Disability Action Coalition is proud to partner with the California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) to bring you: Disability and Aging Capitol Action Day on May 23, 2019.
Disability and Aging Capitol Action Day is a day-long event mobilizing California’s aging and disability communities at the State Capitol. The day is filled with opportunities to build community, learn about and share resources, educate our policy makers and elevate the collective power of older adults and people with disabilities.
Free lunch provided for those who register.
The participant registration process includes options to request accommodations. Please submit your reasonable accommodation request by May 10, 2019.
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What: Disability & Aging Capitol Action Day
When: Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 10:00am
Cesar Chavez Plaza
901 “I” Street
Getting the word out to new consumers has been a big policy directive for Disability Action Center.
One of the most effective ways to do this: attend tabling events throughout the center’s large service area. DAC has had representatives at health fairs this summer conducted at popular venues like senior centers in Mount Shasta City, public events in Oroville, Win-River Casino community room in Redding and Shingletown Health Center, to name just a few.
The agency’s had representatives at health fairs held at popular venues like senior centers in Mount Shasta City, and public events in Oroville and Shingletown.
The agency distributed literature to over 100 potential consumers who stopped by DAC’s table at the Win-River event. The public received valuable information about a Traumatic Brain Injury support group that meets twice a month, a popular housing rental list that is distributed every week to people with disabilities or the homeless, the agency’s Assistive Technology program, Older Individuals who are Blind (OIB), the upcoming DAN coalition symposium in Chico, Social Security updates and new voter registration opportunities.
During a summer staff meeting hosted by the center’s Chico headquarters, Executive Director Evan LeVang rededicated the Claude Whelchel Memorial Community Service/Lifetime Dedication Award to Karen Duncanwood, a tireless advocate for the disabled who lost the original Whelchel Memorial plaque due to the CAMP fire. Son Ryan Duncanwood, a popular disabled advocate, accompanied her at the award ceremony that was attended by Chico Mayor Randall Stone.
The late Whelchel regularly donated his valuable building contractor services to DAC and the north state disability community at large.
Longtime volunteer Cody Hull was honored as Disability Action Center’s Outstanding Volunteer Award winner during a recent staff meeting in Chico.
Executive Director Evan Levang spoke of Hull’s enthusiastic efforts on behalf of DAC while presenting a special plaque to the award winner.
The plaque reads: “Thank you for your dedication.”
Among his numerous contributions to DAC, Mr. Hull compiles a housing list of available properties for Butte County residents and beyond. He also regularly works the center’s reception area, answering phones and greeting the public.
DAC program manager Wendy Longwell praised Hull’s willingness to be a team player. “Cody is always there when we ask him to go above and beyond,” Longwell said.
Chico Mayor Randall Stone attended the meeting and helped recognize Hull.
DAC OIB Senior Specialist Teresa Rios lauded Hull for his pleasant demeanor and versatility. “Cody is always willing to help with any and every project he is asked to help with,” she said. “When he gets to the office he always makes his way back to my office to say ‘good morning’ or ‘hello’. It is such a pleasure to have him in our office.”
The Disability Action Center offers Traumatic Brain Injury support group services out of its Chico and Redding offices. The Redding group had its biggest turnout in months on Monday with attendees staying past 5 p.m., sharing their life experiences and doing artwork, among many other activities.
The Redding group meets every first and third Monday of the month, starting at 3:30 p.m. (2876 Park Marina Drive).
The Chico group meets every second and fourth Monday of the month, starting at 1:30 pm at DAC’s 1161 East Avenue headquarters.
You can RSVP in Redding by calling (530)-242-8550. Call 893-8527 to RSVP for the Chico support group. DAC’s TBI specialist Teresa Rios leads both groups.
The center’s TBI Program is provided through a person-centered system which respects and responds to the individual’s needs, goals and values. It benefits individuals who have sustained a traumatic brain injury, as well as their family and caregivers.
Information & Referrals
Public and Professional Education
For more information, contact Disability Action Center Offices in Chico or Redding to speak to a Traumatic Brain Injury Program Specialist.
TBI by the Numbers
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a subset of a brain injury and is caused by trauma to the brain from an external force.
More than 12 million Americans live with the impact of a brain injury. At least 2.5 million children and adults sustain traumatic brain injuries each year:
Disability & Aging Capital Action Day in Sacramento saw the Disability Action Center and California Association of Retired Americans join forces to push for several pro-disability and seniors bills under consideration by legislators.
Disability Action Center’s Talmadge House was one of the emcees in the plaza before the march into the capitol building, speaking before hundreds of supporters.
After the rally, DAC systems change advocates Talmadge House and Dan Murphy joined CARA reps (many of whom attend the Redding meetings every month) in advocating for SB 512 (establish a trust fund for long term services and supports) and AB 1434 (reinstate COLA for SSI recipients) in state rep Kevin Ki
ley and Brian Dahle’s offices, among many other legislators.
Statewide advocate Ally Cannington’s (Disability Action Coalition) takeaways from the big day:
Over 1,200 people with disabilities, seniors and allies attended in person
8 people with disabilities and older adults publicly shared their stories in relation to priority budget asks & bills
35 resource fair exhibitors at Cesar Chavez Plaza
All 120 legislative offices were visited by CARA & DAC Legislative Teams
Featured award winning, local Sacramento artist, Kendra DeÀnna
Are you facing an upcoming hospital stay? Premature discharge is a huge problem, and a bit of advanced planning can make a world of difference when it is time for you to return home.
The California Association of Retired Americans (CARA) had much to say in their recent special workshop. The big overall? Record this telephone number:
Livanta – California Medicare Appeals Helpline: 1-877-588-1123
You can receive assistance to appeal a discharge from a hospital, skilled nursing facility, home health agency or comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facility. You can also file complaints regarding the quality of Medicare-covered services.
Livanta is your national advocate if you feel you are being discharged prematurely from a hospital. Making the call will start your file and stop your discharge until it is cleared up by the hospital staff and a Livanta representative.
Hospitals are notoriously understaffed on weekends. They are required to have a discharge planner coordinate a safe discharge for you either through a social worker, nurse, or the hospital discharge planner. The problem is most hospitals discharge patients too quickly and try to do it on Fridays to reduce bed counts. You may end up back in the hospital because of this. Hospitals can be fined up to $10,000 if a patient re-enters the hospital within 30 days of an unsafe discharge.
The Assistive Technology program for Disability Action Center has been in high gear, delivering and accepting donations from the public throughout its vast service area of northern California.
AT Specialist Dwight Phillips serves DAC consumers out of the Redding and Chico office locations and regularly accesses AT devices like wheelchairs, power chairs and walkers from the center’s storage facilities to meet consumer needs.
Disability Action Center program manager Wendy Longwell, son, Derek, and systems change advocate Dan Murphy recently attended the 17th annual Family Voices of California conference in Sacramento.
The three-day conference was a forum to provide information about policies, legislation, proposals and other efforts affecting health programs for children and youth with special health care needs and disabilities. The Holiday Inn hosted two days of forums and breakout sessions on specific topics like rating California’s health care system, overcoming barriers to treatment, and healthcare in the school setting.
The conference’s third
day featured a morning presentation about how to lobby your state legislator effectively, which was followed by a visit to representatives’ offices in the capitol building.
DAC is seeking résumés from qualified individuals that are interested in working with us. We are now actively hiring for our Redding Center for the Older Individuals who are Blind Program (OIB).
The purpose of the OIB program is to
An “older individual who is blind” is an individual age 55 or older whose significant visual impairment makes competitive employment extremely difficult to attain but for whom independent living goals are feasible. Through these services and activities, the program seeks to improve independent living options for older individuals who are blind and increase their independence and self-sufficiency.
Assistive Technology specialist with DAC, Dwight Phillips, recently teamed with the Western Service Workers Association of Redding to distribute clothing and toys to children in families experiencing material hardship.
Phillips used the The Disability Action Center’s box transport truck to move the special items from Chico to Redding. He also regularly transports large durable medical equipment such as hospital beds, motorized chairs, and hoyer lifts to facilitate bringing equipment for consumer pick-up between our center locations.
“It’s good to know there’s organizations still out there helping the less fortunate in our society,” Phillips stated.