Donna Drumm appointed to chair ADA Committee for Westchester Disabled on the Move

Donna Drumm, Esq. and ADA Advocate has been appointed chair of the Americans with Disabilities Act Committee for Westchester Disabled on the Move, Inc.

The committee will assist the organization with championing advocacy in disability rights litigation, website accessibility and transportation. Members of the committee include:

Mel Tanzman, Executive Director

Gail Cartenuto Cohn, President

Jodie Rodrigues

Fred Quick

Sharon McLennon-Wier

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Donna Drumm mentioned in the book: "Strategic Networking" by Carol Schiro Greenwald

Carol Schiro Greenwald’s book: Strategic Networking for Introverts, Extroverts and Everyone in Between published by the American Bar Association is out today. Many of my Westchester County colleagues in the law and beyond are featured in the book. Are you in it? David Abeshouse, Roger E. Barton, Bernadette Beekman, Jeffrey A. Blustein, Lenny Carraturo, Hollace Topol Cohen, Stacey Cohen, Stacy Francis, Richard Friedman, Marcia R. Golden, Amy B. Goldsmith, Karen Haas, Bonnie Hagen, Larry Hutcher, Fred C. Klein, Linda A. Klein, Martin S. Klein, James K. Landau, Dan Lear, Andrew C. Peskoe, Vikram Rajan, Abby Rosmarin, Jonathan Rosen, David Rosenbaum, Alla Roytberg, Nancy Schess, Marcia Sloman, Stephen M. Smith, Steven Spielvogel, Amanda Squadrilli, Ronald K. Stair, Mark Taylor, Jessica Thaler-Parker, Ellen Volpe, Amanda Squadrilli, Richard B. Schiro and Richard Zuckerman. The book is available here ready to order!

#carolschirogreenwald #danlear #staceycohen #cocommunications #Westchester Professionals #BNI #Westchester Business Network #Collabrex #WBN #American Business Associates #The Attorney Roundtable #

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Westchester Disabled on the Move - Quick Facts for 2019


Thirty-Five Years ago, the City of Yonkers with the legislative support of the New York State Senator John Flynn helped establish the Yonkers Independent Living Center now known as Westchester Disabled On the Move Inc. (WDOMI) WDOMI’S efforts have been multi-facetted from: providing a variety of direct services to individuals and families: advocating ensuring people with disabilities are not discriminated when accessing businesses and governmental services; educating the public and community leaders about the rights and abilities of our constituency.

WHAT OUR CONSUMERS SAY ABOUT US: “If I didn't have your agency to help me navigate the "maze" of red tape that the government agencies dreamed up! Tirelessly you worked to resolve the issues I brought to you. You asked for nothing in return.” ”Without WDOMI’s assistance, I probably wouldn’t be alive today and enjoying my new apartment, I know they are there for me if I need them.” WDOMI helped me to transition from benefits dependence to independence. All of this means a lot to someone with a disability… With WDOMI’s support, I feel like a part of society.”

WHAT IS STRIVE FOR 35? A series of events developed to celebrate and commemorate our 35th Anniversary. These will include: o A Community Open House welcoming the community to our new offices in Yonkers; o A Motorcycle Rally Event in April-May 2019; o Our Annual Meeting in June 2019 featuring an educational discussion and speaker; o A major gala featuring a comedy concert and award presentations on October 18, 2019.

HOW YOU CAN JOIN US We are seeking community sponsors who will benefit from the publicity and outreach for these events. Our Sponsorship opportunities are attached. In addition we are seeking items for a silent auction and raffle to be held at our Spirit of Independence Gala.

Donna Drumm to speak on Disability Rights in Housing Nov. 14th

The Westchester Women's Bar Association has embraced disability rights advocacy in that this is the third CLE they have held in disability law in the past two years. I will be a panelist with Lisa Bluestein, Lucia Chiocchio and moderator Ginger Trunkes.

Navigating Strategies for the Real Estate and Litigation Client Under the Americans with Disabilities Act and NYS/Local Human Rights Laws

1.0 CLE Credits in Professional Practice and .5 CLE Credits in Ethics*

The panel will discuss best practices for navigating the issues, selecting the proper law, and representing clients with disabilities or owners/landlords/property managers, in housing and litigation scenarios under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and NYS/Local Human Rights Laws, as well as emerging trends in these fields. It is a lunchtime CLE. The date is

Date:November 14, 2018

Time:Noon – 12:30 p.m. – Registration

12:30 - 2:00 p.m. – Program

Brown Bag Lunch

To register here is the link

Donna Drumm, Esq. joins Westchester Disabled on the Move, Inc. as Board member

Sept. 1, 2018 Donna Drumm, Esq., was welcomed by Gail Cohn, Board president as a board member of Westchester Disabled on the Move, Inc.

"I am pleased to have the opportunity to work with the talented board and leadership at WDOM"

About Westchester Disabled On the Move, Inc.

Westchester Disabled On the Move, Inc. (WDOM) is a non-residential, not-for-profit Independent Living Center which serves the needs of people with disabilities who reside in Westchester County, New York. We work to provide each individual with the self-help skills to live independently and take control of their own lives in matters such as housing; health care, education, employment and public benefits. To learn more visit us at, follow us on Facebook, or call us at (914) 968-4717.

Donna Drumm teaching Masters of Health Administration program @ Mercy College

Beginning next week, I will be teaching students in Mercy College's Master of Public Health Administration program Law, Government and Policy. This will be the fifth time I have taught the course. I am grateful to have the opportunity to empower students to make a difference in three ways: 1) The 'formal way', learning how to write a bill and bring it to a Congressperson.

2) Impacting policy from the workplace or 'behind the desk' advocacy through navigating the maze of administrative law.

3) Having no governmental experience, the activist way - someone who is not a professional politician or health administrator, who believes something should be changed and has the will to do so.

I bring this to my clients who having experienced the difference an ADA Advocate can bring to a court, school or housing setting, are empowered to want to start up non profits or write books to help others suffering from disabilities to become aware of their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Americans with Disabilities Act Anniversary Celebrations Coming Up!

ADA Anniversary Celebration – NY Liberty Health & Fitness Day

New York Liberty vs Indiana Fever Saturday August 4th 3pm Westchester County Center 198 Central Ave White Plains, NY 10606

Have fun watching the game and supporting Westchester Disabled on the Move for this fundraiser. For tickets: 914-968-4717

Free T-Shirt Giveaway Halftime Keynote Speaker Health Info BMI Counters Massage Chairs Primetime Performance – Zumba on the court

Donna Drumm speaking at Westchester County Bar Association July 19, 2018

Donna Drumm will be speaking at the Westchester County Bar Association on Thurs. July 19, 2018. Workers' Compensation-How does the Claimant with a Partial Disability Get Back to Work? Joining Ms. Drumm are Ms. Nancy Flaherty, Esq., of the Workers Compensation law firm, Hoffman, Wachtell & Rao LLP Chair of the Workers Compensation Committee and Michele Green of NYS Education Department ACCES-VR District Coordinator for Workforce Development and Business Relation Representative.

Lawyers who serve clients in the workers compensation field will become familar with accommodaations for their clients under the Americans with Disabilities Act, current caselaw concerning claimants attaching to the labor market and ACCES-VR an exciting program to re-train persons with partial disabilities to re-enter the workforce.

Expand your practice by learning these new skills!

This is a CLE program with the opportunity to earn 2 Professional Practice credits.

For registration information please travel to the Westchester County Bar Association's website using this link.
Walk-ins are welcomed!

Loved one in the hospital? Advocate, Advocate, Advocate!

Making decisions with or for our loved ones while they are in the hospital requires more knowledge than many of us have -- especially if a decision needs to be made in 24-48 hours.

You are visiting your elderly parent in the hospital, driving back and forth, fielding calls from your siblings bringing them up to date and holding down your job -- exhausted.

Doctors, case workers, social workers and hospital personnel barrage you with information. While your primary focus is caring for your loved one - you've taken on a new role in managing their healthcare needs.

Here is a quick checklist I recommend to my clients

1- Have your loved one's insurance information with you. You want to make sure the charges are covered by the insurance company, if possible before the services are administered.

2- Immediately find out whom the caseworker is for your loved one. You can do this by asking the nurse or the nursing supervisor at the nursing desk.

Care managers and case managers are registered nurses who work in collaboration with your physician to determine when you are medically ready for discharge and that you have a safe discharge plan in place. They serve as advocates and educators regarding the discharge planning process. They also serve as a liaison between the medical team and your insurance company to ensure that the services you require are covered.*

3- Become involved with the discharge plan. Cold truth - health insurance companies cut costs by reducing the number of days a patient remains in the hospital. You have control over when your loved one is being discharged. Ask to meet with the caseworker with your loved one at the hospital. Find out how long the hospital stay is expected, and what plans and services are in place after the patient leaves. If you or the patient disagree, find out what rights you have under the hospital's grievance policy or the insurance company's grievance policy.

4- Find out how the insurance company makes decisions on continuing or denying coverage. Another cold hard fact, unless the patient is willing and able to pay out of pocket, once the insurance company denies coverage for the stay you will be facing the hard decision of your loved one going home before you feel they have recovered.

5- You have rights to appeal the insurance company's decision. But you have to know what the process is. There are very tight timeframes (in many cases 2 days) to seek an appeal. Find out who the decision-maker is and work in conjunction with the hospital's case manager. Follow up on the day the decision is to be made. Some insurance companies fax their 'decisions' over the weekend to health care facilities offices when no one is there.

*Excerpted from NYU Langone Health

Attorneys need accommodations too!

Recently I was seeking accommodations for a client with a heart condition. The negotiations were going very well for my client. Suddenly, the attorney for my client asked for an accommodation! The accommodation was granted. All court users with qualified disabilities may request accommodations - this includes witnesses, jurors, parties and attorneys.

This week, the American Bar Association published a report on The Path to Lawyer Well Being. The report advocates for the well being of attorneys to be addressed at the firm, bar association and judicial levels. Many of these suggestions can be implemented with seeking accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Thank you @annebrafford, Editor-in-Chief for championing this project! For more on the report, please see this link:

It's summertime! Airport Accommodations for persons with disabilities

Recent article on airport & airplane accommodations suggests airplane aisles will be widened for wheelchairs and airplane lavatories will be widened for wheelchairs... here is the article.... learn more here

The Airplane of the Future Could Be Much More Accessible for Passengers With Disabilities

For one thing, the DOT is getting serious about making it easier to go to the bathroom.

by: AARIAN MARSHALL @AarianMarshall

For airline passengers with disabilities, logistical headaches exist at every turn. Imagine navigating a security line without being able to hear the capricious and ever-changing instructions of TSA agents; sitting through a long-haul flight without the take-it-for-granted option of in-flight entertainment; trying to navigate a wheelchair to a tiny lavatory through thin airplane aisles.

> But in early December, the Department of Transportation announced it’s exploring the possibility of new regulations that could force airlines to make additional accommodations for travelers with disabilities.

DOT is gathering feedback on creating new in-flight entertainment options for people with visual or hearing impairments, fitting accessible bathrooms on new single-aisle aircraft, and producing firm and fast rules about service animals.

Airlines are not subject to the American Disabilities Act, but companies with foreign and domestic flights terminating in the U.S. come under the Air Carriers Access Act. This law requires air carriers to provide “reasonable accommodations” to those with disabilities, up until those accommodations pose risks to other passengers or cause the airlines “undue burdens.” What that term means is clearly up for debate.

Why is this an issue now? More and more airlines are using small planes on very long flights, DOT notes. Those flights tend to have limited bathroom space. Eric Lipp is the director of the Open Doors Organization, which advocates for those with disabilities within the travel industry. He is partially paralyzed and uses an electric scooter to travel, but it’s simply too big for an airplane cabin and has to travel with the luggage. On flights, Lipp told the Chicago Tribune last month, he has to contact a flight attendant, be transferred to an on-board, folding wheelchair, and wheeled to a bathroom.

Current federal regulations only require airlines to place these wheelchairs on small planes with no accessible lavatory—the ones used increasingly often on long flights—if a passenger has given 48 hours’ notice.

And then when he actually gets to the restroom, Lipp faces the prospect of navigating around a mini airplane lavatory. It’s an ordeal, he said.

Of course, requiring companies to “take a few seats out and put [an accessible bathroom] in,” as Lipp suggests, has a serious downside for the airlines: Fewer seats to sell.

But the Open Doors Organization suggests there’s an economic case for accessible airplanes, too. According to the group’s 2015 survey, 11 million travelers with disabilities took 23 million trips over the past two years, spending $9 billion on their flights in the process. But 72 percent of those who traveled by air said “they encountered major obstacles with airlines,” indicating there’s a lot of room for improvement.

An addendum: Those numbers may not include older people, many of whom face similar types of challenges, like trouble walking, hearing, seeing, or communicating. They could use more accessible bathrooms, too.

There has been improvement on the issue of restrooms, specifically. More and more airlines have voluntarily purchased planes with restrooms like Airbus’s Super-Flex, which puts a moveable wall between two lavatories that can be rolled away by the crew to create one big, wheelchair-accessible throne. Airbus tells CityLab that 57 aircrafts equipped with the Super-Flex concept have been shipped, with more on the way.