Clinton County Transportation Meetings

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The following is a notice from the Clinton County Planning Department about upcoming public meetings and hearings on proposed changes in Clinton County Public Transit (CCPT):

Thursday, June 27, 1-3 PM
Public Information Meeting
First floor meeting room, Room 103, Clinton County Government Center
137 Margaret Street, Plattsburgh

Wednesday, July 10, 7 PM
Clinton County Legislature Public Hearing
Legislative Meeting Room, Clinton County Government Center
137 Margaret Street, Plattsburgh

Clinton County Public Transit (CCPT) is considering bus route changes for implementation on August 12th, 2019. The proposed changes include elimination of the West End bus route and elimination of the 8:53 pm run of the CCC Seasonal bus route, among other changes.

CCPT will be hosting a public information meeting on Thursday June 27th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the first floor meeting room, Room 103, of the Clinton County Government Center; 137 Margaret Street; Plattsburgh, NY 12901 to discuss the proposed service changes and receive public input. This meeting is open to the public and all are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate.

Those who are unable to attend in person but would like to attend by way of conference call can call 1-712-451-0011 and use access code: 853408

If you cannot attend this meeting but you would like to give input, provide written comments, or ask questions; please contact:

James Bosley, Planning Technician
Clinton County Planning Department
135 Margaret Street Suite 124
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
518-565-4713
james.bosley@clintoncountygov.com

In addition to this public meeting, there will be a public hearing at the session of the Clinton County Legislature when bus route changes are voted on. It is anticipated that the bus route changes being proposed will go before the Clinton County Legislature at their 7:00 pm session on Wednesday July 10th and the public hearing will be at the beginning of that meeting.

Clinton County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, special accommodations, within reason and upon request at least forty-eight hours in advance of the public meeting, will be provided to persons with disabilities. Please contact James Bosley, Planning Technician, at 518-565-4713 or by email at James.Bosley@clintoncountygov.com to request a special accommodation for the meeting.

For anyone who would like travel training to better understand the CCPT routes/services and how to use them, please contact James Bosley (contact information is above) and arrangements will be made for travel training.

By The Numbers: NCCI Services 2017 / 2018

The main goal of providing services at NCCI is to assist individuals with disabilities, and others dealing with disability issues. Each person we work with has an individual story, and each person who achieves or maintains their independence is a win, for them and for all of us.

Once in awhile though, it's useful to take a step back and look at what all of our services throughout the year look like. Exactly who are we serving? Which of our services are the most in demand? What kind of impact are we having in the North Country community?

The graphics below show data on services provided by the North Country Center for Independence between October 2017 and September 2018. You can click on each graphic to see a larger, easier to read version.

Have a look ...

How many people did NCCI serve? 637 people with disabilities. 336 other non-disabled. 48 families. Disabilities of people served: 351 physical. 174 cognitive. 75 mental. 42 sensory. How many people used each service? 608 information & referral. 573 personal assistance services. 261 advocacy. 229 benefits assistance. 101 accessibility assistance. 55 transportation assistance. 45 peer counseling. 33 housing assistance. 16 other services. 13 assistive technology.


And here is a closer look at two of NCCI's most important programs:

200 people with disabilities used CDPAP home care services to live more independently. 430 people were employed as personal care aides providing CDPAP home care. 152 people with disabilities used CDPAP services to avoid unwanted nursing home placement. $10.2 million dollars in taxpayer money saved, compared to the cost of institutional care.

1,270 information & referrals provided to nursing home and adult care facility residents, staff, and families. 527 facility visits by staff and volunteers, to nursing homes and adult care facilities. 448 total volunteer hours provided by Volunteer Ombudsmen, in facility visits and advocacy activities on behalf of nursing home and adult care facility residents.

The Problem With Banning Plastic Straws

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The City of Plattsburgh has been asked to institute a ban of disposable plastic straws, and several Council members are open to discussing it in a way that could lead to some kind of official ban.

Elizabeth Izzo, Sun Community News - August 8, 2018

This is part of a growing nation-wide trend ... a popular, seemingly simple way to respond the serious problem of mass plastic waste, particularly in the world's oceans. However, one important consideration has been consistently overlooked, and when brought up, has been largely dismissed, sometimes rather harshly.

The problem with banning plastic straws is that many people with significant physical disabilities depend on them to drink liquids every day. It is a basic and indispensable accessibility tool, with no replacement currently available that is durable, safe, and affordable. The disability community has spent the last several weeks trying to inform people about this problem, and help craft good-faith solutions that address the environmental problem while meeting the needs of people with disabilities.

One solution that might work for Plattsburgh is instead of banning plastic straws completely, to ban restaurants from handing them out without being asked ... while at the same time allowing them to continue to carry plastic straws for any customer to request.

It would be important to allow this "on request" provision not just for disabled people -- because having to make a “special” request stigmatizes disabled people. Some servers might be nice about it, but others might think it’s okay to question the disabled customer, or act like it’s lazy, selfish choice, or an annoyance. Disabled people are often treated poorly when they have to ask for special assistance, or even legally required and sensible accommodations. Even using handicapped parking can subject us to glares if we don’t “look disabled enough.”

As for using alternative types of straws:


Just about all alternative currently available have problems. Paper straws break down with hot beverages. Metal and other rigid material straws can cause injury. The reason some disabled people need straws is that they have difficulty controlling their hand and head movements. If a plastic straw pokes you in the face because of twitch or tremor, it’s no big deal. If a metal straw pokes you it can hurt you. Some people also bite down on the straw to control it, and a metal straw is bad for that, while plastic straws both give and hold up. And straws that bend are often critical. In fact, plastic bendy straws were originally invented for hospitals, for patients who couldn’t drink independently from a cup.

This all sounds very nit picky and particular to people who don’t have this kind of disability, but they are real issues.

It’s not just about disabled people who may be customers already, it’s that a straw ban becomes yet another barrier, a reason why a significantly disabled person might choose to stay at home, because being “out” in the community is just that little bit more uncomfortable. It’s another way to feel unwelcome, like a “problem.”

That’s not a social condition Plattsburgh should be contributing to.

We are asking that anyone who can talk about direct experience of using plastic straws for disability-related reasons let us know if they are willing to speak out on this proposal and possible alternatives. You can contact us through our website: www.ncci-online.com, or by calling us at 518-563-9058.

For further reading on this issue:

Karin Hitselberger, Washington Post - July 12, 2018

Alice Wong, Eater - July 19, 2018

Maria Godoy, National Public Radio - July 11, 2018

Upcoming Focus Group on ACCES-VR Services


You are invited to a meeting to talk about your experience with ACCES-VR services and how they could be better.

In Plattsburgh:

North Country Center for Independence (NCCI)
80 Sharron Avenue Plattsburgh, NY
Tuesday, June 26 12:00 Noon to 2:00 pm

There will be two other forums in the North Country:

In Massena:

Maximizing Independent Living Choices (MILC)
156 Center Street Massena, NY
Wednesday, June 27 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

In Watertown:

Northern Regional Center for Independent Living (NRCIL)
210 Court Street, Suite 107
Watertown, NY
Thursday, June 28 12:00 Noon to 2:00 pm

Refreshments and light meal will be available.

To let us know you will be attending, call the Potsdam Institute (PIAR) at: 1-888-419-2698 (toll free) or by email at: PIAR@potsdam.edu at least two days before the meeting.

Let us know as soon as possible if an accommodation, such as sign lan- guage interpreter, will be needed.
Seating is limited.

This meeting will be hosted by Dr. J Patrick Turbett and his staff from the Potsdam Institute for Applied Research (PIAR) at SUNY Potsdam, on behalf of the NYS Education Department, ACCES-VR, Adult Career and Continuing Education Services, Vocational Rehabilitation.

Write For The NCCI Blog!

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Paid opportunity for writers with disabilities in the North Country!

The North Country Center for Independence, (NCC) in Plattsburgh, New York, is looking for original writing by people with disabilities, on disability-related topics, for publication on  the NCCI Blog. http://ncciblog.blogspot.com

Each month NCCI will post up to two selected pieces written by people with disabilities. NCCI will pay writers $100 for each selected piece. Submissions should meet the following guidelines:
  • 300-600 words long.
  • Must relate in some way to the experiences and issues of living with physical, intellectual, or mental disabilities.
  • We are generally looking for writing focused on the everyday practical, social, and / or emotional experiences of living with disabilities, not on medical research, treatments, or therapies.
Some editorial assistance and feedback will be provided, including comments and suggestions on how drafts can be improved before publication.

NCCI’s Executive Director will choose up to two pieces per month to be published. After each item is posted, the writer may submit a voucher for payment, which will be made within 30 days of receipt.

Submit drafts by email, to: apulrang@icloud.com. Or, paper drafts may be delivered to NCCI at 80 Sharron Avenue, Plattsburgh, NY 12901. For more information call us at 518-563-9058.

The deadline for final drafts is the 15th of each month.

Employment

Job Fair  When: May 21, 2018 1 PM - 4 PM  Where: OneWork Source 194 US Oval, Plattsburgh, NY 12903  Connect with Employers and Apply for Jobs!  Employers Include: Coryer Staffing Crossmark ETS Mold-Rite Plastics NYS DOCCS Upstone Materials UPS Woodmen of the World  Positions In: Manufactoring Customer Service Material Moving Transportation Retail Sales Security Services And other opportunities!  Need Help Getting Ready? Participate in the Job Fair Preparation Workshop at OneWorkSource. Learn about and register for this workshop at (518) 561-0430  Questions? Call 518-561-0430 ext. 3058  Bring copies of your resume and be prepared for on-the-spot interviews.  Visit: www.labor.ny.gov Click on “Find a Job” then Career Center Events and “Recruitments”
Job fairs happen periodically around the North Country every year. If you are at all interested in a job search, go to this one on May 21st, and keep an eye out for future job fairs in the area.

Questions to ask yourself if you have a disability and want to explore employment:

  • Are you looking for full time, part time, temporary, seasonal, or continuous employment?
  • Are you looking for indoor or outdoor work? Physical work or work that’s mainly about thinking, planning, and creating? Do you like simple routines, or do you prefer work with variety and the unexpected? Do you want to work with the public or behind the scenes? Do you want coworkers, or do you prefer working by yourself?
  • Do you have a specific career in mind, or are you open to a variety of fields?
  • How do you plan to talk about your disability? Will you keep it to yourself or inform your employers … and at what point? Will you need some accommodations on the job? Are you concerned about discrimination or being screened out because of your disability? Can you explain your disability simply, briefly, in a way that makes people more comfortable?

These are just a few questions to get you started, and give your job search some focus. Meanwhile, if you haven’t already, reach out for some additional help with your job search and preparation:


A general regional resource for all job seekers.


Provides help and, in some cases, funding assistance for job seekers with disabilities.


Provides employment services for people who are blind or visually impaired.


Peer support and information on employment, benefits management, workplace accommodations, and disability rights laws in the workplace.

Clinton County Public Transit Route Deviation Trainings

Clinton County Public Transit Route Deviation Training - Presented by the Clinton County Planning Department

On May 1, 2018, Clinton County Public Transit will change its Paratransit policy, essentially eliminating door-to-door transportation for people with disabilities within the City of Plattsburgh. CCPT will shift instead to route deviation.

The Clinton County Planning Department and CCPT will hold a series of trainings to orient riders to the new system. Dates and times are below:

Presented by the Clinton County Planning Department
Clinton County Government Center
137 Margaret Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Scheduled trainings:






Travel training will consist of a 20 minute presentation on the new bus schedule and how Route Deviation works, followed by an opportunity to ride the bus and see Route Deviation in action.

If you wish to attend, call 518-561-1452. If you can’t attend but would like more information and opportunity for input, call NCCI at 518-563-9058.

By The Numbers: NCCI Services 2016 / 2017

The main goal of providing services at NCCI is to assist individuals with disabilities, and others dealing with disability issues. Each person we work with has an individual story, and each person who achieves or maintains their independence is a win, for them and for all of us.

Once in awhile though, it's useful to take a step back and look at what all of our services throughout the year look like. Exactly who are we serving? Which of our services are the most in demand? What kind of impact are we having in the North Country community?

Have a look ...


Note: These figures represent the number of people who received services at least once during the past full October-September year. Most of these people received services multiple times, though each is counted here only once.

Make A Year-End Donation to the NCCI Homecoming Fund

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As 2017 draws to a close, it's a good time to make charitable donations. We hope you will consider contributing to the NCCI Homecoming Fund. This online GoFundMe campaign is an opportunity to make a valuable local, small-scale donation that helps disabled people get out of nursing homes and hospitals, and make a smooth transition into their own homes.

Click here to give to the NCCI Homecoming Fund at GoFundMe.com.

The NCCI Homecoming Fund helps pay for:

• Kitchen supplies
• Bed and bathroom supplies
• Furniture
• Adaptive equipment
• Startup groceries

It also helps us pay for storage space for these purchased supplies and donated items that we can then give to people with disabilities making what can be a difficult, but exciting move back to independence in our community.

Help us out! It doesn't take a large donation to make a big difference. And whether you give or not, please share this with friends and family who might be interested.