June is Pride Month!
While each year this month honors and celebrates the LGBTQ community, COVID 19 has reminded us of the many struggles our friends in the LGBTQ community continue to face in the areas of accessing healthcare as well as the privilege of receiving services from a system free of bias and discrimination. During this challenging time, The State Unit on Aging would like to take this opportunity to make available some critical resources developed by our partners, the LGBT Resource Center , Lambda Legal, and The Diverse Elders Coalition.
SAGE and the Human Rights Campaign unveiled the Long-Term Care Equality Index in April 2019, which “promotes equitable and Inclusive Care for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Older People in Long-Term Care Communities.” The website is www.theLEI.org.
Lastly, there are hotlines specifically geared towards addressing social isolation as well as free legal counsel for LGBT older adults experiencing discrimination and or unfair treatment.
- SAGE Connect
- The LGBT Elders Hotline 1-877-360-LGBT
- The Lambda Legal Help Desk 1-866-542-8336
A cause of celebration is that we are pleased to share the link from Governor Lamont, announcing the June 15th landmark SCOTUS ruling that affirms the rights of LGBT employees in the workplace:
(10/15/19 HARTFORD, CT) – Today, Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz and Department of Aging and Disability Services Commissioner Amy Porter presented an official proclamation on behalf of Governor Ned Lamont recognizing October 15 as Blind Americans Equality Day in the State of Connecticut and as a day to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of Americans who are blind or visually impaired.
By His Excellency Edward M. Lamont Jr., Governor:
An Official Statement
WHEREAS, for more than half a century our nation has set aside one day every year to honor the contributions of Americans who are blind or visually impaired, and in that time we have built a more just and more inclusive society. We will continue to build upon these successes and remove barriers to education, employment and community involvement; and
WHEREAS, every day, Connecticut residents who are blind or visually impaired enrich our communities and demonstrate the inherent worth of every person, and can also rightfully take pride in their contributions to the rich economic and social fabric of our community; and
WHEREAS, the government encourages employers, in both the public and private sector, to recognize the capabilities, skills and potential of citizens who are blind or visually impaired; and
WHEREAS, October 15th has formerly been known as White Cane Safety Day across the United States since it was declared by Congress and the President in 1964; and
WHEREAS, white canes and guide dogs have come to symbolize not only enhanced personal freedom through mobility, but equal rights and equal access for persons who are blind, as well as reminders to society of the many successes of these hardworking individuals in their communities and places of employment; now
THEREFORE, I, Ned Lamont, Governor of the State of Connecticut, to celebrate the past achievements and future potential of all of Connecticut’s citizens who are blind or visually impaired, do hereby proclaim October 15, 2019 as
Blind Americans Equality day
In the State of Connecticut.
(8/16/19) Across the nation – including in the state of Connecticut – genetic testing company representatives are offering “free” genetic tests to Medicare beneficiaries. While this may sound harmless, in reality it is dangerous. These companies can steal people’s medical identity and falsely bill Medicare, draining the system of needed funds.
(7/28/19) Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he has signed legislation renaming the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) to the Department of Aging and Disability Services.
No Barriers, Wells Fargo Announce Winning 2018 Global Impact Challenge Schools & Open Teacher Applications for 2019 Opportunity
(3/25/19) A team of five Windsor, CT students was one of two teams awarded $5,000 to implement their winning project to help make Mystic Seaport Museum, a popular destination for visitors from around the world, more accessible for visitors who are blind or have low vision. The team of five young women, led by two teachers, Dennis Gallant and Beth Borysewicz of the Children’s Services program at the Connecticut Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) took part in the national Global Impact Challenge, sponsored by No Barriers USA and Wells Fargo & Company. The challenge is designed to address diversity, accessibility and inclusion challenges in local communities. Three of the five team members have vision loss and are served by DORS.
Fraud Alert from the Office of Inspector General regarding Genetic Testing of Medicare Beneficiaries
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is alerting the public about a fraud scheme involving genetic testing.