Showing posts with label handicap parking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label handicap parking. Show all posts

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Economic Development Committee - Sep 21 - video replay available

The Economic Development Subcommittee meeting met on Wednesday, Sep 21. The video recording is available for replay here.

Agenda:

1. Discussion: “Franklin For All” MAPC Study Conclusion & Committee Recommendations
a. Staff Memo Implementation Timeline



2. Downtown Parking Lot Proposal
a. Downtown Parking Lot Town Administrator Memo
b. Downtown Parking District Maps Current vs. Proposed
c. Traffic Fines Bylaw materials
d. Downtown Parking Bylaw Parking Rates Proposal

YouTube link ->  https://youtu.be/0juF7Nd2ngk

My notes captured during the meeting via Twitter can be found in one PDF doc


 

Bryan Taberner addressing the EDC
Bryan Taberner addressing the EDC

Thursday, November 4, 2021

“People with disabilities continue to face barriers to voting"

Picked up on a Twitter thread about voting issues disabled folks on Tuesday. Yes, since it was election day, and voting was in progress, the thread was timely.

  • Hi, I’m a disabled voter in Massachusetts - my disability is multifaceted, but one physical presentation is loss of fine motor skill, or the ability to write. I get by in the world thanks to technology. Here are obstacles I and other disabled voters face in Massachusetts
  • I’m a busy parent, and I didn’t fill out the application for an absentee ballot by October 13th this year Obstacle 1 - disabled people must be vigilant about dates that are sometimes hard to find in fine print on websites
  • Obstacle 2 - disabled people must fill out a form (which can be done electronically, with one exception - more on that in a sec), And get it back to the their local election office on time JUST to receive a ballot.
  • Obstacle 3 - that signature. Even though most cities and towns allow for electronic submission and typed answers into the form, MA requires that everyone must provide a  “wet” signature (lol ew ). For me, this is the real obstacle.
  • Alt text for above image: Picture of a text heavy form with the following highlighted: sign your application with a “wet” signature. Application signed with a mouse, stylus, or finger are also acceptable; typed signatures are not.
  • My signature today is legible, however it is wildly different than it looked 18 months ago. The loss of my writing is something I’ve had to grieve, and the state of MA tells me: “Typed Signatures are not acceptable,” right there on the website! Not. Acceptable.
  • Obstacle 4 - We, the disabled voters of MA, must then fill out our paper ballots, sign them, get them into envelopes (no easy task), and send back in time for them to be counted. We are expressly prohibited from returning a ballot to our polling place on Election Day.
  • Text for this image: another text heavy document with the following highlighted: Once you receive your ballot, please return as soon as possible to ensure that it arrives in time to be counted. Ballots CANNOT be returned to the polling location on Election Day.
  • OK so there are the big four obstacles outlined by the state - for me, it’s something I can overcome; I will go to the polls, and I’ll cast a ballot.  I am extremely lucky, and one more MS relapse could take these options away from me.
  • But I did some more research, and it looks like The city of Boston has amazing accessibility tools!  https://www.boston.gov/news/accessible-voting-announced-ahead-november-2-municipal-election 
  • Everything can be completed online, even down to the vote itself, including that pesky signature! In Boston the language is changed to, voters may sign electronically. I was so thrilled to see this happening in Boston!
  • But something was confusing on the website. Why are these accessibility tools only Valid through 2025? And then it hit me. The city of Boston provides excellent accessibility for voting because it was sued by several disability rights groups for violating article 2 of the ADA.
  • None of these wonderful tools were given to disabled voters; disabled voters fought, and won, the right to vote without the significant obstacles I outlined above.
  • So, we have a lot of work to do Massachusetts. When you head to the polls today, try to notice how many obstacles you encounter along the way. And when you get home, check out the amazing work of @BostonCIL and @ACBofMA and @DLCMA, Who fought and won.   
  • Sorry adding the place where you can find all the legal info about voting in Boston. Photo is of text heavy legal document that is also available on the link attached. thank you for reading!  https://www.dlc-ma.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/BAV-Settlement-Agreement-9.8.2021-fully-executed.pdf 


Coincidentally, I found in my inbox on Tuesday that NIST is looking for input and comment to address this disability issue nationally: "NIST Draft Publication Addresses Removing Barriers for Voters With Disabilities" https://www.nist.gov/news-events/news/2021/10/nist-draft-publication-addresses-removing-barriers-voters-disabilities


Direct link to draft out for comment -> https://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/SpecialPublications/NIST.SP.1273-draft.pdf 


The chapter headings for the draft are shown as follows:

2. SYSTEMIC BARRIERS TO AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR VOTING ACCESSIBILITY

3. VOTER REGISTRATION AND THE NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION FORM

4. VOTING BY MAIL

5. VOTER TECHNOLOGY

6. POLLING LOCATIONS

7. POLL WORKER TRAINING


I heartily encourage reading and submitting comments as appropriate. Together the process needs to work for all of us.


Full twitter thread can be found here (I copied the text and links but not the emoticons...)  https://twitter.com/Moms4Markey/status/1455612963327459329

“People with disabilities continue to face barriers to voting"
“People with disabilities continue to face barriers to voting"


Friday, October 1, 2021

Harvest Festival - Handicap parking available at Dean Bank (Dean Ave)

Handicap parking during the Oct. 2 Harvest Festival will be available in the Dean Bank parking lot behind the bank from noon to 5 PM
Note: With Main St closed for the Festival, you would need to approach Dean Bank via Dean Ave


Harvest Festival - Handicap parking available at Dean Bank (Dean Ave)
Harvest Festival - Handicap parking available at Dean Bank (Dean Ave)


Monday, July 27, 2020

"Many other barriers also have yet to be broken"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"There are about 56,000 people living in Massachusetts nursing homes, but about 10,000 to 20,000 of them could be living in their own homes. 
That’s according to Paul Spooner, director of the MetroWest Center for Independent Living, who said finding a place to live at home with care - and affording it - remains a problem for people with disabilities 30 years after the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed on July 26, 1990. 
The act doesn’t guarantee private housing, but nine years after it was passed, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Olmstead v. L.C. decision because of it. 
The decision was made on June 22, 1999, and ruled that the unjustified segregation of people with disabilities is discrimination because it violates the ADA, and that individuals have a right to live in their community when appropriate instead of in an institution. But how people with disabilities can afford to live on their own outside living with others - like in institutions and nursing homes - remains a question."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20200726/looking-at-americans-with-disabilities-act-30-years-later--and-during-global-pandemic?rssfeed=true

handicap parking was added to the Town Common (High st shown) and Unions St just last year
handicap parking was added to the Town Common (High st shown) and Unions St just last year
Frank Falvey was the one who asked the question and ended up getting handicap parking at the Town Common. We recorded a radio show (podcast)episode) to capture the event and how it developed.
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2020/01/fm-197-frank-falvey-handicap-access-on.html

Friday, April 24, 2020

"Anyone with a computer and an Internet connection can join in"

From the Boston Globe, an article of interest to Franklin.
"City and town halls across the state are largely silent this spring as efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus have forced public meetings online — leaving elected officials working to keep local government moving in the midst of a pandemic.

Until a few weeks ago, Kenneth Tavares — chairman of Plymouth’s Select Board and a 50-year veteran of town politics — never would have imagined holding video conference calls to conduct public business. Now, he feels differently.

"I think I'm a fan of it," Tavares said. "Thirty days ago, I don't think I would have said that to you."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/04/23/metro/midst-pandemic-public-meetings-continue-online/

In this pandemic time, the Town of Franklin is not alone in moving to virtual meetings. While the Governor's Executive Order has allowed for these, and they do work, although they would seem to take longer, that is a small price to pay. Questions remain to be resolved to make this a standard practice. 

In the BCE (before coronavirus era), an open meeting basically meant, the location of the meeting was physically open for anyone to walk in, even if handicapped. In this digital arena, internet access seems to be the default. 

However, how do other forms of handicap get addressed? Assuming internet is broadly available (a big assumption), how does the online platform enable someone with a hearing disability participate? The Governor's press updates have an individual signing American Sign Language (ASL). That provides the information outward. How would a hearing impaired person, ask a question or provide feedback on a topic?

What does accessible meant for an open meeting in this digital/virtual world?
 
one of three screens of users for the Town Council meeting Weds (over 60 at peak)
one of three screens of users for the Town Council meeting Weds (over 60 at peak)

Friday, January 31, 2020

FM #197 - Frank Falvey - Handicap access on the Town Common

FM #197

This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 197 in the series, that we are now developing in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm).

Frank Falvey, creator of two music programs for Franklin TV / Franklin Radio sat with me recently at the Franklin studio.

Frank initiated the creation of the two new handicap parking spots at the Town Common. We sat to discuss how this came to be. Our conversation then stayed within the handicap and access realm to cover parking passes and the accessibility issues at the downtown Franklin/Dean MBTA station.

Listen to our conversation, approximately 35 minutes


https://www.hipcast.com/podcast/HyVQ5HLX




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Links and answers to some of the questions or topics raised during our conversation:

- MA disability placard info can be found online at the MA.gov page https://www.mass.gov/how-to/renew-your-temporary-disability-placard
note: permanent cards are auto renewed, temporary are not

- American Disabilities Act (ADA) was first published in 1990 and updated recently https://www.ada.gov/2010_regs.htm

- The MBTA meeting was held in December 2019. The meeting was held Tuesday, Dec 17 - I was recording the FinComm meeting that night and missed it. Jeff Roy shared the presentation doc which I then posted to the FM web page later that week
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2019/12/franklin-line-meeting-powerpoint.html

- GATRA - Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Authority http://www.gatra.org/ (you can get there from the "Explore Franklin" link on the Town of Franklin home page)


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One of the new handicapped parking spots on the Town Common, this one at the corner of High St and Main St
One of the new handicapped parking spots on the Town Common, this one at the corner of High St and Main St