Dela, on her wheelchair, taking a walk through Chinatown with a friend
In This Issue
Free Computer Tiime for PWD
Tools for Self Advocacy
Resource for Transition Age Youth
Assistive Technology Guide
Attn Bay Area Wheelchair Users!
Help Celebrate the ADA with your Cellphone or Internet Access
Mobility International Blog
Help ILRCSF provide Community Access Tickets to PWD
ILRCSF Benefits Workshop Schedule
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DELA

The Advocacy Newsletter of ILRCSF

Greetings!

 

This month's issue of DELA includes a valuable link to a site that anyone curious about Assistive Technology should bookmark, information about how you can participate in one of ILRCSF's ADA-related events in July, and a great online healthcare guide for transition age youth, among other items. But first......

 

The Herb Levine Legacy Fund

 

It is with great pleasure that the Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco (ILRCSF) announces the establishment of an annual fund designed to foster grassroots disability rights activism in California. Our esteemed Executive Director, Herb Levine, is retiring after more than 30 years of visionary leadership in the Independent Living Movement and we want to honor his legacy of service by making a sustained commitment to fostering grassroots projects that are in line with our mission of working to ensure that people with disabilities are full social and economic partners, both within their families and in a fully accessible community.

 

Guidelines:

         To be eligible you must submit a 1-2 page letter describing your proposed project, a short statement about your involvement in the IL Movement, and a detailed budget of up to $1,500.

         Individuals with connections to Independent living Centers throughout California are strongly encouraged to apply, though applicants with no affiliation to an ILC will still be considered.

         All applications must be received, annually, by July 9th, Herb's birthday.

         Winners will be announced, annually, on the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, July 26th.

 

The establishment of the fund was made possible by a generous donation, and will need to be sustained by donations made to the Herb Levine Legacy Fund. We hope you'll make it a part of your annual gift budget to contribute to this exciting fund. Please spread this announcement far and wide by sharing it with your networks.

 

Both applications and donations may be mailed to:

ILRCSF

RE: The Herb Levine Legacy Fund

649 Mission St, FL 3

San Francisco, CA 94105

 

 

Thanks so much,

Jessie Lorenz

ILRCSF

 

 

 

 

NOTE: ILRCSF will be closing early for a function on Thursday, June 16. Office hours on this day will be from 9am - 2pm.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco

Community Computer Program

 

Need a quiet place and a computer to:

 

  • do some school research?
  • order groceries?
  • look for housing?
  • catch up with emails and social networking?
  • type up your resume?

 

Schedule computer time at ILRCSF's Accessible Consumer Computer Kiosk

 

 Call 415-543-6222. Ask for an Assistive Tech Educator.

Half hour/one hour slots available from 9am to 4:30pm. Please, no drop-ins. Computer is only available for persons with disabilities.

 

This is not a training session. If you have questions or need support around your computer tasks, you can pre-arrange a more personalized session with an AT Educator.

 

The development of this accessible workstation was made possible by a grant from AT&T, and with the expertise of The Center for Accessible Technology.

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.

  

 

Tools for Self Advocacy

  

The Independent Living Philosophy states that people with disabilities are the best, most informed experts on their own needs. Advocating for one's self makes sense, and it's empowering. But how and where to start?

 

Disability Rights North Carolina has compiled Resources for Self Advocacy - a very useful toolkit for people with disabilities who have questions about their rights and legal entitlements regarding ADA issues, benefits, community services, or employment. It's a good place to start.

 

http://www.disabilityrightsnc.org/pages/161/self-advocacy-resources/ 

 

Valuable Resource for Transition-Age Youth/Young Adults

Disability.gov has just published When You're 18: A Health Care Transition Guide For Your Adults.

The guide is loaded with information to help young adults understand what it means to be legally in charge of their health care and how to stay healthy as they grow into adulthood. Includes quizzes on being an adult with special needs, life as an adult, talking with doctors, plus additional Web resources on college and work.

 

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Assistive Technology, But Were Afraid To Ask

The Family Guide to Assistive Technology is a great online resource for anyone who is curious about AT. Whether you're wonder what, exactly,  AT is...or what AT would best suit your needs....or how you might be able to fund your AT needs, this is a great place to start.

 

Attn Bay Area Wheelchair Users!

Luxor Cab is offering a new pilot program for wheelchair users to make advance ramp taxi reservations one week ahead of time. 

 

 

Customers can call (415) 401-1414 on Saturdays between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm and prearrange their trips for the coming week.   

 

 

Attention All Internet Users and Cellphone Users

 ILRCSF is setting forth a challenge to our friends, colleagues, family members, and people we have never met: we want you to devote your blog entries, Facebook walls, Twitter streams, Emails, and Youtube uploads on July 26th, 2011 to Disability Access!

To celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we are asking people to use the power of technology to BLOG FOR ACCESS. 

Don't have a blog? Do not let that fact stop you from participating - we welcome all efforts to participate in Blog For Access. If you don't have a blog you can:

  • Write an email about disability access and blast it out
  • Dedicate your Facebook status to disability access
  • Use twitter to send out a tweet about disability access
  • Send a text message about disability access
  • Be creative: if you have Internet access or a cellphone, you can participate

One Facebook photo-a-day group has pledged to devote their July 26th photos to "access" as a topic. Think outside of the box!

 

To take part in Blog For Access all you have to do is send us an email with the words "blog for access" in the subject field. Include the name of your blog or Facebook account, and the URL you'd like us to link, 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 in order to participate. Send us an email, pledge to blog or Tweet or email, post a video about disability access, or do something else to participate on July 26th, 2011, and you're part of a worldwide movement to get people talking about accessibility.

 

 

 

A Blog Worth Following 

 

The Mobility International USA (MIUSA) Blog is a forum on inclusion of people with disabilities in international exchange and international development programs and an opportunity to learn more about why we are so passionate about our international disability rights work. Contributors to the blog include Mobility International USA's enthusiastic team of staff, consultants, and alumni around the world with and without disabilities who are passionate about disability rights and international issues.

 

Check it out for stories about people with disabilties all over the world, travel and study abroad, international networking, and book reviews.

Help ILRCSF provide Community Access Tickets to our consumers

Community Access Ticket Service (CATS) provides cultural, recreational and educational experiences to tens of thousands of people though partnership with hundreds of social-service organizations.  These types of experiences represent positive socialization and community integration opportunities that are otherwise unavailable.  CATS has successfully provided these experiences to over 300,000 people since 2004.

ILRCSF is trying to raise $375 to purchase a one-year membership to CATS, which would enable us to provide free tickets to museums, plays and other cultural events to consumers. To help us make the CATS program a part of what ILRCSF has to offer people with disabilities, please specify on the note section your donation check, "CATS."

Donations may be sent to:

ILRCSF

649 Mission Street, Floor 3

San Francisco, CA 9410

ILRCSF Benefits Workshop Schedule

 

ILRCSF offers two different workshops 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:

 

June 16          

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

June 23          

Basic Benefits Overview 

July 7             

 

 Basic Benefits Overview

 

July 14                       

 

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

 

July 21                       

 

Basic Benefits Overview

July 28                       

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

 

 

NOTE: ILRCSF is wheelchair accessible and provides reasonable accommodations upon request. In order to be fully accessible to all people with disabilities, ours is a scent-free office.

 

When visiting ILRCSF, please do not wear any scented products, including perfumes, aftershave, hairspray, etc.

  
The Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit organization. Donations from the public support our mission to ensure that people with disabilties are full social and economic partners both within their families and within a fully accessible community.
  
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