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DAC Staff Shows Holiday Spirit

Pictured left to right, top row: Dan Murphy, Teresa Rios, , Wendy Longwell, Carolyn Nava,  Dwight Phillips, Jeannette Lanterman. Bottom row: David Colefield, Jose Guerra, Kathlyn Myers, special guest Aurora, Lisa Camilleri, Ashlee Halopoff, Khadijah Webster and Goldie House. Not pictured: Derek Hill.
David Colefield opens up a White Elephant gift.
Derek Hill reacts to a White Elephant gift.
A popular question asked by staff in 2019: What Would Wendy Do? Ashlee Halopoff, right, took home the What Would Wendy Do t-shirt as a gift. At left is program manager Wendy Longwell (Dan Murphy photo).

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.

Call DRC when you want:

  • Info on legal rights for citizens with traumatic brain injury
  • Referrals to other agencies who might be able to help you
  • Help with payee issues
  • Help with issues at a facility
  • Info on Medi-Cal rights relating to TBI

Call DRC at 1-800-776-5746 for more details.

Meet Aurora

Hi. My name is Aurora. I am twelve years old. I’m in seventh grade. I live with my mom, sister, and dad. We also have two dogs which are named Trixie and Molly. Trixie is a black and white dog. Molly is a white dog.

When I first came here I was so excited because I knew I was going to be writing a blog.

My first day, I met Evan the center’s Executive Director.
I also met Carolyn, Ashlee. Sue came with me on the first day.

My interests are music, swimming, writing and dancing. One day I hope to be a doctor or a therapist. I think the volunteer paperwork will help me later in life because I might fill it out someday.

Presentations and Outreach

Lots of outreach is being done in our communities. If you would like a presentation of DAC programs and services contact us today!  Read More

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DAN symposium a big success in Chico; more events planned

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 non-profit community and public heath officials contributed much to the second annual symposium hosted by the Disability Action Center in Chico. (Dan Murphy photos)

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:

  • Transportation
  • Nutrition programs
  • Education regarding life and skills planning
  • Caregiver supportive services
  • Conversation around end-of-life decision.
  • Assistance with accessible technology affordable housing and long-term care options
  • Advocacy to help empower persons with disabilities obtain their personal, administrative and civil rights
  • Adult day service
  • In addition to the symposium, DAN continues to focus on coalition members holding that greater success is possible through a new network of collaboration than the previous efforts at advocacy by a specific interest group. 
Substantive audience participation was a big feature of the symposium.
From left at the DAC table during the symposium are assistive technology specialist Dwight Phillips, board president Kim Scott and independent living specialist David Colefield.

Friendship Dinner was a big hit

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.

Center was a vital resource during north state power shutoff

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.

DAC gets grant to power devices in next shutoff

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

The lithium battery packs can last all weekend to power low energy medical equipment like ventilators, Cpaps, dialysis machines and IV pumps (Dan Murphy photos).
DAC program manager Wendy Longwell, right, talks with Ch. 7’s Mike Mangas about the center’s new grant for battery packs and lodging assistance in response to the power shutoffs.