A message from CAD President… June 25, 2020
Disability Rights Connecticut is looking for People to Join Our Board of Directors
Please feel free to follow up with the interim Executive Director, Bob Joondeph at Bob.Joondeph@DisRightsCT.org if you have any questions.
A Message from CAD President – May 18, 2020
Hi Everyone, I am Luisa Gasco-Soboleski, President of the Connecticut Association of the Deaf.
I am very sorry for not getting on the vlog for a while as I have been having problems with video and other things pertaining the deaf/hard of hearing/deaf blind community during this pandemic (Coronavirus). Hope this finds you all healthy and safe. Again we want to emphasize how important for everyone to stay safe by using mask, washing your hands frequently, and staying 6 feet away from others (socially distance). It is important to watch our governor, Ned Lamont’s updates every day. Please be careful when it comes to the social media and it can be misleading. Slow opening is important and please follow the safety protocols given by our state.
We got the forms on Tips for Healthcare Provider which I am attaching at the end of this. All hospitals in CT should have this copy. Thank you Yale New Haven Health for making this possible.
We also have the listing for the mental health (counselors, therapists, etc.) and it is also attached. Please share with others. It is important that we stay safe, calm and keep in touch with our family members, friends, and the community. We are grateful that we have wonderful technology to keep all of us connected. Please feel free to contact us if you need any support, feedback or any input. We are also working on interpreters in the hospitals and other important things through virtual meetings.
Again, we want to thank our interpreters, educators, healthcare workers, and all essential workers like police, firemen, grocery store workers, all the restaurants that have take-out services and many others.
Stay safe and be well.
- A message from CAD… April 25, 2020
Video description: Barbara Cassin, our CAD secretary, is wearing blue sweatshirt and standing in the background of her log cabin wall.
CAD, we know Covid19 (Coronavirus) has changed our lives in many ways! Staying home, wearing masks & gloves, physical distance, … but at same time life goes on. Things still happen, one example, court. CAD did investigate to be sure we can give you the correct information.
1st – everything related to jury duty is cancelled for now
2nd – if you already have an attorney for your case, COMMUNICATE with her/him. Many things they will do “remotely” (phone, computer, …) with court. Many things will be postponed/continued. Your attorney will tell you.
3rd – if you already have a case but no attorney, you can look online what is status (what is happening) your case. Go to: jud.ct.gov on left side is blue box, see “case look-up” you can check your case status there, or call the clerk’s office at the courthouse (open Mon, Wed, Fri)
4th – if you do not have a case yet but want to file, you can go to jud.ct.gov There is much info there. OR Call the clerk’s office at the courthouse (open M, W, F.)
Last, if not sure what to do please feel free to contact
Barbara Cassin –VP: 860-531-4963 I will try to help you find the right contact person who can answer your questions.
Yes, right now, it is a scary and confusing time. Many things are changing very quickly. Often “they” do not think about access for us in the D/DB/HH community. This is why CAD is trying to keep watching and advocating. We want to be sure “they” do what they are supposed to do, but until that happens we still want to be sure you are getting the information. Please do not wait to contact us if any questions or concerns. CAD is here for all of you, all of us, to be sure we are all safe.
A message from CAD… April 21, 2020
CAD has collected and received resources that we would like to share with you:
Governor Lamont is encouraging Connecticut residents to sign up for CTAlert, the state’s emergency alert system, which provides text message notifications to users. To subscribe, text the keyword COVIDCT to 888-777.
For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, including an FAQ and other guidance and resources, residents are encouraged to visit ct.gov/coronavirus.
Our State of Connecticut website has an information on Coronavirus for Individuals with Disabilities. (https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Information-For/Individuals-with-Disabilities)
Disability Rights Connecticut
Justice. Community. Inclusion.
Know Your Rights
The law protects individuals with disabilities from discrimination in facilities, employment, education, and in your communities. This does not change during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Even in a crisis, you have the right to live, work, learn, and access your community without discrimination or increased safety risks due to COVID-19.
What rights may be at risk during COVID-19?
The right to the same medical care as anyone else even if you have other conditions,
The right to receive school-based supports and services,
The right to adequate direct care staff for activities of daily living,
The right to receive services in a healthy setting
How can DRCT help?
DRCT staff are working remotely. You can still contact us if you have questions about your legal rights during this crisis, if you believe you are experiencing disability-related discrimination impacted by COVID-19 or are having trouble accessing information related to COVID-19.
WE CAN BE REACHED AT:
(800) 842-7303 (toll-free in CT) (860) 297-4300 (voice) (860) 509-4992 (videophone)
(860) 296-0055 (fax) firstname.lastname@example.org | www.disrightsct.org
A message from CAD… March 17, 2020
A message from CAD… March 16, 2020.
A message from our CAD Volleyball Coordinator Barbara Cassin…
Video description: Barbara is sitting on a rocking chair in her home. She is wearing a University of Connecticut blue sweatshirt.
Hello, I am Barbara Cassin, Chairperson for CAD volleyball tournament. I need to inform you that the volleyball tournament will be cancelled on April 4th. The reason is because of the coronavirus concerns. This is for your safety. I apologize that we have to cancel. Those teams who have sent their team fees, I will return them to you. We may be able to host the tournament again in the fall or next spring but no date has been set up yet. I will keep you informed. Again my apologies.
Please help spread the word that the tournament is cancelled on April 4th If you have any questions feel free to email me at email@example.com
A message from our CAD President Luisa…
Hello everyone. I am Luisa Gasco-Soboleski, President of Connecticut Association of the Deaf, CAD.
Wishing you all a very happy New Year! May 2020 bring you all much happiness, good health and peace.
Let me explain the goals of CAD for next two years. We want to work together collaboratively meaning working with other deaf/hard of hearing organizations in Connecticut. Some of the goals will be: To improve the VRI/Interpreters in the hospital settings, mental health services, education and senior citizens services.
CAD officers including myself, Lucy Trusock(Vice President), Barbara Cassin (Secretary), Robert Backofen (Treasurer), Milmaglyn Morales (Law Chair), Representatives: Paul Ditimi (Southwestern CT ), Barbara Bajurny (Northwestern), Danielle Guy (Eastern), Alexandra McGee (South Central), Barbara Morris (North Central), Dr. Harvey Corson Legislative Chair and Sandra Inzinga (Past President) want to work with you, deaf/hard of hearing/deaf blind community.
As you know that Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream, so we all do have the same vision. It is important that we all work together. We cannot do all the work ourselves (alone) and need you to be part of the community. The board wants you to be part of us by joining and working with us.
For next few weeks, we will set up vlogs explaining our missions and please do share your feedback with us. With your support we can make our state a better place for deaf/hard of hearing/deaf blind citizens.