/CSP/2014/4)

Civil Society Participation

Registration: Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) must register online in order to attend this session. CSO representatives in possession of annual ground-passes should also pre-register. (Deadline: 30 May 2014)

Participation of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs)

NHRIs must complete and submit the Registration form for NHRI participation (Deadline: 20 May 2014


(Deadline for application for side-events: 15 May)

For more information on COSP7, please visit:

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