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The 2021 Issue of the VCAAA's LIVEWell is Now Online! Posted on January 15, 2021

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The 2021 issue of the VCAAA's LIVEWell is now online. LIVEWell serves as the premier resource guide for Ventura County's older adults and people with disabilities. This issue focuses on important topics for navigating times of crisis. Content is available in English and Spanish and can be found using the following link: Hard Copies available soon! Check out page 30 to learn more about ILRC's work on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response.

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Come Join ILRC for How to Create Accessible Community Events Posted on April 25, 2019

Come join Independent Living Resource Center for our interactive panel event "How to Create Accessible Community Events" on Monday, May 6th, 2019 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, at the Dick Dewees Senior and Community Center in Lompoc. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from people with disabilities about the challenges and best practices for making your event one that is accessible and welcoming to the whole community.

Join the ILRC Team! Posted on April 25, 2019

The Independent Living Resource Center is seeking an Operations Coordinator to be a leading member of our team to accomplish our mission of promoting independent living and full access for individuals with disabilities through advocacy, education and action in our communities. To apply, go to our Job Opportunities page for more details… and come join the team!

Join us on October 19th for the 1st Annual ILRC Fundraising Event! Posted on April 17, 2019

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Join us on October 19th for the 1st Annual Fundraising Event for Independent Living Resource Center, at the beautiful Santa Barbara Club in Santa Barbara. Passion for Independence is an inaugural event with cocktail hour and dinner, funding the addition of needed ILRC services.

Our Emcee will be Ernesto Paredes, the Executive Director of Easy Lift and 2018 Santa Barbara Foundation Man of the Year.

Tickets are now available for the October 19th event! Click the link to get started:

You may also become a sponsor for the event. The benefits of becoming a sponsor may include preferred seating, recognition from the podium, logo and/or name on this Passion for Independence event webpage, recognition on ILRC's social media feeds and event program, and more!

ILRC Welcomes a New Program Manager! Posted on June 25, 2018

Brian Hollander is excited to be joining Independent Living Resource Center of Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties.

Brian is committed to the philosophy of self-determination and equal access and envisions making these a part of the DNA of our culture, as well as our system of delivering services. Brian identifies as a person with a disability and has a passionate belief that there are no "disability rights", only civil rights that should be accorded to all.

Brian is an experienced Program Manager, Community Organizer and advocate with deep experience and commitment to the Independent Living movement, having worked for or with nearly all of the Centers for Independent Living in New York state throughout his nearly 25 year career.

Brian has served in a wide array of roles, including self-directed supported housing, human rights, public policy and mental health. He currently serves as the NY Connects Outreach Specialist at Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley in Troy, New York. Previously, Brian built and managed a first in New York State demonstration project to establish the effectiveness of peer mentoring in Consumer Directed Personal Assistance, New York states self-directed home care program.

Brian also serves as Co-President and public policy chair of New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, a peer-provider partnership organization that advocates for recovery oriented, person driven supports for people diagnosed with mental health conditions.

Brian would like to share how impressed he is with the work that ILRC is doing to build equal access and self-determination in new and innovative ways that create a connected, engaged community. He looks forward to learning from the ILRC team and community, as well as building the future of our movement.