The Bigger Picture, Issue 26

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It’s 2016 and we are BACK! Everyone here had a wonderful holiday and we sincerely hope that you, your family, friends & loved ones also had a restful and joyous holiday. Now it’s time to dive head-first into 2016! Keep reading below for a collection of news items from around the web relating to disability and independent living.

Uber Launches Wheelchair-Accessible Service In D.C. After Years Of Criticism

We have another installment in the ongoing struggle with Uber being accessible to people with disabilities. This current chapter is welcome news in the right direction: Uber is launching Wheelchair-Accessible Van (WAV) service in Washington DC. Let’s hope that this trend continues, because Uber’s popularity is increasing and transportation is a very important issue to people with disabilities, especially in our region. You can read more from WAMU here.

Gamer with Vision Impairment Triumphs Over Video Game “Ocarina of Time”

If you’re a gamer, the words “Ocarina of Time” may very well strike both excitement and frustration in your heart. “Ocarina” was the fifth installment in the “Legend of Zelda” game series that began early in the world of home video game systems on the 8-bit Nintendo. It is notorious as a rather difficult game, most especially the Water Temple area. The game was originally released in 1998, well before the age of accessibility in gaming, so you can imagine what a challenge it would be if you needed accessibility options for gaming. But gamer Terry Garrett has spent the last five years playing “Ocarina” and has finally beaten it! Terry is blind, and uses various sound options to help him determine where his character is going and doing in the game. He chronicled his triumph on his YouTube page that you can visit here. (Webmistress’ note: as a gamer myself, who has been playing since the 8-bit Nintendo days, I am absolutely floored at this man’s achievement! Wtg, Terry!)

Schools Cited For Widespread ADA Violations

You may have seen stories in the news lately about schools all over the country being cited for ADA violations, and most especially stories about Georgia schools (you can read more about the Southern Poverty Law Center’s fight to make sure children with disabilities in the south are getting everything they need in southern schools by clicking here). This story we’re highlighting today is news about schools in New York City. Studies and investigations have revealed many ADA violations; for example, 83% of elementary schools in NYC are not accessible. Read more from Disability Scoop in this article here.


NWGA Center for Independent Living Updates

  • We are still accepting donations of unused, sealed packages of adult incontinence supplies (specifically pull-ups) for our Community Closet program. This program serves individuals in our area with free incontinence supplies on a monthly basis, and the need is great. These items help people maintain and increase their independence, so “give the gift of dignity” and help our consumers with these items. You can bring items to our office on N 5th Avenue in Rome Monday through Friday from 9am until 5pm.
  • Are you or someone you know interested in increasing your independent living skills? Or perhaps in need of an empathetic support system through our Peer Support program? We can help! Call us at 706-314-0008 and let us know how we can help!
  • Stay tuned for continued blog posts and updates with what we’re up to here at NWGA CIL. We are geared up for the new year with plenty of events and items on our calendar, and more importantly we have a fire within us to serve others with disabilities in our community!

Thanks for joining us for this first issue of 2016! We’ll see you next time!

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