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Lots of outreach being done in our communities. If you wish a presentation of DAC programs and services please let us know. DAC counties include Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, and Tehama. Chico Office (530) 893-8527 and Redding Office (530) 242-8550. Thanks!

Pageant winner wants to help disabled community


“WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (KTVU) — A Walnut Creek woman who is the newly crowned Ms. Wheelchair America 2016 has made pageant history by becoming the first winner to have a speech impediment in the pageant’s 43-year history.” (FOX KTVU.COM article Posted: Aug 10, 2015 10:40 PM PDT By Amber Lee, Reporter)

Please check out full article here ->

You may see more information about the Ms Wheelchair America Pageant here ->


What is U. S. Senate Bill 1356? Why does it matter?

It is a comprehensive act named the Workforce Reinvestment Act. Part of the act includes authorization of the Rehabilitation Act, essential to providing the funding for and structure governing the Independent Living Centers across the country.


Information, including fact sheets and links to take action, are available at:

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

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

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.