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Oct 15
National Organization on Disability


The Look Closer campaign, powered by some of our nation’s most prominent brands, shares the stories of the millions of Americans with disabilities at work, and asks our audience to #LookCloser at this largely untapped talent pool.

This campaign seeks to challenge preconceptions with the goal of creating job growth for people with disabilities at a time when unemployment is low and talent is at a premium.


Oct 15

Today, Social Security announced that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for more than 67 million Americans will increase 2.8 percent in 2019.

Visit our blog for details about the cost-of-living adjustment and other important news.

I encourage you to share this information with your members, colleagues, affiliates, and other interested parties. Thank you for helping Social Security secure today and tomorrow!


Bob Patterson
Acting Associate Commissioner, External Affairs
(T) 410-965-1804


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Oct 10



Click on link to read full publication:  The Independent Autumn 2018

Lead On!

The voices and images in this issue remind us of a hard reality: The fight for the ADA, self-determination, health care and community services is a fight for our lives. We honor the memory of Justin Dart, who traveled to every state and to Congress to ensure passage of this law, and we tip a hat to his widow, Yoshiko Dart, who is still inspiring us to action.

This issue’s contributors remind us that the independent living movement is alive at a Red Sox game, in poetry and kayaking, and in the words and activism of advocates from Japan, Ghana, Vermont and Washington. It is at the heart of the work to end sexual violence and it lives in the work of activists who oppose policies and practices that do not address discrimination, threats to rights and services and the personal and social costs of chronic pain.

Many thanks to our readers and contributors and to all who fight for equity.

As Justin used to say, “Lead on!”

 ~ Deborah Lisi-Baker, Co-Editor

Click on link to read full publication:  The Independent Autumn 2018

Submitted by Karen Lafayette [email protected]



Sep 21
U.S. Department of Homeland Security US-CERT

Potential Hurricane Florence Phishing Scams

09/14/2018 02:19 PM EDT

Original release date: September 14, 2018

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Sep 13

The Vermont Secretary of State and Disability Rights Vermont


Under the Help America Vote Act, Disability Rights Vermont (DRVT) has a special role in ensuring the voting rights of people with disabilities. One of DRVT’s roles is to make sure there is full participation in the voting process including registering to vote, casting a vote and accessing polling places. The Secretary of State (SOS) chose a new accessible ballot marking system that was available for use statewide in the August primaries. The SOS has invited us to gather information from voters who used the system and to gather any additional information that may help improve voting accessibility for individuals with, cognitive, emotional, learning, physical, sensory and visual disabilities.

In Case you missed it – Please Fill out the Survey ASAP!!

Good afternoon,
Two weeks ago Disability Rights Vermont emailed a survey to you on behalf of the Elections Division of the Secretary of State’s office. This survey was to gather information about your use of the new accessible ballot marking system.
For those who have not had the opportunity to respond, please do so at your earliest convenience. We plan to tabulate the results next week and want to include your thoughts and experiences with the new system.
 The survey is a fillable PDF, you can return it:
1. By email to [email protected];
2. Fax 802-229-1359 attention Zachary; or
3. Snail mail DRVT, Attn: Zachary, 141 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602.
Please contact me by email or phone (802) 229-1355 ext. 109 with any questions or concerns.
Thank you!  
 Zachary Hozid
Staff Attorney
Disability Rights Vermont
141 Main Street, Suite 7
Montpelier, VT 05602
802-229-1355 ext. 109
[email protected]
Hello Voters,
The Secretary of State Elections Division has been working closely with Disability Rights Vermont in the design and implementation of the new accessible ballot marking system. It is important to hear your feedback to help the Elections Division make improvements where it is possible. We very much appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey. We would greatly appreciate it if you could complete this survey.
Thank you in advance!
Will Senning  
Director of Elections and Campaign Finance
Vermont Secretary of State’s Office
128 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05633-1101
(802) 828 – 0175
[email protected]

Submitted by Karen Lafayette for VCDR  [email protected]
SOS_DRVT Voter Survey Final.pdf