Many people make a New Year resolution at this time of year when the former year is ending with reflection of what has gone before, and we look ahead to what the new year will bring.
Reflecting on this past year…we have served an increasing amount of people with disabilities and seniors with needed services and equipment in both our offices. Looking forward to 2016 will bring the same devotion and trust that folks have experienced from us into additional growth and renewed commitment to serving our communities in all our nine counties of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou and Tehama in Northern California.
ADA Committee work with the City of Chico
Building on the work of our agency going back to 2008, our hosting of the ADA Transition Committee has led to significant breakthroughs in planning for the needs of disabled consumers in Chico in 2015. Chico is poised to secure grant funding from CalTrans to improve access and safety on the Esplanade, our main north-south corridor. Since our advocates have joined with bicycle advocates, we have seen the way forward to promote safety for alternate modes of transport connecting North Chico with the downtown. When completed, all means of transit, including wheelchair users, will find moving about on our streets to be safer and less dependent on paratransit services than currently exists.
Diversability Advocacy Network throughout our region
Our work with the SCAN Foundation, as expressed in our Diversability Advocacy Network (DAN), has enabled faster dissemination of information in the area of healthcare changes and has enabled advocates from our ILC to work together closely with other advocates from Passages, our local Area Agency on Aging, the local office of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, attorneys from Legal Services of Northern California and Disability Rights California and other non-profit advocates. Our work to date has been highly praised by the staff and board of the SCAN Foundation. For the years of 2016-17, SCAN will fund increased direct outreach to our more distant counties. We expect our DAN group to grow in influence on behalf of seniors and disabled consumers in our region exponentially as a result of our continuing efforts.
To help in your goal setting, Forbes magazine has a great article on methods to keeping your resolutions in 2016.