Publication Date: 
Jun 25 2018


Events for People with Disabilities Heat Up in July!

Olmstead National Call in Day   *   Legislative Policy Event   *   Attendant Management Training - Who's the Boss?   *   Disability Resource Fair   *   REV UP Voter Registration   *   Peer Counseling Power   *   Local Talent Wins Disability Film Contest

Olmstead National Call in Day & How YOU Benefit from Taking Action

June 22nd marks the 19th anniversary of the Olmstead decision, which recognized the right of people with disabilities to live, work, and participate in their communities. Join Disability Advocates around the country on this day for a national call in day support community living and urge your senators and representatives to co-sponsor the EMPOWER Care Act to extend Money Follows the person program and help make Olmstead a reality!

Call the capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or (202) 224-3091 (TTY) ask to be connected to your senators and representatives.



NCIL Policy Briefing Teleconference at REACH of Plano Office

Wednesday, July 27th 2:00 - 3:30
REACH of Plano office
720 E. Park Blvd., suite 104, Plano TX 75074

This important presentation will to bring advocates up-to-date on national issues and federal policies that affect people with disabilities and provide participants with question and answer sessions with national leaders to ensure you have in-depth information on the issues you care about most.

Please RSVP so we have enough space and some light refreshments if you would like to learn the latest advocacy issues presented in our office. Or you can register at this link to have the teleconference direct to your phone -

RSVP REACH of Plano office by Tuesday, June 26th at 12:00 noon - Call Julie Espinoza 972/398-1111 or email

Attendant Management Training - YOU ARE THE Boss!

Thursday, July 12th 9:30 - 3:00
REACH of Plano office
720 E. Park Blvd., suite 104, Plano TX 75074
Lunch Provided
Must RSVP!!!!! Call Lucy Chiang 972/398-1111 or email

Part of living independently as a person with a disability means being able to be effective as a manager of attendant services. Without good skills in finding, training, keeping and terminating attendant services - you are at a greater risk of being placed in a nursing home!!! Lucy will provide a toolkit and great discussion on how to be proactive in your care!

Disability Resource Fair & REV UP Voter Registration Drive!

Tuesday, July 17th 9:30 - 11:30
REACH of Plano office
720 E. Park Blvd., suite 104, Plano TX 75074
Refreshments Provided
Must RSVP!!!!! Call Kathryn Kososki 972/398-1111 or email

A wonderful morning of activities are happening specifically to help people with disabilities find out in one spot - what all resources are available to help them thrive in this community. Disability agencies will be on hand, adaptive tai chi demonstrations, a voter Registrar will be on site with the REV UP program, an art therapy display, meet Ms. Wheelchair Texas Ambassador Shawnett Viani, door prizes and more! Call to let us know you'll be coming by!

Peer Counseling Power!!

Wednesday, August 8th 12:00 - 2:00
REACH of Plano office
720 E. Park Blvd., suite 104, Plano TX 75074
Lunch Provided
Must RSVP!!!!! Call Julie Espinoza 972/398-1111 or email

Centers for Independent Living are based on the philosophy that people with disabilities are the "real" experts on living with a disability. Join this discussion group to talk about the power you have in helping others with disabilities by talking about how you achieve your own independence.

Local Advocate Wins "Free Our People" Film Contest

Congratulations to Julie Ross! See article below from Free Our People Film Contest's  Facebook post of Center for Disability Rights:


The Center for Disability Rights (CDR), a disability led, not for profit corporation that provides services to people with disabilities to promote independence and self-determination, has convened its second annual ‘Free Our People' Film Contest. CDR is excited to congratulate the winners that were chosen by its team of expert judges and announce its upcoming film festival, in which all of these films will debut.

Part of CDR’s core mission of promoting self-determination for disabled people includes advocating for the rights of disabled people to live in the community with their friends and family rather than an institutionalized setting, like a nursing home. Currently and historically, this goal of community integration is made more difficult by a long-term care system that prioritizes nursing home care as a necessary entitlement while making home and community-based care an afterthought.

The “Free Our People Film Contest” is one way in which CDR is working to dismantle the systems that keep people locked away in nursing homes. The contest organizers would like to thank the following sponsors for providing prizes: Jungle Software, Scrivener, Mariner Software, Movie Magic, Power Production Software, Dramatica and The Center for Disability Rights.

Jensen Carabello and Chris Wood’s film “LifeSavers” won first place and will receive a prize of $1000 cash, hotel and airline accommodations to Rochester for the screening of their film, and film and screenwriting software that will help
them continue to make high quality productions.

One of the contest’s judges, Teal Sherer, describes the film
as, “Social change storytelling at its best.” She continues by stating that this “film powerfully follows Caraballo, who was forced to live in a nursing home from fifteen to twenty-one years of age. With ADAPT, he fights against institutional bias, even if it means getting arrested. As he shares in the film, ‘I’d
rather go to jail than die in a nursing home.’”

Second place was won by Julie Ross for “No Way to Live.” Julie will receive $500 cash, plus the same hotel and travel arrangements and a similar cluster of software.

Third place was awarded to Cheryl Green for her film “After Fairview.” Cheryl will also be given a trip to Rochester
and film making software.

Congratulations to all our winners! We will see you in Rochester in August!