Be Vocal

You Heard Me! Go Be Heard! (non calendar events below)

Action: Building State REV UP Disability Voting Coalitions

The purpose of the state voting coalitions is to influence election and policy outcomes at the local, state, and national level. We are looking for leaders who can pull together and organize advocates in their state to work together around voter registration and engagement activities and help establish a strong, diverse coalition.

Action: Disability Mentoring Day

Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) is a large-scale national effort coordinated by AAPD to promote career development for students and job-seekers with disabilities through hands-on career exploration and ongoing mentoring relationships.

Action: Tell Your Story: Why Medicaid Matters to Me

Your Congressional Representatives and Senators need to know the impact Medicaid has on people’s lives – and they need to know now. They know that Medicaid provides health coverage but may not realize all the other things Medicaid does, like funding In-Home Support Services (IHSS).

If you or someone you know relies on Medicaid-paid services as described above — or will in the future — take these two easy steps:

  1. Think about “Why Medicaid Matters to Me.”
  2. Share your story here — briefly tell us the positive impact healthcare services and community supports have had on your life or the life of someone you care about. For example, how have Regional Center services helped you stay healthy, get or keep a job, live on your own, or do the things you want.

Check out this video from the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities explaining why it’s important to share your story.

Activism: We Can’t Breathe: The Deaf & Disabled Margin of Police Brutality Project

Throughout history, Deaf and Disabled people have been criminalized for their mere existence. The relationship between Deaf and Disabled people and the U.S. criminal and medical system begins with filthy institutions, isolation, experiments, pity, and murder. Over the years, Deaf and Disabled people have fought to transform their public image, receive human recognition, and gain access to civil rights such as public transportation, education, safety, and employment. In furtherance of this fight, Deaf and Disabled people have created a culture based on philosophies such as “No Pity,” “Nothing About Us, Without Us,” and “Independent Living.”

Input: — Make a difference. Submit your comments and let your voice be heard.

Input: We Need You In Emergency Management! An Update from the NCIL Emergency Preparedness Subcommittee (the advocacy monitor – NCIL)

Recognize: Call for Nominations for the 2017 Class of the Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame

The National Disability Mentoring Coalition has announced the 2017 Call for Nominations for the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was created to honor individuals who are making a significant difference in the lives of youth and adults with disabilities through mentoring and to raise awareness about the importance of mentoring for individuals with disabilities. Click here to nominate a mentor or mentoring program between now and May 1st!

Recognize: Nominations Sought for Women’s Caucus Hall of Fame Award (due by May 31, 2017)

Recognize: Rising Leaders Mentoring Program

The Rising Leaders Mentoring Program is a six month career mentoring opportunity to at least 70 college students and recent graduates with disabilities through linkages to business professionals from USBLN partner companies.

The Rising Leaders Mentoring Program brings together employers and college students and recent graduates with disabilities, including veterans, in a mutually beneficial way. Mentees meet and interact with business professionals in their field of study or area of interest and whom they would not otherwise have access to.

The USBLN is no longer accepting mentor applications for the 2017 Rising Leaders Mentoring Program. Please check back in the Fall of 2017 to participate in the 2018 Rising Leaders Mentoring Program.

Research: Medical Marijuana Survey

Research: Mobility Technology Research Survey

The Human Engineering Research Laboratories and University of Pittsburgh is working on the second phase of a research study titled “Identifying Unmet Wheelchair Related Needs and the Future of Mobility Technology.” The research study aims to find out what assistive mobility devices individuals currently use and what they think about devices that may be available in the future. The results of this study will be used to guide future research and development efforts.

Scholarship: NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship (Applications must be received by 5:00pm ET on Monday, June 19th)


In 2017 the NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship will offer eight (8) scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities who are interested in pursuing a career in the communications, media, or entertainment industry. Each recipient will receive $5,625 to help cover the cost of education at their current college or university.

Scholarship: 2017 Project ASCEND Scholars Program (Applications must be received by June 15, 2017)

This scholarship initiative will provide five $1,000 college scholarships to disabled students living in the Washington, DC metropolitan area (i.e. Northern Virginia, District of Columbia and Maryland). This program is made possible by funding from the AAPD Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award.