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                                                                                               Lehigh Valley, PA 18002
                                                                                                   Permit No. 233
Lehigh Valley Center
for Independent Living, Inc.
435 Allentown Drive
Allentown, PA 18109-9121

“Providing services to persons with all
types of disabilities” A member of the
PA Council on Independent Living
(PCIL), a consumer controlled state
association of Centers for Independent
Living (CIL’s)
                                                                                                                                                                           LVCIL Hosting Its Second Annual
LIVIN’ is a quarterly publication of the
Lehigh Valley Center for Independent                                                                                                                                           Silent Auction Benefit
Living, Inc. LVCIL provides information
and services to people with disabilities,
and other service organizations in
Lehigh and Northampton Counties.
Businesses or Individuals may sponsor
issues of LIVIN’

March–May 2006
Edition, Volume 39                                                                                                            The Official Newsletter of the
                                                                                                                                Lehigh Valley Center For
                                                                                                                                Independent Living, Inc.           LVCIL will be hosting its second annual Silent Auction fundraising
                                                                                                                                   435 Allentown Drive         event on Saturday, April 8, 2006 from 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM at Mercy
                                                                                                                                Allentown, PA 18109-9121       Special Learning Center located at 830 S. Woodward Street in Allentown.
                                                                                                                                                               All proceeds from this event will be utilized for the services and
                                                                                                                                 March–May, 2006 Edition       programs provided by LVCIL to persons with all types of disabilities
                                                                                                                                       Volume 39               residing within the Lehigh Valley.
                                                                                                                                       Contact us:                 LVCIL is looking for donations from businesses, organizations,
                                                                                                                             Phone:          (610) 770-9781    professionals or individuals of items such as products, services, tickets,
                                            Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living                                      Fax:            (610) 770-9801    certificates, or anything of interest to the general public. These items will
                                             435 Allentown Drive, Allentown, PA 18109                                        TTY:            (610) 770-9789    be auctioned off to the highest bidder in order to raise funds for LVCIL.
                                                           610-770-9781                                                      Email:        Refreshments will be served during the auction preview time, which
                                                                                                                                        will be 2:30-4:30 PM. The bids will then be reviewed and the announ-
                                                                                                                                       Web Site
           Yes, enclosed is my tax-deductible donation to LVCIL’s Carl F. Odhner Fund in the amount of $                                cement of the highest bidder for each item will be made at 5:00 PM. The
           Yes, enclosed is my tax-deductible donation to LVCIL’s Claire E. Michaels Fund in the amount of                                                     individuals who made the highest bid will then be able to claim their
           $                                                                                                                                                   item(s) once payment is made. Payments will be accepted in the form of
           Yes, enclosed is my tax-deductible gift to LVCIL in honor/memory of                                                                                 cash or a check made out to LVCIL.
           in the amount of $
           Yes, I am enclosing a tax-deductible donation to LVCIL, in the amount of $
                                                                                                                         See Inside For:                           Mercy Special Learning Center is located just behind St. Paul’s Roman
                                                                                                                                                               Catholic Church at 2nd and Susquehanna Streets in Allentown. This is just
           Please use it wherever you have the greatest need.                                                            •     FYI                             a few blocks from the intersection of 4th and Susquehanna Streets. If you
                                                                                                                         •     Community Support Corner        need further directions please call LVCIL for assistance.
                          Name                                                                                                                                     A few of the items which will be available for bidding include tickets
                                                                                                                         •     SWAT’s New – RAT’s Nest
                                                                                                                                                               to local cultural, sporting and recreational events, a portrait session, (2)
                         Address                                                                                         •     SLIRS Program Info              Longaberger baskets, a portable ramp, a small sewing machine, art
                                                                                                                         •     And much, much more!            supplies, a custom made nativity set and dozens of other super items!
                         Phone                                                                                                                                     We do hope that you will come out and join us and help support
                                                                                                                                                               LVCIL. Please call Laurie if you would like to volunteer.
           I would like to be contacted for more information about LVCIL.
                                                                                                                             Editor: Laurie Geist                                                                     Amy C. Beck
                                                          Thank you!                                                         Graphic Design: Bob Amelio
                         Please send completed form to LVCIL, 435 Allentown Drive, Allentown, PA 18109                                                                                                          LVCIL Executive Director
                                                                                                                             Send Email to:
                                                                                                                                  LVCIL Sign Language Interpreter Referral Services
                                                        Thank You LVCIL Supporters!                                               ASL CLASSES
      LVCIL Board of                            Lehigh Valley Plastics, Inc. employees adopt LVCIL as the beneficiary             Location: LVCIL/SLIRS, 435 Allentown Drive, Allentown, PA
        Directors:                                               of their 2005 Fundraising Efforts                                (ADA Accessible Building) Sign Language Classes
                                       By Laurie Geist                                                                               8 week Session
         Tom Burns (VP)                    Imagine our surprise when we received a call from Darlene Mason, an                       Beginner Class on Wednesday, March 8th to April 26th
        Nicholas Butterfield           employee of Lehigh Valley Plastics, Inc. to inform us that her fundraising                         6:30 to 8:30 PM Instructor: *Christine Godleski
          Sheila Costanzi              committee chose LVCIL to be the recipient of their fundraising efforts for 2005.              8 weeks Session
           Glenn Firman
           Chris Gonella
                                       Well, as if that wasn’t enough, this phenomenal group of people held a                        Intermediate Class on Tuesday, March 7th to April 25th
           John Kinnaird               different fundraiser each month, which were coordinated and executed by                            6:30 to 8:30 PM Instructor: *Doni Piccerillo
            Bob Linney                 Darlene and her co-worker and supervisor, Bonnie Walker. The end result of                    8 weeks Session
                                       all this hard work and generosity of all the employees resulted in LVCIL
                                                                                                                                                                            th          th
   Dr. Lisa Marie McCauley (T)                                                                                                        Advanced Class on Thursday, March 9 to April 27
       Gretchen Parseghian             receiving $6,715.77! This was in addition to items being donated for the 1st                       6:30 to 8:30 PM Instructor: *Doni Piccerillo
            John Rohal                 Annual Silent Auction Benefit and one fundraiser that benefited the hurricane                 *Instructors subject to change, we may add another instructor.
        Jeanette Schmoyer              victims!                                                                                       Descriptions:
            Mike Smith                     As the staff person who coordinates fundraising efforts for LVCIL I know
           Jodie Steiner                                                                                                              American Sign Language for Beginner $80.00 without book, $110.00 with book
       Kathy Vastyshak (S)
                                       that this is no small feat. It took much time planning and preparing for each                  For the first time signer, or refresher course for basics. Introduction includes fingerspelling, vocabulary and 4 parts of a sign
       Dr. Daniel Wilson (P)           monthly fundraiser. In addition, it takes great energy to get everyone excited                 with a hearing instructor. Great for parents and kids to take together.
                                       and involved in the fundraiser. If you could meet Darlene you would                            Book: A Basic Course in American Sign Language
                                       understand why they are so successful. She is a very special lady who happens
            Our Staff                  to be a grandmother of 17!                                                                     American Sign Language for Intermediate $80.00
                                           LVCIL wants to take this opportunity to thank the owners and employees of                  A continuation of Beginner ASL. Students will focus on improving ASL vocabulary and begin sentence structure. Reception
    Email addresses and phone          Lehigh Valley Plastics, Inc. for their extraordinary efforts on behalf of persons              skills will be introduced. Will learn about ASL and about Deaf Culture with a Deaf instructor.
    Direct/voice mail extensions       with all types of disabilities residing in the Lehigh Valley. These monies will                Book: A Basic Course in American Sign Language.
                                       make a big difference in the lives of many persons served by LVCIL! Each and
            Bob Amelio, Jr.,           every one of you is a shining example of the positive results of hard work,                    American Sign Language for Advanced $80.00
   Community Support Coordinator:      persistence, and dedication to making the local community a better place for all               A continuation of Intermediate ASL. Students will focus on improving ASL dialogue. This class will have hands up experience ext. 11                                                                                                      with the Sign Language Club and other Deaf events.
                                       of its residents!                                                                              Book: A Basic Course in American Sign Language & Sign Naturally Level 1. Provide your own books.
               Amy Beck,
          Executive. Director:             Words just cannot adequately express our gratitude for this tremendous act                                                For refund/cancellation policy please contact: slireferral@ ext.14        of selflessness and benevolence! We wish Lehigh Valley Plastics, Inc. and all of           •   At least 5 people must register for a class to run
              Laurie Geist,            its employees many, many years of continued success with the business and the              •   Classes taught in ASL
      Development Coordinator:         community service you perform.                                                             •   For refund/cancellation policy please contact: slireferral@ ext. 20                                                With Great Admiration and Appreciation,                                                            ASL Class Registration
           Christine Kalogris,                       The Board of Directors, Staff, Volunteers, and Consumers of LVCIL                                  Enclosed is my check payable to LVCIL for $80.00 or $110.00 with book. (Circle one.)
     SLIRS Program Coordinator: ext. 21                                                                                                            I am registering for the ASL Beginner Class.
           Robbie Graves,
                                                               For Your Information (FYI)                                                      I am registering for the ASL Intermediate Class.
                                                                                                                                               I am registering for the ASL Advanced Class. ext.26       LVCIL Closings or Delays Due to Severe Weather                                                                            Name
          Linda Hetherington,             If you are planning to come to LVCIL for an appointment, class, meeting or to
        SLIRS Fiscal Assistant; ext, 12   volunteer on a day when we are experiencing severe weather conditions, please                                  Address

            Carol A. Olson,            call our main number at 610-770-9781. Our opening greeting will advise you if the                              City, State, Zip
   Community Support Coordinator:      agency is opening on a delayed schedule, or if the office is closed or closing early. ext.18
                                       New Assistive Technology Match Website                                                                         Phone / Email
            Brenda Palmer,                Check out this new website,, that was created to match
        Administrative Assistant: ext.15      folks up with the assistive technology they need. You will be able to post items
           Mark Piedmonte,
                                       for 50 cents to $4 per item and also search for items that you may need. All the                  Support LVCIL while shopping without leaving your home!
           Assistant Director          terms and requirements are explained on the website. Contact information is ext. 29     also available on the website.                                                          Log onto to and do your shopping online from the comfort of your own home, and a
                                                                                                                               percentage of your purchases will be donated to the agency you identify (LVCIL, of course)! There are
            Debbie Rozear,
   Community Support Coordinator:      Play the ADA Game!                                                                      hundreds of companies and stores to choose from and best of all your merchandise will be delivered to, ext.24        Learn more about the ADA, have fun and help our Mid-Atlantic Region                  your door. No crowds and traffic to deal with and more time to spend with family and friends!
              Cara Steidel,            compete! Go to to register to play the ADA game. Earn
           Fiscal Coordinator          points by answering multiple choice ADA questions online each day, as you ext. 13
                                       learn about the Americans with Disabilities Act. You earn points even if you get
           Dave Williams,              the question wrong, and it only takes about five minutes a day. If you plan to
        Director of Construction
             Management:               register, please contact or, if they refer ext. 27     you our region will earn even more points! Play, play, play!

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                                                                                                                                               Freewheelers Activities
  Housing Tales:
  How can I help you?                                                                                                                                                                                                                What Is A Rat?
  By Debbie Rozear                                                                                                                                                                                                                 By Robbie Graves (Advocate)

                                                                                                                                        Practices are Thursdays 7:45 to 9:30 pm Bethlehem
      As a Community Support                  form is completed, you are entitled      process. Calling into the CIL                    YMCA, Broad St. Bethlehem PA
 Coordinator at Lehigh Valley Center for      to receive all of the services that we   expecting to find a new place                    Games held at Eastside Youth Center, Allentown:
 Independent Living (LVCIL), my job is        provide through our agency.              immediately; this just does not                  March 25th, April 29th
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, a rat is a furry little critter with a long tail, but for our
 to provide services in finding                   Specifically, when applying for      happen. Sometimes, LVCIL gets calls              Bowling:                                                           purposes, RAT is short for Regional Action Team. RATS are a
 housing. I will guide and support in         the housing services, we will            asking for one of our apartments and             Saturday’s-7 pm March 4th, 18th, April 8th , 22nd                  group of people organized for a common purpose. We will
 finding Affordable/Accessible                determine a number of things:            if there is any availability. LVCIL                                                                                 meet at least once a month and discuss various issues pertaining
 housing for individuals with dis-            • How much can you afford?               does not have any apartments on site             Tennis
                                                                                                                                                                                                           to advocacy such as how to write effective letters and what to
 abilities. There are several services                                                 or in the community. There are a few             Wednesdays from12-2:00 pm indoors at Lehigh
                                              • Where are you interested in                                                             University’s Lewis Tennis Center                                   expect when meeting legislators, but the main reason to meet
 that are available through our                    living?                             different resources that we use in                                                                                  will be to discuss the issues that matter to you and to organize
 agency. Services include, but are not        • How soon are you looking to            order to find housing for individuals            Lehigh Valley Tennis Classic                                       campaigns to help bring about the positive changes we want.
 limited to; Peer Support, Individual              move?                               and families. Some of the ways we                A Nationally Sanctioned wheelchair tennis tournament will          There will be trips to Harrisburg to meet with our legislators and
 Advocacy, Information and Referral,                                                   find housing include the newspaper,              be held July 8-9, 2006 at Lehigh University.                       other advocacy actions. There will be other activities as the
 Training and Educational Seminars,           • Is there an underlying reason
                                                                                       computer websites, landlord contacts,            Basket Bingo                                                       group sees fit. These groups are Your Groups. If you are
 Transportation Assistance, and Sign               why you are moving,                                                                                                                                     interested, please call me to get on the mailing list.
                                                                                       and by word of mouth. At our                     Watch the LVCIL website for upcoming dates
 Language Interpreter Referral                     foreclosure, eviction, etc?                                                                                                                                    Thank You and Let’s Advocate Together for Our Rights!
                                                                                       agency, we encourage independence.
                                              • Has your income level changed                                                           Monthly membership meetings:
 Service (SLIRS).
                                                   due to a recent disability, and
                                                                                       Therefore, if you become involved in
                                                                                                                                        First Thursday of the month at the Mezza Luna                      More RAT News:
      When you first call LVCIL, you                                                   the search for that perfect apartment                                                                                  The Regional Action Team will be meeting every second
                                                   you can no longer afford where                                                       Resturant in Allentown, PA
 will be greeted by a pleasant, helpful                                                or house, it will shorten the length of
                                                   you are living?                                                                                                                                         Wednesday of every month at the CIL from 1:00 to 2:30 pm.
 voice that will answer all of your                                                    time spent searching for your dream              All are welcome to attend and play whether you have a
                                                  Is your move sudden? Do you                                                                                                                              Everybody is welcome to attend. You can call me at 610-770-9781
 questions and guide you in the                                                        home. Obtaining a new apartment or               disability or not. Call Bob Amelio for more info or
 direction you seek. The first thing          have to be out by the end of the                                                          directions to any of our events at 610-770-9781 ext. 11            ext. 26 for more information. We have some fun and interesting
                                                                                       house may take anywhere from a few
 that we would do is set up an                week because of an eviction or           days to a few months. Your input is                                                                                 projects in the works that we think will really make a difference
 appointment for you to come in and           foreclosure? These situations do not     vital and always greatly appreciated.            2006 Launch of                                                     for people with disabilities in the Lehigh Valley. We have had
 fill out some paperwork which we             happen over night; it takes many                                                          Wellness for All Program                                           around ten to fourteen people attend our previous four meetings
 call intake forms. After the intake          months to go through the whole                                                            by Thérèse Gyauch                                                  and have had some great discussions and all have learned from
                                                                                                                                                                                                           each other.
                                                                                                                                             On March 6, 2006, The Lehigh Valley Center for
                                                                                                                                        Independent Living (LVCIL) resumes its Wellness for All               We are interested in forming a Regional Action Team
                                                                                       CIL Membership Organization                      Program. Meetings occur Mondays, 4-5pm. The program                specifically for people in their late teens and early twenties. This
                                    For CIL                                            (CMO) Meetings) :                                runs from spring through early winter, approximately 42            group will probably meet somewhere in the community and will
       This column is provided as a service to the Lehigh Valley community.                Meetings are scheduled on the second         sessions, each year. Once registered, individuals may              be focused on issues that matter most to young people,
                                                                                       Tuesday of the month at LVCIL in the Carl F.     selectively choose which events from the program’s calendar        developing advocacy skills, but most of all, socializing and
    LVCIL takes no responsibility for the condition of items, negotiation of                                                            they wish to attend-all events or just a few. Consumers can
    prices, storage, or pick-up and delivery of equipment. To have an item listed,     Odhner Community Room from 1:00-3:00                                                                                having a good time! If you are interested or if you know
                                                                                       p.m. unless otherwise noted. Although these      attend based on their personal and educational needs.
    please send a detailed description to:                                                                                                   Now in its third year, the wellness program serves people     someone who might be interested, please call me at the CIL.
                                                                                       meetings are scheduled for the benefit of
    LVCIL, 435 Allentown Drive, Allentown, PA 18109-9121 or                            members, consumers, Board and staff of           with disabilities, their family members, and/or care providers.       The RATs are compiling a list of doctors and medical facilities                                                              LVCIL; non-members and the general public
                                                                                                                                        Supported in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Depart-         that are accessible and accommodating to people with
                                                                                                                                        ment of Community & Economic Development (PA DCED)                 disabilities. If you know of a doctor or medical facility that you
       For Sale: Motorized power chair Ranger X with a tilt back. 3 years old. In      are also welcome to attend. Please RSVP to
                                                                                                                                        through Representative Jennifer Mann’s office, the program
                                                                                       Laurie if you plan to attend any of the events                                                                      have had a particularly good experience with (perhaps your
    good condition. Asking $1,500 OBO. Call Evelyn at 610-770-2059. Leave a                                                             emphasizes mind-body wellness. Amy Beck, the center’s
                                                                                       listed above by calling 610-770-9781 ext. 20                                                                        own), please give me a call at the CIL.
    message on the answering machine.                                                  or via email at: .
                                                                                                                                        director, emphasizes the importance of the program stating
                                                                                                                                        that “ . . .people with physical disabilities especially need to
       For Sale: Iglide, 16 ½ inches wide x 18 ½ inches deep, never used. All          Contact Christine Kalogris via email at
                                                                                                                                        focus on their total health” and that they are often “woefully
    operational manuals and charger available. Asking $2,000. Call 610-258-8880., TTY at 800-725-     underserved by the mainstream population’s health
                                                                                       4616, or fax at 610-770-9801 to request a Sign
       For Sale: Power wheelchair Action 2 Ranger by Invacare. Batteries are           Language Interpreter at least one week in
                                                                                                                                        institutions.” Historically, the LVCIL’s client population has
    only 1 year old. Asking $1,200 or best offer. Call Gerald at 610-261-0521.                                                          demonstrated a high level of interest in exploring wellness
                                                                                       advance.                                         topics. As part of this program, they can develop and
       For Sale: Motorized twin bed. 3 years old. Make offer. Call Caroline at             Friday, March 17th a St. Patrick’s Day                                                                                 Home Health Care Equipment And Aids For Daily Living
                                                                                                                                        individualize health goals that meet their unique needs and
    610-437-6343. Also a walker with wheels for $10                                    dance from 3:00-6:00 PM in the Odhner            focus on long-term health needs.                                          Ramps                                  Stair Lifts
                                                                                       Community Room. A DJ will be on hand to               Third-year veteran, Meredith Baum, returns as the                    Elevators                            Porch Lifts
       For Sale: 1995 Chevy Astro Van -67,000 Miles, All Wheel Drive, Quad             spin tunes and light refreshments will be        group’s teaching registered dietician, and second-year                    Power Wheel Chairs                      Scooters
    hand controls, Low effort steering, Crow River Wheelchair lift, Magnetic           served.                                          veteran, holistic health educator Therese Gyauch joins her.               Manual Wheel Chairs                          DME
    Entry, $7,500. Call Corrine at 610-861-9440                                            Tuesday, April 11th- 1:00-3:00 PM- join us   During 2006, we will again address a broad range of topics.
                                                                                       as Jamie Kelly from the Pennsylvania Assistive                                                                                          Servicing the Lehigh Valley since 1995
       For Free as is: Braun Car Chair Topper wheelchair lift for folding                                                               In line with structure of past years, half of all Wellness for                                                          (610) 433-8797
    wheelchair. Must remove from home and install on car. Call Bob at                  Technology Foundation discusses options for      All sessions will be nutrition topics and the remaining half of                   th
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  515 N.12 Street                          Fax: (610) 433-7972
                                                                                       acquiring the Assistive technology you need.     the sessions will be lifestyle topics. Among this year’s
    610-7709781 ext. 11                                                                                                                                                                                           Allentown, PA 18102                          1-800-574-7880
                                                                                           Tuesday, May 9th-1:00-3:00 PM- join us as    nutrition topics expect to see such topics as portion control,
                                                                                       Kathy Perlow discusses the Community                                                     Continued on page 5
                                                                                       Exchange Program.
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                                                    The Rat’s Nest                                                                    Community Support Corner
                                                     By Robbie Graves                                                                 Stigma Associated with Mental Illness
                                                                                                                                      By Carol Olson

                                                                                                                                         Mental illness is not a discriminatory          sensationalize news stories related to            suspected it. She must have had in her
  Do you have a beef with something?                                                                                                 disease. It does not matter what your age is,       crimes committed by people with mental            mind the stigma that people with mental
  (Part Two)                                                                                                                         your sex, nationality or economic status. It        illness.                                          illness drool on themselves, are violent or
                                                                                                                                     can affect anyone at any time.                          Another factor in the stigma associated       act “crazy.”
      In the last newsletter, we talked        complaint process, you can contact        referred to the PHRC after the initial          Medical science has made great strides          with mental illness are the comedians. For            2.     Help people with mental illness
  about how to complain when you               HUD at or at 1-888-799-       complaint was filed with HUD.               in treating mental illness. However, a              some reason, mental illness is considered         as best you can to re-enter society. Give
  have an issue involving employment,          2085 or 215-656-3450 (TTY).                  To wrap up, in Pennsylvania people       majority of our brain function still remains        something to joke and laugh about. I don’t        that person all of your support and
                                                   There are other options in the                                                    a mystery. It has been determined that              see anyone making fun of the person who           encouragement. Show society people with
  access or activity run by a local or state                                             with disabilities are protected on the
                                                                                                                                     many mental illnesses are due to a chemical         stumbles and falls over because his or her        mental illness can be functioning members
  government, public transportation,           complaint process. If the act of          Federal level by the Americans with
                                                                                                                                     imbalance in the brain. We rarely think of          glucose level has dropped too low. Or how         of society.
  and public accommodations (access at         discrimination occurred within the        Disabilities Act, Fair Housing Act and      our brain as an organ that can malfunction          about someone who has balance issues and              3.     If you hear of anyone reporting
  any facility that serves the public). In     city limits of Allentown, you can call    other laws. On the state level, we are      or become diseased. Mental illness is no            looks like they’re “drunk” when they walk.        false information or telling jokes about
  this issue, let’s talk about housing. If     the Allentown Human Relations             protected by the Pennsylvania Human         different then any other disease that causes        Do you hear anyone cracking jokes about           mental illness, respond to those people
  you feel that you have been                  Officer Nicholas Butterfield at 610-      Relations Act, enforced by the PA           a chemical imbalance of your body. The              their illnesses? Halloween is one of the          and let them know the facts. Reporting
  discriminated against because you            437-7616. He can be contacted for         Human Relations Commission. In the          only difference is it’s the brain vs. a             worst offenders. People think it is funny to      accurate information is one way of helping
  have a disability in matters pertaining      information and referral in situations    City of Allentown, there is a third level   different organ. Diabetics have a chemical          dress up looking like a person in a strait        to dissipate the stigma. In today’s society,
                                               regarding discrimination and failure to                                               imbalance with their glucose levels; some           jacket or sell items with the merchandise         with everything being politically correct, no
  to housing, your avenue to complain is                                                 of protection, the Allentown Human
                                                                                                                                     people have an imbalance with their                 wearing a strait jacket. What is so funny         one should be making fun of people with
  through the United States Department of      provide reasonable accommodations         Relations Ordinance.
                                                                                                                                     thyroid levels, which could cause                   about that? Laughing at or making fun of a        mental illness or cracking jokes about it.
  Housing and Urban Development (HUD)          in housing, employment and public            Again, if you feel discriminated                                                                                                               This is a serious disease and should not be
                                                                                                                                     hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.                  person because they are so ill they need to
  and your grievance will fall under the       accommodations. You can also contact      against, you should always start with           People with mental illness often display        be restrained for their own safety? I don’t       taken lightly. It would not be proper for
  Fair Housing Act. HUD has designed           the Pennsylvania Human Relations          presenting yourself in a calm, rational     behavior type-symptoms such as sadness,             find anything amusing about that.                 someone to make fun of a person with, say,
  a very simple and short form with            Commission (PHRC). The PHRC               manner and with the mindset that you        moodiness, irritability, and in severe cases,           Ironically, the news media is also the        cancer or diabetes. Why should mental
  which people can fill out in matter of       enforces the Pennsylvania Human           are trying to educate the other person as   hallucinations and/or total withdraw.               best source for helping to break the stigma       illness be the exception?
  minutes then send to the HUD                 Relations Act, which makes it un-         to why what they did or did not do was      Instead of receiving compassion and                 barrier. They have a wide range of coverage           The stigma with mental illness has gone
  regional office in Philadelphia. We          lawful to discriminate against any        wrong. If you feel that you are not being   understanding, people with mental illness           and can get in touch with a wide range of         on way too long, in my opinion. It is time
  have a supply of these forms at the          person because of a disability in areas                                               will often receive hostility, stigma and            people who can be educated on people              for society to be educated on this terrible
                                                                                         heard, you should pursue a complaint.
                                                                                                                                     discrimination.                                     with mental illness.                              disease and do away with all the negativity
  CIL. Feel free to contact me if you need     of housing, employment and public         Education is the best defense. You
                                                                                                                                         It’s very frustrating that after all of these       There are ways you can help stop the          and embarrassment associated with it. The
  one and I would be glad to either send       accommodations. The regional office       should become familiar with the laws                                                                                                              only way this can be done is by not
                                                                                                                                     years there is still the stigma with mental         stigma.
  one to you, or you can make an               that serves our area is in Harrisburg     and how to file a complaint to assert       illness. The media plays a big role in this.            1.     Speak out and tell your story.         remaining quiet. Consumers need to speak
  appointment to come in and I would           and can be contacted at 717-787-9784      yourself if you feel you experienced        How often have you read in the newspaper            This will help to dissipate the                   out. And the media needs to start writing
  be glad to help you fill it out.             or at 717-787-7279 (text telephone).      discrimination. If more people were         or watched the news on TV do they report            embarrassment associated with mental              articles that show mental illness in a better
      The first thing you should do is         The PHRC website can be found at          more vocal and asserted themselves          on a story of someone with mental illness           illness. I had the experience once where a        light rather then the negative all the time.
  contact your landlord or housing    and has a            when discriminated against, perhaps the     has committed a crime? Yet research                 co-worker of mine told me they would not              If you are interested in advocating for
  agency in writing (keep a copy for           tremendous amount of information on       acts of discrimination might decrease.      shows, only a small amount of the majority          be able to work with a person with a              mental illness or for any disability, please
  yourself), and present your complaint        accessibility, disability law, the                                                    of people with mental illness commit a              mental illness. When I told her I had a           contact Robbie Graves at the LVCIL 610-
                                                                                         What business wants to deal with a
                                                                                                                                     crime. But you wouldn’t know that by                mental illness, she was floored. I think          770-9781 ext. 26.
  in a polite, yet firm manner. Describe       complaint process, and the forms          steady stream of complaints and having
                                                                                                                                     reading the newspapers or watching the              because I was “normal” and could function             Information obtained from the National
  what your complaint is in detail and         needed to begin the complaint process.    to answer to a government agency about                                                                                                            Mental Health Association.
                                                                                                                                     news on TV. The reporters like to                   in society like everyone else, she never
  exactly how you want it remedied. If         The PHRC has been very helpful with       their business practices? In addition, as
  you are not satisfied with the result or     situations in recent months and           acts of discrimination against people
  if you get no response, by all means,        sometimes it might be useful to start     with disabilities come to light, more       2006 Wellness Program
  make your complaint heard. For more          with the PHRC as I recently have had      people will become educated about just      Continued from page 3
  information on HUD or the housing            two complaints with HUD that were         what is right and wrong.
                                                                                                                                     healthy recipe choice, organic vs. conventional     this group chooses a wellness-related book to         Individuals wishing to attend the Wellness
                                                                                                                                     fruits/vegetables, the psychology of eating, and    study each year. This book becomes part of a      for All Program must first register with LVCIL
                                                                                                                                     lifetime weight maintenance goals. In con-          monthly ongoing study—a chapter per month.        staff. The process takes just a few minutes. To
                                                                                                                                     junction with its wellness program, the LVCIL       In response to program members’ needs,            register and/or check the program schedule,
                                                                                                                                     also encourages the use of its wheelchair           facilitators create health programs and invite    please call LVCIL administrative assistant
                                                                                                                                     accessible scale by participants to promote         speakers to the LVCIL site. Wellness for All is   Brenda Palmer at 610-770-9781, ext. 15.
                                                                                                                                     weight control and total health awareness           an ever-evolving program, intended to meet        Questions about this health program are
                                                                        Wheelchair Lifts
                                                                                                                                     amongst program participants. This year, life-      consumer-driven needs                             welcomed and encouraged. To check what the
                                                                        Stairway Lifts                                               style topics will again focus on stress                 As the area’s only cross-disability           current presentation topic is for each week, you
                                                                        Elevators                                                    management skills, such as therapeutic              organization, LVCIL consciously seeks to          may call 610-770-9781, ext. 23, and you may
                                                                        Barrier-Free Design                                          breathing techniques, mindfulness, pain control     maintain it focuses on the whole person--         hear a pre-recorded message about the current
                                                                        Construction Management                                      techniques, relaxation & imagery techniques,        emphasizing the importance of addressing          topic.
                                                                                                                                     sleep hygiene, and social support issues. In        physical, emotional, mental, intellectual, and        We look forward to seeing new and
                                                                    Dedicated to improving the quality of
                                                                                                                                     addition to facilitated lectures and discussions,   social needs—in its wellness program.             returning participants at upcoming meetings!
                                                                    for persons with disabilities.

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