January 27, 2015 
In This Issue


Big thanks to the SFMTA for installing audible pedestrian signals at both 4th and Howard and 5th and Howard, making the route to ILRCSF from Powell Street Station fully accessible! Lots of info in today's Newsdesk - I hope you join us on Thursday at City Hall!


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

Police Brutality Case May Threaten the ADA - Speak Out: City Hall Thurs 1/29


As you may recall from last week's article on the Teresa Sheehan case, police officers responding to a request to assist with an order for involuntary mental health care at the room of Ms. Sheehan, known to have a serious psychiatric disability, demonstrated a flagrant disregard for her rights under the ADA.  The officers forced their way into Ms. Sheehan's locked room and shot her five times instead of awaiting properly trained officers with expertise in dealing with citizens in psychiatric crisis. Shockingly, San Francisco's City Attorney, Dennis Herrera, is asking the United States Supreme Court to deem this interaction to be ADA-compliant as a matter of law, without a trial. 


Due to the public outcry on this matter, the City Attorney has agreed to have a meeting with interested members of the public this Thursday, January 29th at 9:30 a.m. at San Francisco's City Hall in the North Light Court. We would love to have you join us.


Please let us know if you can join us for the meeting - and feel free to email with any questions or comments.


Thank you!  And see you Thursday morning!


SF Police Officer Pushes African American Quad Off a Curb on MLK Day


Thanks to the world wide web, cellphone footage of a recent attempt by SFPD to tip Bo Frierson from his wheelchair has gone viral. Bo, a quadriplegic powerchair user who lives at Laguna Honda, calls himself a Community Protector. On MLK Day he witnessed his cousin being harassed by police so he wheeled across the street to better observe the treatment his cousin was receiving. One of the officers proceeded to push Bo's chair off the edge of a curb and, had he not had his seat belt fastened, Bo would've been dumped into the street, face first. Thankfully, the incident was caught on camera from two different angles and is even getting some media attention. Check out these articles that have appeared in The Bayview and The Free Thought Project.


Tomorrow, there will be a Police Commissioners meeting and we are encouraging everyone to come speak out against this injustice and insist that SFPD be properly trained in how to interact with citizens with disabilities! This meeting will also highlight the threat to the ADA posed by City Attorney Dennis Herrera's suit mentioned in the article above.


SFPD Commissioners Meeting: Hold Police Accountable! 


TOMORROW, 1/28/15 from 6-8pm

Kelly Cullen Community Center Auditorium

220 Golden Gate, San Francisco, CA 94102

RSVP on Facebook


Circle of Life Theatre "Elephant Man" Auditions at ILRCSF, Wed, 1/28



Circle of Life Theatre Holds Auditions for Actors with Disabilities for "The Elephant Man" at ILRCSF!


Male and female actors with any type of disability are strongly encouraged to audition for Circle of Life Theatre's groundbreaking production of "The Elephant Man" in San Francisco.  


Auditions will be held by appointment this Wednesday evening, 1/28, from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. at at 825 Howard Street (between 4th & 5th), San Francisco, CA 94102.  


To schedule an appointment, kindly e-mail  ICanDoAnything@CircleofLifeTheatre.org


Requirements:  Actors will cold-read from "sides" (scene selections from the play), but the sides may be e-mailed in advance by request.  No prepared monologue required.  


For questions and disability-accommodation requests, call 415.385.5055.  Rehearsals begin mid-March, and the play runs through May 17th.  All roles are paid.


San Francisco's Circle of Life Theatre may be the world's only theatre company intentionally casting and reasonably accommodating actors with disabilities to interact harmoniously on the same stage with performers without disabilities.  Circle of Life Theatre breaks down barriers and opens minds by revealing to the able-bodied world that, when reasonably and effectively accommodated, "differently abled" talent can deliver moving, authentic performances just as well as able-bodied performers.



Free Home-buyer Workshop for People with Disabilities at ILRCSF



Home-buyer Workshop


Are you currently employed in the Bay Area?  

Are you using your SSI benefits as work related expenses, or on the Ticket Back to Work Program for SSDI?  

Do you receive funds from a family trust, or endowment, or have some investments? 

Are you currently serving or have you served in the US Armed Forces? Do you dream of buying a home in the Bay Area? 



Do not miss this FREE home-buyer workshop!


Thursday morning, January 29, 2015 

9-30 AM - 11-00 AM.

ILRCSF 825 Howard Street, SF


If you qualify for a Below Market Rate (BMR), or FHA mortgage opportunity, or are a first time homebuyer, this is the workshop for you. If you have served, or are currently serving in the Armed Forces, the US Government wants to thank you as a veteran for your service by offering you the best home-buying opportunity available today. No money down on a 30 year fixed mortgage! Low interest rates! VA Mortgage Loans are only available to active or retired/honorably discharged military personnel. Start your home search immediately!  Space is limited.


RSVP to reserve your seat: Email: jim.blacksten@bhghome.com 

Phone: 415-297-3084; BHG/Mason McDuffie Real Estate; Team J&B


Sponsored by BHG Mason McDuffie Real Estate, in partnership with the Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco.


NOTE: ILRCSF is wheelchair accessible and provides reasonable accommodations upon advanced 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.  


Reasonable accommodations and alternative formats will be made

available upon request no later than 1 business day before the event.


To request an accommodation for this event or materials in alternative formats, contact ILRCSF: (415) 543-6222 or Info@ilrcsf.org





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Jessie Lorenz

Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco | ed@ilrcsf.org | http://www.ilrcsf.org
825 Howard Street
Street Level
San Francisco, CA 94103