Vol. IV, No. 1 : NEWS : July 2005

The Disabilities Network Newsletter

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Sen. David A. Paterson, Minority Leader of the New York State Senate Will Be The Featured Speaker at the July 14 DNNYC Full Membership Meeting
ASL Interpreters will be provided. Call for Assistive Listening System and/or materials in alternative formats. Join the Network’s membership at United Way of NYC, 2 Park Avenue, 2nd floor (between 32 & 33 Streets), 3-5 PM, Thursday, July 14. RSVP at 212.251.4071 or email alexander@dnnyc.net or LCarterLong@uwnyc.org

Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) Budgets $1.3 Million for Accessible Taxis
The NYC City Council allocated $1.3 million in funding to subsidize a Disabled Accessible Taxi program. This budget initiative subsidizes conversion costs by providing a cash grant to taxi owners and operators to retrofit and place accessible vehicles in service or by reducing the medallion cost at auction.

Crain's New York Business Publishes DNNYC Letter Promoting Accessible Sidewalk Cafes
At the request of the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs, a letter written by DNNYC was published on May 23 in NYC's largest business publication, Crain's New York Business, regarding the problem of inaccessible sidewalk cafes. The topic was originally covered in their May 16 edition (Sidewalk cafes wish new rules were tabled). Citing the 60,000 plus citizens of NYC and untold visitors to the Big Apple with mobility-related disabilities, DNNYC’s letter reframed the issue as one of economic opportunity rather than a hindrance to profits. "Instead of casting people with disabilities as villains why aren't businesses looking to us as an untapped revenue source?" Crain's has a circulation of nearly 60,000 copies weekly and is read by 244,000 people.

DNNYC To Represent NYC at Enable America Summit in Washington, DC October 6-7
DNNYC Network Coordinator, Lawrence Carter-Long, will serve as New York City’s representative at the upcoming national Enable America Leadership Summit this October 6th - 7th, 2005, in Washington, DC. Enable America is a new initiative designed to further the development of a national disability rights community. Lawrence looks forward to representing the Big Apple at this important event and invites your input to make our presence more inclusive and thorough. To take part, go to: http://www.enableamericatownhall.org or contact Lawrence by phone at 212.251.4092 or email: LCarterLong@uwnyc.org

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The Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled (BCID), a DNNYC member organization, is sponsoring the 1st Brooklyn International Disability Film Festival in celebration of the 15th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Films by, for, and about the full range of the disability experience will showcase strides in, and the need for, further inclusion and advocacy. In addition to film showings, there will be seminars and workshops offering forums for dialogue and advocacy. A concurrent Wellness Expo will feature displays by vendors of products for people with disabilities, as well as exhibits and presentations by disability, service, and self-help groups. Volunteers are needed to help table for the Disabilities Network at the event. If you can help, please contact Lawrence at 212.251.4092. For further details about the Film Festival & Wellness Expo, please go to: http://www.brooklyn.liu.edu/bidff

Special Thanks! DNNYC applauds our development intern, Helen Shen, and volunteer Lev Brudnoy, in making our work possible! Also, please welcome Rebecca Hinde as our new Development Associate. Rebecca began working with DNNYC this month. Thank you to everyone for all your great work!

In Fond Remembrance: Frieda Zames (1932-2005)
Frieda Zames, a prominent advocate for people with disabilities who worked to make New York City accessible for all died June 16 at her home in Manhattan. She was 72. Frieda was a past president of Disabled In Action of Metropolitan New York. At her death, she was a vice president of the organization and a Board Member of DNNYC.

Frieda worked to improve accessible transportation in NYC. Her work helped make city buses wheelchair accessible beginning in the 1980's; in recent years, she worked to expand transit options citywide to include taxis and ferries. A bill requiring Big Apple ferries to be accessible was voted out of the NYC Council Transportation Committee the day of her passing.

With her sister, Doris Zames Fleischer, Frieda wrote "The Disability Rights Movement: From Charity to Confrontation" (Temple University, 2001), a historical survey. Frieda is survived by her sister and by partner of more than 30 years, Michael Imperiale.

Frieda was a friend, mentor and Board Member of the Disabilities Network. She will be deeply missed. In place of flowers, donations in Frieda's memory should be sent to Disabled In Action. A tribute website in Frieda's memory has been created to celebrate her life and work. To read or post your own remembrance of Frieda Zames, please go to: http://mysite.verizon.net/vze3jqrg

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Listen to The Largest Minority—WBAI's Forum For Disability News & Culture
The Largest Minority, a radio show on WBAI 99.5 FM produced by Brendan Costello and co-hosted by T.K. Small and Brendan Costello airs the 2nd Thursday of each month at 11 AM. The show features news and commentary for commercial-free listener-sponsored radio's progressive mainstream audience.

Plug into the Network Via the DNNYC Listserv & Website
The Disabilities Network of New York City listserv is the spot on the Internet where members exchange ideas & post announcements for the community. Join 250+ colleagues! Go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dnnyc. Also visit www.dnnyc.net, our website, for up-to-date information including action alerts, news, upcoming events, membership, public testimony, and much more…

DNNYC Increases Membership! Don't Be Left Out!
Three and a half years into building a unique “coalition of consumers, advocates and professional organizations representing and working on behalf of people of all ages with motor and sensory disabilities" the Disabilities Network of New York City (DNNYC) is celebrating our successes and looking to the future. To date, DNNYC has grown to include 45 organizations and 210+ individual members -- with more joining regularly. Exciting changes are in store to make both the DNNYC website and listserv more user-friendly for our members. Don't be left out! Renew or join today!

Join A DNNYC Committee!
Sign up to influence the direction of DNNYC's efforts on one (or more) of our priority issue campaigns at the next Membership Meeting on July 14, or call 212-251-4071 and volunteer. Committees needing YOUR input include: Housing, Transportation, Building Codes, Employment, Media and Membership.

Disabilities Network of New York City Board of Directors:
Nancy Miller, VISIONS Services for the Blind (Chair)
Paul Feuerstein, Barrier Free Living (Vice Chair)
Sharon Shapiro-Lacks, Center for Independence of the Disabled in NY (Sect'y)
Leslie Winter (Treasurer)
Christina Curry, Harlem Independent Living Center (Exec Committee)
Anne M. Davis (National Multiple Sclerosis Society, NYC Chapter)
Edward McGibbon (Self Help for the Hard of Hearing)
Susan Odiseos (Just One Break)
Ethan Ruby (Citystreets)
Tony Saccente (Housing Works)

Contact Information:
Alexander Wood,
tel: 212-251-4071
email: awood@uwnyc.org
web: www.dnnyc.net

Mailing Address:
Disabilities Network of NYC,
2 Park Avenue, 2nd floor,
NY NY 10016

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