Hello!

Hello, all you wonderful people who are just coming by for the first time to say Hi, and to those who’ve been a part of things for a while now.

I, Alisa, recently moved, and between the chaos of boxes and the temporary lack of internet access at my new place, have let my poor webpage by the wayside.

For anyone who’s interested in new events, for the time being check out our Facebook Page¬†and our Meetup Group. If you have questions or are interested in helping this page stay updated, please email me at accessmobpittsburgh@gmail.com. If you have a secret in with FIOS and can get them to come install everything sooner than February 13, I will name my firstborn fish after you.

ACA Phone Bank Documents

I’ve spoken to several people in the last week about the ACA Phone Bank that’s happening tomorrow. While I’m long overdue for a proper post (I just moved and have no internet access at home yet), I did want to put up a link to my Dropbox where I’ve got all of the documents for tomorrow, both for those who want to participate from home and for people who are coming and would like to view/print their own materials in advance.

If you have any questions, please email me at accessmobpittsburgh@gmail.com.

Affordable Care Act Phone Bank

[Poster: A teal-fading-to-black background. Text reads: "Access Mob Pittsburgh invites you to our Affordable Care Act Phone Bank - Monday, January 30 - 5-9:30 PM - Do you or someone you love have a disability? Join us as we call our legislators to explain the unique needs our community and how important the Affordable Care Act is to us. We will also be making recording for the #IWillDie campaign for anyone who's interested - Panera Bread - 3401 Blvd. of the Allies - Pittsburgh, PA 15213." On the bottom left is the Access Mob Pittsburgh logo (on white, a black outline of Pittsburgh's three rivers. Imposed within is the handicap symbol. On the left is written Access Mob Pittsburgh). On the bottom right is the #IWillDie campaign logo (on white, a blue bar with three white stars over four red lines. The second red line zigs up and down to imply a heartbeat on a cardiograph. In black on the bottom is written #IWILLDIE).]

[Poster: A teal-fading-to-black background. Text reads: “Access Mob Pittsburgh invites you to our Affordable Care Act Phone Bank – Monday, January 30 – 5-9:30 PM – Do you or someone you love have a disability? Join us as we call our legislators to explain the unique needs our community and how important the Affordable Care Act is to us. We will also be making recording for the #IWillDie campaign for anyone who’s interested – Panera Bread – 3401 Blvd. of the Allies – Pittsburgh, PA 15213.” On the bottom left is the Access Mob Pittsburgh logo (on white, a black outline of Pittsburgh’s three rivers. Imposed within is the handicap symbol. On the left is written Access Mob Pittsburgh). On the bottom right is the #IWillDie campaign logo (on white, a blue bar with three white stars over four red lines. The second red line zigs up and down to imply a heartbeat on a cardiograph. In black on the bottom is written #IWILLDIE).]

Ballots for Patients

Photo of an American Flag in the shape of the Continental United States. On top reads "ELECTION" and overlaid on the flag reads "2016."Dear Friend,

On November 8, you will have the opportunity to make your voice heard by voting at polling locations throughout Pennsylvania. If you knew in advance that you’d be unable to make it to your polling location due to travel plans or long-term hospitalization, you’ll have already sent in your absentee ballot by mail. But what about people who were admitted into the hospitals a day or two before the election? It’s impossible to predict when your baby will be born, or when your appendix will burst, or if you’ll be in a car accident and be unable to make it to your polling location on election day.

Ballots for Patients is an initiative started by people with long-term disabilities to help people temporarily disabled and in the hospital still vote. We collect applications for emergency absentee ballots from patients, file them with the Judge of Elections, and get the ballots back to the hospitals to be filled out by said patients. It is a non-partisan effort, and nobody will be excluded from their right to vote, regardless of race/ethnicity, religion, gender/sexuality, or political affiliation.

We are looking for volunteers to help with this effort. In particular, we are currently looking for people who can drive or bus applications back and forth between a designated hospital and the Judge of Elections in Downtown Pittsburgh, but we also need volunteers to go into some hospitals to collect applications. We are also looking for two drivers each from Westmoreland and Butler counties to assist patients who’ve been admitted into UPMC East and Passavant Hospital.

All volunteers must be able to attend either one our training sessions, or else teleconference with our trainer. The training is being offered on November 2 at 6 PM at the Squirrel Hill Public Library or on November 5 at 10 AM at the Carnegie Mellon University Center’s Wright Room.

If you are free to give some of your time to helping people exercise their Constitutional right to vote, please send me an email accessmobpittsburgh@gmail.com ASAP and I’ll add you to our list! If you’re not able to but know someone who might be, PLEASE boost the signal and send this out to everyone you can think of! If you have any questions, I’ll be happy to answer to them!

Best,
Alisa & Paul

AMP – Access Mob Pittsburgh Meet & Greet

AMP, the Access Mob Pittsburgh, cordially invites you to our Meet & Greet on Saturday, April 2, from 11-2 at TRCIL’s new headquarters at 901 Pennsylvania Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15233.

Senator Jay Costa will be attending as a special guest and is looking forward to talking with constituents about accessibility-related issues in the Region.

There will be a sign language interpreter at the event. I also have a limited number of braille documents, so I encourage people with vision impairments to find me and give me your email address so I can email all of the documents I wasn’t able to get done in braille. Donations will be gratefully accepted to help offset costs and to provide interpreters and braille documents at future events.

And because we don’t come unless we’re fed…. THERE WILL BE FOOD!