City of Anderson to begin ADA access upgrades

By the end of June, work will begin to improve Americans with Disabilities Act parking access at the popular Anderson River Park, top city management and staff told the Disability Action Center at a recent meeting in Anderson City Hall.

The work should take about a month to complete, city engineer Dave Durette said, which will include moving ADA spaces to more level ground, the installation of a new paved path from the relocated parking spaces leading to the busy fishing access entrance, up-to-date signage and signature blue and white painted striping.

City Manager Jeff Kiser said the improvements will total about $20,000.

Kiser stated the city hopes to work with DAC in the future on a comprehensive ADA improvement plan at the park, which could total up to $150,000.

“Anderson River Park is probably the No. 1  destination spot for weekend recreation for all of Shasta County that offers direct river access,” Kiser said. “There is definitely a need for these (ADA) improvements.”

At the meeting, Kiser also pledged to join the new ADA Transition Committee for Shasta County-North, which will meet once a month at the DAC office in Redding, 1600 West Street. The committee will address ADA-related issues like access to public transportation, local, state, and federal legislation, and healthcare, to name just a few, and is still seeking members. Call DAC at 530-242-8550 for more details.

DAC talks disability rights with State Reps

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Collaboration and Solidarity was the theme for the Independent Living Conference 2018 at the Sacramento Convention Center, sponsored by the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers on June 6, part of a big week for disability rights advocacy in the state capital.

In conjunction with the conference, Disability Action Center Systems Change Advocates Talmadge House, Michael Brady and Dan Murphy sought support for disability rights legislation with state senators and assemblymen on June 7 as part of Advocacy Day.

DAC representative Carolyn Nava, House and Murphy were among hundreds who attended the annual IL conference, which included a full day of workshops and presentations. Among the workshop tracks addressed at the conference were youth transition, long term services and support, emergency readiness and recovery, community organizing and how to use social media like Twitter effectively for positive disability rights change in society.

The Twitter hashtag for the conference was #ILCon18.

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.

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

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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.

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Some of the club topics will be:

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

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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.

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A robot that follows lines showcased by Russ.

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

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Thank you to Banner Buzz

Disability Action Center, along with Rockets & Robots Science Club for Kids with Autism would like to thank the generous donation of a banner from Banner Buzz.

The banner will be displayed at the upcoming Mini-Maker’s Faire on November 12, 2016 at the Redding Civic Auditorium.  If you would like to see more work from Banner Buzz, please feel free to visit their website at http://www.bannerbuzz.com/  Thank you!

AT for Gardening

Check out the new selection of gardening equipment in DAC’s Device Lending Library!  Just in time for Fall planting.

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Potted Plant Mover with 2 Wheels           Item Number 160872

Ergonomic Steel Bulb Auger                        Item Number 161162

Walnut and Pecan Picker Upper                Item Number 160908

Snappy Grip Ergonomic Handles                Item Number 160915

Thermoskins Arthritis Gloves                      Item Number 160877

Ergo Mates Strapping Cushion for Shoes Item Number 161031

 

Deborah Uhl

AT Coordinator

Disability Action Center

1600 West Street

Redding, CA  96001

(530)242-8550

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JOIN US! CANDIDATE & TOWN HALL FORUM ON SENIOR ISSUES

Friday, September 16 in Redding

Do you care about any of the following topics?

  • Medicare and Social Security?
  • Protecting Your Pension and Retirement Income?
  • Lowering Your Cost of Prescription Drugs?
  • Health Care for All?
  • Quality Housing Options for Seniors and People with Disabilities?
  • Safer Streets and Increased Public Transportation Services?

Disability Action Center staff will be present at this key event.  We encourage all to join us and CARA (California Association of Retired Americans) on Friday, September 16. Register by September 1.  Additional information is on the flyer.CARA Town Hall 9-16-16

Back to School Campaign

WSWA Western Service Workers Association is beginning their Back to School Campaign to collect school supplies.  Please drop off these supplies at the WSWA offices at 2350 Beverly Dr. Redding CA  96002 off of Cypress Avenue between Bechelli and Hartnell Avenues. Please call (530) 244-0968 if you are a business willing to have a donation box at your site. Every item helps a child and family in need. Thanks.

Please donate SCHOOL SUPPLIES.

3 ring binders

backpacks

calculators

composition books

crayons

erasers

facial tissue

glue sticks

highlighters, preferably yellow

index cards, sizes may vary

markers, water color

notebooks, spiral

pencils,  #2

pens, blue or black ink

pocket folders

protractors

rulers