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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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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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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

 

 

 

Around Chico

 

 

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!

Poignant discussion that puts a human face on SSI AND SECTION 8

CHECK OUT THIS FACT SHEET ON RENTS TO SSI!! Due to State Cuts, SSI/SSP Grants Lose Ground to Housing Costs shows that the Fair Market Rent for a studio apartment is more than half the maximum SSI/SSP grant (for an individual) in every county and higher than the entire grant in more than 1 in 4 counties. Read the fact sheet.

http://calbudgetcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/CalWORKs-Grants-Fall-Short-of-Covering-Housing-Costs-02252016.pdf

Kathy NO NO around here NO ONE could rent anything, not even a room, for the amount of SSI which is $889 a month. Rooms here are $800 to $900 a month in San Diego. I don’t care where you live here. What is left for utilities and food? And you can’t get foodstamps if you are on SSI here. oh and the wait for Section 8 housing is 8 to 10 years. I waited almost 6 years 15 years ago and now it is much longer. Sandy Lindsey Patrick The waiting list isn’t fair b/c they don’t go by when you signed up, the computer spits out names. Kathy NO well supposedly the elderly and the disabled go to the top of the list. Regular poor folks don’t have a chance really… Except that single elderly or disabled can only rent a 1 bedroom place unless they have an aide. Then they can get 2 bedrooms. Otherwise all the 3 bedrooms and up have to go to families. Sandy Lindsey Patrick it doesn’t work like that in Kern County. My daughter has pots, tn, ic, fibro, ncs. etc. she’s been on waiting list for past 4 yrs. Tina Chessani Doesnt work like that in LA County either. My mom has been disabled for over 10 years and has been on the list for at least 9! Still nothing! Kathy NO Well that’s how it is around here too. The wait is horrendous. There isn’t enough housing to go around. La Cynthia I was in desperate need to move to an apartment on the first floor because my son was on chemo and was not able to walk. I searched for help all over and nothing was available for us. I was told that the hospital social workers could help us out but turns out they just told me that parents just figure it out! I’m a single parent who quit the job to stay with him in the hospital and SSI was my only income. My son is 10 and is a big boy son I could no longer carry him down the stairs. I googled online and got on different affordable housing programs but I was told with each and everyone one of them that the wait time was years, sometimes up to 10. Now that we were approved for IHSS full hrs after years we finally have an apartment of our own. Still waiting for an accessible place to live but for now we are good  🙂 

Full Time interpreter joins Shasta College DSPS

 

Shasta College has added a full-time interpreter to our DSPS staff. Please join me in welcoming Karen Wells to our staff. Karen has interpreted for the past 13 years in various settings, along with other entrepreneurial adventures. Her desk will be in the Assistive Technology Lab (Room 2004). I am so excited to add to the quality and consistency of services to students who are using sign language interpreting to achieve their educational goals.

Welcome Karen!

Sandra Hamilton Slane, MSW
Associate Dean of Student Services
Shasta College
http://www.shastacollege.edu/Student%20S…/…/DSPS%20Home.aspx