Family Support Advocates: Come to the Governor’s State of the State Address! Monday January 30, 2012

Tennessee State Capitol
5:00 p.m.

Family members and advocates for the Tennessee Family Support Program PLEASE JOIN US Monday, January 30th at 5:00 p.m. on the 2nd Floor of the State Capitol Building (between the House and Senate Chambers), just prior to Governor Haslam’s State of the State Address, which begins at 6:00 p.m.


In his State of the State Address, Governor Haslam will present his funding recommendations to the State Legislature for the 2012-13 State Fiscal Year. We hope Governor Haslam will include the Tennessee Family Support Program in the budget he submits to the Legislature. Otherwise, we must convince our State Legislators to include funding prior to voting on the budget.

The Tennessee Family Support Program serves over 4,500 people with severe disabilities throughout the state. The program serves people of all ages with a variety of types of disabilities. Funding is used to pay for services such as therapies, non-covered medical needs, specialized care, disability-related home adaptations and many other essential needs for which no other sources of funding are available. For the past two years, this vital program has been funded by the state's “Rainy Day” reserves. If funding for the program is not included in the 2012-13 budget, everyone on the the program will lose their services on June 30, 2012.

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About Parking:
Low cost parking is available at the MTA Bus Station and Downtown Public Library:
The MTA Music City Central Bus Station is located at: 400 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, TN 37219
The Downtown Public Library lot is located at: 615 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37219

Anyone wanting to join a carpool is welcome to meet at 4:30 p.m. at the offices of United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee: 1200 9th Avenue North, Nashville Tennessee 37208.

This message is from the Tennessee Family Support Alliance, a grassroots volunteer organization comprised of family members, friends, and representatives of community agencies who believe in the Family Support Program as a necessary component of Tennessee services for families who have loved ones with disabilities.

National Conference of Executives of The Arc of the United States 2010 Summer Leadership Institute Call for Presenters

July 29-August 1, 2010, Reno, NV

Democracy Through Respectful Participation

All presentations must be submitted on or before May 5, 2010 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time

Please read the application instructions completely before submitting a presentation application.

NCE Mission Statement: The National Conference of Executives of The Arc (NCE) is committed to providing opportunities for personal and professional support and development of executives of The Arc and other interested professionals to enable them to carry out the mission of The Arc.

NCE encourages proposals that reflect and advance…

  • The Arc’s Core Values (People First, Democracy, Visionary Leadership, Community Participation, Diversity, Integrity & Excellence);
  • Are representative of one of the topic areas listed below;
  • Involve people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, family members, advocates and/or professionals;
  • Allow participants to walk away with a vision and a concrete plan for action;
  • Use people-first language and are inclusive of people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.The Arc of the United States Mission Statement: The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

    Media/Media Relations
    Social Media/IT
    Early childhood to school
    Aging & End of Life Issues
    Life planning (wills and trusts)

    Diversity/cultural competence
    Health Care
    Civil Rights
    Legal Aid for People with I/DD

    Integrity & Excellence:
    Standards for Excellence ®
    Board development
    Staff support
    Financial Management
    Human Resources

    Other: (including but not limited to)
    Positive Behavior Management
    – Diabetes
    – Obesity

    Public Speaking
    (Including Speakers Bureau for
    Self-Advocates & Family)
    Inclusive Wellness Programs
    Post-Secondary Education
    Community Living
    Community Employment

  • The Centre for Internet and Society – Bulletin – April 2010

    News Updates:
    Worries voiced over ID Project
    The Government of India’s Unique Identification (UID) Project came under flak at a workshop organised jointly by the Citizen Action Forum (CAF), the People’s Union of Civil Liberties – Karnataka, the Alternative Law Forum and the Centre for Internet and Society – An article in The Hindu – 17th April.

    UID: A debate on the Fundamental Rights
    UID: A debate on the Fundamental Rights – was jointly organized by the Citizen Action Forum, People’s Union for Civil Liberties – Karnataka, Alternative Law Forum and the Centre for Internet and Society on April 16th at IAT, Queens Road, Bangalore – An article in the Prajavani news paper – April 17th.

    UID is an invasion of Privacy: Experts
    The Nandan Nilekani headed Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) came in for much criricism at the first of a series of debates on the issue organised in the city on Friday – Deccan Chronicle, April 17th.

    Experts debate on UID and rights
    Bangalore, Apr 16, DHNS: A debate on ‘UID and Fundamental Rights’ organised by several city-based organisations, discussed the social, ethical issues, economic and legal issues that accompanies the UID.

    Amendment to Copyright Act opposed
    A report on the press conference held on 15th April, at the Press Club, Bangalore: The Hindu

    They fight for the visually challenged
    Times News Network – A report on the press conference held at the Press Club, Bangalore on 15th April, 2010.

    Digital Natives Research Project Coordinator
    The Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore, in collaboration with Hivos Netherlands, is looking for a Research Project Coordinator to help develop a knowledge network and coordinate international workshops for the project "Digital Natives with a Cause?"

    Expel or not? That is the question
    The decision of an international school to expel 14 students for their alleged ‘promiscuous’ behaviour has led to much debate and discussion.


    Nokia eyes GeNext to tap mobile email mkt
    Finnish handset giant banks on youth to be in the technology race

    Critical Point of View: Videos
    The Second event for the Critical Point of View reader on Wikipedia was held in Amsterdam, by the Institute of Network Cultures and the Centre for Internet and Society. A wide range of scholars, academics, researchers, practitioners, artists and users came together to discuss questions on design, analytics, access, education, theory, art, history and processes of knowledge production. The videos for the full event are now available for free viewing and dissemination.

    Colour Me Political
    What are the tools that Digital Natives use to mobilise groups towards a particular cause? How do they engage with crises in their immediate environments? Are they using their popular social networking sites and web 2.0 applications for merely entertainment? Or are these tools actually helping them to re-articulate the realm of the political? Nishant Shah looks at the recent Facebook Colour Meme to see how new forms of political participation and engagement are being initiated by young people across the world.

    Meet the Web 2.0 Suicide Machine
    Digital Natives live their lives differently. But sometimes, they also die their lives differently! What happens when we die online? Can the digital avatar die? What is digital life? The Web 2.0 Suicide machine that has now popularly been called the ‘anti-social-networking’ application brings some of these questions to the fore. As a part of the Hivos-CIS "Digital Natives with a Cause?" research programme, Nishant Shah writes about how Life on the Screen is much more than just a series of games.

    Digital Natives with a Cause?
    Digital Natives With A Cause? – a product of the Hivos-CIS collaboration charts the scholarship and practice of youth and technology with a specific attention for developing countries to create a framework that consolidates existing paradigms and informs further research and intervention within diverse contexts and cultures.


    e-Accessibility: A Wiki Project
    Envisaged and funded by the National Internet Exchange of India, and executed by the Centre for Internet and Society, a Wiki site pertaining to issues of disability and e-accessibility has recently been launched.

    Copyright Law as a tool for Inclusion
    Can Copyright Law be used as a tool for Inclusion? Rahul Cherian examines this in his blog on copyright.

    Web Accessibility as a Government Mandate?
    Is Web accessibility just a Government Mandate? Should private sites be ignored? Wesolowski examines this in light of the steps taken by ictQATAR to make its website accessible to W3C standards, and hopes that Qatar and eventually all other Arab nations will follow suit and make Web accessibility much more of a mandate.

    Intellectual Property
    When Copyright Goes Bad
    A part of the Access to Knowledge Project, this short film by Consumers International is available on DVD and online at

    Research Project on Open Video in India
    Open Video Alliance and the Centre for Internet and Society are calling for researchers for a project on open video in India, its potentials, limitations, and recommendations on policy interventions.

    Does the Social Web need a Googopoly?
    While the utility of the new social tool Buzz is still under question, the bold move into social space taken last week by the Google Buzz team has Gmail users questioning privacy implications of the new feature. In this post, I posit that Buzz highlights two privacy challenges of the social web. First, the application has sidestepped the consensual and contextual qualities desirable of social spaces. Secondly, Google’s move highlights the increasingly competitive and convergent nature of the social media landscape.

    The (in)Visible Subject: Power, Privacy and Social Networking
    In this entry, I will argue that the interplay between privacy and power on social network sites works ultimately to subject individuals to the gaze of others, or to alternatively render them invisible. Individual choices concerning privacy preferences must, therefore, be informed by the intrinsic relationship which exists between publicness/privateness and subjectivity/obscurity.

    Internet Governance
    Does the Safe-Harbor Program Adequately Address Third Parties Online?
    While many citizens outside of the US and EU benefit from the data privacy provisions the Safe Harbor Program, it remains unclear how successfully the program can govern privacy practices when third-parties continue to gain more rights over personal data. Using Facebook as a site of analysis, I will attempt to shed light on the deficiencies of the framework for addressing the complexity of data flows in the online ecosystem.

    Sense and censorship
    Sunil Abraham examines Google’s crusade against censorship in China in wake of the attacks on its servers in this article published in the Indian Express.

    Report on the Fourth Internet Governance Forum for Commonwealth IGF
    This report by Pranesh Prakash reflects on the question of how useful is the IGF in the light of meetings on the themes of intellectual property, freedom of speech and privacy.

    The Right Ring Tone
    Focus on improving service quality with a strong partner, and not on one-shot stake sales, says Shyam Ponappa in his article published in the Business Standard on April 1, 2010.

    Other Advocacy
    Maps for Making Change Wiki Now Open to the Public
    Since December 2009, CIS has been coordinating and nurturing the Maps for Making Change project, organised in collaboration with Tactical Tech. During the past four months, participants have been on a challenging yet fertile and inspiring journey that is now slowly coming to an end. Would you like to know more about what has happened in the time that has passed? The Maps for Making Change wiki is a good place to start.

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    Breaking Ground: The Newsletter of the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities

    Archives available here. Note specifically the January 2009 issue entitled “Spirituality: A view of the world”

    This brings to mind the National Organization on Disability Accessible Congregation campaign from the earlier part of this decade. An excellent start, but 2000 of 335,000 U. S. congregations (I believe the theological term is) sucks.

    Here’s are practical tests:

    1) does your pulpit area have a wheel chair accessible ramp PROMINENTLY VIEWABLE FROM THE AUDIENCE SIDE (symbolism is a big part of religious houses of worship message-wise, no?

    2) When is the last time a blind or a deaf person lead prayer? How about someone with a speech disability using either a human or technological interpreter?

    3) Do you have ANY Braille bulletins or collateral materials. Videos with captions? American Sign Language Bibles? can help with some of these things.

    4) How many folks with visible disabilities of your leadership team (board, elders, presbyters, synod, national denominational board, etc.?

    5) When’s the last time you’ve asked questions (as an organization) remotely like the four above?

    My Pro results-only work environments rant at

    Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson and their team at have made it their mission to promote “results-only work environments”. They have a Linkedin GoROWE Group and a blog at their web page. I think it is asinine that as we build out global broadband, cloud computing and distributed computing like World Community Grid, Grid Republic and BOINC, that management refuses to adopt/provide tools which would allow folks (many with disabilities — 70% unemployed) to work from anywhere the work can be done. Sure, there are security and IP issues, but there are rural economic development and green issues, not to mention digital accessibility issues that CANNOT be solved until the mental culture/worldview of C-Suites and their subordinates promote the available technologies. So share holders, proxy holders, institutional investors–let’s start asking about these issues during the next quarterly conference call.

    Call for Papers, 9th Annual Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council Conference, September 12-16, 2010, Las Vegas, NV

    The Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council has issued a Call for Papers for its 9th annual conference to be held from September 12 – 16, 2010 in Las Vegas, NV.  The 2010 FTTH Conference & Expo is the only gathering of its kind dedicated to the advancement and deployment of FTTH technologies and benefits. This year’s theme, FTTH: All Fiber, All the Way!, will bring leaders, visionaries and decision makers to the Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino to share success stories and lessons learned about the business elements needed to generate revenue with FTTH.

    With considerable investments in fiber to the home deployment, the pressure is on for operators to add subscribers and to generate revenue from the subscribers they serve. The stakes are high and so are the expectations. The 2010 program will offer attendees an overview of best business practices for advancing of high speed broadband over fiber optic networks.

    The FTTH Council is seeking papers in the following target areas:
    Conference Tracks

    1.    Why Fiber all the Way – explain the advantages of the all fiber network – for greater revenue services, lower cost of ownership, and economic development. Experience-based service provider submissions will be given first consideration.

    2.    Success Stories: Share your experiences as a provider of FTTH services to help others build successful FTTH based businesses. Explain the benefits realized from linking your customers and community to FTTH, to better quality of life and prosperity.  Experience-based service provider submissions will be given first consideration.

    3.    New Technology: Educate prospective and practicing network builders on new technologies that enable profitable FTTH services. Target topics include new FTTH standards such as 10 Gigabit PONs, MDU technologies, in-home connectivity, video and IP video, green benefits, and comparisons of FTTH to other broadband technologies. Special consideration will be given to system-level papers that help decision-makers improve the business case for FTTH.

    4.    Advanced Network Design, Construction and Management: Explain innovations in efficient network design, construction, installation and testing. Describe new options for efficient management of the network and subscribers. Target topics include network design cost modeling, construction techniques and equipment, testing and tools for managing subscribers.

    5.    Finance and Regulatory:  Elucidate the new funding and financing options available, and teach how to access capital.   Explain how to navigate though the application process to reach government loans and grants. Provide insights on the National Broadband Plan.

    6.   Fiber 101:  Provide a firm foundation in the fundamentals of FTTH – in the areas of greatest concern to FTTH deployers – content acquisition, technology, installation techniques, network design, or any topic you feel is relevant to FTTH neophytes.

    7.  Latin America (Portuguese and/or Spanish only):  Latin America (Portuguese and/or Spanish only) – provide insights to Latin American providers on the opportunities, challenges, and lessons learned in deploying FTTH to help our Southern neighbors launch FTTH successfully to millions of homes in the region.

    Abstract Guidelines

    Abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words, without pictures, and must be commercial free. The abstract should describe the primary conclusion or results of the paper including pertinent details of the work indicating the significant findings. Learner outcomes must be included. Papers must contain significant new material not presented or published previously.  Papers may range from introductory to advanced, but bear in mind that your audience may be just getting started in this field. As such, “FTTH 101” papers will also be considered within each category.*

    Returning by popular demand for our 2010 Program…we will be offering a track sessions in Spanish or Portuguese supported by the FTTH Council Latin American Chapter.  As a perspective speaker, you may wish to indicate that you wish to repeat your presentation in Spanish or Portuguese during the online submission process.

    For complete information on deadlines and submission guidelines go through the newsletter signup/update process ( click here ) and select “Add Me To: 2010 Call for Papers Submission Announcement.”

    FTTH 101 Papers do not need to meet the new or unpublished requirement.

    About the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council

    The Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council is a non-profit association consisting of companies and organizations that deliver video, Internet and/or voice services over high-bandwidth, next-generation, direct fiber optic connections – as well as those involved in planning and building FTTH networks.  The Council works to create a cohesive group to share knowledge and build industry consensus on key issues surrounding fiber to the home. Communities and organizations interested in exploring FTTH options may find information on the FTTH Council web site at

    About Legend Conference Planning

    Legend Conference Planning is the official project management and event planning firm for the 2010 FTTH Conference & Expo and the FTTH Council Secretariat. For further information, email at

    Speaker Liaison
    Legend Conference Planning
    Tel: 613-226-9988 x4

    Carly Fiorina To Go All Mavricky

    Computer World/Network World – Former Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO Carly Fiorina may be launching a run for the U.S. Senate.
    Fiorina, a Republican, “filed for a tax identification number Tuesday and registered a campaign committee named ‘Carly for California,’” allowing her to raise money for a 2010 Senate run, according to the Associated Press. Fiorina would be attempting to win the seat of U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, a Democrat from California who became senator in 1992."

    <ed.note>T'is a shame she decide not to use the Technotarian ticket and unify as many third parties as possible. We are apparently beyond the point in the development of the US political structure for a viable alternative party based on conservative (and transparent) fiscal and monetary policies along with compassionate, yet personal responsibility requiring (PRR) social policy. Given her global perspective and technology/telephony expetise she could have been an incredible boon to rural economic development based on individualized distance education and hybridized cloud and distributed computing.</ed.note>