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The Advocacy Newsletter of ILRCSF
December 2010
in this issue
Paul Longmore Interview: Part I
Blog For Access
YO! Youth Organizing
Youth Leadership Forum
DRA Lawsuit
Food Pantry Information
Resource for Athletes with Disabilities
Call For Entries: Superfest
Notable Dates: December
ILRCSF Workshop Schedule
About DELA


At ILRCSF we're rounding out the year with some much-needed computer upgrade work. Unfortunately, the server upgrade has resulted in some delays - including the delay of this copy of DELA. We think it was worth the wait, though.
This issue of DELA includes the second part of Jessie Lorenz' candid  interview with the late Dr. Paul Longmore, wherein they discuss service veterans with disabilities. There's also an announcement about ILRCSF's Blog for Access day 2011, vital information regarding MUNI passes and SF's Supplemental Food Program schedule, details on applying for the Youth Leadership Forum, and a lot more.
On behalf of ILRCSF staff and board, here's wishing you all a happy new year.
Paul Longmore Interview: Part II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~








JL:      You know Paul, these are some hard times politically.  We have a lot of veterans with disabilities coming back from the wars in Iraq and Aphghanistan. In your book there is a lot of interesting history on veterans and veterans benefits, but I think that one of the things I found most compelling is that most military personnel haven't had contact with civilians with disabilities.  Then they become disabled, and then they come back and have to take on this whole other identity of being and dealing with all of those gender issues, family  systems and stigmatization. All of those  things we've been talking about.


PL:     The history of veterans with disabilities is one of the most important areas of research in disability history. It's got really interesting and significant ramifications in several ways.  One is the public policy making regarding veterans with disabilities. This has both been an area of policy making unto itself but it has also become a model regarding other kinds of public policies regarding civilians with disabilities.  So both vocational rehabilitation and medical rehabilitation and social welfare policies have had policies regarding veterans with disabilities as a model.


There is also an issue regarding hierarchy of stigma with disabilities.  For  one thing different kinds of disabilities incur different levels of stigmatized reactions.  Some disabilities are more intensely stigmatized than others.  It's not just the disability itself that is part of this hierarchy it is also - how did you acquire this disability and at what stage of your life  did you acquire this disability?


JL:      Right.


PL:     Well, certain kinds of acquisitions of disability are regarded as less stigmatizing and more valued than others.  So if you acquired your disability in patriotic military service to your country this helps in one way to mitigate some of the stigma of disability.  On the other hand, all disabilities in this hierarchy, no matter how they are acquired or at what age, are to significant degrees stigmatized.


There is another element to all of this and that is what disabled veterans did when they came home.  These are people, mostly men, who served the country, made a sacrifice, became injured, and became permanently disabled as a result of that.  They come back to a society that is segregated and discriminating against people with disabilities.  Yet, these are guys, after rendering patriotic military service, who are pretty unwilling to acquiesce to that kind of segregation and discrimination.  That is particularly true with veterans who came home from World War II and subsequent wars.  The African-American veterans who came home from World War II refused to acquiesce to a racially segregated and discriminating society and they were a major impetus to the post World War II black civil rights movement. What's not sufficiently noticed, as of yet, is that disabled veterans of World War II and subsequent wars had the same kind of reaction to inaccessibility and social exclusion and discrimination in employment.  These guys played a significant role in the campaign to begin to make American society physically accessible, to begin to combat discrimination against people with disabilities, and to begin to revamp various kinds of public policies that had resulted in the exclusion and permanent dependence of people with disabilities. 


JL:      I found it really fascinating - there was a group of blinded veterans that organized after World War II, and they were very inclusive.  They were not a segregated organization.  You could join them no matter what color you were, no matter if you were Jewish, Catholic or Protestant.  Out of this organization there was kind-of a leader who wrote a book called, "Lights Out," and then it was made into a movie called, "Bright Victory."   It's interesting because it chronicles this group of blinded veterans who go to the hospital for rehab and then they do all of the training - learning how to be the most independent blind person, and there is a whole kind-of nice-nice about it.  But this was back in the late 40's, early 50's, so before its time certainly.  All of these blind men learned that it didn't matter what color you were or who you prayed to but they needed the support of one another.  That was what was important.


PL:     It is interesting.  There were a number of motion pictures after World War II about veterans with disabilities.  The most important films involved blinded veterans of the war.  In several of these films there were these scenes in which the disabled veteran and a member of another minority group who encounters prejudice talk to one another and see prejudice.  In, "Pride of the Marines," a blinded veteran talks to a Jewish veteran and they talk about anti-Semitism and disability discrimination.  In, "Bright Victory," it's a comparison of racism with disability.  It's interesting that in that moment there's a recognition  by Hollywood film makers of the parallels.  That unfortunately wasn't followed up in subsequent Hollywood stories.  There is another film, "Good Men," which is generally about rehabilitation and psychological adjustment, but there are a couple of moments in that film where these paraplegic veterans do encounter disability prejudice and they have to deal with that.



ILRCSF officially declares July 26th, 2011

Blog for Access Day


ILRCSF is setting forth a challenge to our friends, colleagues, family members, and people we have never met: to devote their blog entries and tweets on July 26th, 2011 to Disability Access.

Write, Tweet, or post videos about cool assistive technology, your frustration with public transportation, curb cuts, how awesome the staff is about accommodating your needs at your favorite restaurant....whatever comes to mind regarding this topic. All we ask is that you devote your blog or Twitter or Youtube account on this one day - the 21st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act - to DISABILITY ACCESS.

To take part in Blog For Access all you have to do is send us an email to with the words "blog for access" in the subject field. Include the name of your blog or Youtube channel and the URL, (or your Twitter name) and we'll add you to the growing list of Blog For Access participants. That's it. You do not have to have a disability to participate.  Send us an email, pledge to blog about disability access on July 26th, 2011, and you're part of a worldwide movement to get people talking about access.


Join the growing list of bloggers who have already vowed to





Muni Regional Transit Connection (RTC) Discount ID CARD Customers


you must load your discounted monthly pass to your RTC Discount Photo ID Card.


Where to load your pass:

a.      At a Muni Ticket Vending Machine (available in Metro Subway Stations)

b.   By phone or online (877.878.8883 or

c.   At a Clipper retailer, all Walgreens, or call 877.878.8883 or go online for other outlets)


If you haven't loaded a pass to your RTC Discount Photo ID card and you know the card is damaged/defective:


  • Call the RTC Hotline # at 415.701.5435 to report your card damaged / defective
  •   If your card is damaged, a $5 fee will be charged
  • Do not throw your defective card away
  • A replacement card will be processed within 7 business days
  • In the meantime, temporary stickers are available for purchase while you wait for your replacement card.  Safeway stores are selling these monthly stickers, so are 16 other neighborhood outlets.  Call 311 for a complete listing.
  • After 7 business days from reporting your card defective, call the RTC Office 701-5025 at 1 So. Van Ness to ensure your card is ready to pick up
  • Bring your old card to the RTC Office to exchange for the replacement card


If you have loaded a pass to your RTC Discount Photo ID card and now it's not working

  • Take your ID card and receipt of pass purchase to one of the two following locations:  (If you don't have a receipt, they will attempt to confirm your purchase)
  •  RTC Office at 1 So. Van Ness - Mon. - Wed. 10:30 to 4:00 Customer Service Center at 11 So. Van Ness - Mon.- Fri. 8:00 - 5:00
  • You will receive a sticker to use on your defective card while your replacement is being processed (about 7 business days)


If you want to check to see if RTC Discount Photo ID card is working


Go to a Muni Ticket Vending Machine (in Metro Subway Stations):


Select "View Balance"

Hold card to Clipper Insignia

If screen changes, it works!


Use the Transponder on the bus:

Hold card to Clipper insignia on transponder - if it beeps, or lights flash, it works!


MyHousing connects families and individuals with low incomes, at risk of becoming homeless, or currently homeless, to affordable housing and financial assistance resources at


This site can help you find affordable housing (below market rate), public housing, section 8 housing and permanent supportive housing in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties.

Youth Organizing: Disabled and Proud! 


YO! (a program of the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers)  runs a youth oriented toll-free information line that provides information, resources and opportunities for YOUTH with DISABILITES. The YO! Line is answered by youth with disabilities Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm. We can provide information on IHSS, Education (Pre-K to Post Secondary), Self Esteem, Jobs, Disability History, Disability Rights, Leadership Opportunities throughout the State and much more. Give the toll-free line a call and get CONNECTED!

Connecting... youth with disabilities to each other, organizations, resources, opportunities, and FUN!

Organize... youth with disabilities throughout California to develop leadership skills, identify issues that affect our lives, and take action to create social change

Educate... youth with disabilities about the disability rights movement, disability culture and pride, community organizing, action, advocacy, and community resources.



YO! Disabled & Proud
a project of
The Californian Foundation for Independent Living Centers
1234 H Street, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95814
866-296-9753 (voice) 800-900-0706 (TTD)

California Youth Leadership Forum
This is a special invitation for California high school juniors and seniors who have disabilities to apply to come to Sacramento and attend the California Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (YLF) July 24-28, 2011.  


Participating students will have the opportunity to live on a college campus  and join more than 900 alumni from across the state that have been a part of this unique program created specifically for young leaders with disabilities. All of this is at no cost for the student!  
Students who attend YLF make new, life-long friendships and resource connections to help them reach their personal, academic, and career goals.


For more information about the YLF and a copy of the application and instructions, click here.
If you experience any difficulty in filling out this application, please contact YLF at (866) 296-9753 or TDD (800) 900-0706.

Deadline to submit applications is


*Please remember to read the instructions carefully, there are key points for applying to this year's YLF. Example, applications must be submitted electronically or may not be accepted. Also, incomplete applications may not be accepted.

January 7, 2011 by close of business.

Disability Rights Advocates Sues GGNRA

Disability Rights Advocates in Berkeley has filed a lawsuit against the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) and the National Park Service, seeking to force them to eliminate barriers to access experienced by people with mobility and vision disabilities when they visit GGNRA parks and facilities. If you have encountered any access barriers at GGNRA and would like to share your experience with DRA, or would like more information about the lawsuit, please contact: Alicia Reyes or Raziya Brumfield - emails: or - phone: 1-510-665-8644 - address: 2001 Center St., 3rd Fl., Berkeley, CA 94704

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a federal program that provides a monthly box of nutritious USDA food to low-income seniors, mothers and children.

Operating at more than 40 sites across the city, this program complements our other food distribution strategies by ensuring that older adults and families can get the staples they need for a healthy and complete diet.

The Food Bank took over operation of CSFP in June 2004 and currently serves almost 10,000 individuals every month.


You can download a PDF calendar listing dates and addresses of food pantry events in San Francisco here.


For more information about food pnatries and supplemental food programs, dial 211.

Challenged Athletes Foundation's access for Athletes Program


From now through December 1, 2010 qualifying athletes with physical disabilities can apply for funding to support their fitness and athletic goals from CAF's Access for Athletes Program. Applicants can request up to $3,000 for adaptive sports equipment, sports prosthetics, training, and competition grants. For more information:


SUPERFEST Call For Entries


 The world's longest running disability film festival is seeking your entry for submission to their 2011 film competition. SUPERFEST is the primary international showcase for innovative films that portray disability culture and experience in all its diverse, complex, and empowering facets.


This year's theme for Superfest: CHILDREN & YOUTH. Work must be about, feature or be appropriate for children or youth (up to age 24).


Work must be postmarked by January 15, 2011. No Exceptions.

For detailed information, and to download an entry form, visit: You can also e-mail:; phone: 510-845-5576, or send a

legal size  SASE to: CDT, P.O. Box 1107, Berkeley, CA 94701.





Monthly Observances:


Universal Human Rights Month

Colorectal Cancer Awareness and Awareness Month


Daily Observances:


Dec 1 AIDS Awareness Day

Dec 2 Hanukkah begins

Dec 2 Special Education Day

Dec 3 International Day of Disabled Persons

Dec 7 Islamic New Year

Dec 7 Pearl Harbor Day

Dec 10 Human Rights Day

Dec 15 U.S. Bill of Rights Day

Dec 21 First Day of Winter

Dec 25 Christmas Day

Dec 26 Kwanzaa Begins

Dec 31 New Year's Eve -ILRCSF offices closed



> > > > > INFORMATION ABOUT ILRCSF < < < < <


ILRCSF is wheelchair accessible and provides reasonable accommodations on request, including ASL interpreters and print information in alternative formats. ILRCSF is a scent-free office in order to be fully accessible to all people with disabilities. Please do not wear any scented products including perfumes, aftershave, hairspray, etc. to any meetings, groups, or workshops held at or by ILRCSF. If you are wearing scents, you will not be able to remain in the office.


For additional information on services, visit our office or website: 



ILRCSF has a FREE, accessible Resource Room, with information in Chinese, English and Spanish. We also have a bulletin board with information for Deaf consumers, and information is available in alternative formats upon request.


The Resource Room provides information on a variety of subjects, such as benefits, ADA, assistive technology (helpful gadgets), returning to work, free food-shelter-medical care resources, health care access, legal resources, housing (including a place for those who want to post ads for apartments for rent or shared housing rentals; an updated rental list from Craig's Lists, etc.), etc. If we don't have the resource, we'll do our best to find referrals for you. Service providers are welcome to send us flyers and handouts to distribute.

> > > > > ILRCSF WORKSHOPS < < < < <

Drop-In Basic Benefits/Work Incentives Workshop
Every Thursday at 9:30am


ILRCSF offers two types of workshop on benefits:

1. Basic Benefits Overview

2. How Employment Affects your Benefits - for those on SSDI &/or SSI


All workshops are on Thursdays at 9:30am. However, only one topic - basic benefits or employment -- is covered each Thursday.   Please attend the workshop that best suits you; for example, if you need information about applying for SSDI, SSI, Medi-Cal or other benefits, come to the Basic Benefits Overview workshop.  If, on the other hand, you already receive SSDI or SSI and are considering going to work, come to the workshop entitled How Employment Affects Your Benefits. At this Employment Workshop you will learn how to use work incentives to keep some of your benefits as you transition into a job, as well as how to use the PASS program, and Ticket to Work. To hear the schedule of upcoming workshops, call 415-543-6222 ext. 155.


Upcoming workshops:



December Workshops:

12/2    How Work Affects Your Benefits - for those on SSI &/or SSDI

12/9    Basic Benefits Overview

12/16  How Work Affects Your Benefits - for those on SSI &/or SSDI

12/23  Basic Benefits Overview

12/30  How Work Affects Your Benefits - for those on SSI &/or SSDI


People who arrive after 10:00am will not be admitted and will need to come to another workshop


Low-Income Housing Search Workshop


Held on Mondays from 1:30 - 3:30

Call 543-6222 ext. 100 to register


People who arrive late (after 1:30pm) will not be admitted and will need to reschedule



> > > > > DONATIONS TO ILRCSF < < < < <




Donations from the public help ILRCSF work towards ensuring that people with disabilities are full social and economic partners, both within their families and in a fully accessible community. All donations to ILRCSF are tax deductible, and there are a variety of ways you can donate or raise funds for ILRCSF.


Donations by Check:

You can send donations by check, in any amount, to:

Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco

649 Mission St, 3rd Floor

San Francisco, CA 94105

Please note that ILRCSF does not accept credit card donations by mail.


Online: We've partnered with Network for Good to securely process your online donation via the Network for Good Donor Advised Fund. Just click on the DONATE button, and make a donation using your credit or debit card.


Facebook: If you're a Facebook user, you can donate via ILRCSF's Causes page, which is also administered by Network For Good. Check us out on Facebook at


Shopping Online: Did you know that you can raise money for ILRCSF when you shop online? Direct your web browser to and join for free. Hundreds of popular online shopping sites are IGive members. Every time you shop with them, these retailers will donate a portion of their profits to ILRCSF. This means that while you're shopping online, buying things you'd normally buy anyway, you can raise money for ILRCSF without spending any more than you normally would. Some of the 600+ retailers who donate through IGive are Lands End, Staples, Orbitz, Apple, iTunes, TurboTax, Eddie Bauer, Overstock ... the list goes on and on!


ILRCSF respects your privacy: if you would prefer you donation be kept confidential, let us know, and we will list your donation as "Anonymous" in our next Annual Report.


When making a donation in honor or in memory of, please provide us with the name and address of anyone you'd like us to inform of your gift.

> > > > > A NOTE FROM ILRCSF STAFF < < < < <




ILRCSF's DELA newsletter includes a compilation of resources, announcements and events that have proven to be of interest to our consumers, supporters and friends. Our updated newsletter is part of our plan to reach out to additional members of our community. Dela now has a Facebook page under the name Dela Francisco O'Day - everyone is welcome to become Dela's friend! DELA is published the first week of each month and sent to our distribution lists. You can also pick up copies of DELA at our office. If you have resources, announcements, events or articles you would like to share, would like to give us feedback, or want to be added to the DELA distribution list, please send an email to We are also in the process of updating our website,, with new content and features.



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