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Strategies and Resources for Effective Advocacy

    In this edition of SeroSpectives, our focus is effective advocacy. We cover advocating for travel and transportation, ATM and banking, effective letter writing and email campaigns, social networking, contacting elected officials and making presentations.

    Three Advocacy specialists

    Based in Toronto Ontario Canada, David Lepofsky is the chair of the

  1. Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance,
  2. the non-partisan volunteer disability coalition campaigning for a barrier-free Ontario.
  3. Learn more about their campaign to make Ontario elections fully accessible
  4. Email David Lepofsky with questions an concerns, an to ask to receive updates via email
  5. Follow David Lepofsky on Twitter
  6. Follow Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance on Twitter
  7. Like their Facebook page, "Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance".
  8. Kelly Pierce,
  9. works as an advocate for victims of crime with disabilities at the prosecutor’s office in Chicago. He has been active in helping people get adaptive technology at their college, obtain free talking cell phones and free cell phone screen readers, training and equipment from rehabilitation agencies, high quality audio interfaces for transit bus stop calling systems, voting machines and meaningful and useful ATM access at large banks and forming assistive technology teams for acquiring technology.

  10. Lainey Feingold
  11. Law Office of Lainey Feingold - Disability Rights Legal Advocacy
  12. Lainey Feingold graduated law school in 1981 and has been a disability rights lawyer since 1992. Between 1981 and 1992 Lainey represented labor unions, and then represented employees in race and gender discrimination suits. From 1992 - 1996 she was Litigation Director at the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF). In October 1996 she opened the Law Office of Lainey Feingold. Lainey represents persons with disabilities under federal and state law, primarily in matters seeking class-wide relief. Her principle work is with the blind and visually impaired community on technology and information access issues. Along with co-counsel, she has developed
  13. Structured Negotiations
  14. an alternative to litigation emphasizing collaboration and focusing on solution. Using this method, she has negotiated more than
  15. 35 settlement agreements
  16. without filing a single lawsuit with some of the largest institutions in the United States, including American Express, Bank of America, Wal-Mart, Major League Baseball, and Wells Fargo Bank. Lainey has long represented the blind community nationally in efforts to obtain
  17. Talking ATMs
  18. accessible websites, tactile point of sale devices,
  19. accessible audible pedestrian signals
  20. and alternative formats including Braille, audio and large print. She has also resolved numerous other cases on behalf of persons with disabilities, including national class actions against Shell and Chevron resulting in ADA implementation at over 5,000 service stations across the country.

  21. Listen to Original Discussion with Kelly Pierce, David Lepofsky and Brian Charlson in 2010
  22. Current Advocacy News as of October 2011

  23. Comment on Access to Airport Kiosks, Web Site Access and more at Portal for commenting on Proposed Regulations
  24. Court Rules in Favor of JetBlue – Airline Websites and Kiosks Not Covered by State Law
  25. Accessibility issues while banking? Claims Accepted in Wells Fargo Settlement
  26. Fair Housing Report Highlights HUD’s Efforts to End Housing Discrimination
  27. Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Special Needs Populations: A Toolkit for State and Local Planning
  28. FCC Reinstates Rules Requiring Video Description for Television Programming, with Full Compliance Required by July 2012
  29. Video, SMS support coming soon to emergency ’911' services
  30. Ford asks people to choose 1 of 4 sounds hybrids make to warn pedestrians the vehicle is near
  31. NFB Resolution 2011-03 the Lack of Accessibility Requirements in Apple Products
  32. Student E-rent Pilot Project
  33. Possible Cuts to SSI Checks for Children with Disabilities
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