Register for Town Hall Meeting





Tools to Independence: A Town Hall Meeting

for Atlanta

Hosted by:


Statewide Independent Living Council and

Tools for Life, Georgia’s Assistive Technology Act Program



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM


Georgia State University Student Center

Senate Salon

101 Piedmont Ave. SE

Atlanta, GA 30303

Please Join Us for an Important Conversation!


Each state has both an Independent Living program and an Assistive Technology Act Program. In the day to day world of people with disabilities, lives are transformed and communities are improved because of programs like your local Center for Independent Living and Tools for Life.


Let Your Voice Be Heard!


This year, these two programs are joining forces to learn from you about what is working well and what else needs to be done. Please plan to attend and provide us with information on what you believe to be critical issues facing Georgians with disabilities as we prepare to develop our state plans.


Be sure to register for the event so you are able to fully participate!


For reasonable accommodations, please contact Shelly Simmons at

Town Hall Meeting!


Please join the Statewide Independent Living Council of Georgia


Tools For Life

For a town hall meeting.

Please plan to attend and provide us with information

On what you believe to be critical issues facing

Georgians with disabilities as we prepare to develop our state plans.

We look forward to seeing you December 9, 2014

11a – 1p

Georgia State University Student Recreation Center

Senate Salon

101 Piedmont Ave. SE Atlanta, GA 30303


For reasonable accommodations, contact Shelly Simmons at

CRPD Video

This brand new video lets you feel the energy of advocates gathered in DC during the July 29th rally as they call for U.S. Senators to ratify the “Disability Treaty” (Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD)!  And, yes, this 6-minute video has captions (you may need to toggle the cc button when the video starts to turn them on).  Please propagate via your networks!  And remind your contacts that they can take action to support the CRPD at





Renovation Tool for Basic Home Access

Download your free copy of the RENOVATION TOOL FOR BASIC ACCESS here: It helps rehabbers determine if a property can easily have basic access features! Find out how to easily and cheaply include these features in your next rehab project:
• One level entrance without a step
• Door openings wide enough for wheelchairs and walkers to glide through
• Bathroom on the ground floor
Make your next rehab a mobility and aging friendly one! You never know when YOU or someone you love will need it!
For questions, training in the use of the tool, or technical assistance, please contact us.


Click here for tool

Medicare Open Enrollment Period Begins — People with Medicare can compare and choose new plans

Americans have seven full weeks, starting Oct. 15, to select new Medicare plans or choose to stay with current coverage. During this year’s Medicare open enrollment period, which ends Dec. 7, the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Aging Services and the state’s Area Agencies on Aging will offer free one-on-one assistance and community education presentations to help Georgians make decisions about Medicare health and prescription drug plans.
GeorgiaCares, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), offers personalized counseling through the toll-free help line at 866-552-4464, Option 4. Consumers may also compare plans at, call 800-Medicare (800-633-4227) or visit to learn more.

Critical Public Meetings

Critical Public Meetings:

You Can Have an Impact Upon Georgia’s Medicaid Home and Community Based Services

In March of 2014, to ensure home- and community-based services (HCBS) are integrated, the federal government approved new rules that outline which Medicaid services can be covered and in what setting they can be provided. States are required to create “transition plans” describing the changes they will make to comply with these new regulations. As stakeholders, this is your opportunity to make a difference in the direction Georgia takes in its services.

At this meeting you will:
• Meet with Medicaid leaders to learn about important changes to HCBS
• Participate in a focused discussion with other advocates and voice your concerns on current services
• Review the draft transition plan and provide critical feedback helping to shape the future of services in Georgia

Who should attend: Consumers and Family Members who receive any of the following services:
• Independent Care Waiver Program (ICWP)
• New Options Waiver (NOW)
• Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP)
• Elderly & Disabled Waivers
• SOURCE (Services Options Using Resources in a Community Environment)
• Community Care Services Program (CCSP)
• Georgia Pediatric Program (GAAP)

October 28, 2014- Marietta
Afternoon or Evening session
1:00p.m. -2:30p.m. Or 7:00p.m. – 8:30p.m.

The Mansour Center
995 Roswell Street NE
Marietta, GA 30060
Room: Travis Duke A
(770) 701-0315

Please indicate afternoon or evening session



November 6, 2014- Macon
Afternoon or Evening session
1:00p.m. -2:30p.m. Or 6:30p.m. -8:00p.m.

Disability Connections
170 College Street
Macon GA 31201
Conference Room
(478) 741-1425

Please indicate afternoon or evening session
November 13, 2014 Athens
Afternoon or Evening session
1:00p.m. -2:30p.m. Or 6:30p.m. -8:00p.m

The Classic Center
300 N. Thomas Street
Athens GA 30601
Room: Empire Room 1
(706) 357-4444

Please indicate afternoon or evening session
November 18, 2014 Fayetteville
Afternoon or Evening session
1:00p.m. -2:30p.m. Or 7:00p.m. -8:30p.m.

The Lafayette Educational Center- Building D
205 Lafayette Avenue
Fayetteville GA 30214
Room: Media Center
(770) 460-3990

Please indicate afternoon or evening session

Hosted by the Georgia Department of Community Health

For more detailed information on HCBS, please visit:

SILC Board Member Receives Recognition

Our own, Debbie McDonald, was presented with the Anne Sullivan Award for her work with individuals with disabilities. It was presented by the Albany Lions Club. Good work, Debbie,

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we’re very proud of you.

Thank You, Senator Tom Harkin

Thank you, Senator Tom Harkin for standing strong

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in support of United States leadership and global disability rights supporting the CRPD. #ISupportCRPD


United Spinal Assn


AbleRoad – the website and smartphone app that connects people with accessible places is looking for 100 enthusiastic reviewers from the United States interested in telling others about their positive and negative accessibility experiences at restaurants, stores, theaters, hotels, airports, sports facilities, professional offices, and just about any place.

If you’re interested in sharing information about the accessibility of your community or places you travel with wheelchair users and others with disabilities while advocating for more access and exposing wrongdoing with the possibility of a financial reward, email AbleRoad’s CEO Kevin McGuire at

Imagine a reliable source for access information before you step out your door.

  • Financial rewards are available to those who care about access to public facilities
  • AbleRoad is website and app which posts your reviews on the accessibility of any public space or business
  • The app is available is available for iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle
  • AbleRoad makes Yelp and AbleRoad ratings available on the same screen

Kevin McGuire, a wheelchair user himself, wants you to help him help others with disabilities by acknowledging businesses that provide excellent service and access and alerts you to those that don’t.


James Weisman
EVP & General Counsel
United Spinal Association