The NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities who are pursuing an interest in the media, entertainment, or communications fields. Each recipient will receive $5,625 to help cover the cost of education.
For more information please visit the AAPD website.
The application deadline is May 21, 2020 and here is the link to apply: https://aapd1995.wufoo.com/forms/m18h47my1w9fpuo/.
Fannie Lou Hamer Leadership Program!
Applications are now open for AAPD's Fannie Lou Hamer Leadership Program. This program is designed for young (ages 18 – 30) Black disabled advocates who are committed to boosting voter registration and civic engagement across Black communities leading up to the 2020 elections.
Key benefits to the program:
Participants will receive a $1,500 stipend and work as a cohort to create a national nonpartisan campaign that promotes voter registration and participation.
Interact with experts across the civil rights community to learn about key political issues and gain guidance on building a voting campaign. A couple of partners for the program include: The Leadership Conference, Center for American Progress, Imani Barbarin, Neal Carter, Alliance for Justice, State Voices, and more!
Attend and participate in the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference (September 16 – 20, 2020) in Washington, DC to learn further about voter engagement and to promote their recently launched campaign. *dependent upon regulations with COVID-19.*
The application deadline is April 20, 2020 and here is the link to apply: https://aapd1995.wufoo.com/forms/fannie-lou-hamer-leadership-program/.
This Link https://ckt.net/hotspots/ has the locations of publicly available WiFi Hotspots provided by Craw-Kan in an effort to help kids, parent, teachers and school administrators with internet access due to school closures in accordance with COVID-19 response.
These are simply drive-up/walkup hotspots, and do not cover extremely large areas. Most of these WiFi transmitter radios will only push a signal out a couple hundred feet (at best). These are designed to allow people to come to the locations for short periods and use them to access information, download/upload assignments and other coursework.
A Shari interview on KOAM-TV about the federal complaint against the State of Kansas guiding healthcare providers to ration medical equipment/services especially ventilators. Please call and email the Governor to send new guidance out to healthcare providers that medical rationing will not be tolerated!! Our lives are just as important as anyone else, so if I need a ventilator after getting COVID-19 they better not take it to give to someone else that they see have a better quality of life. Keep calling and emailing—we will keep you posted.
Governor Laura Kelly
IRS Changes Direction: Individuals Receiving SSI and/or SSDI Will Not Have to File a Tax Return to Receive a Stimulus Rebate Check
GOOD NEWS FOR SSI AND SSDI RECIPIENTS!
As you know, on Monday, March 30, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that people would have to file a tax return to receive stimulus rebate checks (economic impact payments). The IRS said it was developing a simplified return to make it easier for people to file who are not typically required to file tax returns, but yesterday, Wednesday, April 1, the IRS announced that filing a tax return would not be required Afterall the Treasury Department and the IRS announced that those who receive Social Security benefits and are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file a "simple tax return" to receive an economic impact payment. Instead, payments will be automatically deposited into their bank accounts.
Yesterday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a statement said, “We want to ensure that our senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, and low-income Americans receive Economic Impact Payments quickly and without undue burden …. Social Security recipients who are not typically required to file a tax return need to take no action, and will receive their payment directly to their bank account.”
The IRS will use the information on the Form SSA-1099 and Form RRB-1099 to generate $1,200 payments to Social Security recipients who did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019. They will receive these payments as a direct deposit or by paper check.
Before the announcement, the IRS posted guidance on its website that said low-income taxpayers, senior citizens, Social Security recipients, some veterans and individuals with disabilities would need to file a "simple tax return" to receive an economic impact payment. Yesterday’s announcement makes sense and helps insure that everyone who is entitled to help gets it without unnecessary red tape or delay.
Link to press release:
During this time of social distancing we need to remember the importance of being social, active, and create! Being home all day can create boredom and frustration, the best way to relieve boredom is finding ways to practice leisure and recreation at home. Below are some fun virtual ways to engage your mind, body, soul through creative virtual tours, concerts, and experiences. There are links to free exercise classes, language lessons, culture and more. You can watch a movie with friends online and have a virtual sleepover! Get creative and find ways to get engaged!
Music artists offering virtual concerts
Rend Collective offering live social distancing worship club
Lindsey Sterling offers a live virtual tour
BalletNova Center for Dance: https://www.facebook.com/watch/BalletNovaCenterForDance/
Virtual art tours
Art Institute of Chicago: http://www.openculture.com/2018/10/art-institute-chicago-puts-44000works-art-online-view-high-resolution.html?fbclid=IwAR3OKwIe_h5mzurhO9VMQX7V2M7l0ceOcAbaTMhUFIrOybvG3woeHzKkzc
PAINTING AND SCULPTURE https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfYVzk0sNiGHp2Aj1di-ETXG3ZOXXCRwz
Brainscoop from Chicago’s Field Museum of Chicago: https://www.youtube.com/user/thebrainscoop
Take a virtual Zoo tour!
Cincinnati Hippo enclosure:
Live animal cams!
Exercise studios and gyms offering free classes through live stream.
Cardio, Yoga, bootcamps and more!
Take a hike!
Take a virtual hike: http://www.gcpano.org/how-to/take-a-virtual-hike/
A walk in the woods: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkwSp_OSXPY
Guided Imagery for mindfulness practice
Collection of Calming virtual arts and culture experiences: //medium.com/@andrewrecinos/let-culture-calm-you-66156d16cc59?fbclid=IwAR1Vp_NRPUdXJwx3umKpQLwkuPt5XSDjsgBT-LAPUAGd7JZ8_ZoGRsIWZgQ">https://medium.com/@andrewrecinos/let-culture-calm-you-66156d16cc59
Guided Imagery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1rRo6cgM_E&t=143s
You can also download the Breath App for your phones for extra mindfulness and relaxation practice.
Poetry Read by Celebrities: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLq86vWqtInbNUAGYUXULBC2qyVDaXqXF
Nature/Outdoor fun and learning: https://wildtimelearning.com/
Facts videos about animals: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOHbM4GGWADc5bZgvbivvttAuWGow6h05 &app=desktop Cincinnati Zoo
British Museum podcasts on civilizations found objects: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00nrtd2/episodes/downloads?page=4
Presidents of the United States: https://www.coolkidfacts.com/us-president-facts/
Presidential Fun Facts: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/history/presidential-funfacts/
National Geographic for kids: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
Laern a new language!
Learn 48 new languages http://www.openculture.com/freelanguagelessons
Virtual language schools: https://www.fluentu.com/blog/virtual-language-school/
Download Dualingo and learn a new language for free: https://www.duolingo.com/
Travel the world!
The Louvre The Louvre
The Great Wall of China Virtual Tour
Play online with friends!
Watch movies online with friends: https://www.wptv.com/entertainment/how-to-have-movie-or-game-night-with-friends-while-social-distancing
Board games to play online with friends: https://www.boston.com/culture/entertainment/2020/03/18/board-games-online-with-friends
Popular board games and card games to play online with friends: https://lifehacker.com/you-can-play-these-games-online-with-friends-1842347093
Play Jackbox games online with friends: https://jackboxgames.com/how-to-play-jackbox-games-with-friends-and-family-remotely/
- by Leanne Murrillo, CTRS, Socialization through Recreation Coordinator, Empowering Youth Transition Coordinator