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White Elephant gifts, cake and plenty of good-natured fun dominated the 2019 Disability Action Center holiday season party and staff meeting in Chico on Dec. 19.
Data specialist Goldie House started the morning with a thorough CIL suite presentation to staff.
Disability Rights of California, based in Sacramento, then gave a quality overview, focusing on its in-depth Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury or PATBI program.
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CHICO – Nearly 150 north state first responders, public health advocates and nonprofit disability related vendors attended the second annual Leadership Voices on Healthcare Direction Symposium at the Enloe Community Room.
The Diversability Advocacy Network coalition, part of the nonprofit Disability Action Center of Chico and Redding, hosted the well-attended event, whose specific focus – Improving Emergency Readiness, Response and Recovery – was based on the 2018 wildfires that devastated Butte and Shasta counties.
For the second straight year, the SCAN Foundation, an independent public charity that advocates for improved senior citizen independence and healthcare, grant-funded the event.
DAC staff members Carolyn Nava and Wendy Longwell, and executive director Evan Levang, were key in organizing the successful event along with the DAN coalition that includes Goldie House (Systems Change Advocate) and Sarah May of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities. The coalition meetings are also regularly attended by representatives from Passages and Anthem Blue Cross.
Butte County Sheriff K.L. Honea told the audience preparedness by the public was the key to properly responding to the next large-scale emergency like a wildfire.
DAC consumer Bryan Murphy opened the event by telling his success story. With DAC’s help, he found special needs housing in Anderson after being displaced by the wildfires.
DAC consumer Brian Murphy opened the event by telling his success story. With DAC’s help, he found special needs housing in Anderson after being displaced by the wildfires.
In closing the event, Nava challenged the audience to “continue the conversation” about being better prepared for an emergency.
The symposium was covered at length by Mike Mangas of KRCR-TV Channel 7.
DAC officials said the event’s success will lead to more center-sponsored symposiums in the near future, due to the positive response by the public.
“We got our name out there and people are responding,” said program director Wendy Longwell.
At least one of the upcoming events will be held in Redding, home to DAC’s satellite office on Park Marina Drive.
Formed in 2012, the Diversability Advocacy Network (DAN) is led in partnership by the Disability Action Center and the State Council on Developmental Disabilities. DAN serves the Northern Sacramento Valley and surrounding mountain counties. DAN commits to advocating for changes that improve the lives of older adults and people of all ages with disabilities in the far Northeastern counties of California.
Living with dignity, being part of a community, feeling safe, maintaining health and mobility, aging in place, being able to exercise choice – these are expectations that we all have. Community-based supportive services are a necessary part of the equation in helping us meet the challenges of living successfully in our communities, now and in the future.
DAN supports strengthening non-medical services that enable older adults and persons of all ages with disabilities to remain in the community while improving well-being and quality of life including the following core ideals:
A Friendship Dinner was held at the Redding DAC office on Monday night. Consumers who regularly use the center’s services stopped by and shared a Thanksgiving-themed potluck meal with staff from Redding and Chico.
By the looks of things, the event was a big hit and more are planned in the future.
Whether it was a lithium battery powering crucial medical devices for up to three days, hotel stays or $50 daily food vouchers, Disability Action Center was a vital resource for north state residents affected by the PG&E power shutoffs.
The center used a $60,000 grant from PG&E to provide an array of services that were required the last week of October as the giant utility company shut off power to consumers for fire prevention reasons.
Up to 15 batteries were distributed to DAC consumers in Redding and Chico.
Hotel stays, which included daily food vouchers, totaled 30 guests.
“It was a very successful program,” said center program manager Wendy Longwell.
More power shutoffs are planned by PG&E to counter the threat from statewide wildfires and DAC will be prepared with even more batteries that have been provided by the utility, Longwell said.
Some outstanding batteries still need to be returned to either the Redding or Chico DAC offices.
If you are having difficulty returning a battery that was loaned to you by DAC, call 242-8550 or 893-8527 to arrange a pickup.
CHICO –The nonprofit Independent Living Center for the North State region, Disability Action Center of Chico-Redding, has been awarded a Public Safety Power Shutoff grant from PG&E to aid residents who will be impacted by ongoing utilities disruptions.
Through the $60,000 grant, DAC now has the resources, including several portable lithium battery packs, to help consumers who have a medical condition, medical equipment or refrigerated medication that would be at risk without power. The packs can power a refrigerator for up to three days to keep vital medicine like insulin at proper temperatures. They can also be a power source for other medical devices like cpaps, oxygen, feeding pumps, ventilators, power chairs and dialysis machines, to name just a few.
The pilot program also provides funding for hotel rooms, gift cards for food and transportation.
A current PG&E bill and proof of medical condition/equipment needs are required to get help from DAC, conditions that are required under the grant.
All equipment will be distributed on a free loan basis and must be returned to DAC.
Local anchorman Mike Mangas of Ch. 7 interviewed program manager Wendy Longwell recently at the DAC Redding office regarding the grant.
Consumers are asked to call DAC at 530-893-8527 or 242-8550 for assistance when the next power shutoff is scheduled. The Chico office for DAC is located at 1161 East Ave. The Redding office is at 2876 Park Marina Drive