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Jeanie Combs-3Rivers CIL in Wamego, KS-my satellite office is on the Prairie Band Potawatomi Reservation in Mayetta, KS
Shannon Wood, Ocala FL CIL
Denise Wardle TARP CIL Paris TN serving 8 rural counties
Cindy Gabbert, Fargo, ND Freedom Resource Center
Sarah from GSIL in NH
Beth James -Jackson TN- 8 Rural Counties
Hi I'm Renee Hernandez IL Housing Specialist with Independent Living Center of Kern County
Laura Rodriguez from Bakersfield California
Megan Child in Miles City MT
Megan Coleman-Lexington, KY
Terry Nichols from Port Huron Michigan
Kevin Thompson Greeley, Colorado Connections for Independent Living
Amy Friot. NY Connects Specialist
Cindi Hall-Disability Partners, Sylva, NC
Mike Grier, Pennsylvania Council on Independent Living
hello from SAIL in Marquette MI
Hello, Lydia Cosgrove from Disability Rights & Resources in Charlotte, NC
Sherri Boelter, Independent Living Advocate- Post Falls, ID
SOCIL Hocking County Ohio
Please join our weekly virtual space: Breaking Silences Peer GroupHosted by: Dr. Julie Williams from Wright State University and Maria Matzik of Access Center for Independent LivingThis discussion group is held every Thursday evening from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM. The group’s intent is to offer community connectiveness to individuals who are isolated by the impact of COVID-19. The group welcomes participation from professionals, family members, allies of the disability community, etc. as well.The group is working on ways to develop emergency resources and to develop an awareness regarding individuals with significant disabilities. Our goal is to initiate social connections and to offer support within the community.There is no cost associated with participation and / or involvement in this group. If you are interested in being a part of this virtual community please contact: Dr. Williamsjulie.firstname.lastname@example.orgDr. Williams will add you to the attendee list and send you an invitatio
Ari Goodman: email@example.com - Center for people with Disabilities peer support groups online everyday for free. Please email me for details!
Zoom does offer an 800 # but the subscriber pays for the usage.
Society's Assets has created an online guide on community resources and information during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here: https://societysassetsilc.wixsite.com/coronavirusCheck out the site for information on:* the economic stimulus payments,* food sources,* utilities,* Internet providers,* other benefits,* safer at home resources,* health information, and* mental health resources.We serve Southeastern Wisconsin (Racine, Kenosha, Walworth, Jefferson, and Rock Counties).
Trac fone has unlimited data to those who qualify at https://www.tracfone.com/covid
Robert Blumenfeld Alliance of People with disAbilities serving King County, WA. 500k residents live in rural (unincorporated) county
FreeConference Call is a free "bridge", but I think individuals calling in have to pay for any applicable long distance charges.
Lucy here in the Upper Peninsula. Our Operations manager has started a virtual water cooler meeting peer support staff can phone into for checking in and just touching base.
We have received request for cloth mask and have gotten volunteers to make them and have started handing them out
Check out resources at www.disasterstrategies.org
Amanda at empower: abilities in Springfield MO. We do a daily Zoom meeting for staff who want to join, and we have started a private Facebook page and staff really love it. We closed our office on March 13, and have been sharing our TP and supplies with consumers. I am the AT Coordinator and have a Facebook clip that we do every Tuesday and that is keeping consumers engaged.
From ACL - The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, was signed into law on March 27. The Act provided $85M for Centers for Independent Living under Title VII, Part C, Chapter I of the Rehabilitation Act. We are working to distribute these funds and will post final allocations as soon as that is complete.
Funding for CILs will be directed to focus on core services.
@Lani, I am having such a similar situation, and I too, feel stuck
Perhaps a caregiver, friend or church member/pastor could assist.
You could try to reach out to social workers that work for local agencies that deal with memory care
have the police do a wellness check
Does she have access to broadband access in her area? If she does many companies are providing free services and hardware during the pandemic.
Lucy here-- mail her a picture of you and ask her to keep it by the phone. We are going back to sending mail. Send her a note every few days.
Hi Lani, our staff sent a picture of herself,
This seems like an obvious resource, so forgive me. But have you contacted Alzheimer's Association for possible resources, solutions, etc?
Also, AARP may be able to upgrade her phone.
Lucy cont-- talk about old habits that she may still access like favorite foods and songs . That way she could
Remember to reach out then about those items ofmemory she will be able to share
Check with FCC for free services in any areas of the U.S. Expansion of the LifeLine program.
how is everyone providing IL skills training when we aren't able to do face to face meetings/trainings right now? many of our consumers also don't have access to do a video call right now.
does anyone know if captel work with cell phones
There are captioning apps for cell phones
can you recommend one that is easy to use
I just did a webinar training on Financial Wellness but it was to members of staff, 90% of whom have disabilities. All program personnel are working from home and webinar training is possible. Its difficult to reach the other community consumers on webinar but we are planning to do a one on one over the phone with consumers
Old school-- just calling each consumer individually up to a couple of times a week.
yep that's what we do every week!
The 2 captioning apps that SHOULD still work are Sprint Captel and Clear Captions.
Thanks you all! I definitely have gotten some new ideas already this afternoon!!
We do that too every week
Some of us are older so we don't have to dust them off.
Check effective communications on www.wasilc.org
Yep... I do school phone calls too. I have contact with consumers a least once every 10 days.
What about different ways to work on nursing home transition, since they are all basically shut down
I just got doing that Workshop and it is really great information. Easy to explain to consumers.
can someone share the url for the house part app?
We are not permitted to actually transition anyone. We keep in contact by phone
what was the community living web site again??
I have to run to another meeting "virtually"...everyone b safe.
You can also use your cell phone and run the Zoom app using cell phone service versus internet
house party has to be used with google chrome or an ap on your smart phone
There's also a "booster" that we use for large groups.
Lucy-- try to use off hours and have fewer people on the call. Break up into topics
We are noticing that consumers are really focused on the basics right now - medication access, food and supplies, etc. rather than the programs/skills they may usually look for. So, we're doing a lot of I&R and coordination to help where we can... and doing a lot of check-in calls, general support and listening.
Where I live in a town of 400 this is a problem
Sorry - that was Sarah in New Hampshire
Here is a resource for Ohio utilities
From: Andrew.Tinkham@occ.ohio.gov <Andrew.Tinkham@occ.ohio.gov>Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2020 8:26 AMTo: Andrew.Tinkham@occ.ohio.govSubject: OCC Remote Educational PresentationsI hope all is well and safe.In an effort to continue to educate Ohioans on utility topics, the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel is offering remote presentations on numerous utility topics to organizations and agencies throughout Ohio. The presentation topics include:• Utilities During the Coronavirus Crisis• How to Keep Your Utilities Connected• Utility Consumer Protections• Lowering Your Utility Bills through Energy EfficiencyI would be more than happy to present remotely at community agency roundtable meetings or staff meetings. If you are interested in scheduling a remote presentation, please let me know.Take care,Andrew
Work with your Council of Governments on high speed connectivity
I am sorry, what is the house party site for?
Marissa- Also plug the ethernet cord directly into your laptop or computer for direct speed
@ Judy house party is a good connection with staff and consumer. Just touching base and ability to screen share for fun.
Thank you so much. I had never heard of it before.
Re: IRS, maybe call State Reps / Congressional reps to see if they may have another way to access
Deaf Centers of Nevada might know of resources for you. If you would like me to assist with that, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
try Jim House at email@example.com
You could also check to see if there is a council for the deaf and hard of hearing, or an deaf advocacy agency. They could help navigate the path.
What about virtual VRI
Molson.firstname.lastname@example.org Mary's email address
I'm also noticing a lot of staff anxiety and personal worries - so we are making sure to talk frequently, not only about resources and work-related types, but also just to connect personally
That’s why we made our staff Facebook page. People wanted to be connected but were so tired of all of the emails!
Sarah-agreed! we have calls three times a week to talk just about whatever and one of those calls no work talk is allowed. sometimes the conversation is light and sometimes it's a little more heavy. we also text each other about if we are doing self care to encourage each other.
DREDF= Disbility Rights Education & Defense Fund pulled together a clear disability resource and advocacy page
slack is great too for communication
Discord is good too.
We have Microsoft Teams and set up a chat just for connecting separate from the work stuff. It can be pretty entertaining sometimes.
Slack is GREAT
https://www.virusanxiety.com site for people to check out
our staff posted and shared selfies of their new office mates in their new home office - pets.
Sharing good books is a great recreational activity. Dropping books off at peoples porch in a brown paper bag.
Yes we did a best and worst coworkers competition with people’s pets!
Will the APRIL conference be cancelled?
remember stressed spells desserts backwards- so go enjoy some
LOL @ Karl.... "desserts" We are all ready eating way too much
Many people are wondering how they can help, in my neighborhood in Fargo, ND we put food out on our driveways in bags and a family drove by to gather everything off the same day at one of our food pantries.
thank you for all this information. these webinars are appreciated!
This is the most fruitful webinar with new ideas and humor. I have learnt a lot and will share with my workmates, thank you very much
We have a neighborhood page and people have been really helpful with resources
This has been so valuable, and I would like to wish everyone well! Stay safe and healthy while you are helping others!
It is so rich to be in the call because of the kindness and laughter in the group. Thanks. Tears in my eyes
I appreciate everyone being here today. Hope you all stay safe, and you don’t have to apologize for the daughter! We are all in “doing what we can” mode!
Paper products are scarce in central Ohio
Are you a partner with Convoy of Hope?
We have been able to order supplies from Convoy, Michael Welsh
We are giving TP, Paper towels, cleaning supplies and sanitizer to all consumers who ask
Just sharing the disability disaster tool kit
We started just by sharing our own internal inventory!
I love my CIL.
What are folks doing when it comes to signatures on documents?
My audio is not the best so I am going to ask this question here: "has anyone encountered a person with hearing loss, that utilizes lip reading, having difficulty to communicating with people wearing masks out in the community?"
mailing with self addressed stamp env
Kathleen AILH Maui
Regular Snail-Mailing back and forth to get signatures
We mail them with a self addressed stamped envelope
Each center is different but as long as we get their signature and date on a sheet of paper that will work in the mean time
Docusign is on Tech Soup
Dochub is free through google
I have seen people make masks with clear plastic over the mouth. I save so many comforter and sheet bags, I am looking for someone to donate them to locally.
I have been just doing things throught the mail with self addressed stamped envelope...
I’m mailing paperwork with SASEs in them as well
There is an app where you can scan your document and it saves as a PDF that you can add a signature to.
I really go by what my consumers want. If they are comfortable with digital, we go that way, but many prefer snail mail.
You just take a picture of it instead of scanning it
What is the link for text soup
We were able to get masks with the clear pieces for all our sign language interpreters.
This is my first APRIL Zoom meeting. Very good information from everyone. Thank you, stay safe and healthy!
Have a great day. Thank you
Thank you! Hoping these can continue in some fashion - very useful.
Wonderful - thank you
Thank you! Nice meeting you all!
Thank you, so very helpful!!
dochub is another signature place
Karen Ritchie disABILITY Resource Center Southeast Kentucky
signeasy is an app to sign and fill docs
thank you take care and stay safe
Thanks so much to all.