DAN, the Diversability Advocacy Network, under the direction of Systems Change Advocate Michael Brady, is back.
The group’s mission is to ensure that citizens have access to quality healthcare, and serves the north Sacramento Valley and mountain communities of the North State.
It endorses a system of long-term services and supports based on principles like dignity, choice, flexibility, quality, legality, cultural competence, accessibility and inclusive independence.
The group meets in the DAC building, 1161 East Avenue, Chico.
DAN partners with the State Council on Developmental Disabilities-North State office, Far Northern, Disability Rights California, the Agency on Aging and DAC.
At its May 18 meeting, the group covered the function, partnership and the importance of the SCAN Foundation as it pertains to DAN.
An update was given on the upcoming DAN Leadership Voices on Healthcare Direction, A Community Symposium which will be held Oct. 12.
DAN’s next meeting is June 15 in the DAC community room in Chico. Call Mr. Brady at 893-8527 for more details.
The Disability Action Center’s newest Traumatic Brain Injury Advocate is Rachel Sabino, who works out of the Chico headquarters. Sabino recently graduated from Chico State University with a degree in social work, and admires her consumers’ progress in the center’s TBI program. Her future goals at DAC are to see more advocates join the cause, and to witness it become a “sustainable, valuable and resourceful program for individuals living with a traumatic brain injury who want to strive to be there best self.”
Name: Rachel Sabino
Education: Bachelors in Social Work
Title with DAC: Traumatic Brain Injury Advocate
Job description-duties: Provide services that promote independent living to people with traumatic brain injuries to live more independently within their community, by providing TBI core services including supported living, community reintegration, vocational support, informational and referral, and professional and public community education and outreach. Direct services will include housing, peer support, supported living services, case management, independent living skills training, benefits planning, transition, and individual advocacy services. Core services are provided in the office, community, and home through in-person, email, and telephone contact.
Philosophy/motto you use for your job: “Accept, Adapt and Adjust. If you don’t have the first, you’re not going to have the other two.” — From Mr. Talmadge House, who has been one of my mentors at Disability Action Center.
Rewarding aspects of your job: Having the opportunity to admire my consumers’ strengths in maintaining and/or pursue their independence. Also, the in-person interaction while working with remarkable individuals, has guided my perspective to learn from them and possibly solve society’s problems.
No. 1 success story on the job: I don’t have just one success story, but I have seen success in all my consumers for the steps they have accomplished in pursuing their goals.
Hobbies: Enjoy spending time with my loved ones, including my puppy. Taking adventures outside. Also, I like to keep busy with working at Disability Action Center and being a waitress on the side.
Future goals @ DAC: Honestly, hopefully find another full-time advocate to take over the program and from there, expand the program to bring on more advocates to work with all the consumers. I want to shape the TBI program to become a sustainable, valuable and resourceful program for individuals living with a traumatic brain injury who want to strive to be there best self.
By the end of June, work will begin to improve Americans with Disabilities Act parking access at the popular Anderson River Park, top city management and staff told the Disability Action Center at a recent meeting in Anderson City Hall.
The work should take about a month to complete, city engineer Dave Durette said, which will include moving ADA spaces to more level ground, the installation of a new paved path from the relocated parking spaces leading to the busy fishing access entrance, up-to-date signage and signature blue and white painted striping.
City Manager Jeff Kiser said the improvements will total about $20,000.
Kiser stated the city hopes to work with DAC in the future on a comprehensive ADA improvement plan at the park, which could total up to $150,000.
“Anderson River Park is probably the No. 1 destination spot for weekend recreation for all of Shasta County that offers direct river access,” Kiser said. “There is definitely a need for these (ADA) improvements.”
At the meeting, Kiser also pledged to join the new ADA Transition Committee for Shasta County-North, which will meet once a month at the DAC office in Redding, 1600 West Street. The committee will address ADA-related issues like access to public transportation, local, state, and federal legislation, and healthcare, to name just a few, and is still seeking members. Call DAC at 530-242-8550 if you are interested.
Collaboration and Solidarity was the theme for the Independent Living Conference 2018 at the Sacramento Convention Center, sponsored by the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers on June 6, part of a big week for disability rights advocacy in the state capital.
In conjunction with the conference, Disability Action Center Systems Change Advocates Talmadge House, Michael Brady and Dan Murphy sought support for disability rights legislation with state senators and assemblymen on June 7 as part of Advocacy Day.
DAC representative Carolyn Nava, House and Murphy were among hundreds who attended the annual IL conference, which included a full day of workshops and presentations. Among the workshop tracks addressed at the conference were youth transition, long term services and support, emergency readiness and recovery, community organizing and how to use social media like Twitter effectively for positive disability rights change in society.
The Twitter hashtag for the conference was #ILCon18.
One of Disability Action Center’s goals is to improve outreach efforts to the Native American community in its service areas.
DAC staff and management attended the Native American Training and Technical Assistance conference for families, people and tribal members with disabilities May 8 at Win-River Casino in Redding.
“It is vital that we become more diverse and expand our outreach to the Native American community,” said Carolyn Nava, who answered questions and provided information to the public at DAC’s table during the daylong event.
Substantive presentations by regional centers like Far Northern, In Home Support Services (IHSS), labor unions like SEIU, and disability rights advocates focusing on autism and other developmental disabilities highlighted the event.
The Rockets & Robots Club mission is to develop and encourage the natural ability of children on the autism spectrum for the purposes of preparing them for a science-related career and enhancing their enjoyment of life in an environment that is sensitive to their needs. The Rockets & Robots club will focus on their strengths and attempt to develop them in a fun and interesting way.
The R&R club leader, Russ Rudin, is an adult on the autism spectrum that was one of the lead designers of the current Sidewinder missile and co-designer of the RITA telemedicine robot. Russ made his first robot out of an old dishwasher when he was 10. You can find him most days hunched-over his latest project with a soldering iron in one hand and hot-glue gun in the other!
Contact: Russ Rudin, PhD – R&R Club Director
Today, Wednesday, February 14 or Thursday, February 15, the House of Representatives is likely to vote on H.R. 620, a dangerous bill that seeks to reverse nearly three decades of civil rights protections for people with disabilities. H.R. 620 not only allows equal access violators to keep breaking the law, it rewards them for it!
The misleadingly titled “ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017” rewards law-breakers by letting them continue to deny access to disabled customers—without any consequences—and punishes the person being discriminated against by forcing them to detail all the ways that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is being violated.
It gives law-breakers six months or longer to make “substantial progress”—without defining what that is—in fixing the problem before the person being discriminated against can see their doctor, buy a cake, eat at a restaurant, or go to the movies with friends or family members.
To write your representative online, go to https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative and enter your zip code. From there, click on the envelope under your representative’s photo.
For a list of additional resources including Talking Points, sample tweets, action alert templates, phone scripts, graphics for social media, etc. go to: http://dredf.org/hr620/ or download the CCD Toolkit.
Also see DREDF’s earlier alert, “Thirty Years of Holding It Is Long Enough.”