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Tampa Mayor's Alliance For Persons With Disabilities

Newsletter

June 2000
Dick A. Greco, Mayor
Tampa, Florida


ACCESSIBILITY COMMITTEE TO MEET
AT ICE PALACE

A combined meeting of the Mayor's Alliance and the County Alliance will take place Wednesday, June 21 at the Ice Palace. Presentations will be made by Busch Gardens, the USS Forrestal Sea, Air, Space Museum and the 10th ADA Anniversary Celebration Committee. Parking will be available in the VIP parking lot east of the Ice Palace. The meeting will be on the 5th floor of the building and will start at 2pm. For more information contact Ben Ritter at 935 6540.


EMPLOYERS SHOWCASE
VERY SUCCESSFUL

Cindy Stephens, Chairperson of the Employment Committee has reported that the recently held Employer Showcase was very successful. Stephens said, "Many employers present were happy to learn of the hidden labor force that exists in the Tampa Bay area. She also said, "We look forward to having more of these meetings to expose this labor force to the business community." For more information regarding the "hidden labor force" or to join the employment committee please contact Cindy Stephens at 980-3866, ext 304.


FUTURE LEADERS INVITED TO
DISABILITIES SEMINAR.

The President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities is seeking applicants for the 2000 National Leadership Conference for Youth with Disabilities. The conference is scheduled for June 24 to 28 in Washington, D.C., and will expose future leaders of those with disabilities to federal political structures, career development and networking opportunities. Prospective participants must be disabled and be ages 28 to 34. For an application call (202) 376-6200, ext.30, TDD users should call (202) 376-6205.


TORCH RUN TO COMMEMORATE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF ADA

Self-Reliance of Tampa and Caring and Sharing of St. Petersburg are planning a community wide celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The celebration will be a torch run relay, Saturday Evening, July 27, over the Gandy Bridge Friendship Trail. The relay will show the unity of the Tampa Bay Area in support of the ADA. Anyone wishing to join the committee organizing this event should call Ronda Hooi at (813) 975-6560 or Angel Watson at (727) 577-0065.


ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR
THE VISUAL IMPAIRED

Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST) will hold a conference titled "Explore the Potential of Employees with Visual Impairments" Wednesday, June 14th, 2:30pm at Tampa General Hospital, Room F233. The conference will highlight case studies of persons with visual disabilities using Assistive Technology (AT) to obtain and retain employment. Among the items covered will be: Exploring the potentials

of AT in the work place. Identifying misconceptions about AT devices for persons with visual disabilities and ensuring the right match between AT and the worker. The conference is open to individuals with disabilities and their families, and rehabilitation counselors. For more information call the FAAST office at 251-7591.


BUCS' JOHN LYNCH HONORS
ATHLETES WITH DISABILITIES.

John and Lynda Lynch recently honored Adrian Wilkes, Logan Pennypacker, Liz Fink and Jessica Burkman as Athletes with Disabilities Stars of the Year. Receiving Honorable Mention were Brian King, Dina Lista, Latissa Crosby and Scott Graph. All are area high school students who excel in sports. The recognition was given at the "Salute The Stars 2000" luncheon presented by the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, John and Linda Lynch Family Foundation and The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.


MAYOR'S ALLIANCE BOARD MEETS

2nd WEDNESDAY
EVERY MONTH, 2pm.
Freedman Tennis Complex
59 Columbus Dr. Davis Island.

EVERYBODY WELCOME.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR FLORIDA YOUTH LEADERSHIP FORUM.

The Able Trust (Florida Governor's Alliance for the Employment of Disabled Citizens) is seeking people with disabilities with an interest in youth to serve as volunteers for the Florida Youth Leadership Forum. The YLF, which will take place July 20-23 in Tallahassee, is a leadership conference of high school juniors and seniors with disabilities. For more information contact Kristen Knapp at 888-8338-2253


DATES TO REMEMBER

2ND. MON. OF THE MONTH, 7pm, THE MAYOR'S HOUR, live cable telecast on CH-15 Time-Warner in Tampa and Hillsborough County and CH-17 on Adelphia cable. Your chance to ask Mayor Greco a question or express your concern, live in the studio or by phone. To call in a question to the Mayor call 274-8328. To be part of the studio audience call Mindy Snyder at 274-7033. Program repeats on Sundays pm, Mondays at 7pm and Fridays at 3pm.

1ST. MON. EVERY MONTH, 3pm, EMPLOYMENT & JOB FAIR COMMITTEE MEETING, Hilton Hotel Reservation Center, 7920 Woodland Center Blvd. for more info call Cindy Stephens at 984-6840 or KathyMcGlone at 243-7522.

3RD WED. EVERY MONTH, 2:00pm, ACCESSIBILITY COMMITTEE MEETING, Sandy Freedman Tennis Complex 59 Columbus Drive, Davis Island.

3RD TUES. EVERY MONTH, 7pm, FLORIDA COUNCIL FOR THE BLIND, GREATER TAMPA CHAPTER. USF Westside Conference Ctn. Section B.

3RD TUES. EVERY MONTH, 6:30pm, Tampa Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH) Group, Jefferson High School.

1ST THUR. EVERY MONTH, THERAPEUTIC FOCUS GROUP, All Peoples Life Center, call 744-5978 for more information.

4TH WED. EVERY MONTH, 2pm, COUNTY ALLIANCE MEETING, Tampa Lighthouse for The Blind, 1106 W. Platt St. For more information call Elizabeth Mueller at 273-3611 or Debra Guest at 871-7878.

3RD TUES. EVERY OTHER MONTH, 2pm, HARTLINE'S PARATRANSIT ADVISORY COUNCIL, Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind, 1106 W. Platt St. For more information contact Vasti Amaro-Dallas at HARTLINE 623-5835, ext.1171.


SUPPORT GROUPS

Hillsborough County Information Line 272-5900;

Self Reliance Cross Disability Support Group, 975-6560, Bill Renje;

VA Spinal Cord 972-2000 ext 6388 Heather Mahoney;

Brain and Head Injury Support, 288-0225 Jenny Paloumpis or Lisa Lowe; Multiple Sclerosis Self Help Group 287-2939 or 800-922-0170;

Statewide Advocacy Network on Disabilities, Inc. (STAND) offering education and resource services to persons with disabilities. 258-5700 Patricia Miller

Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST) learn about assistive technology 251-7591;

Amputees Together, 870-3323;

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), 935-6540 Ben Ritter; All People's Life Center 6105 East Sligh Avenue (east of 56th St.) fully accessible recreation center.Call Al Orr at 903-2248 for more information.


OFFICERS AND
COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS

Chairperson: Norman Mallory, (813) 988-4985
  Treasurer: Connie Hayden-McPeak, (813) 276-5555
  Secretary: Kelly Hickman, (813) 974-8927
  Past Chairperson: Chuck Porter, (813) 276-2029 ext 7659
  Advocacy and Accessibility Co-chairpersons: Norman Mallory, (813) 988-4985
  Bob Ellis, (813) 974-2002
  Employment Committee Chairperson: Cindy Stephens (813) 984-6840
  Awareness Committee Chairperson: Chuck Porter (813) 276-2029 ext 7659
  Mayor's Representative: Herb Gold, (813) 254-1111

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