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Accessible & Affordable Housing Webinar coming up on September 27th from 1:30pm to 3:00pm Posted on September 15, 2021

ILRC will be hosting an Accessible & Affordable Housing Webinar on Monday, Sept. 27th, 2021 from 1:30 - 3:00pm.

Join us!

Expect to learn about legally required reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities under the Fair Housing Act and help make housing more accessible for all.

To reserve your spot, email Jacob Lesner-Buxton at jlesner@ilrc-trico.org by September 22, 2021. 


ILRC’s work on the Better Care Better Jobs Act Posted on August 30, 2021

ILRC’s work on the Better Care Better Jobs Act
By Jacob Buxton-Lesner, Systems Change Advocate
 

Earlier this summer Congress introduced the Better care Better Jobs Act. This act would invest money in projects some are referring to as making investments in “human infrastructure.”  Money for transportation, child care, and other social service projects are included in this bill.

One of the human infrastructure projects this bill contains is $400 billion for home and community-based services (HCBS). This would impact In-home Supportive Services (IHSS) in California, allowing seniors and individuals to be able to hire providers who help them with daily living tasks such as showering, getting dressed, and preparing meals. Even though these individuals provide a vital service in our community, they are often not compensated adequately. Most care attendants make around $14.00 an hour in California. According to MIT’s Living Wage Calculator, the cost of living in California cities for a family of four is 2.5 times greater than the amount that most providers receive.

If this Better Care Better Jobs Act is approved, the $400 billion will allow counties to pay providers more money as well as shorten the amount of time consumers and providers have to wait to be approved to enroll in the IHSS program. Currently, the wait time to be enrolled in the program ranges between two and three months when the need for extra help and care is often immediate. If passed, the funding will also increase the budgets for the advisory councils for the IHSS program that operates in each county. This is important because the committees provide education and advocacy around the program for people in need for these services, more funding equals more accessibility. 

In order to assist with getting support from congress, a Collaborative called LTSS for All, made up of groups supporting people with disabilities and care attendants set the goal of collecting 400 stories from California about how attendant care affects their lives. I volunteered to lead ILRC in collecting twelve stories.

Through social media, presenting at two ILRC groups, and presenting to a group of advocates Momentum WORK (formerly UCP) we exceeded our goal and collected seventeen stories about homecare. In the month of August, these stories were presented to speakers of the house, Nancy Pelosi and congressman Salud Carbajal.

Despite there being major political divisions in Congress, there is a chance that the funding will get passed in the next few months. Under a process called reconciliation, a process this bill has potential to qualify for, only fifty senators are needed to pass a bill rather than the sixty senator votes normally required. Even though getting fifty votes might still sound like a tall order, the disability community has had a history of successfully sharing stories with the federal government. These stories have resulted in the birth and implementation of several important policies benefiting people with disabilities.

Even though our story collecting is over for now, there are still opportunities to do advocacy work on these issues throughout the fall. You can help get involved by sending letters to the editors meeting with public officials. Signing petitions can also be key to getting this funding for our community. If you wish to be updated on this bill please email me at Jlesner@ilrc-trico.org.

 

(Image description: A group of seven people outside the office of Congressman Salud Carbajal.)


ILRC's Latest Commercial running in Santa Barbara County Posted on June 4, 2021


Are you interested in seeing if you qualify for low-cost internet? Posted on April 30, 2021


Assistive Technology Spotlight: AT Program Information Posted on April 16, 2021


AT Donation Program Posted on April 7, 2021


ILRC's AT Coordinator talks about a high-tech AT Device Posted on March 29, 2021


Assistive Technology Spotlight- Medline Rollator Walker Posted on February 26, 2021


Assistive Technology Spotlight- Reacher Demonstration Posted on February 26, 2021

ILRC's Assistive Technology Coordinator can help you obtain a wide variety of high-tech and low-tech assistive technology to help you increase or maintain your independence. Check out the above video to learn more about the reacher. 

 


Deaf Services Posted on February 22, 2021


Help us find this power chair a new home! Posted on February 18, 2021

Help us find this power chair a new home!

Photo of a power chair.Photo of a power chair.Photo of a power chair.

ILRC has received a Permobil M300 Powerchair AT donation. It is in great working condition. It has some small scuffs and marks, but this does not impact the function of this chair. 

Owners Manual for this chair: https://permobilus.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/OM_US_M300.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3m0eeyzJFAzW-cSVAD4Hhpw3Cu_zrenQ-D4t7LvbDz6kocvCWFSrfHJCk

Please contact our Assistive Technology Coordinator, Tamarr Paul, at tpaul@ilrc-trico.org or 805-963-0595 x104

Note: This item is currently located in Ventura County and would need to be picked up.


ILRC Public Safety Power Shut Off (PSPS) Support Posted on February 3, 2021

Do you or someone you know rely on medical equipment that requires power? ILRC provides services to help you to be prepared for, and during, a PSPS. PSPS's occur when there is high fire danger weather and are a wild fire mitigation effort. However, these events disproportionately impact people with disabilities. ILRC can support you by:

-Assisting you in applying for your utility companies Medical Baseline Program

-Helping you sign up for outage alerts

-Guide you through creating a disaster plan

-Provide back-up batteries for those who rely on qualified medical equipment and are in a potential PSPS zone (while supplies last)

-Provide information on community resource centers (charging stations) near you during an active PSPS event

Contact us today!

 

 


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

Image for VCAAA's LIVEWell magazine.

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: www.vcaaa.org/livewell Hard Copies available soon! Check out page 30 to learn more about ILRC's work on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response.

Read the Resource Guide: https://www.vcaaa.org/livewell


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

Logo for Passion for Independence.

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:
https://ilrc-trico.org/pfi/

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.