Hi, I'm Jo Black and I'm in my 23rd year as Executive
Director of the Independent Living Resource Center, serving the Central
California with offices in Ventura,
Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and
Each person who calls or visits one of the ILRC offices has
his or her own reason for seeking individual support. Some people are
interested in assistive technology; others would like information and referrals
for accessible housing, education or public transit; yet others are looking for
an advocate who knows the ins and outs of SSI, SSDI, Medi-Cal and other benefit
that's only a part of what we do. There's also the "bigger picture" of
disability rights and systems change. We continue to work
in the community to remove barriers, promote access, and create systems
so that someday all people with disabilities will be treated with
humanity and dignity.
Of course, part of access to services is an online presence.
I hope you find our website informative and helpful, easy to navigate, and
maybe even educational and motivational.
It's our goal to support you in your independent-living
efforts so that you ultimately have no unmet needs. Let us know how we're
doing, when you have a chance. We are always working to improve the delivery of
our services and to ensure that the disability community survives and thrives.
- Jo Black