We need YOUR Calls!

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We need your calls to make sure we stop cuts to public transportation here in western Mass.

Here’s how you can help TODAY, while our state legislators are getting ready to pass a new Budget for Massachusetts.

CALL (yes call) your state Senator and your State Representative—even if s/he already told you they support RTA funding.

Click to Find your State Senator or Find Your State Representative

Tell the aide who answers…

  • Your name, where you live, and that you’re a constituent and a voter
  • You don’t want bus service reduced in your community because  it hurts seniors, students, people without cars, people with disabilities, etc…
  • We want you to support the Senate version of the Transportation budget because within 45 days after July 1 the Department of Transportation has to disburse 4.5 million more dollars to the Regional Transit Authorities (including the PVTA). The Senate budget also includes an annual Consumer Price Increase/inflator, meaning that the RTAs will get automatic increases based on the rate of inflation.
  • All this will help us look into a future where we have the transportation we need

Thanks for your Support!

The Disability Integration Act and You

Twenty-eight years after the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, unwanted institutionalization remains a serious problem for people with disabilities and seniors.

The HELP Committee report (July 2013) “Separate and Unequal: States Fail to Fulfill the Community Living Promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act” recommended that Congress amend the ADA to clarify and strengthen the law’s integration mandate. Every individual who is eligible for Long Term Support Services/LTSS under Medicaid has a federally protected right to a real choice in how they receive services and supports.

The Disability Integration Act strengthens the ADA’s integration mandate and addresses the civil rights issue that people with disabilities who are stuck in institutions cannot benefit from many of the rights established under the ADA.

If you want to get involved, the best thing you can do right now is let your Congressional Representatives know why you support the DIA.

You can find your Reps here by entering your zip code: https://whoismyrepresentative.com                                          

 For more information about the DIA, visit this website:
http://www.disabilityintegrationact.org/

Stavros is a Fragrance Free Place

For the safety of our visitors and employees we are requesting our visitors to help us stay a Fragrance Free Place.  Please do NOT use fragrances when you visit our offices or attend any of our events.

Fragrance refers to any scent that is perceptible by others. It includes but is not limited to personal care products such as perfume, cologne, aftershave products, health care products, soaps, lotions, powders, and deodorants; laundry products such as detergents, fabric softeners, and dryer sheets; air “fresheners” that contain fragrance products; as well as any product that contains fragrance or scent. 

For more information on why being fragrance free helps everyone, visit this website:
https://invisibledisabilities.org/ida-books-pamphlets/chemicalsensitivities/whygofragrancefree/