Archive for November, 2011

Invite to ECNV Annual Meeting/Holiday Party from ECNV’s Executive Director

Dear ECNV Members and Friends,

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like thank everyone who has contributed in any way to ECNV in 2011.

You are invited to join at us our ECNV Annual Meeting. We’d also like you to fill out your ECNV Membership Application/Renewal [ Word ] [ PDF ] and if you are can afford more than just the membership fee, please contribute what you can. With today’s budget cuts, ECNV has also become a recipient of less funding and thus unable to provide our services to more people with disabilities.

On the opposite side of the form is the ballot for our 2012-2014 Board Members. After you read the Candidate Biographies and vote please send the ballot and your membership back to ECNV. You may also mail it to info@ecnv.org (Subject: Annual Meeting).

Again, please join us at our annual meeting where we will have plenty of food, drink and a live band–The Sterling Trio, who will provide holiday music. As always, there will be many door prizes given away to attendees.

For the complete information on our ECNV Annual Meeting/Holiday Party, please visit our website: www.ecnv.org\annualmtg\annualmtg.html or downloard it at

May you all have a Happy Holiday Season.

See you on the 16th.

David Burds
ECNV Executive Director

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November 23, 2011 at 5:19 pm Leave a comment

How has Deaf President Now (DPN) at Gallaudet University affected our lives?

For many years, Deaf people were under the power line and controlled and defined by hearing people. We were often misled by them and under the impression that we could not do anything because we have the inability to hear.

We, Deaf People, know that we can do anything hearing people do except hear. Unfortunately, many hearing people did not agree with us.

Until DPN, we finally got our request to have a Deaf President. And schools for the Deaf around the country were finally able to have superintendents; senior administers, teachers, etc. who are Deaf.

Also, many bills were passed which promoted the rights of Deaf and other disabled people. In 1993, Senator Tom Harkin, whose brother is Deaf and is a long time advocator for Gallaudet University, admitted that the Congress passed more bills in the five years between DPN and 1993.

The door is now open to many opportunities for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in the country as well as other countries. We have Deaf people holding Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees as well as Doctorates. Also, there are many professionals, business-people, lawyers, doctors, and entertainers who are Deaf.

When I think about the past, my Deaf parents and most of their friends worked in the factories because hearing people always said, “You can’t because you can not hear”.

My hearing Aunt, my father’s sister was furious that the Deaf Students at Gallaudet protested for a Deaf President Now because we embarrassed the entire population. I looked at her and said that Deaf people have been oppressed too long and we feel it is time to show them what we can do; not what we cannot do.  She was stunned because she had never thought of it this way. I also mentioned that her brother, my dad, could have become a doctor or scientist, but his dream was banned. Now, we know all children are able to have their dreams without any struggles or barriers what they want to become when they are young adults.

Deaf President Now protest at the US CapitolDPN delivered a powerful message in 1988 to hearing people, and its underlying motivation of self-determination and empowerment. We, Deaf people, also taught them that it is better to look at what Deaf people can do than what they cannot.

Now, many hearing people are taking sign language classes and many hearing babies are encouraged to use sign language to stimulate early language and communication development.

We, Deaf people, have advanced techniques to help us be equal to hearing people now. We are able to see that we all are treated equally and respectfully.

By Doreen Solar, ECNV Deaf Peer Counselor

November 7, 2011 at 8:57 pm Leave a comment

Wanted! Candidates for ECNV’s Dynamic Governing Board Members

Wanted!  Candidates for ECNV's Dynamic Governing Board Members

We’re in need of dynamic new governing board members who have the time and energy to devote to playing a leadership role in ECNV’s efforts to promote the civil rights and full inclusion of people with disabilities.  Please send David Burds at davidb@ecnv.org contact information for new potential ECNV governing board members by November 11th. 

Roles and Duties of an ECNV Board Member

The role of an ECNV Board member is to: be an ambassador of the agency; act as a liaison between ECNV and the public; and provide direction to the Executive Director through policies, strategic planning, and the budget. 

The duties of a Board member include: (in no particular order)

  • Expected to attend scheduled board meetings
  • Act as liaison with the disability community and public
    • Listen to needs of disability community and share information with ECNV
    • Share information with the public about what the agency is doing
  •  Meet fiduciary responsibilities
    • Develop and approve budget
    • Monitor agency finances
    • Assure compliance with federal and state regulations and other funding requirements
    • Bring in Resources 
  • Develop Strategic Plan
    • Focus agency resources and activities
    • Present a shared vision of the organization’s future  
  • Hire, Evaluate and Support the Executive Director
    • Stay aware with the work of the agency
    • Inquire as to how you can support this work 
  • Review and evaluate agency operations
    • Assure programs fall within statutory mandates
    • Fill Board vacancies  
  • Monitor progress on agency goals
    • Ensure spending matches goals 
  • Develop by-laws
    • Establish operating procedures and mission for agency and Board
    • Identify the powers of the Board
    • Determine process for amending the by-laws

 EDGAR 34 CFR 366.63(a)

  • Federal Requirements of a CIL Board Member
    • Individuals with significant disabilities constitute more than 50% of the Governing Board

Onsite Review Guide

Compliance Indicator I – Philosophy

Consumer Control

  1. Individuals with significant disabilities constitute more than 50% of the Governing Board.
  2. Number of different disabilities groups (physical, mental, cognitive, sensory, multiple) represented by members of the governing board.
  3. Number of members from minority groups on the governing board.
  4. The CIL has a process for nominating and electing Board members.
  5. The nominating and/or election process for Board members provides for participation by consumers of CIL services.

CIL Board is the Principle Decision-Making Body

  1. The Bylaws or other documents of practices of the CIL ensure that policy decisions are vested with the Governing Body.
  2.  The CIL has policies and procedures for Board members, which specify roles and responsibilities.
  3.  The Governing Board is the principal governing body of the CIL.

November 7, 2011 at 6:37 pm Leave a comment

Emergency Alert Test and Its Accessibility on Nov. 9 at 2pm ET

Hello, 

Please review the below message about the upcoming test and accessibility issues, particularly for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Please circulate to everyone. 

ATTENTION 

THERE WILL BE A TV EMERGENCY MESSAGE TEST ON NOVEMBER 9, 2011 AT 

2:00 P.M. EST AND IT WILL BE ONLY A TEST! 

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO TAKE ANY ACTION! 

ONLY A TEST. On November 9, 2011, at 2 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST, which is 11 AM Pacific Time), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct the first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). At that time, an announcement will come on every TV and radio channel indicating that EAS has been activated; the announcement will last about 30 seconds.   Although the activation will include an audio message indicating that this is a test, due to technical limitations, a visual message indicating that “this is a test” may not appear on every television channel, especially for cable subscribers. For these reasons, the FCC and FEMA are taking extra steps to educate the public, especially people who are deaf and hard of hearing, that “This is only a test.” Please do not be alarmed when you see that message. You will not need to take any action. 

WHAT IS THE EAS? EAS alerts are sent over the radio or television (broadcast, cable and satellite). State and local emergency managers use these alerts to notify the public about emergencies and weather events, such as tornadoes and hurricanes. The EAS can also be used to send an alert across the United States if there is a national emergency. It is common for state and local EAS tests to occur on a monthly and weekly basis, respectively. They typically include an audio EAS tone and a visual message indicating: “This is a test of the Emergency Alerting System.”   This is the first time that there will be a test of the nationwide EAS alert on all radio and television systems at the same time. 

WHY A TEST? The purpose of the test is to assess how well the EAS can alert the public during certain national emergencies. Although the FCC and FEMA are taking steps to ensure that everyone has access to announcements made during the test, some people watching cable television (as well as some others) may receive only an audio (not a visual) notice that this is a test. The FCC and FEMA want to make consumers aware of the test so that they understand that this is only a test and that there is no real emergency. The November 9th test will help ensure that the EAS will work if public safety officials ever need to send an alert or warning in a real emergency to the entire country or to a large region of the United States. 

So remember, the EAS Test on November 9th is ONLY A TEST, NOT A REAL EMERGENCY.

For more information about how this EAS test may affect you, please visit: www.fcc.gov/nationwideeastest

Other helpful links include: 

Credit to the White House Disability Group

November 4, 2011 at 7:07 pm Leave a comment

White House: Virginia American Jobs Act Call

If you’d like to receive updates on disability issues from the White House, send us an email at disability@who.eop.gov and we will sign you up.

Please join White House officials on November 10th and 14th for our next round of State specific Conference Calls. White House officials will provide a series of updates, including the American Jobs Act, the Fiscal Year 2012 Budget, and President Obama’s “We Can’t Wait” series of Executive actions.

Please RSVP to OPERSVP@who.eop.gov with your name, organization, city, and state.

If you are deaf or hard of hearing and need captioning for any of the calls, please email sfeuerstein@who.eop.gov no later than Monday, November 7 with the call you plan to join so we can arrange for captioning. Please note there will only be live captioning and no transcripts of any of the calls will be available.

Please circulate to others in your state who may have an interest in joining.

All times are Eastern.

Thank you

November 10th Calls

  • Missouri American Jobs Act Call: 10am (800) 288-8960
  • Minnesota American Jobs Act: 10am (877) 777-1968
  • Illinois American Jobs Act Call: 11am (800) 288-8968
  • Florida American Jobs Act Call: 11am (800) 288-8976
  • New York American Jobs Act Call: 1pm (877) 209-9922
  • MA American Jobs Act Call: 1pm (877) 258-1466
  • Maine American Jobs Act Call: 2pm (800) 288-8968
  • Colorado American Jobs Act Call: 3pm 800-288-8975
  • Arizona American Jobs Act Call: 4pm (877) 260-8898
  • Michigan American Jobs Act Call: 4pm (800) 230-1092
  • Wisconsin American Jobs Act Call: 5pm (800) 230-1093

November 14th Calls

  • Virginia American Jobs Act Call: 11am (800) 230-1096
  • Texas American Jobs Act Call: 12pm (800) 288-8960
  • Ohio American Jobs Act Call: 1pm (800) 230-1093
  • Pennsylvania American Jobs Act Call: 2pm (800) 230-1766
  • New Jersey American Jobs Act Call: 3pm (800) 398-9386
  • California American Jobs Act Call: 4pm (800) 553-0349
  • Montana American Jobs Act Call: 5pm (800) 288-8968
  • Oregon American Jobs Act Call: 6pm (877) 260-8900

Stay Connected

Credit to the White House Disability Group

November 4, 2011 at 2:27 pm 3 comments

From the Board President

tt BarkleyNow is an exciting time to be a disability rights advocate in Northern Virginia, and as your local Center for Independent Living, ECNV is right in the center of it all. From playing an active role in national advocacy efforts to preserve essential home and community based services for people with disabilities, to being engaged in a number of regional activities recognizing October 2011 as “Disability Employment Awareness Month,” ECNV continues to advocate for the civil rights of people with all types of disabilities in all aspects of community life.

Consumer direction is a key component of any Center for Independent Living, and it is a core principle that ECNV uses to guide our work on a daily basis. That’s why your involvement is vital to our success. Whether it’s getting actively involved in one of our advocacy campaigns, volunteering your time to help with the administration of our offices, or contributing to our efforts financially, your help is necessary now more than ever.

Contact ECNV today to find out what you can do to help us ensure that people with disabilities in Northern Virginia have equal access to all of the rights, services and amenities that people without disabilities enjoy every day. After all, equality for people with disabilities isn’t a pleasantry, it is a civil right that we’re all entitled to. Let’s work together to make it happen!

By Matt Barkley, ECNV Board Presdient
Article from the ECNV Declaration (Fall 2011 Edition)

November 3, 2011 at 3:10 pm Leave a comment


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