***URGENT*** Rollators needed!

If you have or know of anyone who has a rollator that is no longer needed, please consider donating it to Disability Achievement Center.  Your donation is tax deductible and will help a person with a disability who cannot afford to purchase one.  Please share and thank you in advance!

Ramp Evolution

Disability Achievement Center has been installing modular aluminum ramps for people with disabilities in Pinellas and Pasco Counties for over 10 years.  We install modular aluminum ramps that can be removed when no longer needed and re-installed at another location.  These ramps are part of our CEMA Program that is funded through grants and donations.  The need is tremendous and we are striving to meet the #accessibility needs of our consumers.

This is a very interesting article that covers the evolution of ramps.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

 

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/06/ramps-disability-activism/531273/?utm_source=yahoo&yptr=yahoo

St. Petersburg Residents Can “SeeClickFix”

Wanted to share some great news with you as we continue to find new and better ways to communicate with our residents:

It’s the app that helps keep the PUBLIC in Public Works. 

SeeClickFix – available on the Mayor’s Action Center web page at http://www.stpete.org/action-center.phphelps residents help the city’s support staff keep things running throughout the Sunshine City. 

“It’s a great way for our crews to track problems,” said Public Works Administrator Claude Tankersley. “Documenting the discovery and following through until repairs are completed.” 

You can use the free SeeClickFix app to request assistance with City services or report problems, such as potholes, graffiti, broken sidewalks, storm drain issues, traffic signal/sign problems, special pick-up of dumped items, codes violations, etc.

In an effort to document and detail progress on in-progress projects, Dispatchers with St. Petersburg Water Resources have also been trained to input immediately-addressed and/or resident-reported problems they receive in the department’s communications center, which is staffed 24/7 at (727) 893-7261.

The Mayor’s Action Center will acknowledge newly submitted issues and forward them to the appropriate City departments to take care of the requests. Users will receive email updates and can come back here to check the status of submitted issues.

When the issue is resolved, the issue can be closed. Separate issues should be submitted as separate SeeClickFix reports.

Don’t forget, you can still sign up for AlertStPete too! It’s FREE for residents and allows the City to communicate directly during emergency situations. Register your contact information with Alert St. Pete and an automated message will be sent to alert you to local emergencies.

More information on AlertStPete available at: http://www.stpete.org/news/alert_stpete.php

2-1-1 Launches Mobile Service!

2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc. (2-1-1 TBC) has launched a new text messaging service 898-211 (TXT211), which provides another convenient way for Pinellas and Hernando County residents to access 2-1-1 assistance with housing, utilities, affordable child care, elder services, mental health issues and other critical needs.

 

Now, in addition to dialing 2-1-1, communicating through the 2-1-1 online chat service or email, residents can communicate directly with our 2-1-1 specialists by simply texting their zip code to 898-211 (TXT211). Within minutes, a 2-1-1 specialist will respond to the initial message.

 

With a large increase in 2-1-1’s call volume and operator levels remaining constant, the ability to accept text messages will allow more individuals to get information quicker and more efficiently.

 

“Although most 2-1-1 callers use a landline or cell phone to reach out to our 2-1-1 contact center for help, there is a large number of individuals and families in our community using “texting” to communicate,” said Micki Thompson, Executive Director of 2-1-1 TBC.   “Many people are too embarrassed to ask for help.  Texting allows individuals and families to get assistance with an added layer of privacy and with greater ease through texting 2-1-1.  By having the option to text in questions or requests for assistance to one of our 2-1-1 specialists, we are able to help even more people in our community.”

 

This texting capability will help increase capacity to handle large surges of callers in emergency and disaster situations.  During these situations, text messaging can be the quickest and most reliable means of communication.

 

In addition, users will also have the option to receive outgoing text “alert” messages from 2-1-1 TBC regarding important announcements including emergency and disaster updates related to health and human service organizations within the community.

 

As well as its new texting component, 2-1-1 TBC provides the easy-to-remember telephone number 2-1-1 that can be used to connect callers with free information about important health and human services as well as volunteer opportunities.  This vital service can also be found online at 211connects.org

 

2-1-1 is a free, multilingual, 24-hour resource that helps people find critical assistance with most any health and human service need, from rent and food to elder care and disaster relief.   2-1-1 also includes a crisis intervention hotline that provides immediate help for people who are dealing with suicidal thoughts, depression, drug addiction, family violence or any situation that overwhelms their ability to cope.

 

“We’re thrilled to launch texting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to meet the needs of those who prefer text messaging over a phone call.  Whether you prefer to contact us through a text message or phone call we encourage residents to reach out in the method most comfortable to them to connect with resources available in our community,” said Micki Thompson, Executive Director, 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc.

 

 

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