Join the DAN Coalition

The Diversability Advocacy Network (DAN), under the direction of DAC Systems Change Advocate Michael Brady, commits to advocating for changes that improve the lives of older adults and people of all ages with disabilities in the north Sacramento Valley and mountain communities of the North State. Part of the group’s core mission is to promote and educate about quality healthcare access.

DAN endorses a system of long-term services and supports based on principles like dignity, choice, flexibility, quality, legality, cultural competence, accessibility and inclusive independence.

DAN partners with the State Council on Developmental Disabilities-North State office, PASSAGES, DAC, and its current activities are largely funded by The SCAN Foundation.

DAN launches its first annual Leadership Voices on Healthcare Direction, A Community Symposium on October 12, 2018, at the Enloe Conference Center in Chico. The group welcomes community participation, at the upcoming event, and at its regular monthly meetings in the DAC Community Room, 1161 East Avenue, Chico.  Call Mr. Brady at 893-8527 Ext. 111 for meeting details.

 

DAC reaches out at NATTA event

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.

Rockets & Robots!

Come Join the Fun!

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

R&R Brochure

russ@actionctr.org

http://www.rocketsnrobots.org/

530 215-3828  

DAC Opposes HR 620

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.

Help Stop H.R. 620: Take ACTION

  • Send EMAILS urging members of the House to VOTE NO on H.R. 620. Contacting Congress provides links to email your Representative directly;
  • Pick up the phone and call your representative! Tell them to VOTE NO on H.R. 620;
  • Post your opposition to HR 620. See Contacting Congress for how. On Twitter, the hashtags we’re using are: #HandsOffMyADA, #StopHR620, and #CripTheVote.
  • Write a letter AT ANY TIME opposing H.R. 620 to all House offices (see how to send below);
  • On the day of the vote (likely Wednesday or Thursday), please CALL and TWEET all day and tell members of the House to VOTE NO and Stop H.R. 620!

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 tohttp://dredf.org/hr620/ or download the CCD Toolkit.

Also see DREDF’s earlier alert, “Thirty Years of Holding It Is Long Enough.”

The following letter thanks our Executive Director for writing a letter of opposition.  We urge you to do the same. Instructions follow.

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Rockets & Robots!

Congratulations Alex Buchko!

Alex recently won the Department of Energy’s Science Bowl regional championship in Redding. Alex is team captain of Parsons Junior High School Team 1. The team will now head to Washington D.C. in April to compete in the national championship match.

Alex is a Rockets & Robots Science Club member. He is 13 years old and, like most kids his age, he enjoys studying quantum mechanics! Alex wants to be an inventor.

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

russ@actionctr.org

http://www.rocketsnrobots.org/

530 215-3828  

Amazon Smile

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.

 

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

 

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?

Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

 

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

Making a Change – Healthy California

SB 562 (Lara/Atkins)

Healthy California Act

Summary

This bill would create the Healthy California program to provide comprehensive universal single-payer health care coverage and a health care cost control system for the benefit of all residents of the state. The bill, among other things, would provide that the program cover a wide range of medical benefits and other services and would incorporate the health care benefits and standards of other existing federal and state provisions. The bill would require the board to seek all necessary waivers, approvals, and agreements to allow various existing federal health care payments to be paid to the Healthy California program, which would then assume responsibility for all benefits and services previously paid for with those funds.

Learn how you can help.

 

Fact Sheet:  SB-562-Challenging-Questions

Traumatic Brain Injury

Our Traumatic Brain Injury Program Support Groups and Education offer you opportunity to become better informed. We offer this series free of cost to you.  You can read additional information by

clicking here.

Join us for our Summer Program.

Voice OPTIONS

DAC Redding is proud to offer Nor Cal communities the Voice Options Pilot Program Read More

Live Storytelling Returns to DAC May 24!

Disability Action Center is excited to bring an evening of live storytelling back for “SpeakEasy Live #2” on Wednesday, May 24th, 6:30 to 8:00 PM in the  DAC Community Room, 1161 East Ave in Chico.  We presented our inaugural event, SpeakEasy Live #1, way back on December 29th of last year.  It was a fun and entertaining evening that featured the talented, Santy Gray, who shared a very personal tale about family photo of a vintage audio microphonedynamics and even included a bit of impressive gospel singing! DAC Executive Director, Evan LeVang, told a story that took place while he was a young performer in an internationally-traveling Wild West Show.  There were musical performances and poetry readings, as well. So, you never know what you’re going to hear at SpeakEasy Live. Do you have a story to tell?  Trick Question!  Because EVERYONE has a story to tell!

Don’t let your stories fade away – give them life by telling them!

We are presenting Storytelling Workshops designed for everyone from absolute beginners to experienced public speakers.  The workshops feature video tutorials on storytelling structure and performance;  provide opportunities to brainstorm story topics and to work on developing and refining your 10-minute story for live performance.

Join us for our next workshop on Thursday, May 11 at 3:00 PM, DAC Chico at 1161 East Ave.

By the way, criteria for SpeakEasy Live stories is that the stories be true, first-person accounts that can be told in about a 10-minute time frame.  We allow storytellers to use notes or any assistive device they choose.  People with communication-related disabilities are welcomed and encouraged to participate.  For more information please call Carolyn Nava at (530) 893-8527 – Extension 114.