Hmong Disability Council today

Hmong Disability Council will be today at 4pm at the Butte County Library off Sheman in Chico.



Hmong Disability Rights Council (HDRC)

1161 East Ave

Chico, CA 95926

Tel: (530)893-8527

HDRC Mission Statement

Hmong Disability Rights Council is an organization of Hmong community leaders, activists, and people with and without disabilities to advocate for disability rights and social justice for people with disabilities no matter the age, sex or race.

HDRC Vision Statement

We are community leaders, community activists, and people with and without disabilities united to advocate for disability rights and social justice for people with disabilities no matter the circumstance of age, sex or race.  We are determined to utilize all resources available to advance our cause of attaining an acceptable quality of life for people with disabilities, which is the right of all human beings.  We are a broad-based organization, placing people first, desiring justice for all, and believing that everyone is equal.

HDRC Meetings/Activities

The Hmong Disability Rights Council meets when there is an issue, or issues to be addressed.  The place and date of the meeting will be announced to the public by telephone, email, and by public radio station.  The Systems Change Advocate of Independent Living Services of Northern California meets with individual Hmong, Laotian, and Mien leaders in Chico, Willows, Oroville, Orland, and Redding one time per month to maintain our relationship.

Contact Information:

  1.  Sor Lo, Systems Change Advocate, 530-893-8527

  2. Norma Xiong, President of the Hmong Disability Rights Council

  3. Fai Dan Thao, Vice President of the Hmong Disability Rights Council

Hmong Disability Rights Council
Meets monthly at Butte County Public Library
1108 Sherman Ave, Chico
2nd Tuesday of each month
4:00 PM
Contact: Sor Lo at:
530-893-8527, #119 or

The library can be contacted by calling or email:

530-891-2762 or

Support our Seniors

Reneto Wilkins, a senior living in Washington, D.C., nearly became homeless when he lost his Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for two months. Why was he cut off? He was trying to save for a winter coat and exceeded the unrealistically low asset limit to receive benefits. This was a life-threatening event for Reneto who lives with several chronic illnesses and relies entirely on his SSI income to survive.

Earlier this month, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown took a stand for Reneto and millions of our country’s low-income older adults and introduced the Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act of 2014 (S. 2089). Join forces with NSCLC and Senators Warren and Brown by supporting our continued advocacy to improve SSI.

“SSI is a critical program that helps millions of our poorest and most vulnerable citizens keep their heads above water,” said Senator Warren.

The Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act of 2014 (S. 2089) is a bill that will provide much needed updates to the SSI program – such as increasing the asset limit from $2,000 to $10,000 – that would allow seniors like Reneto to save for emergencies like a home or car repair and make it easier for all low-income seniors to get the support and assistance they desperately need.  A version of the bill was introduced in the House of Representatives (H.R. 1601) by Representative Raul Grijalva last year.

“Millions of vulnerable Americans who struggle just to get by depend on Supplemental Security Income to help take care of their families, but inflation has significantly decreased the ability to qualify for SSI benefits, hurting seniors,” said Senator Brown.

Please support NSCLC’s advocacy with an online donation today. Your contribution will allow us to continue to work with Senators Warren and Brown and Representative Grijalva to get Congress to improve the SSI program.

Standing together, we can improve the economic security of millions of poor seniors.


Kevin Prindiville

Executive Director

National Senior Citizens Law Center 1444 Eye Street, NW Washington, DC 20005

NSCLC staff are available to help advocates with answers to questions about program rules and requirements, reviewing and analyzing pleadings, commenting on proposed litigation, assisting in the formulation of strategies, drafting opinion letters and providing memoranda, articles and other written materials. NSCLC is a member of the National Legal Resource Center that provides legal support to the Aging Advocacy Network.

Lawmaker Pushes for Restoration of State Funds for Senior Services

by David Gorn

Monday, March 17, 2014

Assembly member V. Manuel Pérez (D-Coachella) last week said it’s imperative to restore $25 million in funding for senior services cut from previous budgets, particularly from the 2011-12 budget. He wants an Assembly budget subcommittee to put that money back.

“Over the last 10 years, state funding for senior programs within the Older Californians Act has been slashed to the bone,” Pérez said.

That includes elimination or reduction of a long list of senior services, he said, including Alzheimer’s Day Care Resource Centers, Senior Companion, Linkages, Respite Care, Brown Bag, Caregiver Resource Centers and the Long-term Care Ombudsman program.

Fully restoring funding for all of those services would come with a relatively low price tag, Pérez said — $25 million of general fund dollars would translate into $41 million, when matched with federal money, Pérez said.

The issue is expected to be reviewed at next week’s hearing of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.

Pérez said life has changed for seniors in California in recent years — and not for the better.

“Community-based programs … enable seniors to remain independent in their own homes, avoiding costly placement into institutional settings,” Pérez said. “The drastic cuts … have done serious harm to the infrastructure of the aging services network.”

Pérez cited statistics from the Kaiser Family Foundation that rank California seniors as having the second-highest poverty rate in the nation. One in five California seniors live in poverty, he said, and more than half the seniors in the state live below 200% of poverty. The number of seniors is increasing in California so over the next few decades the overall number of people affected likely will climb dramatically, he said.

“I believe the restoration of funds to the Older Californians Act fits squarely with the core values of the [Democratic] Caucus’ Blueprint for a Responsible Budget,” Pérez said.

“Especially now with the state’s older population on the rise,” he said, “we must make essential state investments to repair and revitalize this network of flexible, locally driven, person-focused services.”

Reader Comments (1) Post a Comment

Debbie Toth

Thank you for this article. I am happy to see an elected official taking an interest in the systematic decimation of the senior safety net; albeit 6 years late. The problem is it’s only one tiny spec of the senior safety net that has been unraveled to balance the budget. Programs, like MSSP and ADHC, which serve a primarily nursing facility level of care population, have seen elimination and the number of seniors able to be served due to millions in funding cuts plummet. If and when the electeds are really ready to talk restoration of the senior safety net, they might first look at remaining infrastructure, the frailest and most at risk, and for necessary programs like the Alzheimer’s Day Care Resource Center and other Older CA Act funding – a better way to ensure the greatest number of dollars are going to direct service, not more uncoordinated oversight. It’s a new day: we need to spend more thoughtfully to have a greater opportunity to preserve more independence and dignity.

March 17, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Nancy Volpert

Director of Public Policy

Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles

3580 Wilshire Blvd Suite 700

Los Angeles, CA 90010

Direct Phone: 213.260.7906

Phone: 323.761.8800

Fax: 323.761.8801

Help us find these participants of the 1977 San Francisco 504 Protests!


The Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University is trying to connect with the following individuals who were in the San Francisco Bay Area in April 1977. We’re eager to interview them about their experiences at the Section 504 Protests when more than one hundred people with different disabilities occupied the San Francisco federal building for over a month, the longest occupation of a federal building by any group in US history. We are profiling the events in an accessible exhibit “Patient No More! People with Disabilities Securing Civil Rights” that will highlight the Bay Area’s central role in helping pave the way for the Americans with Disabilities Act to launch with its 25th anniversary in 2015. To learn more, visit the exhibit website: If you have any information please contact us by phone: 415-405-3528 or email:


Beverly Bertaina

Judith Dadek

Denise Darensbourg

Willie Diggs (Machinist Union – not sure if spelling is correct)

Linda Gill

Jim Gonsales

Sally Gordon

Pat Hall

Margaret (Dusty) Irvine

Chuck Jackson

Joanie Jackson

Jane Johnson

Kathy Kramner

Ray Landers

Jim Leinem

Andy Lennox

Tom Manley

Larry Montoya

Al Pimental

Franco Ramsay

Bonnie Regina

John Roletti

Jonathon Scheuer

Debbie Stanley

Terri Tanaka

Ron Washington

Evan White

Marie White

Jane Wobengai

Leonidas Gkimisis

Student Assistant,

Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability

San Francisco State University

1600 Holloway Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94132

Longmore Institute 135-136 Humanities (415) 405-3528

Lyme Disease Awareness

“What is Lyme Disease?”

“Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection, most commonly contracted from a tick bite, that may initially cause a flu-like sickness.  Untreated, or inadequately treated, it may cause long term, persistent illness that can affect many systems of the body.  Other tick borne diseases are often contracted at the same time” (Fearn, 2009). Over 300,000 cases have been documented. Please become aware and learn more.

Lyme Disease information and resources:

Lyme Disease Documentary: Under Our Skin

Current Article:

Pictures of Ticks in different stages.

For more information, contact Lyme Disease Association at

Works Cited

Fearn, Douglas W. Lyme Disease and associated tick borne diseases.  LDASEPA. 2001-2009.

Super powered people with disabilities

If you have enjoyed the profiles of courage articles and information ILSNC has shared here on the website, there is a great article on historic precedents set by some other people with disabilities, of super powered people with disabilities.  They all knew they had disabilities, but it did not stop them from persevering and achieving what they wanted to do.  You may read and view it at the shared link just below.

Consumer Advisory Committee

ILSNC is requesting assistance in locating a consumer (must be receiving Medi-Cal and live in Shasta, Siskiyou, Lassen or Modoc counties) to be a consumer representative on the Consumer Advisory Committee with Partnership HealthPlan.  Partnership’s offices are near the airport in South Redding.  The meetings occur every other month.  This is a real need.  Professional advocates are invited to attend, but the real power lies in the hands of the consumer.  Please find a worthy representative.  They need not be a consumer of ours, but must be on Medi-Cal from one of the 4 counties.  Information can be obtained by contacting Kelley Sewell, Northern Region Member Services and Provider Relations Director. 

She can be reached at: 

Partnership HealthPlan of California

PO Box 492475

Redding, CA 96049

Phone:  (707) 420-7685 phone

Our website:

The Disability Organizing Network ( is embarking on a quest to populate local Voting Advisory Committees throughout the state.  We cannot do much outside of our major population centers, but since Shasta & Tehama counties are combining their efforts, can we locate 1 or 2 disabled folks to serve on this committee?  This activity is coordinated by the Secretary of State’s office through each county and is active every other year.  2014 is an election year, so this is the year to ensure that various disabilities are represented on local boards.  For information, please contact  Cathy Darling Allen, Shasta County Clerk @  225-5166.


ILSNC is pleased to announce

Ed Roberts’s Day 01/23/14

“There are only two kinds of people in the world:
the disabled, and the yet-to-be-disabled” -Ed Roberts

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Ed Roberts was a pioneering leader of the disabilities rights
movement in the 1960’s and became the first student with severe
disabilities to attend the University of California, Berkeley.

Ed advocated for inclusion of persons with disabilities while at UC
Berkeley, forming the first student led disability services program in
the country and was the head of the Berkeley Center for Independent
Living (CIL), the first independent living service and advocacy
program run by and for people with disabilities.