January 19, 2009

Will the Obama Administration Respond?

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There is a level of hope tentatively permeating the fabric of the US in anticipation of a new presidential administration.

Significantly the travel industry organized a campaign to educate presidential candidates on the importance of tourism. The disability community was mobilized by the attention it received from president-elect Obama.

What concrete positive impact will result in terms of Inclusive Tourism and Universal Design more generally is an open question. Meanwhile, the grass roots enthusiasm of the disability community is reflected in the following list of inagural events.

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Disability Inaugural Events

1) Portland, Oregon
People First: A Disability Networking and Resource Event
When: Thursday, January 22, 5-7 pm
This event follows the meeting of the new Commission on Disabilities
and will include time to mingle and sign letters or postcards to Obama
about what is important to them. The mayor and Commissioners Fitz and
Fish have been invited.
Contact: Nickole Cheron, Disability Program Coordinator
Phone: 503-823-2036
Email: Nickole.Cheron@ci.portland.or.us

2) Marin County, California
Details forthcoming.

3) Oakland, California
Disability Inaugural Event
When: Wednesday, January 21, 4-7 pm
Where: Fruitvale / San Antonio Senior Center, 3301 East 12th Street,
Oakland, right at the Fruitvale BART station
Join us to raise your voice and put disability issues on the agenda for the new president! Enjoy food, drinks, and good company.
Sponsored by: Community Resources for Independent Living, Center for
Independent Living, World Institute on Disability, Disability Rights
Education & Defense Fund, and National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Contact: Jessica Lehman, 510-881-5743, jessica.lehman@cril-online.org

4) Long Beach, California
CA Workforce Investment Act Conference for Youth “Youth Advocacy in
When: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 9:00 - 11:00AM
Details forthcoming.

5) Austin, Texas
Barack Obama Inauguration Viewing
Join the ADAPT of Texas activists, who will be drinking coffee, eating
bagels and cream cheese, while celebrating the historic inauguration
of Senator Barack Obama as President of the United States.
When: Tues, Jan 20th - 9am
Where: ADAPT Office - 1640A East 2nd St Suite 100
Please let us know you are coming so we have enough bagels.
(Even better bring something to share)
RSVP - 512/442-0252

6) Columbia, Missouri
“Speak Up, Speak Out!” Legislative Training
Learn how a bill becomes a law and how to contact your legislator!
When: Friday, January 30, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Where: Columbia Public Library, 100 West Broadway, Columbia MO 65205
RSVP by January 25th to Mark Ohrenberg, Services for Independent Living
Phone: 573-874-1646 ext. 216
Email: mohrenberg@silcolumbia.org

7) Warwick, Rhode Island
Join the RI Disability Vote Project to watch Barack Obama’s inauguration
Brown bag (bring your own) lunch. Drinks and cookies will be provided.
When: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 11:30-2:00 pm
Where: Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane, Warwick, RI
RSVP to Jean Lawlor at (401) 295-5757 x15 or ridvp@ridvp.org

8) Angola, New York (Western New York)
Community Access Action Planning
Self Advocacy AmeriCorps members and volunteers will work with people
with developmental disabilities and staff of Claddagh Day Hab in
Angola, NY to brainstorm solutions to the barriers that they face in
gaining access to their community and develop action plans to address
those barriers.
When: Monday, January 19 from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Claddagh Day Hab, 8484 Erie Rd, Angola, NY 14006
Contact: Sophia Roberts, western@sanys.org
Phone:716- 517-2342

9) Amherst, New York (Western New York)
On behalf of People Inc.’s United Voices for Change- the advocates
will be showing Obama’s presidential speech. We ask anyone attending
to bring a non-perishable food item. We will make a donation to the
WNY Food Bank and an in-house food pantry.
When: January 20, 2009, 1:00 pm
Where: 3131 Sheridan Drive, in Amherst
Contact: Cheryl Creekmore, Chairperson of United Voices for Change
Email: advocacy@people-inc.org

10) Washington, DC
Inauguration Viewing and Potluck Dinner, Roundtable to discuss issues
and concerns of the disability community, and Martin Luther King Jr.

View inauguration and parade
When: January 20, 11 am – 8 pm
Where: 1338 North Capitol Street NW, Suite 101
Potluck, snacks, coffee, and water
Sponsored by CAN/Consumer Action Network and Ida Mae Campbell Wellness
and Resource Center
Contact: (202) 684-7015

First Annual Round Table Discussion
Sponsored by CAN/Consumer Action Network and Ida Mae Campbell Wellness
and Resource Center
When: January 22, 6-8 pm
Where: 1338 North Capitol Street NW, Suite 101
Dinner will be provided
Please RSVP by January 20 to Iden McCollum at idenmccollum@gmail.com
or call (202) 684-7015

Reenactment of MLK’s famous speech “I Have a Dream”
Come prepared to laugh, cry and be happy. We are going into a
wonderful new opportunity with President elect Obama and we have the
chance to voice our opinions and share our concerns with his cabinet,
so let’s be heard. This event is sponsored by the Consumer Action
Network/CAN and the Ida Mae Campbell Wellness & Resource Center.
When: January 21, 2009, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Where: 1338 North Capitol Street NW Suite 101
Contact: 202-684-7015
Sponsored by Ida Mae Campbell Wellness and Resource Center

11) Richmond, Virginia
Inaugural event
The Coalition for Virginians with Mental Disabilities is hosting a
rally in Richmond for Virginians with Mental Disabilities including
intellectual disabilities, mental health issues, and substance abuse
issues. We are gathering at St. Paul’s Church next to Capitol Square
at 10:00 am. The Rally will include speeches, briefings, and
distribution of materials. After the Rally is over, at 11:00, we will
walk in a group to the General Assembly Building to meet with our
When: Monday, January 19, 10 am
Contact: Bonnie Neighbour, Advocacy Coordinator, VOCAL Network
Phone: 1-877-VOCLNET toll-free, 314-809-2317 cell
Email: bonnie@vocalvirginia.org

12) Raleigh, North Carolina
Fundraiser and Inaugural Celebration
When: Saturday, January 17
Where: Unitarian United Fellowship of Raleigh
For details, contact Cynthia Vester, Executive Director, NC-CANSO,
North Carolina – Consumer Advocacy, Networking and Support
Phone: (919) 327-1500, x503
Email: cynthia@nc-canso.org

13) Atlanta, Georgia
Viewing and discussion about disability policy and healthcare issues
When: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 10-1
Where: Shepherd Center, http://www.shepherd.org/about/location.asp
Contact: Mark Johnson, Director of Advocacy, Shepherd Center, 404-350-7490


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