Heller helps launch VA benefits backlog group in U.S. Senate

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Sgt. Ron Portillo of Henderson, left, sits next to his mobility dog Sonya, in this Sept. 5, 2007, file photo. Veterans in Southern Nevada and all over the country have been fighting an uphill battle as a staggering backlog of disability claims has built up, and now U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., is working to break the logjam.
By KEITH ROGERS
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

Nevada Republican U.S. Sen. Dean Heller and Pennsylvania Democratic Sen. Bob Casey teamed up Thursday to take a stab at the staggering backlog of veterans’ disability claims.

In a teleconference with reporters in their home states where the Department of Veterans Affairs benefits offices have some of the longest delays, they announced creation of the bipartisan VA Backlog Working Group in which their staffs will work Continue reading

Nevada Department of Transportation Hosting Meeting on ADA Draft Transition Plan in Las Vegas

imagesLAS VEGAS – The Nevada Department of Transportation is taking the leadership role in a commitment campaign to make Nevada’s public road rights-of-way accessible for people with disabilities.

NDOT will host a meeting on July 23 to solicit comments from all interested persons and groups regarding Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance along NDOT rights-of-way. NDOT’s ADA Draft Transition Plan can be accessed at http://bit.ly/192tUKY.

Who: Nevada Department of Transportation

What: Public meeting on NDOT’s ADA Draft Transition Plan

When: Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: NDOT, District I Office (Training Room B), 123 East Washington Ave. Las Vegas, Nev. 89101.

The public is invited to attend the meeting. There will be a brief project presentation at 5:30 p.m., followed by an open comment period. Before and after the presentation, the meeting will be conducted in an open-house format to increase the opportunity for public comment and to allow one-on-one discussion with staff members. Those interested may submit comments for the public record in writing at the meeting or verbally to a court reporter that will be available throughout the meeting. In addition to any comments received at the meeting, written or e-mailed comments will be accepted through 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, 2013You may also mail your comments to the contact below.

Please submit your comments to NDOT ADA Coordinator Maria Maness, 1263 S. Stewart St., Carson City, Nev., 89712.

Comments may also be submitted via email to mmaness@dot.state.nv.us or adaprogram@dot.state.nv.us.

For more information on NDOT’s ADA Program, please log on to http://nevadadbe.com/ada-program. A copy of this notice and the Draft ADA Transition Plan will be made available for inspection during business hours at:

  • State Library, 100 Stewart Street, Carson City, Nev.
  • NDOT Headquarters, 1263 S. Stewart St., Carson City, Nev.
  • NDOT District I Office, 123 East Washington Avenue, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • NDOT Tonopah Maintenance Station, 805 Erie Main, Tonopah, Nev.
  • NDOT District II Office, 310 Galletti Way, Sparks, Nev.
  • NDOT District III Office, 1951 Idaho Street, Elko, Nev.
  • NDOT Winnemucca Maintenance Station, 725 West 4th Street, Winnemucca, Nev.
  • NDOT Ely Maintenance Station, 1401 Avenue “F”, Ely, Nev.
  • Main public library in each county of Nevada

To access the ADA Draft Transition Plan, log on to http://bit.ly/192tUKY.

Please note: Reasonable efforts will be made to assist and accommodate physically handicapped persons desiring to attend the meeting.

Requests for auxiliary aids or services to assist individuals with disabilities or limited English proficiency should be made with as much advance notice as possible to NDOT, Public Hearings Officer, Julie Maxey, at (775) 888-7171 or jmaxey@dot.state.nv.us.

New RTC Transit Fares Approved

BusJun 28, 2013 11:24 AM EDTUpdated: Jul 04, 2013 6:16 PM EDT
From the Regional Transportation Commission:

The RTC Board of Commissioners have approved new transit fares for RTC transit services effective July 1st. The RTC has reduced the fare for prepaid bus passes by about 7%. Many people rely on transit and use it every day. Buying bus passes is the most economical way for transit riders to save money and take advantage of discounts by purchasing a multi-ride pass versus a single-ride fare. Bus passes can be purchased online at rtcwashoe.com, Pass Vending Machines located at RTC transit centers located in downtown Reno and Victorian Square or at various pass outlet retailers throughout the community. Passes can also be purchased by mail. Information for bus pass outlet and retail locations and purchase by mail is available on the agency website.

Other new fares that go into effect on July 1st include a reduced price for the RTC ACCESS on RTC RIDE 10-Ride Pass from $5 to $4. RTC SIERRA SPIRIT will have a regular fare of 25-cents and a reduced fare of 10-cents for seniors (born before January 1, 1950), youth 6-18 years of age and disabled riders. Reduced fares require ID when boarding.

New fare pricing for RTC INTERCITY, the commuter bus service between Reno/Sparks and Carson City, will begin August 11, 2013. For example, the new single-ride fare will increase from $4 to $5. Information for other RTC INTERCITY fare adjustments is available at rtcwashoe.com.

For complete details about RTC transit fares, eligibility for reduced fares, selection of pre-purchased bus passes and pass outlet locations visit www.rtcwashoe.com or call RTC Passenger Services at 348-RIDE.

From the Regional Transportation Commission

What is a Center for Independent Living?

cropped-final2.pngThere are many different types of organizations that serve people with disabilities: state vocational rehabilitation agencies, group homes, rehabilitation hospitals, senior centers, and home health agencies, to name a few. These organizations provide valuable services and are important links in the network of services that help people with disabilities maintain independent lifestyles.

What makes centers for independent living very different from these other organizations?

In a center for independent living, people with disabilities have substantial involvement in making policy decisions and delivering services.

Why this emphasis on control by people with disabilities? The basic idea behind independent living is that the ones who know best what services people with disabilities need in order to live independently are people with disabilities themselves.

Independent living centers are typically non-residential, private, non-profit, consumer-controlled, community-based organizations providing services and advocacy by and for persons with all types of disabilities. Their goal is to assist individuals with disabilities in achieving their maximum potential within their families and communities.

Advocacy Services

Independent living centers also serve as a strong advocacy voice on a wide range of national, state and local issues. They work to assure physical and programmatic access to housing, employment, transportation, communities, recreational facilities, and health and social issues. These are just a few of the services offered.

Other Centers in the United States

There are nearly 500 centers for independent living in the United States. Many are federally funded and some are state supported.

(source: http://www.mtstcil.org/skills/il-3-intro.html)