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Tampa Mayor's Alliance For Persons With Disabilities

Newsletter

November 2000
Dick A. Greco, Mayor
Tampa, Florida


HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL TO HOLD AWARDS CELEBRATION.

The Tampa/Hillsborough County Human Rights Council will hold their 27th Annual Human Rights Awards Celebration Breakfast, Friday, December 8, 7:30am at the Holiday Inn City Center, 111 W. Fortune Street, (Downtown Tampa). The Council is a project to end hatred, violence and discrimination. The theme of this year's event is "Celebrating Ten Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The guest speaker will be Jack Humburg, Accessibility Consultant/Abilities of Florida. Entertainment will be provided by Fred Johnson. For tickets and/or information regarding this event contact Catherine Griffin at (813) 274-5859


MAYOR'S ALLIANCE
&
COUNTY'S ALLIANCE
WILL HOLD A
SPECIAL MEETING
MONDAY, DECEMBER 4TH
(NO MEETING 2ND WED. IN DEC.)

LATAM RESTAURANT
YBOR CITY
NEBRASKA & 8TH AVES.
5:30 TO 7:30
EVERYBODY WELCOME.


SILENT ART AUCTION SETS NEW RECORD.

Raquel Fruchter, of the Hillsborough County Arts Council and Chairperson of the Annual Awards Luncheon Silent Art Auction Committee reports that this year's auction set a record in funds raised to buy art supplies for the exceptional education arts program. Raquel has been chairing the auction for several years and says "the quality of art increases each year." She is also responsible for choosing the art work given to the winners of the Mayor's Awards each year.


MAYOR'S ALLIANCE BOARD
MEETS 2ND WEDNESDAY
OF THE MONTH
SANDY FREEDMAN TENNIS CLUB
DAVIS ISLAND
EVERYBODY WELCOME.


FREEDMAN STUDENT WITH DISABILITY FUND CORRECTION.

Due to a printing error in last month's newsletter the address to send donations to the Sandy W. Freedman Scholarship Fund was incomplete. The correct address for donations is The Sandra W. Freedman Students with Disabilities Scholarship Fund, %HCC Foundation, P.O. Box 31127, Tampa, FL 33631-3127.


HARC ISSUES
STRATEGIC PLAN
FOR 2000 - 2003

The Hillsborough Association for Retarded Citizens (HARC) recently issued their Strategic Plan for 2000 - 2003 setting six goals for the organization to follow. The mission of the Association is to provide resources, opportunities and advocacy to empower individuals with development disabilities to achieve maximum community independence. For a copy of the plan contact HARC at (813) 931-9100.


2001 YOUTH FORUM SEEKING APPLICATIONS.

The Able Trust is currently seeking applications for the Florida Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) to be held in Tallahassee July 12 - 15, 2001. Forty high school juniors and seniors who have disabilities will be selected as delegates for the forum. There is no application fee and all expenses will be paid by the Trust. Applications can be obtained by calling toll-free (888) 838-2253. Deadline for applying is December 8, 2000.


TARGET STORES TO PROVIDED SHOPPING ASSISTANCE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.

On December 5th from 8 to 10 a.m. Target stores throughout the country will provide a personal assistant to help persons with disabilities and senior citizens with their holiday shopping. A Target Team Member will be available to help each individual shopper. In addition, shoppers using this service will receive an additional 10% discount on all purchases and there will also be in-store entertainment and refreshments.


PAST LUNCHEON SPEAKER FORMS GROUP TO FIGHT FOR UNEMPLOYED DISABLED.

Richard Salem, a Tampa lawyer who is blind, and a past annual Alliance luncheon keynote speaker, is fighting to reduce unemployment among persons with disabilities. Salem, who is also a member of the Board of the National Organization on Disability, has joined forces with several Members of Congress (Senator Max Cleland of Georgia and Rep. Bill Young of Florida) to form "Enable America." The organization is a Political Action Committee (PAC) whose goals are to fund and support national candidates who will commit to pass legislation that will reduce unemployment among people with disabilities. Salem said, "This group will focus on diminishing the high unemployment rate among persons with disabilities by seeking to change public policy." For more information on Enable America call (877) 362-2533.


GET INVOLVED!
JOIN THE ALLIANCE BOARD.

For more information call
254-1111.

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 information 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, pm, FLORIDA COUNCIL FOR THE BLIND, GREATER TAMPA CHAPTER. USF Westside Conference tn. 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 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.


SUPPORT GROUPS

Hillsborough County Information Line 272-5900; Self-Reliance Cross Disability Support Group, 975-6560; VA Spinal Cord 972-2000 ext 6388 Heather Mahoney; Brain and Head Injury Support , 908-1375 Bob Barrett; 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 6105East 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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