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October 2020
Give Me Five:

Five things you need to know
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Check out ARI's COVID-19 Resource Page for updated info & resources! 
1.) Vote as if your life depends on it, because it does!

Do you have your voting plan ready? Have questions still about how, when, and where? THEN...Download Accessible Resources for Independence's Free Step-By-Step Voting Guide Today!

There are a lot of changes in this year's election process due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
That's why Accessible Resources for Independence has developed this simple step-by-step guide that contains important dates and information for voter registration, mail-in voting, and in-person voting in Maryland.

Don't wait! This year, it's important to make a voting plan that works for you and ensure your voice is heard!

Prefer to talk with someone? Contact the Maryland State Board of Elections at:
(410) 269-2840 or (800) 222-8683 |


Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Deadline to register to vote
Register to Vote

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Deadline to request a mail-in ballot
Request Ballot

Monday, October 26, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020
Early voting period
Find Your Polling Place

Tuesday, November 3, 2020
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2.) Upcoming Events
Check out these upcoming events and follow us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on everything we're doing! Click on the links below for more info about these events.

Ami Hyten is a licensed attorney and the Executive Director at the Topeka Independent Living Resource Center, a Center for Independent Living in Kansas. She will bring to life the Independent Living Movement history that brought advocates to the steps of the capital and ushered the Americans with Disabilities Act forward. Part history, part call to action, join us for a review of the history and philosophy of independent living. This is part of a weekly series, so visit the Facebook page for more information on future sessions!

Register now for Independent Living Services for Youth on Tuesday, October 27th from 4-5PM! What is the Independent Living Movement and Philosophy? What is a Center for Independent Living? What services might youth be able to access to develop their independence? Do you know the answer to these questions? If not, we've got you covered! Come to learn about what Independent Living is all about!

SAVE THE DATE for Disability Awareness Day 2020 on Saturday, October 24th from 11am-1pm. Join the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities and the Commission on Disability Issues for its annual Disability Awareness Day. This year's event will be held virtually and the theme will be "Celebrating 30 Years of the ADA." More information can be found once posted at the Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues' Facebook page

To request information, accommodations, or alternate materials for events, please contact Katie at (443) 713-3914 or
abstract image of racially diverse individuals working, studying, and talking together3.) To Learn You've Got to Listen

Yesterday, ARI's Independent Living staff members Misty Harding and Leo Biscaia led our long-anticipated racial justice focus group. As we've explained in months prior, ARI awoke to the urgency of intersectionality this past May when the national focus pivoted - rightly - onto state-sanctioned violence against people of color. People with disabilities come in every color - and especially those colors primary to groups which historically have been denied equitable health outcomes. It's high time that ARI made racial justice our disability issue. We paid yesterday's focus group participants to help us do just that - to share their lived experiences navigating life while bearing both identities, and to envision with us a roadmap to services that better serve. Over the next few weeks we will dig into the recording and draw up a firm plan. Then, we will circle back with our experts to confirm our lessons learned. We at ARI are so grateful for this opportunity to learn and grow. And, so - we thank you.
The cover of the regional transit plan4.) Crisis Averted (for now...)

Last month we told you that major service cuts from the Maryland Transit Administration were heading our way which would impact the lives of those who rely on public transit in the Greater Baltimore Region. Luckily, because of an amazing advocacy effort and input from local jurisdictions, the decision to make many of these cuts was reversed! To see the official announcement, click here. Now we still have a ways to go to ensure that transit works for everyone, but we are on the way to get there. Part of how we hope we will get closer to transit equity, is through the Central Maryland Regional Transit Plan. Check out the plan here (and notice the screen reader, friendly plain text option of the plan!)
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5.) You are not too late!

There has been an extension for you to complete the 2020 Census. Why is it so important to make sure you are counted? The Census will help distribute federal funds to local jurisdictions for things like schools, roads, housing, and social programs. It also determines how many representatives each state has in Congress. Don't delay. Complete the Census today by visiting 2020CENSUS.GOV.