November 14, 2014 
In This Issue


As mentioned in my last newsletter, CNN featured ILRCSF's architect, Chris Downey, on the Dr. Sanjay Gupta Show! Chris and I can be seen going over braille architectural drawings in our new conference room. Check it out at the link below: 


Feedback and suggestions are always welcome. You can email them to me directly at:

News at ILRCSF


There have been some important changes at ILRCSF as of late. First, our Community Organizer, Fiona Hinze, has been appointed by the Governor of California to the State Independent Living Council! Please join us in congratulating Fiona on what I'm sure will be a fantastic experience serving on the Council.


Second, ILRCSF's Assistive Technology Educator, Derek Zarda will be moving on after over four years with the agency. Please join us in wishing him a warm farewell on his next adventure by joining us for an Ice Cream Social at 3pm on Friday, 11/21 at 825 Howard St in San Francisco. Additionally, if you or someone you know would be a good fit for the position he is vacating, please visit the job listing on our website at: 

Lastly, the ILRCSF Board of Directors welcomed two new members: Kristin Prudhomme from the Schindler Elevator Corporation and Chinese community & housing advocate, Jane Lam. Please join us in welcoming them to the ILRCSF family.

Webinar - FAQ's RE: The ADA and Alternative Modes of Transportation


Easter Seals Project ACTION Webinar
November 19, 2014: Frequently Asked Questions on the ADA: Alternative Modes of Transportation
2:00-3:30pm EST | 1:00-2:30pm CST |
12:00-1:30pm MST | 11:00am-12:30pm PST
Have you ever wondered what your rights are as a person with a disability using a ridesharing application?  Or how much assistance a taxicab operator is required to provide to people with disabilities? Or the requirements under the ADA on level rail boarding?  If you have had these questions or other ADA related questions about alternative modes of transportation including rail, taxicabs, shuttles, bike sharing programs and ridesharing applications, then this session is for you.
Registration deadline: November 17, 2014
To ask the presenter questions in advance or for general inquiries about the event, please contact us at and put "FAQ on the ADA" in the subject line.

California Voter Accessibility Survey




Help make elections more accessible-please take this quick survey

Take the California Voter Accessibility Survey!

The California Secretary of State and the statewide Voter Accessibility Advisory Committee wants to hear about your voting experience in 2014.  Many voters with disabilities choose to vote early either by mail with an absentee ballot or an an early voting location.  If you voted please take the Voter Accessibility Survey.  This survey is for California voters.

This survey will help the California Secretary of State, County Elections Offices and their community partners better plan to make the next election more accessible for voters with disabilities. If they don't hear from voters with disabilities, they won't know where the barriers are they need to address. The Disability Organizing Network has a goal of getting 500 California voters with disabilities to take this survey by November 28, 2014.  Please don't delay, take this survey today while your experience is still fresh in your mind.




Important New IHSS Overtime Rules Trainings


There will be a series of complicated changes to how hours are counted and recorded, going into effect January 1, 2015. Consumers, providers, and advocates are strongly encouraged to attend an information session to learn more. Please note that the times and locations for each session are listed below.


The trainings will be hosted by Senior and Disability Action, and the San Francisco IHSS Public Authority.


Monday, November 17th:
Southeast Community Facility
Alex Pitcher Community Room
1800 Oakdale, San Francisco

11:00 A.M. - Cantonese
12:00 noon - English/ASL
1:00 P.M. - Spanish

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Wednesday, November 19th:
First Unitarian Universalist Church
1187 Franklin St., San Francisco

12:00 noon - Cantonese
1:00 P.M. - Cantonese
2:00 P.M. - English/ASL

* * * * * * * * *

Tuesday, December 16th:
SF Public Library - Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin St., San Francisco

4:00 PM - Cantonese
5:00 P.M. - Cantonese
6:00 P.M. - English/ASL

* * * * * * * * *

Wednesday, December 17th:
City College of SF - Mission Campus - Room 109
1125 Valencia St., San Francisco

12:00 noon - English/ASL
1:15 P.M. - Spanish
2:30 P.M. - Cantonese

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Friday, January 21st:
St. Mary's Cathedral - Cathedral Center
1111 Gough St., San Francisco

12:00 noon - English/ASL
1:00 P.M. - Cantonese
2:00 P.M. - Russian


See this publication from Disability Rights California for more information.

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