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Calling all providers, legislators, planners, and advocates!

Please mark your calendars for the Finger Lakes and Western New York Transportation Summit on November 5th, 2016, 8:30am – 3:00pm.

Non-profits, public transit, private transit, state, families, advocates and legislators coming together to learn, generate ideas, and network in readiness for solutions to meet the needs of people with and without disabilities in the Western NY and Finger Lakes regions. Find Solutions and Generate Opportunities!

The Summit will be held at Genesee Community College in Batavia, NY. Transportation is available from several regions. Please contact Laura Gawel, Chairperson at or (716) 505-5521 with questions. If you are a provider, please consider sending a shuttle to the conference.

Next DEAN Meeting

Hello everyone!

We apologize for the late notice. Our next DEAN meeting will be next Wednesday, August 3 at 2 PM at Deaf Access Services in the Tri-Main building on Main Street near Amherst.

We will be discussing our voter initiative, the community book project,  The September bullying conference, and other new business.

Please join us!

For Interested Volunteers

Subject: For Interested Volunteers

Hello all,

My name is Helen Charland and I am a PAVA advocate at Disability Rights New York in Albany. One of the focuses of the PAVA program is to ensure accessibility of polling sites. One of the ways DRNY works to ensure poll site accessibility is by conducting poll site surveying on Election Day. Poll site surveying is when trained volunteers assess poll sites for accessibility standards. Some examples of what poll site surveying consists of is measuring widths of doors, slopes of ramps, and making sure accessible voting machines are turned on (and much more). Trained volunteers are given a survey packet in which they fill out at each polling site they are assigned. The answers from the survey packet allow me to analyze the accessibility of poll sites in a given area.

This presidential primary, the PAVA program focused on surveying poll sites in the Capital Region. We are looking to expand our advocacy efforts to the Western NY area. If you are interested in becoming a trained poll site surveyor for the upcoming general presidential election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, please contact me or Sophia Roberts, Supervising Coordinator at SANYS. My contact information can be found at the bottom of this e-mail. Sophia and I will be working together to organize the training of volunteers. If you have any questions, please let me know and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

I look forward to working with you all!

Best regards,

Helen Charland
PAAT/PAVA Advocate
725 Broadway, Suite 450
Albany, New York 12207

Next DEAN Meeting

Hello everyone!

Our next DEAN meeting will be Wednesday, June 29 at 2 PM at the Museum of disAbility History. 3826 Main St. We have lots to discuss, including the big July ADA event and the September conference on bullying, as well as our efforts to educate folks about voting. Please feel free to bring new agenda items to the meeting.

Hope to see everyone there!

IMPORTANT – Date change next meeting

Dear all: please correct your calendars. Our next DEAN meeting will be Wednesday, May 4 at 2 PM at Deaf Access Services in the Tri-Main building near Main and Amherst. We hope everyone can join us. We have lots to discuss, including the July ADA celebration, the fall bullying conference, and our ongoing efforts to educate voters in Western New York!

Public Programs – School of Architecture and Planning – Rob Imrie

Interested in the built environment? Concerned with access issues, transportation, fair housing? Wondering what the ADA has to do with it?

Please join us for an important and exciting conversation with two long time innovators in the field of disability and the built environment:

Rob Imrie
Professor of Sociology
Goldsmiths College
University of London


Edward Steinfeld
SUNY Distinguished Professor of Architecture
Director, IDeA Center
University at Buffalo

This event is free, open to the public and accessible. Please send ASL interpreting requests to email:

​Wednesday, April 6
6 PM
Crosby 301​ – UB South Campus​

Please help us spread the word!

Hope to see everyone there!

DEAN Meeting

DEAN Meeting Agenda

March 23, 2016

2:00 PM

Meeting at DAS


  1. March 2nd Spread the Word to End the Word event at Downtown Library event review.
  2. Discuss April Arts Conference:

– Mike sent out flyer

– Can people carpool or share rides?

– Submissions are due to Mike by March 30th at 10AM. They can be submitted to Starlight Studio, Mike or Frank.

– Discuss monetary prize in categories (Visual media, written word, spoken word) as reminder

– Outreach tables available?

  1. DEAN and WNYIL collaboration on 501c3.
  • Has account been established?
  1. Discuss DD Day in general. Mike and Frank will be doing a presentation on voting. Are there other presenters?
  2. ADA Celebration on July 24th to mark the 26th Plans starting see Todd Vaarwerk for details. Parade with floats being planned.
  3. Center for Self Advocacy report
  4. Brie Bullying Conference discussion
  5. Non Driver ID event at Northtown Auto Bureau on April 23rd. See flyer.
  6. Bruce’s event.
  • Roundtable discussion, any announcements?
  • Next Meeting date? Location?