Making a Change – Healthy California

SB 562 (Lara/Atkins)

Healthy California Act


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.

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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

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Join us for our Summer Program.


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.

Brain Injury Awareness Month – TBI by the Numbers


Voice Options Pilot Program

We are excited to be part of the Voice Options Pilot Program. Mary Nagashima in the Redding office will be providing these services to consumers. If you have any questions please contact Mary at extension 211.

Introducing the Voice Options Pilot Project California Speech Technology Program.

We are excited to announce the launch Voice Options, California Speech Technology Program. Voice Options is a statewide pilot program offering iPads with speech applications to people with disabilities for demonstration, short and long-term loan via 10 demonstration centers throughout the state.

The project is funded by the California Public Utilities Commission and administered by the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers.

Using an iPad with a speech application may make being understood easier and allow people with speech language disabilities to speak independently. Speech applications designed for iPads will allow users to control an alternative voice. Users enter what they want to say on the iPad, and it is voiced through speakers.

Who qualifies for a demonstration
and short-term loan?

Californians who are not able to speak or have difficulty speaking may borrow iPads with speech applications to determine if using an iPad increases their ability to communicate. All Voice Options iPads are equipped with the following speech apps:

Individuals may borrow an iPad for up to 30 days to determine if using a speech app increases their ability to communicate. If the user determines a speech app on the iPad works well for them, they may apply for a long-term loan of the device with their favorite speech app. Long-term loans require a verification of disability status by a designated professional.

Individuals can participate in this program by visiting one of 10 Demonstration Centers in the following cities: Redding, Sacramento, Grass Valley, San Jose, Salinas, Los Angeles, Anaheim, Santa Ana, San Bernardino and San Diego, or by visiting: (800) 390-2699 / (800) 900-0706 TTY

DAC in the News

DAC & The Forum – This episode of The Forum features groups who are giving opportunities to people with disabilities. Pete Carr talks about the founding of the Challenger Little League, and how rewarding it is for those children to play on a team.

Disability Action Center follows with our Redding consumer Specialists Teresa Evans and Pam Thomason. They share about their programs to help people of all ages and abilities.

Thanks Giving

DAC_logo_iconTo all those who make a difference in the lives of others; thank you.  To all those who donate their time and energy into Disability Action Center; thank you.  To all those who bring in supplies and equipment to recycle that is given back out to others in our communities; thank you.

Rockets & Robots at the Mini-Maker Faire in Redding November 12, 2016



The mission of the Rockets & Robots Club 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.



Some of the club topics will be:

  • Model Rockets
  • Robotics
  • Computer Programming
  • Legos
  • Natural Science



These are some of the images from the Mini-Maker Faire.  Children enjoying the faire, and booth at the Civic Center on Saturday with Violet.



A robot that follows lines showcased by Russ.



If you are interested in more information, or having your child join R&R, please contact Russ.  Email->



Help With Voting

Your vote matters! If you need voter education materials on audio tape, CD, in large print or plain language, or downloads to listen to or read with a screen reader…be sure to order these alternate formats today, so that they show up in plenty of time for Election Day. Contact your County Elections Office or CA Secretary of State’s website at…/voting-resources/voters-disabilities.


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