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Sunday, January 20, 2013

January 20, 2013 Reposted - If You Believe in a Green Environment and Green Transportation Even For People Who Are Disabled or Boomers, Join Green Think Tank for the Disability Community and Support the Movement

Today, I am calling on Google Readers, G+ Members, gmail users, +GreenITers, and bloggers +Net2Chi, +Access DMV,  +ADAPT, +Jeanette Exom +eugene frazier   +Sy Bounds  +Pete Preston, et al to join the Green Think Tank for the Disability Community if you are willing to share your talents and donate time, funds or wisdom to greening the disability community: from affordable or low-income, accessible green housing coops to accessible solar-powered and hydrogen-powered cars, and green medicine and healthcare, organic growing and organic vegan dining (raw, biogenic or living). 
 
We are also shouting out for support to:

+Javier Robles +Hunter Adams +Sabeel El +Frank Yurasek +Demetrius  Frazier +Janice Harris +U. S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky , +janelle.o.barnes@lawrence.edu +Quintin Williams USSF +Ernie Martinez  +Mim Rose  +PIRG +Brittney Gault +Bridget Bodo  +Michelle Love +Andrea Graham  et al

As Javier Robles says 'We are ThisAbled." 
As IMPRUVE says, "WE WILL NOT BE SILENT. Like an oak we bend, but we do not break. " 
As Diane Coleman says, "We're Not Dead Yet." 

As Maat says, "Move forward like the kangaroo...bringing order to chaos." As Mary Baker Eddy says, "Let nothing crush you. Rise immediately. 

We need students to do solar research and engineering students to help us solve the design problems of doors and wheelchair ramps for the solar car.  We need help from elected officials and green auto industry  to get the closed factory space re-opened for assembly of the solar cars. 


We are still in the stages of getting the solar-powered car into the hands of all who need it who cannot drive or buy regular cars or pay high paratransit fees or wheelchair taxi fares or have no usable accessible transit or wheelchair taxis in their areas, or have respiratory issues that biofuels, gasoline, diesel fuel or motor oil exacerbate.   We are working secondarily with the Green Paratransit Think Tank. 


And working to get green jobs or green self-employment for people who are disabled (PWDs), Baby Boomers, youth and seniors in nanotechnology, solar auto dealerships and maintenance & repair, and home-based insurance agencies.
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Public Announcement

For Immediate Release – January 20, 2013



From: National Paratransit Peoples’ Movement Assembly Contacts:

c/o IMPRUVE Dr. Ayo Maat,

6951 N. Sheridan Rd 773-416-7366

Chicago IL 60626-3527 Cecelia Jackson, Secy 773-544-9488



“ Accessible transportation is a basic right and the disability community is not a one size fits all community. We and our supporters are concerned that Congress may not consider the best interests and needs of the people who are disabled who ride paratransit and are forced by FTA policy to pay as much as twice the fixed route public transit fare despite having the lowest disposable incomes in the nation.
          You have a stake in the ability of this nation to provide a higher quality of life for its most neglected populations. This includes  Persons who are disabled (PWD's).  The disability community needs jobs, independent green transportation for those times when the paratransit and wheelchair taxis just aren't available or cost too much, or PWD's need unexpeceted transportation to pick up children from school or handle emergencies or cannot ride public buses and trains, or to travel to conferences, rallies, the store, short trips, worship, to visit,  to paid work,  to volunteer, to get to suburbs, etc.
       
           Every May, NPPMA invites paratransit riders, the disability community and supporters to Washington DC to advoacte with Congress and for our memorial rally for paratransit riders who have passed into transition from earthly living (passed away).  
You are invited. 

Help us to remove the isolation that pushes people who are disabled and seniors or boomers with low income  into a lower quality of life that places them at risk for avoidable, though catastrophic illness or premature death as funds for paratransit diminish and we  are unable to access appropriate affordable transportation to meet our needs and pocketbooks, and get to regular or alternative healthcare, worship service, and the activities that allow us to be on equal footing with our non-disabled peers in terms of employment and quality of life ..." - Ayo Maat, Ph.D., founder, IMPRUVE and NPPMA (National Paratransit People’s Movement Assembly)

Members of the disability community who ride paratransit and have the lowest employment rates and lowest disposable incomes and our supporters request that our voices be heard by Congress, the President, and the public. Join us.

Much has changed in Congress since 2004, 2008 and 2012, but little has changed in the needs of the persons who are disabled.

As an option, we further invite the members of Congress and the public who are disabled  though better off financially than the average person to walk in our shoes using only the equivalent of our average available disposable income for transportation for just one month, particularly in the cities or states that do not have wheelchair taxis, or charge unaffordable prices for paratransit or have reduced services due to the high costs of operating.

Ride public transit, paratransit, taxi service or Medicar service for one month incognito and see what we face-speak candidly with riders and drivers in your home city or state, but esp. Detroit, Chicago, Springfield IL, DC-VA-MD, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Nassau County NY, Miami, St. Petersburg FL, St. Louis, Portland OR and New York NY. If you can find a wheelchair taxi in Detroit at any time or more than one wheelchair taxi after 11 pm in DC or MD, please let us know. Thank you, thank you, thank you in advance for doing the right thing.



Sincerely,



Ms. Ayo Maat, Ph.D, president/CEO, IMPRUVE, founder of NPPMA, paratransit and disability advocate, senior advocate, Pace paratransit rider, Mobility Direct rider (former Medicar rider—stopped because they would no longer pick up wheelchair clients due to long term nonpayment by IL Medicaid), legislative advocate


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NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:


IMPRUVE (Independent Movement of Paratransit Rider for Unity, Vehicles, Equality

National Paratransit People’s Movement Assembly (NPPMA)

BNICEH (Black Network In Children’s Emotional Health)



18 comments:

  1. It is ok to add my name-Camille Smith

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    1. You have me down wrong. It's Andrew Kurzweil, not Andrew Weil.

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    2. I apologize--will correct. I had you correct on the WORD document. Don't forget to send us news about the coalition, accessible transit in NY or your blog. We get news from Nassau County. You may also join the IMPRUVE newsgroup free and post there : impruve-subscribe@yahoogroups.com or join the Green Think Tank for the Disability Community and Green Paratransit or just send me the news and I will post. Thanks. P.S. Do you have wheelchair taxis in NY--what counties or cities.

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  3. You may use my name. Christopher D. Albee Health Care Administrator

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  4. add my name to list, Mark Stewart (Ra)'let's get this passed!

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  5. Please add my name, Mim Rose dePelichy IMPRUVE member

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  6. add alva luz rodriguez to this list.

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    1. As a paratransit rider, public transit rider, wheelchair taxi rider or disability advocate or activist or ? What state? Is this Alva from my neck of the woods? If so, hey, girl, why have you not been involved with us as you used to-we have Congress' interest and attention now--time to move forward--please get us some more Latinos-they need to be involved in this, too, and made aware in IL of the existence and importance of keeping Mobility Direct going as an alternative to door-to-door paratransit--it i chaeper than TAP (Taxi Access Program)we need it in all the states and U.S. territories--wonder what Puerto Rico has-- we need to ride it before Rahmbo cuts it off--he said he was not waiting on the feds nor did he want to be dependent on their funding. Rene probably would have organized the Latino Consortium of People with Disabilities it, but he is still recovering from health issues-- they say he may not be back. I'm praying for him. If you have his number call him and ask him to l me--I may have some answers for him.

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  7. I SUPPORT Surface Transit Bill PLEASE ADD MY NAME
    WILLIAM K CROSBY

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    1. ok, thanks, Will. Now what about Bruce, CFABC, Dock...? ((~_~)) We have 82 signatures now...have to check other emails, sites, blogs, too, to ee if anyone else signed. Sending to Bobby Rush, Jan Schakowsky, Dick Durbin, Mark Kirk and the other 46 members of the Conference Committee of the Surface Transit Bill--just don't have all 47 email or fax addresses. Durbin is on the Committee--we have his contact info and already visited his office, Kirk's office, Menenedez's aide, the policy director for Senate Committee on Transit and transit policy assts/aides for various subcommittees of the House Transit and Hwy and Senate Banking Committees; also met with and Rush and Schakowsky (they showed up personally for meetings with Cece and me respectively) while we were in DC in May; held a rally/interview at King Memorial, too. That's a nice memeorial--check it out if you haven't and viit for raw food and herb vitaminminerls sea moss, Afrikan artifacts--Khepera and Dynamic Health and Wellness Center at 402 H Street -- they have a portable ramp -- close at 8 pm EDT; have spoken word/comedy show until 11 pm or midnight on Satrdys. Nate Mine is the naturopath there and producer of the show. He has a farm 50 miles outside of DC (in MD). Metro Access DC is the paratransit provider. Just have RTA to fax them your papers-to get a paratransit visitors pass for up to 2 weeks, Cece has the phone and fax numbers fo Mr Access Dc. Can only call-in trips up until 4:30 pm EDT, but can schedule up to 1 week in advance. Fare ranges from $3 to $7 and only the computer knows your fares. Short trips cost more during rush hour. Cece was in MD and sometimes her fare was cheaper than mine even when it was not rush hour, but it was difficult for her to get a wheelchair taxi when he did not have the paratransit. I took them a few times--they are all rear end taxi. Rhode Island probably has more wheelchair taxis on the the street than DC!!

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  8. You may add my name as: Barbara Moore, Consultant.

    You may wish to note in your letter that as our baby boomer generation continues to age, need for such services will also increase.

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    1. Good point, Barbara. Absolutely. Baby boomers are growing-Exactly the point I made for the street legalization and support of the solar-powered car that is a more affordable and safer NEV (neighborhood electric vehicle)--it sits on a golf cart frame, is low weight, takes up less parking space, has had no accidents reported, is easy to drive for licensed seniors, youth and persons who are disabled, is low speed and can be used for car-sharing, home visits by healthcare and nonprofit field workers, local shopping, attending worship services, and perhaps local farmers' markets, too. Persons who have mobility limitations can transfer to a motorized shopping cart at grocery and hardware stores, and wherever the Amigos are available, thus increasing local business sales, while reducing emissions and improving quality of life for those who stay in due to not having transportation or cannot afford the outlay of cash for paratransit and taxis...

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