News

Business Meeting

The Maine SILC Regular Business Meeting is Thursday, May 11, 2017 From 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Maine State Housing Authority.

PRESS RELEASES

Maine SILC Attends Maine Emergency Preparedness Conference – download the April 26th press release – Press Release 4 26 17 Emergency Preparedness Conference – MS-Word.

Maine SILC Newsletter

The May 2017 Maine SILC Newsletter is ready to be downloaded – Maine SILC Newsletter May 2017– MS-Word 

COMMUNITY NEWS

Maine State Housing May 2017 Newsletter

Maine Travel Voucher Legislation

UPDATE! The Travel Voucher Pilot Legislation goes to public hearing Friday May 5, 2017 at 9:30am with the HHS Committee.

Public Hearing, Friday at 9:30 AM 
LD 1481, HP1020   Resolve, To Establish a Pilot Project To Provide Travel Vouchers to Persons with Disabilities in Rural Communities
!!PLEASE CONSIDER COMING TO TESTIFY IN SUPPORT!!

There was a story on NPR describing a rural system in Ohio/Nebraska/South Dakota, using a model like Uber/Lyft.

http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2017/04/17/524339669/ride-hailing-in-rural-america-like-uber-with-a-neighborly-feel

The organization is Liberty Mobility Now.

http://libertymobilitynow.com/

Their website invites communities to sign up, as well as riders and drivers.  Here is what it says about being a driver:

Provide a new level of freedom to folks who do not have access to personal transportation or who need a safe ride home.

Liberty Drivers are independent contractors that get paid per mile by accepting trips requested from neighbors and folks in your community.

All the payment is handled electronically so there is no cash to worry about collecting, change to keep on hand, credit card readers to figure out, etc.    Just drop them off where they need to go – and you can go about your business.

Thanks.

Eric Dibner                                                                                                        Maine State ADA Accessibility Coordinator

 

Maine State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL)

Maine SILC logoThe 2017-2019 (Maine) State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) has now been completed and can be downloaded now.

In seeking to accomplish the goals of the SPIL, Maine SILC has created workgroups to focus on specific areas in the SPIL. Maine SILC is always seeking volunteers and help. If you have interest in please contact us to see where you might jump in!

 

Maine SILC Travel Voucher Work Group

Public Hearing

Maine SILC Travel Voucher Workgroup Public Hearing with the Maine Legislative Health and Human Services Committee

1:30 pm February 2, 2017 at HHS Committee Room, Cross Building, Augusta, Maine.

UPDATE:

The Maine Legislative Health and Human Services Committee voted unanimously on the 2 2 17 meeting to accept the work of the Maine SILC Travel Voucher Workgroup and to use the recommendations of the study report to draft a bill that would begin the process of forwarding the recommendations.

UPDATE:

We continue to wait for an announcement of the public hearing on the Travel Voucher Bill. It will be posted here when we do! (April 18, 2017).

 

Reports

Report of the Maine SILC Travel Voucher Work Group was authorized by PUBLIC Law, Chapter 452, LD 949, 127th Maine State Legislature, Second Regular Session

“An Act To Enact the Recommendations of the Commission on Independent Living and Disability,” Section 3

Download the final Report of the Maine SILC Travel Voucher Work Group – December 28, 2016 – PDF