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Summer Cooling Assistance Through HEAP


Individuals with Heat-Related Health Issues Can Apply to Receive Air Conditioners – Apply Here

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $3 million is available to help New Yorkers suffering from serious health issues that are aggravated by extreme heat purchase an air conditioner. Individuals can apply now for cooling assistance through the Home Energy Assistance Program at their local department of social services.

“When the heat and humidity of summer arrives, it’s important that vulnerable New Yorkers are able to stay safe and comfortable in their homes,” Governor Cuomo said. “I encourage anyone with a medical condition that is worsened by high temperatures to apply now, so an air conditioner can be installed before the first heat wave hits.”

The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, which oversees the program, has set aside $3 million in federal funding to provide an air conditioning unit or fan, to eligible households. Last year, 4,000 households received cooling assistance.

To qualify, applicants must meet existing HEAP eligibility criteria and income guidelines, which vary by household size, and have at least one member of the household that suffers from a documented medical condition exacerbated by extreme heat. For example, a household of four can earn up to $53,482 a year or $4,457 a month, and still qualify for assistance.

Cooling assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Local Departments of Social Services will accept applications through August 31, or until funding runs out.

“Know Your Rights” Presentation – 5/31/18

Presented by:
New York State Office for New Americans
Literacy Solutions NY Inc.

Everyone has rights! You Need to Know Yours!!

Join Deputy County Executive Guillermo Rosa, District Attorney Thomas Zugibe, Supervising Assistant District Attorney Tina Guccione, and the Center for Safety and Change for a special “KNOW YOUR RIGHTS” Presentation

Thursday, May 31, 2018  – 6:00 PM
Haverstraw Elementary School
16 Grant Street, Haverstraw, NY
For more information call:
(846) 499-5464 or (845) 826-5022

Long Term Care Survey

In Governor Cuomo’s 2018 State of the State, he announced the launch of a Long Term Care Planning Council to prepare for the emerging needs of New York State’s growing aging population. The charge of the Council is to examine New York’s long term care system.  Specifically, the Council will:

  • Analyze, evaluate, and identify the existing service gaps in New York’s long term care system
  • Determine the most cost-effective evidence-based interventions
  • Prepare a strategic plan to meet the emerging needs of New York’s aging population over the next decade

The New York State Department of Health and the New York State Office for the Aging are requesting that you complete a brief anonymous survey to assist the Planning Council in this effort. For the purpose of this Council, the “long term care system” should be broadly interpreted to include a variety of services and supports that help meet both the medical and non-medical needs of individuals with a chronic illness, disability, or functional need, and includes services and supports for caregivers.

Please respond by June 18, 2018.

Study Participants Needed-Deaf People & Social Trauma

To take the survey, go to this link:

This study is a dissertation by Holly Siegrist, M.A., M.S., a deaf doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program at Alliant International University and supervised by Rhoda Olkin, Ph.D., at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Francisco.

The purpose of this study is to investigate difficult social experiences that deaf/Deaf and hard of hearing people may have faced in childhood, such as trauma as a result of oppression or abuse, and how these experiences shape their sense of identity and social interactions as adults, with particular attention to experiences of exclusion.

The focus of the study is on social interactions between deaf and hearing people. However, the study also examines social interactions of deaf people with other deaf people, and intersectionalities of oppression. Another focus is on identifying both positive and less adaptive ways that deaf people handle difficult social interactions. Deaf people age 18 and up are compared by generations, gender, and whether participants had sign language as their first language. The study involves an internet survey distributed to the United States and Canada, and email interviews with participants in the United States. 

This study also aims to inform clinicians working with deaf clients, and policy makers, about how oppression can affect deaf people’s sense of identity and social development. Psychological distress due to oppression in social interactions has important ramifications in the social lives of deaf people. The results of this study will be available in June 2018.

To take the survey, go to this link:

CHORE Handymen Philip Stephenson and Nick Amendola are Volunteers of the Week!

Read the complete article at the Rockland County Times website.

CHORE volunteers Philip Stephenson and Nick Amendola.

Aging can be a difficult time for many people, as they rely on the help of family and friends as they get older. Without this option, they need the help of people who volunteer their time to help them with basic tasks, such as replacing light bulbs, installing grab bars and repairing handrails.

CHORE is a resource to people living in Rockland County who are 60 or older, or a person living with a disability, regardless of age or income status. CHORE helps people to maintain the independence of living at home by providing free minor household repairs and home improvements that make living at home safe. Repairs are generally completed within two weeks from the request. CHORE prioritizes minor home repairs that are related to safety concerns. Any minor home repair that will help prevent falls or keep people safe in their home will be scheduled as soon as possible.

CHORE, a program of Bridges, is supported through a combination of volunteers, a grant from the Rockland County Office for the Aging and the generosity of local businesses and residents. Contact Bridges for more information about the CHORE program by phone at 845-215-1010 or visit the CHORE webpage.

Read the complete article at the Rockland County Times website.

Google Maps Is Making Travel More Accessible for Wheelchair Users

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The platform is adding wheelchair-accessible navigation options for transit routes in six major cities.

Google Maps is making significant strides to address the needs of wheelchair users worldwide. The tech company recently announced the launch of wheelchair-accessible routes to its navigation platform in a move that will finally make it easier for people with access needs to plan for—and get around during—trips to major cities. 

When interacting with Google Maps, users will now be able to select “wheelchair accessible” as a route navigation option. The new feature is rolling out in six major cities—starting with London, New York, Tokyo, Mexico City, Boston, and Sydney—and Google plans to add more cities with wheelchair accessible routes in the future.

Read the complete article here…