BNICEH (be nicer), the Black Network in Children's Emotional Health, consists of BNICEH SmokeOut Campaign, IMPRUVE (Independent Movement of Paratransit Riders for Unity, Vehicles and Equality), and Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Consortium.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Stay in Touch- BNICEH will be 23 in March 2015

Still there after all this time
Now we are counting on your help. 

Call Secretary Cece to volunteer 
or get invite to annual meeting 
TBA for December 2014


Thursday, August 07, 2014

Calling All Youth, This-Abled, to Stand Up for Human Services and Human Rights

Youth are the present and future face of

human rights, disability rights, civil rights and

IT and Government Transparency movements

 In the disability movement, we work with youth who are both disabled and non-disabled, referred to as simply one term when we say "This-Abled," a word coined by Javier Robles.  In this time of trials and thinkers, we call on youth to join our movement,vote in massive numbers, and help us stop the violence against them, the economic downturn and boot out unworthy and shameful elected officials.



First, local action in your city and state
Next stop:  The Capitol
Rally for what is right
Stand up for your rights
Be something to reckon with that is great
Do not let a gun or criticism dictate your life
Be a vessel for Light, Truth, Honor and Integrity Based on 
The Demand For Better Leaders
Contact Just Unity in Illinois to train to run for office 
and Wellstone Foundation in Minnesota
 to train to organize communities and win elections

Youth and seniors are our biggest assets.
Don't Count Yourself out if you are in either category


Housing, Personal Care, Education, Employment
Job Coaching, Mentoring, Business Development
Tutoring, Vocational Training

Your help and comments are welcome

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

This is How I Used to Travel to get to Doctor in Suburbs - trip_to_howard_train_station.mp4

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Chicago September 13, 2013: Physicians, Activists, Clients Coming Together To Take Action on Medicaid and Maximus Pvt Contract

FYI and post or tell clients, persons who are disabled, seniors, young people, relatives, friends, physicians, therapists, church members, club members,  healthcare advocates 
Services by Maximus Have Not Improved Human Services in Illinois

We can't leave behind those who are not green and do not have healthcare, or stop fighting because our next door neighbor and doctors can't or won't  IMPRUVE takes pride in marching annually and being supported by our non-disabled peers in our advocacy work on behalf of Persons who are disabled. We take pride in rallying with ACS against the Maximus contract that drains funds from the state budget to pay for services by a private contractor that are not user-friendly  by people who are not accessible, and may have cut 42,000 persons from the program who still qualify for services. 

Who Do You Stand with Regarding Medicaid Cuts 
and  Maximus Private Medicaid Contract?

Julie Hamos, secretary of Illinois Health and Family Servoecs whoch propvidies Medicaid, Link, SNAP, Aid to Aged, Blind, Disabled (AABD)
stands with Maximus.

IMPRUVE, BNICEH and I stand with the people and Alliance for Community Services.  

Take action Friday September 13. Meet at Starbucks at 7:45 am, then rally on at 8 am to 401 S. Clinton to demand that the contract for Maximus be cancelled now, not extended, not cancelled much later, but now. 

The action on Friday Sep. 13 at 8 am by Alliance for Community Services (ACS)   of which BNICEH and IMPRUVE are members is at 401 S. Clinton is important if we truly support a govt that represents the people and less privatization that lays off real workers certified to deliver the social and human services that support the needs of real people who need affordable healthcare.

Many of you know me, IMPRUVE, BNICEH, NA4J,  Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), Illinois Chapter  Illinois Single-Payer Coalition (ISPC)  ISPC People with Disabilities Committeedisability advocacy groups and others who are opposed to the State of Illinois giv9nga  contarct to Maximus whiel people deteriorate in health and well-being, and experienced, certified workers are not allowed to work or help  people who  apply, re-apply or want to apply for benefits.

 All activists, advocates, seniors, people who are disabled, spiritually-directed people (and even if you are not spiritually-directed), human service providers, healers, healthcare providers, please get the word out and try to attend. This is very important. Many of us who receive Medicaid are unjustly being removed or services delayed by inefficiency and intentional misdirection by Maximus.
Illinois is paying Maximus  $78 million to do a  hatchet job on Medicaid recipients.
Love & Peace,
Come tell your story or the stories of clients, relatives, friends.
Don't assume that Secy Julie Hamos will do the right thing.  She wants to extend the Maximus contract.  She refuses to meet with us and she  is the one who can cancel Maximus' contract.

Don't assume that your state legislators will stand up for you.  Come out and be counted, so everyone knows where you stand and that you want real people to determine your benefits, real people certified by the state to  mange your human services case, and real people to answer why there is money to pay Maximus and its staff, but not provide caseworkers at the Skokie IHFS office; no money to pay your healthcare providers, and no money to pay caseworkers at certain other offices.

If you are hearing-impaired, how does Maximus communicate with you?  If you are confined to the bed and have no special equipment to answer your phone and your home services provider is not there, are you at risk of Maximus cutting you off from Link, Medicaid and others services such as AABD if you do not answer your phpne or your substitute mailman returns your letter?  Have you called and not gotten an answer yet from IHFS?

It took me 8 months, 2 faxes, 2 emails, a letter and 8 phone calls from December to May or June  to get Part B Medicare--just received the notice and card September 9 retroactive to March 2013.  I also called twice and visited twice--my State Rep and State Senator's office. Thanks to Cathy Smith in Sen. Steans office --she found out  a week ago that I had been approved.  They just had not notified me!!!

Do you have that type of persistence and time to spend pleading with the state to approve your application for anything?  

Most seniors, people with disabilities, people with catastrophic health issues,  persons with huge unpaid medical bills, and persons who work, yet qualify for Medicaid or Link or SNAP do not.  Most people don't. 

Note:  I was in collection for my opthamology care and was receiving past due bills for physical therapy. 

The phone system-robot-absentee-caseworker  of Maximus is unfairly denying people benefits--People such as Ray Smith, whose doctor says he is dying and needs surgery.  He does not have Medicaid. He has no income.  He is not working. He was denied SSDI though he qualifies and is severely disabled.  He is mainly confined to bed and his oxygen is delivered to him--or maybe he is no longer receiving it, since  he moved...long story.  Does he still need it?  Yes.  

Counting on your help,
Maat  (Ayo Maat, Ph.D, 

"Order to chaos"

Monday, July 16, 2012

Technology and the Disability Movement 2007--2016

Certainly a new era in paratransit springs forth with the potential within 10 years to have cutting edge technology on a miniature scale that marries nanotechnology with the green transit industry and disability community. 

Though  IMPRUVE set a  target by 2016 to own its own vehicles or fleet of van pools for those of us who have invested funds and energy into this potential to travel independently, we won’t end our shared role or progress at 2016.

 By 2020, we expect to be there with the Green Think Tank for the Disability Community (GTTDC) as users, trainers, and interns of nanotechnology and green technology without the ongoing fights with state legislators for monies and service boards for acceptance of riders as advisors who are taken seriously, seldom to revisit the uncertainties of service, unequal services, and policy that leave riders and other persons who are disabled behind. 

Young people are needed to work side by side with elders. Elders are expected to continue to sharpen their thought processes, learn nanotechnology, green technology, and  share knowledge within the disability community, so that we are more prepared for the incoming revolution that will result from our evolved vision.  We should not stand on the sidelines watching others capitalize on technology, employment and training that we, too, need.

We don’t always have to retire, but at some point for balance, well-being and continuity it may become necessary to turn the reins over to a better-trained, more energetic workforce, taskforce, and thinkers who do not limit themselves to boxed-in logic, the way of limited world thought, and reduced intellect.

To think big, but work on a small scale to be more efficient, reduce costs,  be more productive, or stronger,  is the way of nanotechnology. 

What if we as  a disability community worked so smart that we would become a real enabling community with wheelchairs whose battery chargers were powered by solar cells or hydrogen cells that were small enough to fit in the palm of our hands?  What if we could charge our solar cars from stored sunlight that fits on a grid as small as a laptop or a cell phone? What if when we travel or find ourselves stranded, or snowed in, or fall and break bones, or have pulmonary attacks,  or have ravaging cancer cells or out of control mental illness, we could absorb or eat the equivalent of a green power lunch or breakfast that was so nutrient rich with raw materials to heal bones, organs, disease almost instantly--it would have to be very alkaline and full of sunlight, and we would have to use nanoveganic gardening methods. It would probably have to be used in liquid form and certainly should not be in the form of a pill. It would have to be delivered precisely where needed, self-aligned with the body’s own natural healing properties, and possibly amplified through one’s own thought processes or meditation or prayer.

It could not be left in the hands of those who control the wealth or those who base their thinking or support on politics, greed, or perceived ability. It would have to be available to all, yet forced on no one, and not be priced out of the range of the masses.

The movement continues--that is, the National  Paratransit Peoples Movement Assembly as IMPRUVE (Independent Movement of Paratransit Riders for Unity, Vehicles, Equality), a charter member of the Green Think Tank for the Disability Community (GTTDC) moves forward in its 12th year to improve the movement of people who use or need  paratransit or independent accessible vehicles, and work within the green movement for people who are disabled.

We expect to see many of you Sat. July 21, 2012 and each year  at the  Chicago Disability Pride Parade. And expect to receive your cash donations at our booth on Daley Plaza  in person or online here by PayPal or Credit Card..  Stand with us another day for  The Green Think Tank for the Disability Community.   

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Support Fundraisers for IMPRUVE or Volunteer for Our Projects


Next fundraiser is not until November 2012 to sell Carson's books.  Meanwhile, we need your support to continue operating as a mostly self-funded nonprofit.  It is your choice to decide the amount unless you plan to join and pay membership dues to our affiliate IMPRUVE.  Contact us for dues structure (monthly, quarterly, yearly):  $30 per year for discount partial membership. $60 per year for full membership with full voting rights and benefits.  Thank you.   Donate Today by PayPal or use your credit card if you don't have PayPal. It's easy. Just click on the Donate button. 

Youth advocates of BNICEH are always busy on projects:

Ramissa Maat, CAU student, model/actress, BNICEH youth member performs at No Exit Cafe--featured in News Star in Rogers Park for her Spoken Word

Photo shows former vice president and treasurer Alyce Battle who passed into transition December 2010 and worked with youth at BNICEH and rode Illinois paratransit

L to R - Battle, former secretary of BNICEH Devon Tripp (pre-w/c days, former youth leaders Ebony Tripp and Cory Martin (whose mother former secretary/VP of BNICEH Ora Martin Harris passed into transition March 2011)

Andrew Tripp also a paratransit rider assists his mother Devon at Family Defense Center Juneteenth celebration at UIC - June 2010

Tyquan Baxter at at Memorial rally of National Paratransit People's Movement Assembly (NPPMA)

Genevarenee Baxter with walker at Memorial rally of NPPMA

Some of Board of BNICEH/IMPRUVE at Lion King November 2011

Fund Raisers - Summer through Fall 2012

 "Fundraiser for IMPRUVE - $5 each----BNICEH, parent of IMPRUVE, is selling Carson's Community Day books-August through November 2012, to continue its advocacy work and prepare for Memorial Rally for paratransit riders trip May 2013. Call 773-416-7366 or 773-544-9488"

Worth the price for the $10 discount that Carson's gives (Limit: up to 5 ten dollar discount coupons per purchase) and discount coupons on selected merchandise 

IMPRUVE is traveling back to Washington for NPPMA Memorial Rally 2013 on behalf of paratransit riders (all ages) who have passed away since 2010.

Discount coupons good in November 2012 at any Bon Ton's, Carson's. Boston Store, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's, Younkers, P-A-R-I-S-I-A-N (in Detroit) Dates TBA

Upcoming benefit concert with composer, musician/singer Chuck Idol Sr. (guitarist on right) and the rock band he performs with - TBA

Call 773-416-7366 or 773-338-1090 email: 

Or     We are on facebook, too under  

  1. BNICEH Dr. Maat
  2. National Paratransit Peoples Movement Assembly           
  3. Impruve Paratransit

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Disability, Paratransit and Subject of Abortion, Same Sex Marriage

Senior Harold Bellamy ( a vet near 80) now has electricity, is on a budget plan, is able to keep his housing,  still uses the paratransit.   What do you think willl happen to him and others who are dependent on paratransit if there is not enough funding for paratransit, wheelchair taxis, senior transit?

Can you accept the consequences or provide the accessible transportation and services for those who are disabled and cannot pay for these services?

Should the government  be funding programs that are unnecessary to the well-being of most of Americans  r that can be provided adequately by private sources of funding?   Your opinion is welcome even if you disagree with mine on the issue of Same Sex Marriage and abortion, but please add your name to the letter supporting designated funding in the Surface Transit Bill now or later when it comes up for renewal again in 27 months.

Note: I am still going to be Maat, IMPRUVE and BNICEH will still do disability advocacy,  whether or not my friends who are GLBT get married or not.  I am still going to love them just as I still love my relatives and friends  who have had abortions, gone to jail, or  eat animal flesh.

I am pro-life and vegan, so you won't see me at the circus, zoo, rodeo or aquarium,  or with a gun shooting or hunting any man or animal, nor at dog, ostrich or horse races, nor supporting federally funded abortion or birth control pills, and you also will not see me eating the pink slime that is in meat or eating the  kidney cells from discarded or aborted fetuses, nor denying  a woman's choice that she makes to abort or use birth control pills or have sex out of wedlock or  a hysterectomy,  nor blocking abortion clinics or interfering with those who staff them .

But I won't promise you that I would not try to talk loved ones out of any of  this actvity if so led or I am asked my thought.

As a minister, I have lifetime ordination based on my metaphysical beliefs, but I am retire and I just don't do any type of funerals or marriages anymore anyway.

My  ethics and character,  and dietary, spiritual, and marital beliefs do not control how the rest of the word acts or feels. They are for me and I share them in openness.  I am as always Maat speaking the Truth that I know and leaning as I grow.  My duty is to see or envision the best of mankind even if they cannot see their perefection yet or I have to clear the film from my on lens and work on  my own salvation.


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Sign Letter for (Federal) Surface Transit Bill by June 14, 2012

BNICEH is supporing IMPRUVE and NPPMA as we work to get designated funding passed wthin the Congressional Surface Transit Bill due June 30, 212. Senate version S1813 is being considered to be passed or revised. It is now in the Conference Committee.

Call, fax or write (from their websites) your federal representative, senators and members of the Conference Committee immediately. There are 47 members of the Conference Committee for the Surface Transit Bill. There are millions of American citizens who travel or bike the roads as drivers or passengers. Don't be silent.

Tell them: 
1. to pass designated funding for paratransit, Medicar, senior transit and wheelchair taxis 
2. the fundng is assured for regular public transit, but remind them to include it anyway. It also includes hwy infrastructure 
3. to support solar-powered NEV cars and green paratransit that is rider-owned, too.  

Remember that we are still privileged to live in America despite the budget cuts, party fights, military buildups, and disagreements.

 Please add your name or organizational name to our letter to the President, Congress, and Conference Committee. Thank you. Public Announcement For Immediate Release – May 30, 2012 From: National Paratransit Peoples’ Movement Assembly Contacts: c/o IMPRUVE Dr. Ayo Maat, 6951 N. Sheridan Rd 773-416-7366 Chicago IL 60626-3527 Cecelia Jackson, Secy 773-544-9488 To the President, Conference Committee for the Surface Transit Bill (originally S1813), and Congress: Mr. President and Members of Congress: “

Accessible transportation is a basic right and the disability community is not a one size fits all community. We and our supporters are concerned that Congress may not consider in the Surface Transit Bill, the best interests and needs of the people who are disabled who ride paratransit and are forced by FTA policy to pay as much as twice the fixed route public transit fare despite having the lowest disposable incomes in the nation; and the drivers and providers of paratransit, wheelchair taxis and Medicars whose jobs and ability to provide services at reasonable cost to taxpayers are at stake.

The stalemate between the parties is hurting people who are disabled (PWD’s) worse than ever, plunging us deeper into isolation and rushing us to a lower quality of life that places us at risk for avoidable, though catastrophic illness or premature death as funds for paratransit diminish and we are unable to access appropriate affordable transportation to meet our needs and pocketbooks, and get to regular healthcare, worship service, and the activities that allow us to be on equal footing with our nondisabled peers in terms of employment and quality of life ..." - Ayo Maat, Ph.D., founder, IMPRUVE and NPPMA (National Paratransit People’s Movement Assembly)

 That is why we as members of the disability community who ride paratransit and have the lowest employment rates and lowest disposable incomes and our supporters request that our voices be heard by Congress, the President, and the public.

We are making the rounds to various Congressmen and Senators to support designated funding from Senate Transit Bill S1813. Without it, paratransit will not be funded. Fortunately, House bill HR 7, which that excluded designated funding, failed. The Conference Committee of both houses has been formed to work on the Surface Transit bill AND GET IT PASSED BY June 30, 2012.

We have a solution to lower costs of paratransit and put some persons who are disabled back to work, but for now, we are focused on getting the Surface Transit Bill passed. We salute those in Congress who are trying to get the bill passed with proper provisions.

 We protest national transit policies that amount to Transit Eugenics for persons who are disabled and dependent on accessible transportation. Congress should not neglect us in the equation for surface transit whether considering designated funding for the infrastructure, paratransit, wheelchair taxis, or Medicars.

 We sign onto this letter as voters, citizens and residents, disability advocates, businesses or paratransit riders, elected officials, taxi drivers, Medicar drivers, paratransit drivers, or pubic transit advocates. We are happy to add input on a future Congressional Transit Summit (none has been held by FTA since 2004) to ease the burden of improving transit nationally and regionally, even determining how to make surface transit affordable and effective for taxpayers and those who use it or provide the services.

Sincerely, Ayo Maat, Ph.D, president/CEO, IMPRUVE founder- paratransit and disability advocate - IL IMPRUVE (Independent Movement of Paratransit Rider for Unity, Vehicles, Equality - IL (& national) National Paratransit People’s Movement Assembly (NPPMA)- IL ( & national) BNICEH (Black Network In Children’s Emotional Health) - IL ( & national)

P.S. I survived death 3 times.  I asked for my life that I might be able to do work that I have a talent in doing  and that I love: to help others, heal them of frustration from poverty, unemployment, disability, conflict; teach them, encourage them to Stand,  work together regardless of religion, race, age, disability;  share with them, work with them.  That is why I continue to advocate and work on behalf of people even though we are unfunded and even if most of America does not support our efforts, and Congress is generally unaware of our plight. I know I am wondrously blessed and I'm not afraid  to tell you.  I want all to know how blessed  that we can go to Congress with our issues, help each other across the nation and not be in envy or anger. We don't always have to march long distances--most of us can't do long marches, some of us can't even march, leave our homes or jobs, or stand up physically, but we've got a voice to talk, write, and record our thoughts and issues; or help someone else who can't speak record theirs..  We are not against any personality, but for what is right for all concerned. AND WE WILL NOT BE SILENT.


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