Dick A. Greco, Mayor
People with disabilities represent such an
untapped pool. In Florida approximately one in every six individuals has a disability.
Although thousands of people with disabilities work, two-thirds of this labor pool is
untapped. It's not because they don't want to work: 60% of people with vision impairments
in both eyes are either employed or seeking employment. 80% of those who are hearing
impaired are either employed or seeking employment. There are more statistics out there
regarding persons with disabilities who are looking for employment however let's get right
down to it - if you are a human resources professional who is looking for a labor pool
you've come to the right place. For more information on this untapped labor pool contact
the Mayor's Alliance's Employment Committee Chairperson, Cindy Stephens at 984-6840.
CRUISE SHIPS REQUIRED TO
A federal appeals court, in Atlanta, has ruled
cruise ships registered abroad must follow the ADA and accommodate passengers who are
disabled. Foreign-flag rules exempt cruise ships from some U.S. laws, but the ADA is not
one of them, the ruling says. Public rooms on ships, which ranges from cabins to gifts
shops and health spas, meet the law's definition of public accommodations, although other
places, such as the bridge, crew quarters and the engine room, may not be, the court said.
The Access Committee of the Mayor's Alliance will tour the Carnival Line's cruise ship
"SENSATION" Sunday, July 16 to review the ship's accessibility. Eighty people
will participate in this inspection aboard the ship at the invitation of the cruise line.
MAYOR'S ALLIANCE BOARD MEETS
EVERY MONTH, 2pm.
Freedman Tennis Complex
59 Columbus Dr. Davis Island.
ASSISTANCE TO REGISTER AND VOTE
FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.
Pam Iorio, Hillsborough County Supervisor of
Elections, has again advised the Alliance of the following information that makes it
easier for persons with disabilities to register and vote. If you wish to register to vote
and have a problem because you are disabled call the supervisor's office at 272-5850. If
you wish to vote and have a problem because of a disability the following may help you.
State law permits a voter who requires assistance to bring the person of their choice to
the polls or have the assistance of poll-workers to help them vote. The request for
assistance can be made when registering to vote, at the polling place by signing an
assistance form at the time of voting, or at the time
the disability arises by contacting the elections
office at 272-5850. Additionally, a "large ball" stylus (for use of those with
weak or impaired hand use) and ballot-sized magnifiers (for the vision impaired) are also
available. If you are unable to go to your polling place without the assistance of another
person you may vote by absentee ballot. An absentee ballot may be requested prior to the
election. This can be done in person, by mail, by telephone, or by having someone bring
your written and signed request to the Elections Office. When a request is made the ballot
will be mailed to the voter. A qualified absentee voter (or person with a disability) may
vote in person at office of the Supervisor of Elections during the two weeks prior to an
election. The downtown office located at the County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., 16th
Floor, is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. If voting by absentee ballot
your voted ballot must be received by 7:00 p.m. election day at one of the Supervisor of
Elections' Offices. For more information about voting services available to persons with
disabilities, or to order your absentee ballot, call the Supervisor of Elections' Office
TORCH RUN TO COMMEMORATE
10TH YEAR OF ADA.
Self-Reliance of Tampa and Caring and Sharing of St.
Petersburg are holding a community wide celebration of the 10th anniversary of the signing
of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The celebration will begin Saturday, July
29, at 7p.m. with a torch run relay, over the Gandy Bridge Friendship Trail. The relay
will show the unity of the Tampa Bay Area in support of the ADA. The celebration will
continue at the parking lot of the Derby Lane Greyhound Track on Gandy Blvd. For more
information call Ronda Hooi at (813) 975-6560 or Angel Watson at (727) 577-0065.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR
YOUTH LEADERSHIP FORUM.
The Able Trust (Florida Governor's Alliance for the
Employment of Disabled Citizens) will hold a Florida Youth Leadership Forum July 20th to
23rd in Tallahassee. The forum will consist of a leadership conference of high school
juniors and seniors with disabilities. For more information contact Kristen Knapp at
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.
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 3rd MONTH, 2pm,
HARTLINE'S PARATRANSIT ADVISORY COUNCIL, Hartline Offices, 4305 East 21st Avenue. For
more information contact Vasti Amaro at HARTLINE 623-5835, ext.1171.
Hillsborough County Information Line 272-5900;
Self Reliance Cross Disability Support Group,
975-6560, Bill Renje;
VA Spinal Cord 972-2000 ext 6388 Heather
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.
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
For Persons with Disabilities
City Hall 8N
Tampa Fl 33601
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