April 16, 2021


Dear Listeners,

While vaccines are reaching more and more people every day, most of life continues to be virtual. I hope you are able to enjoy the many virtual opportunities in this week’s Update and that you will pay special attention to the message from MWE listener Sandy Neuzil that’s located here.





Here are the links to all the items below:

§  Metro’s Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) Openings

§  Metro Access Card Renewal Issue

§  2021 NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship

§  Maryland Update

§  Virginia Update

§  Calendar

ú  Screen Readers for Windows Computers

ú  Low Vision Town Hall Call-In Meeting: Learn Your “O’s” – Eye Care Professionals

ú  Protecting the Right to Vote Virtual Webinar

ú  AFB Centennial Conversation with Matthew Whitaker: The Inclusive Power of Music

ú  Vienna VIP Meeting

ú  Medicare Coverage, the COVID-19 Vaccine & Preventative Services Webinar

ú  Reston VIP Meeting

ú  COMBINED Vienna and Reston VIP Meeting

ú  Montgomery County’s 2021 Community Health Needs Assessment’s Online Focus Groups




The AAC has several openings for representation from Virginia. The search is on for two people from Fairfax County and one from Arlington County. These are volunteer positions.

The AAC reports to Metro’s Board of Directors.

If public transportation issues are of interest to you, this is an excellent opportunity to provide input and advocacy. See the link below for more detailed information.



MWE listener Sandy Neuzil has brought this issue to our attention and we thought it would be of interest to everyone who uses Metro Access.


Every three years, Card Holders must renew their Metro Access Card.  This process can be time consuming and cumbersome.  It may require multiple phone calls with, letters to, forms filled out, and trips to WMATA, medical facilities, and your eye care doctor.  All this in order to get the correct medical signatures on the correct WMATA paperwork.  If you let your Metro Access Card "expire" the process can be even more cumbersome.  


For many of us, our level of sight, which was a factor for eligibility for Metro Access, is either stable or declining, but will not improve.  


Please consider writing to Metro Access to ask that they consider a more streamlined and efficient Metro Access Card Renewal Process.  Even better, would they consider a lifetime Metro Access Card for persons who are blind (including legally blind with some vision) and will not regain sight or experience any improvement in their vision over time.  


The voice of many is more likely to be heard than the voice of one.  


You can address your communication to the following four people.  Their names and email address follow.  


To Brigid's direct supervisor:

Dr. B Moore-Gwynn


(you may remember her as a speaker with Brigid Doherty at a Vienna VIP meeting about a year and a half ago) 

Also to the office Director for Dr. Moore-Gwynn and Brigid Doherty:

Mr.  Christopher  Colbert


cc the Ombudsman for Metro’s Access Services Department: 

Mr. David Shaffer


Please be sure to cc: 

Brigid Doherty


Metro System Orientation Specialist

Office of Eligibility Certification and Outreach

Department of Access Services

(Brigid always welcomes feedback and says "Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us")


Thank you for speaking up to advocate for yourself and others. Someday we may benefit from a revised and streamlined processes to maintain a Metro Access Card.


Thank you,





Thanks to a generous contribution from NBCUniversal, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is proud offer eight (8) NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarships for the fall semester of 2021.

The NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities who are pursuing an interest in the media, entertainment, or communications fields. Each recipient will receive $5,625 to help cover the cost of education.

This scholarship has been named in honor of Tony Coelho, a former United States Representative from California and the primary author and sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
For more information please visit the AAPD website.

DEADLINE:  May 20, 2021

Apply at 2021 NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship (wufoo.com).




Eligibility - All Marylanders age 16 and older are now eligible to get vaccinated at any of the state’s mass vaccination sites, and effective Monday, April 12, all Marylanders age 16 and older will be eligible through all providers. Marylanders are encouraged to pre-register for appointments at mass vaccination sites via covidvax.maryland.gov or 1-855-MD-GOVAX.

The Hagerstown, Salisbury, and M&T Bank Stadium mass vaccination sites are offering walk-up, no-appointment vaccinations. A limited number of approximately 200 slots will be available each day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.





Virginia’s COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Opens for All Adults on Sunday

Virginians seeking a vaccination opportunity can find and schedule appointments at vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling 877-VAX-IN-VA.


COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments Available in Norfolk for all Phases

The Norfolk FEMA vaccination site is open and has appointments available 7 days a week, from 9 am – 7 pm, now through 25 May, for ages 16 and up. All phases are eligible for vaccination at this site right now. This site has in-person ASL interpreters available and/or VRI interpreting services.

Appointments are available through walk up or via 


Here is the FEMA press release with full information





Screen Readers for Windows Computers
Tuesday, April 20th from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
To register, call (301) 951-4444, or email 
scurry@youreyes.org at least 24 hours prior to the event.

Join Nitesh Rathod, Vision Resource Rehabilitation Specialist, to have your tech questions answered. Bring your questions and devices! It is highly recommended to join this event via computer with the video enabled.

Sponsored by the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington (POB).


Low Vision Town Hall Call-In Meeting: Learn Your “O’s” – Eye Care Professionals
Wednesday, April 21st from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
To join call (301) 307-2252

Join moderator, Suleiman Alibhai, O.D., Low Vision Optometrist - Low Vision Services, PLC, and special guest Teresa Narayan, O.D., MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, to learn about the many different types of eye care professionals you may see. She will explain the roles of ophthalmologists, optometrists, opticians, and more, in your low vision journey!

Sponsored by the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington (POB). Send your questions and/or topic suggestions via e-mail to events@youreyes.org. Questions can also be submitted by phone to 301-951-4444. Sending your questions in advance helps to ensure as many questions are answered during the call as possible.




Protecting the Right to Vote Virtual Webinar

Thursday, April 22 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm

To RSVP, please fill out this registration form, and for any questions or additional accommodations requests, contact Lilian Alurilaluri@aapd.com.


During this virtual webinar, disability and voting rights advocates will share information and answer questions on the restrictive state voting bills making their way through legislatures and proposed federal voting bills and how these bills will impact voting rights. The panel will also discuss how organizers can protect voting access in their communities.

This event is hosted by AAPD's REV UP Campaign. Launched in 2016, REV UP is made up of state, local, and national coalitions and partners that work to advance the Disability Vote. REV UP stands for "Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power!" and REV UP's mission is to foster civic engagement and protect the voting rights of Americans with disabilities.

You can check out more event details on the 
event web page.



AFB Centennial Conversation with Matthew Whitaker: The Inclusive Power of Music

Thursday, April 22nd at 2:00 pm
Virtual Event; 
Register Online
Matthew Whitaker is a phenomenal multi-instrumentalist and the first blind person to be accepted into Juilliard's jazz studies program. Join us as he discusses his passion for music and the technology that makes sharing his talent possible with AFB's Melody Goodspeed. Matthew You won't want to miss this joyful conversation! Attendees will have the opportunity to earn one ACVREP continuing education credit.

Register Today!


Vienna VIP Meeting: Lights, Lighting, and Glare

Monday April 26th at 11:00 am

Please note this one-time change to the fourth Monday.

Consider tips that may help you improve daily living in your home.  

Discussion led by Sandy Neuzil 

§  What does all the terminology mean? Watts, Lumens, and Kelvins. Oh my!

§  How to choose the best lighting? Some general suggestions, even though each of us sees differently.

§  Where should lights be located? It depends on what you want to accomplish.

§  When does Contrast matter?  Is it possible to increase Contrast? Contrast may or may not be a challenge for you.  There are a few simple tricks to enhance contrast

Here is the zoom invitation for the Vienna VIP virtual call-in meeting.

Adam Craddock is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Monday, April 26, 2020

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

INSTRUCTIONS: Join the Zoom Meeting in Several Different Ways:

§  COMPUTER / TABLET / SMARTPHONE OVER INTERNET – Click on the following Hyperlink and then the Meeting ID where applicable:


            Meeting ID: 314 997 7693

§  SMARTPHONE OVER CELLULAR PHONE – One tap mobile: Click on Hyperlink :

          One-Touch #: +16468769923,,3149977693#

§  LANDLINE TELEPHONE / SMARTPHONE / CELL PHONE OVER STANDARD PHONE LINES: Dial the following phone number and then the Meeting ID when asked:

            Phone Dial-In #: +1 301 715 8592

            Meeting ID: 314 997 7693



Medicare Coverage, the COVID-19 Vaccine & Preventative Services Webinar

TuesdayApril 27th at 1:00 pm

Find out more and register here

Medicare Part B covers certain preventive services (Welcome to Medicare Preventive Visit, Flu Shots, Cancer Screenings, and more) and vaccines related to medically necessary treatmentBased on a provision in the CARES Act, a vaccine that is approved by the FDA for COVID-19 is covered by Medicare under Part B with no cost sharing for Medicare beneficiaries for the vaccine or its administration.


Join Arlington County’s Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program and the Virginia Governor’s Conference on Aging for a webinar focused on Medicare, preventive services, and preventive care related to COVID-19.



Reston VIP Meeting

Friday May 7th at 2:00 pm

News from Access Services and the Talking Books Program.

More information will be sent as it becomes available



COMBINED Vienna and Reston VIP Meeting

Monday June 14th at 11:00 am

Presentation and discussion about AMD and other degenerative aging Eye conditions by Dr. Keenan and Dr. Broadhead, two Research Ophthalmologists at NIH. 

More information will be sent as it becomes available



Montgomery County’s 2021 Community Health Needs Assessment’s Online Focus Groups

Tuesday, May 18th at 5:00 pm
Community Members who have a Disability are invited to an online Zoom Community Conversation to discuss your thoughts about health and wellness in Montgomery County. The information you share will help Montgomery County address health concerns and identify potential solutions to improve the health and wellness of our community. Participants will receive a $20 grocery gift card.

To register, please visit:
Please register by Monday, 5/10/2021. The focus group will be limited to 12 participants per discussion.


Sign language interpreter services and other auxiliary aids or services will be provided upon request with as much advance notice as possible, preferably at least five (5) full business days before the meeting. To request any reasonable accommodation to participate in the meeting, please contact Deborah Contreras in advance at Deborah.contreras@montgomerycountymd.gov or call 240-777-4898. In all situations, a good faith effort will be made to provide accommodations.


Learn more about Healthy Montgomery at www.healthymontgomery.org or contact them with questions at HealthyMontgomery@MontgomeryCountyMD.gov.