Archive for May, 2013

Bus Riders: We Want to Hear from You

Arlington County is updating its 6-year Transit Development Plan and wants your input.

What route and schedule changes would you like to see for ART and Metrobus routes in Arlington County?

Your input will be used to draft the update, which will be available for your review in the fall. The main focus of this plan is on bus service. However, we will also take your input on Metrorail, MetroAccess and STAR.

Day: Saturday, June 1, 2013
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Place: Navy League-US National Headquarters
2300 Wilson Blvd
Arlington VA, 22201

Crystal House
Transit Communications Analyst
Transportation Division
Dept. of Environmental Services
2100 Clarendon Blvd. S-900
Arlington, VA 22201
703-228-3545 (V-Relay)
703-228-0630 (Fax)

Information about  how to get to the building is available on the ART, Commuter or Car Free Diet webpages:

Call (703) 228-RIDE (7433)


May 30, 2013 at 3:07 pm Leave a comment

Restraint, Seclusion and Use of Aversives

Proposed Virginia RegulationsAction Alert

The use of restraints, seclusion and aversions is addressed in proposed Regulations Governing the Operation of Private Schools for Students with Disabilities.

The proposed Regulations –

–          Would allow the “application of aversive stimuli” such as introduction of foul or burning substances, deprivation of senses, and excessively loud sounds;

–          Would allow restraints that impede breathing;

–          Lacks clarity about when restraint and seclusion could be used which could result in their use in situations other than when there is imminent danger of physical injury and when less restrictive measures have failed or would be ineffective; and

–          Would allow the use of restraint and seclusion for “severe property damage that may result in personal injury.”

The Board of Education is planning to take final action on the proposed regulations during their May 23 meeting. The Board needs to hear from you now about these proposed regulations. The Virginia Coalition for Students with Disabilities is asking that Board action on the regulations be delayed until amendments to better serve and protect students are incorporated into the proposed regulations.

Communicate with the Board of Education by sending email to The Board needs to know that they should not delete current regulatory requirements that protect students from harmful restraints, seclusion and aversive interventions.

The proposed regulations can be viewed at

Sections 8VAC20-671-640, 650 and 660 starting on page 127 are of particular interest.

Monday, May 13, 9:00am the Virginia Department of Education will hold a Stakeholder Webinar on the proposed regulations for people with disabilities, parents and other advocates. You are welcome to join this webinar. Click the link below to join the webinar.

If you are not able to join the meeting through your computer, you can call:

Toll-free: 1-866-8425779, Toll number: 1-832-4453763, Conference Code: 804 225 3252

The Coalition is drafting comment on the proposed regulation which will be available early next week.

For more information, contact the Coalition at or 757-351-1585 or 866-323-1088.

Please share this information with other advocates.


May 16, 2013 at 5:15 pm Leave a comment

“Call Us Regulars” – Words Can Matter

As a person with a very visible physical disability, I know what it’s like to stand out in most situations and therefore not be considered regular even though I am. Now I always have a problem when speaking about everyone in the disability community, because you can’t lump all members of any group together and describe them all in the same terms. There will always be at least one dissenter who thinks, “Sorry, but you don’t speak for me. I feel differently.” That’s understandable and OK with me; I, oftentimes, find myself being that dissenter. So in the series of “Call Us Regulars” columns written by me, I am speaking for myself and nobody else unless they are explicitly mentioned.


As I wrote my previous “Call Us Regulars” blog post (, I began to think about person-first language. As I say in my preamble to these posts, I’m sure there will be dissenters, and that is certainly true of this one.

Let’s break that phrase down: the beginning part is “person-first” and the ending part is “language.” Now I admit I don’t know every person in the world with a disability, but it is probably safe to say that they would rather be seen as a person than as a thing. I know   I appreciate being seen as a person and not a thing (as I said in a previous Call Us Regulars)! I would much rather be described as a ‘person with a disability’ than a ‘disabled person.’

For one thing, to me ‘disabled’ makes me think of something that is broken and needs to be fixed; like a car that is “disabled” gets moved to the side of the highway so as not to impede traffic. I really don’t think I’m “impeding” anything or anyone by being a person with a disability. Now I’m getting into the issue of proper semantics.

Semantics and word choice can make a huge difference (I wrote about it last year While I do think that political correctness can go too far, there are some things (words and actions) that are just plain hurtful to certain individuals. I would venture a guess that most people with disabilities (and those who love them) have gotten quite proficient at having a ‘grin-and-bear-it’ philosophy because life throws people with disabilities a lot of curveballs. But the vast majority of people reach a point where they can no longer ‘grin and bear it.’ So when people write words that the world will see (especially, but not only, Facebook statuses and other social media posts), I’d like them to keep that in mind and refrain from throwing one of those curveballs. Simply put, words can hurt.

By: Tony Trott, ECNV

May 8, 2013 at 12:18 pm Leave a comment

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