Let your voice be heard. As an individual with special needs, a family member or provider you can help create awareness and advocate for issues that are important to you. Share information on Facebook and Twitter or sit on a committee and contribute to shaping Alaska’s future when it comes to special needs.
Tell your story or give your opinion through public testimony, planning and advisory committees or awareness campaigns.
Education in Alaska – What’s important to you?
There will be opportunities to meet with legislatures across Alaska in February and March! If you are involved with special education this is a good opportunity to let your voice be heard.
Active Surveys: Some legislators are conducting weekly surveys, links in their newsletters
Rep. Matt Claman http://akhouse.org/claman/survey/index.php
Rep. Paul Seaton http://akhouse.org/rep_seaton/survey/
Alaska Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Board Openings
AK-AIMH is seeking motivated and qualified individuals to fill Board of Directors positions in March 2017! There are still three 3-year terms to fill.
- Are you interested in advancing the field of infant and early childhood mental health in the State of Alaska?
- Are you involved in the interdisciplinary practice of infant and early childhood mental health including but not limited to SLP, OT, PT, Early Intervention, Child Care, Medicine and Social Work?
AK-AIMH is looking for dynamic partners to join our Board! Individuals from diverse cultural regions or backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. The successful applicants must be able to commit 10 hours a month to fulfill specified board responsibilities. If you meet this criteria and want to take your passion for infant and children’s mental health to a new level, please download and complete the Board Member Application at akaimh.org/board and send it as an attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org with “Board Position” in the subject line.
The deadline for board nominations is extended to January 20, 2017.
SVRC PUBLIC TESTIMONY
The State Vocational Rehabilitation Committee (SVRC) promotes the employment and rehabilitation of people with disabilities and will hold its annual face-to-face meeting on January 10-12, 2017 in Anchorage.
Meeting date, time and Location
- January 10: The meeting will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Anchorage Marriot Downtown conference room at 820 West 7th
- January 11: The meeting will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the Anchorage Access Alaska conference room at 1217 East 10th Public testimony will be heard from 4:30 until 5:30 p.m.
- January 12: The meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Anchorage Marriot Downtown conference room at 820 West 7th
How to participate in public testimony
- Send an email with your testimony to Jason.Caputo@Alaska.gov or a fax to Jason Caputo at 907-465-2856. Your email or fax should include your permission to read it aloud at the public meeting and be sent by 5:00 p.m., January 5, 2017.
- In-person by coming to Anchorage Access Alaska Conference Room, 1217 East 10th Avenue, Anchorage during the public testimony portion of the meeting on January 11, 2017 between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
- Call in to the meeting on January 11, between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Call 1-888-354-0094 and, when prompted, enter the conference code number 2179208 followed by the # sign.
You may hear the meeting in session when you call. We will check the phone line periodically and will put your name on a list if there are other people before you giving testimony.
- Write a letter with your testimony, and include your permission to read aloud at the public meeting. Mail your testimony with enough time to reach our office by 5:00 p.m., January 5, 2017 and address it to:
Juneau, AK 99811
- Emailed, faxed or written testimony received after the above deadlines will be read at a future SVRC quarterly public meeting.
- If you intend to provide your testimony in person or by phone, letting us know in advance will help us better coordinate the public testimony.
The SVRC promotes the employment and rehabilitation of people with disabilities by creating statewide interest in disability issues, encouraging cooperation among individuals, public agencies, private organizations, and businesses, in obtaining assistance for, and education about, people with disabilities. For more information visit www.labor.alaska.gov/svrc/.
The State of Alaska, Department of Labor and Workforce Development, complies with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Individuals attending the meeting who require special accommodations should call our toll free number 1-800-478-2815 and ask for Jason Caputo or email email@example.com. Please contact us in advance and allow enough time so that arrangements for the accommodation can be made.
Alaska Legislative Opportunity
The Alaska Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education would like to make known to individuals with disabilities the opportunity to apply to be a page for the Alaska State Legislature for this coming session.
Click here to access the recruitment flyers: one for the House and one for the Senate. It should be noted that the House is considered a busier environment. Pages receive set wages noted in the flyer, but do have to secure their own housing in Juneau for the duration of the session.
Legislative staff are making their selections for pages very soon, so please do not delay in getting your application in for consideration!
DD System Public Input
The Trust is partnering with the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, Alaska Association on Developmental Disabilities, and Senior and Disabilities Services to develop a shared vision to guide systems reform. This webinar is for families and communities on December 9, from 12- 1:30pm or one of our self-advocacy forums on December 7 from 5-6:30pm or December 8 from 12-1:30pm on the 7th floor of the Frontier building. Click here for more details. For instructions on how to join the webinar, click here.
GCDSE SATISFACTION SURVEY
The Alaska Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education (GCDSE) would like your ideas about how well the Council is doing its job. Results from this annual survey let us know how we are doing right now. We need your feedback so that the Council can carry out its mission (creating change that improves the lives of people with disabilities).
YOUR OPINION COUNTS!
The Federal Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) requires that all councils on intellectual and developmental disabilities in the US use the same survey questions each year. In order for this survey to have national validity, the questions must be generic to all councils and specific in terms of what is asked.
This survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. To take this survey, please click here:
We would appreciate a response by Monday, November 21 at 5 pm AKST.
If you are unable to complete the survey online and would prefer a hard copy, need assistance completing it, or have questions about the survey or any of the Council’s activities, please call the Council toll-free (within Alaska) at 1-888-269-8990, in Anchorage at 269-8990 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Key Campaign Airfare Scholarship
The Key Campaign will be held on March 2nd and 3rd, 2017. If you know anyone who has never been or just been once as a self-advocate, parent, or provider, please have them complete the attached 2017 Key Campaign Airfare Scholarship Application from the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education. The deadline for submitting your application is December 30th, 2016, by 4:30pm. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Ric Nelson at 907-269-8989 or by emailing him at email@example.com.
The Disability Law Center (DLC) needs your help!
The Disability Law Center (DLC) needs your help! Your input is vital to steering DLC’s future advocacy efforts. Please take a moment before midnight, August 24, 2016 to share your thoughts by taking this Online Survey.
The results will help the DLC to set our priorities for 2017. As a thank-you for your time and thoughts, at the end of the survey Alaska residents may enter for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card.
Know Your Right to Vote Campaign
The Know Your Right to Vote Campaign is dedicated to providing voter education materials and resources to the disability community. When we exercise our right to vote, we have the power to influence the structure and the funding of our community. Tool kit and more information available at the Arc of Anchorage.
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