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Tony Anderson, Executive Director, The Arc California
Monday May 18, 2015
The Lanterman Coalition will be holding a march to the capitol starting at 12 noon at 13th
and K heading to the L Street sidewalk of the capitol building, and
culminating in attendance in the Assembly Budget Sub-Committee on Health
and Human Services.
Assembly Budget Sub-Committee on Health and Human Services chaired by
Assembly member Tony Thurmond will be meeting in room 4202 at 1:30 pm
and will hear budget items related to the Departments of Developmental
Services and Health Services.
Tuesday May 19, 2015
The Lanterman Coalition will be holding a march to the capitol starting at 9 am at 13th
and K heading to the L Street sidewalk of the capitol building, and
culminating in attendance in the Assembly Budget Sub-Committee on Health
and Human Services.
Senate Budget Sub-Committee on Health and Human Services chaired by
Senator Holly Mitchel will be meeting in room 4203 at 10:30 am and will
hear items related to the Department of Developmental Services and
State Executive Directors of The Arc will be meeting to review the
status and outcomes of a variety of lawsuits they have brought to fight
for people with developmental disabilities across the country.
The Autism Society of Los Angeles (ASLA) FREE Speaker Series will be sponsoring an event, California's New Self-Determination Program: Providing Choice and Control for Regional Center Clients and their Families, hosted by OurSpace from 7 - 9 pm at the Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA. Presenters include Judy
Mark and Connie Lapin, Government Relations Co-Chair, ASLA, with a
special introduction by one of the law's co-authors Former
Assemblymember and current L.A. City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield
(invited). "What is the Self-Determination Program? A new law is about to take
effect that provides regional center clients the opportunity to
participate in a Self-Determination Program. This voluntary program
allows them to choose and manage unique services that help them meet
their goals, including those not traditionally funded by regional
centers. At this presentation, you will learn about all aspects of the
Self-Determination Program and the opportunities it provides. This presentation is targeted to parents and individuals with disabilities, but ALL ARE WELCOME. No childcare will be provided. To RSVP and for more information, email:firstname.lastname@example.org"
The Arc of the United States will be hosting "Housing 101: Exploring the Options" webinar from 11 am - 12 noon (PST). "There
are many types of places for where adults with intellectual and
developmental disabilities (I/DD ) could live in the community. It's
important to determine the level of support needed by the person with
I/DD when exploring the housing options available in your community. One
size does not fit all, so it's never too early to get started on
understanding the different housing options. Join us for The Arc's
Center for Future Planning webinar to learn more from Lisa Sloane and
Diane Dressler about the housing options available to people with I/DD
and what to keep in mind when identifying the best fit for the person
with I/DD. Speakers will also discuss how to navigate the challenges of
assessing housing services. Register now."
Wednesday May 20, 2015
We'll be participating in the 12th Annual Disability Capitol Action Day
on the West Steps of the Capitol. Disability community will be out in
full force all day today from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the "ADA -
Today, Tomorrow, Forever!... We are excited to be celebrating the 25th
anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act with you at the 12th
annual Disability Capitol Action Day. One of California's largest and
most diverse days of cross disability unity and action."
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Office of the
Assistant Secretary Sue Swenson has announced regional public meetings
to discuss; State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program, State
Supported Employment Services Program, and Limitations on Use of
Subminimum Wage. The California OSER public meetingwill
be from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. PDT in Sacramento, at the California
Department of Rehabilitation, 721 Capitol Mall, Room 242, Sacramento, CA
State Council on Developmental Disabilities chaired by April Lopez,
will be meeting from 10 am to 5 pm at the Double Tree Hotel at 2001
Point West Way in Sacramento. The SCDD meeting
will include discussions on a variety of public policy issues impacting
people with developmental disabilities and will update the community on
progress related to infrastructure changes.
Thursday May 21, 2015
Senate Budget Sub-Committee on Health and Human Services chaired by
Senator Holly Mitchel will be meeting in room 4203 starting at 10:00 am
with the intention of completing any unfinished budget items. The
Assembly Budget Sub-Committee on Health and Human Services chaired by
Assembly member Tony Thurmond will meet in room 4202 and also intends on
completing all remaining budget items today.
State Council on Developmental Disabilities, Sacramento office is
hosting a training, "Understanding Special Education Due Process" at the
Yolo County Office of Education, 1280 Santa Anita Ct. #120, Woodland, CA 95776 from 9:00-11:30 a.m.
be participating in the Children's Advocates' Roundtable from 12 - 3pm
at the California Endowment, 1414 K Street, Suite 500, Sacramento CA
95814. The roundtable will include a discussion with policy experts in
the areas of child welfare, juvenile justice, homeless youth, disability
rights, education, and child care. They will discuss major policy
issues and legislative movement in these areas. We also look forward to
discussing the California budget May revise with an expert panel
including Scott Graves, Director of Research at the California Budget
Project, Christian Griffith, Chief Consultant to the Assembly Budget
Committee, and Keely Bosler, Chief Deputy Director for Budgets at the
Department of Finance. Please RSVP, space is limited and lunch will be
provided. Contact: Melanie Delgado, Staff Attorney and Director of
Transition Age Youth Projects, Children's Advocacy Institute (619)
Lanterman Coalition team of lobbyists and advocates will continue
participating in meetings with legislators discussing the current
condition of community developmental services and the need for an across
the board 10% increase.
Friday May 22, 2015
The CCLTSS will be meeting in Sacramento from 9 am to 10:30 am at the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC).
continue meetings with policymakers about the 10 campaign in the
morning hours. Also if the budget committees have not completed their
work by Thursday today is their last day. Assembly leadership will be
participating in activities to support the homeless in the capitol
Public Policy Director
THE ARC UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY CALIFORNIA COLLABORATION: Public Policy Reports
Governor Brown's budget revision came out Thursday, and there's not one dime in it to stop the collapse of the community service and support system for people with developmental disabilities.
as of this morning, we don't know whether the Democratic leadership of
the Legislature will stand up to Brown. In private meetings in the
Capitol, we continue to hear supportive statements. But in their public
statements, the Democratic leaders still haven't said one word about
the need to save our developmental services -- public silence, while
some of them have plenty of public comments about other parts of the
state budget.It's time for our community to get mad.
We know there's a well of good will in the Legislature toward our community. Sixty-five legislators
-- a majority of the state Senate and Assembly -- have signed Senator
Jim Beall's letter supporting the Lanterman Coalition's call for an
emergency 10% funding increase to save our services. Now we need them to actually fight for us.
with sincere thanks for all everyone in our community has done
(including the thousands who sent emails and made calls just last week),
here's what we're asking everyone to do now. June may be too late. Next week could even be too late.
Call your own state senator and assemblymember. Click here,
then enter your ZIP code in "Call Now" box, click "Go," and follow the
directions there (except that, if you already have talked to someone in
one of the legislator's offices, try that person first). You'll find
possible talking points there too.
messages on your legislators' Twitter and Facebook pages. They pay
attention to them, and they know a lot of their voters see them, too.
Come to Sacramento tomorrow (Tuesday), if you can, for the Senate budget subcommittee hearing on our budget. The schedule is below. Visit your legislators' offices while you are here.
If you can't make it to Sacramento, please try to get to your legislators' district offices near you.
Our community has saved the Lanterman Act with massive mobilizations before. We need to do it again now.
Now more than ever, thank you for your advocacy.
Public Policy Director
The Arc & United Cerebral Palsy California Collaboration
1225 Eighth Street, Suite 350, Sacramento, CA 95814
TUESDAY, MAY 19, SCHEDULE IN SACRAMENTO
Walking rally - 9 a.m. - L Street sidewalk (north side of the Capitol) - bring bells!
Senate budget hearing - 10:30 a.m. or upon adjournment of Senate session - Capitol room 4203
Come early. Parking around the Capitol is limited.
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Public Policy Director
The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy California Collaboration
A story of redemption through hope and love, Where Hope Grows
tells the story of Calvin, a former professional baseball player who
has failed in the majors and lives in a perpetual quicksand of
self-pity. This all begins to change when he meets and befriends a
grocery store clerk with Down syndrome, known as "Produce". "Produce"
inspires all those around him with a gentle spirit of perseverance,
and the movie gives us a wonderful opportunity to share and celebrate
the contributions that our family members, friends, co-workers, and
others with I/DD bring to their communities.
Arc is a promotional partner of the film, and we hope that you will
watch it and engage your peers in a discussion of what inclusion of
people with I/DD really means by using The Arc's discussion guide. To find out where to see the movie or how to bring it to a theater near you, please visit the Theaters page of the movie's site.
your local listings and see the film opening weekend! If you miss it
in the theater, it will be available digitally and on DVD later this
After viewing Where Hope Grows, we want to hear what you think - email us your thoughts at email@example.com. Get involved in the conversation online by using the hashtag #wherehopegrows.
AB 1335(Atkins D) Building Homes and Jobs Act.Position: Support, Subject: Housing.
Tim Hornbecker, Director of Advocacy and Community Organizing. "He's
taking the week off this week because he found a way to convince his
girlfriend Pat Napoliello (from The Arc San Francisco) to marry him.
Congratulations to this wonderful couple."
PROJECT STATUS REPORT
Project Updates by Tim Hornbecker...
Advocacy and Community Organizing Report
Disability Rights Advocates Ring the Alarm Bell During Capitol March
Following Gov. Brown's #BrokenPromises Budget, Activists Plead With Lawmakers to Act
- Carrying bells to ring the sound of alarm, advocates, family members
and people with developmental disabilities will march on the State
Capitol Monday, desperately seeking funding to save critical programs
for people with developmental disabilities.
just days left for Legislators to act, disability rights advocates will
gather to send a loud and strong Message to State Lawmakers:
Our Lives Are In Your Hands
It's Now Up To You
Only You Can #KeepThePromise To People With Developmental Disabilities
with developmental disabilities, family members, service providers and
their advocates march to State Capitol seeking overdue and desperately
needed program funding. Inside the Capitol, Assembly Budget
Subcommittee #1 meets to vote on budget for developmental services.
When: March begins Monday, May 18, Noon - 2pm, Budget Subcommittee begins at 1:30 pm
Where: Starts on sidewalk at 13th & L Streets, moves down L street to State Capitol Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 meets in Capitol Rm 126
with developmental disabilities (including autism, down syndrome,
cerebral palsy), family members, service providers and their advocates.
decades of neglect, cutbacks and chronic underfunding, programs for
Californians with developmental disabilities are on the brink of
collapse. Programs are closing, services are diminishing and people with
developmental disabilities are being put at risk. The situation is
detailed in a recent report by the Association of Regional Center
Agencies (ARCA), which shows how funding levels for California programs
have fallen to the bottom of the nation. The Lanterman Coalition is
asking Gov. Brown and the State Legislature to pass an urgent 10% budget
increase to keep service programs afloat. The Coalition also wants
lawmakers to reform funding formulas so that they are able to keep pace
with California's growing rates of autism and other developmental
in 1969, The Lanterman Act is a California law that promises people
with developmental disabilities they will receive the resources
necessary to live as independently as possible in communities of their
choice. But after decades of budget neglect and the recent great
recession, California services for people with developmental
disabilities are crumbling.
is well established that consuming alcohol during pregnancy can cause
harm to the fetus. Now, a new study finds that drinking alcohol as early
as 3-4 weeks into pregnancy - before many women even realize they are
expecting - may alter gene functioning in the brains of offspring,
leading to long-term changes in brain structure.
The study, conducted in mice and published in the journal PLOS ONE,
also identified changes in gene functioning in other body tissues as a
result of alcohol consumption in early pregnancy. The research team, led
by Dr. Nina Kaminen-Ahola of the University of Helsinki in Finland,
says their findings indicate that alcohol exposure in early pregnancy
may cause lifelong changes to gene regulation in embryonic stem cells
- the earliest cells to emerge from a developing embryo. Alcohol
consumption during pregnancy has been linked to increased risk of a
number of health conditions for offspring, including growth restriction,
intellectual and learning disabilities, poor memory, poor coordination
and speech and language delays. Dr. Kaminen-Ahola and colleagues note,
however, that it is unclear exactly how alcohol exposure during
pregnancy impacts fetal development to result in these conditions. Past
animal studies have suggested that alcohol consumption may influence
gene expression in the embryo during early pregnancy by making changes
to the epigenome, which regulates gene function. The researchers of this
latest study wanted to investigate this further.
Early alcohol exposure during pregnancy alters epigenome in hippocampus
reach their findings, the team fed alcohol to a group of pregnant mice
during the first 8 days of gestation - the equivalent to 3-4 weeks of
gestation in humans - and analyzed its effects on the epigenome of
offspring. Specifically, the researchers focused on how early alcohol
exposure during pregnancy influenced the epigenome of the hippocampus
among offspring - the brain region that plays a crucial role in memory
and learning. They
found that - compared with the offspring of pregnant mice that were not
exposed to alcohol - the offspring that were exposed to alcohol showed
altered epigenomes, which led to changes in the function of several
genes in the hippocampus. What is more, the researchers
identified changes in gene function in two other tissues of offspring
exposed to alcohol during early development: bone marrow and the olfactory epithelium of the snout.
Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
to assess the brain structure of the mice offspring when they reached
adulthood, the team identified alcohol-induced changes - particularly in
the hippocampus, olfactory bulbs and cerebral ventricles. ...
Teresa Anderson, MPH
The Arc California
May 30-31, 2015
NADSP's Annual Meeting & Conference: The First One at The Galt House Hotel, Louisville, KY.Join
us for an opportunity to connect with the very best of direct support
professional development practices and information. We are excited to
partner with AAIDD (American Association on Intellectual and
Developmental Disabilities) and hold our first national conference in
conjunction with AAIDD.
Join us for our first conference in Louisville, Sunday afternoon Al
Condeluci will present, "Social Capital and Passion" How we can
continue to make a Difference.Understanding
and working toward a more inclusive culture is a key element in human
services today. Yet, the majority of our services still struggle to find
ways that we can get people in and of the community. This hopeful
presentation will introduce much of what we will discuss at this
conference and frame ways we can keep passion in our work. This
interactive presentation will look at the challenge of inclusion and
focus attention on a broader, more culturally relevant and positive
approach to building community.
June 1-4, 2015
The AAIDD Annual Meeting
will be held in Louisville, KY, provides researchers, clinicians,
practitioners, educators, policymakers, local, state and federal
agencies, and advocates with cutting edge research, effective practices,
and valuable information on important policy initiatives. Conference
Hotel: The Galt House of Louisville.
June 19-20, 2015
Board of Directors meeting in Sacramento.
July 20-22, 2015
NCE annually hosts the Summer Leadership Institute (SLI),
at different sites around the country. NCE strives to provide our
attendees with educational materials that will help our members develop
and hone their professional skills so that we can all work better and
smarter towards our shared purpose - realization of The Arc's Core
Values. This year, the Summer Leadership Institute will be held July
20-22 in Providence, RI.
Aug. 4-7, 2015
The 20th Annual Conference of QDDPs. "We
are excited to announce online registration is now open for the 20th
Annual Conference of QDDPs to be held Aug. 4-7, 2015, at the Royal
Sonesta New Orleans, LA! Go to www.qddp.org
and click under the Conference Tab to register! You'll be inspired by
two dynamic keynote sessions: "Fully Charging Your Work and Life" by Tom
Rath and "My ipad Has My Back " by Marsha Threlkeld. In addition, enjoy
over 40 unique breakout sessions focusing on this year's theme "Every Day Wellbeing." It's
a great time to network, learn, share and re- energize with colleagues
committed to providing supports to individuals with disabilities."
October 3 - 5, 2015
The Arc's 2015 National Convention, Indianapolis, Indiana
October 7-8, 2015
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RECENTLY RELEASED REPORTS, STUDIES, ETC.
BREAKING POINTS: The waiting list at one troubled Social Security office has is now more than 1 million people long
an obscure corner of the federal bureaucracy, there is an office that
is 990,399 cases behind. That is Washington's backlog of backlogs - a
queue of waiting Americans larger than the populations of six different
states. It is bigger even than the infamous backups at Veterans Affairs,
where 526,000 people are waiting in line, and the patent office, where
606,000 applications are pending. All of these people are waiting on a
single office at the Social Security Administration. Social Security is
best-known for sending benefits to seniors. But it also pays out
disability benefits to people who can't work because of mental or
physical ailments. And it runs an enormous decision-making bureaucracy
to sort out who is truly disabled enough to get the checks - and who is
trying to game the system. Within Social Security, this backlogged
office handles appeals of appeals. In most of its cases, the applicants
have already been turned down twice by lower-rung officials who didn't
think they were disabled enough. If they appeal to this office, they can
plead their case in person, before a special kind of Social Security
judge. The judge is supposed to read the applicant's medical records and
ask questions about medications, limitations and levels of pain. There
are 1,445 of these Social Security judges, which means its in-house
legal system is larger than the entire regular federal court system -
district and appeals courts and the Supreme Court put together.
make a ruling, they must decide whether someone is truly unable to hold
any job. That is slow work, made slower by a pileup of outdated rules
and oddball procedures. The judges' official list of jobs, for instance,
is a Depression-era relic last updated in 1991. It still includes
"telegram messenger" and "horse-and-wagon driver" - not exactly growth
industries. It doesn't mention the Internet at all. These judges fell
behind when Gerald Ford was president. And they never caught up. Along
the way, their office has become a bureaucratic parable - about what
happens when the machinery of government cannot keep up with its good
intentions. In this case, the system became, in effect, too big to fix:
Reforms were hugely expensive and so logistically complicated that they
often stalled, unfinished. What's left now is an office that costs
taxpayers billions and still forces applicants to wait more than a year -
often, without a paycheck - before delivering an answer about their
benefits. The experience of fighting this backlog can feel desperate and
futile to people on both sides of the judge's bench. "I had two
claimants on my docket this past month. ... They died. They died.
Waiting for a hearing," said Carol Pennock, a Social Security judge
based in Miami. She worried that the two women might have improved if
they'd lived long enough to be awarded disability benefits. In an
especially absurd twist, even death didn't remove one of those women
from Social Security's backlog. The woman had a child who might receive
the woman's disability benefits post-mortem. So Pennock said she had to
hold a hearing to decide if a dead person was legally disabled. "I
really wonder if what we're doing is effective at all. If it helps at
all," Pennock said, after a day of hearing cases and trying to reduce
her share of the backlog. "If, based on the amount of evidence we get,
my decision is any better than flipping a coin."
Health and social service advocates cry foul over Brown's revised budget
Jerry Brown's revised budget would boost spending on health and social
services by about $1.7 billion over the current year, but it left
advocates screaming for more to restore cuts made during the Great
Recession. The state's tattered social safety net will be front and
center in Brown's negotiations with Democratic lawmakers from now
through the June 15 constitutional deadline for enacting next year's
budget, wrangling over how to spend about $2 billion in
better-than-expected tax revenues that aren't already earmarked for
other purposes. "We should remember that any surplus was created in part
out of $15 billion in cuts to health and human services -- cuts that
continue today and into the future without some reinvestment," said
Anthony Wright, executive director of the consumer advocacy coalition
Health Access California. ... "More resources to low-income families is
certainly welcome, but those dollars are at risk if the family is
uninsured and one emergency away from crushing medical debt." California
cut its Medi-Cal health insurance program in 2011, dropping California
to near the bottom among the 50 states in how much it pays doctors and
other providers for treating patients. Those cuts "are now impacting the
millions of children and seniors who rely on Medi-Cal for essential
health services," California Medical Association President Luther Cobb
said in a statement issued Thursday.
Brown's revised budget is "another broken promise that shows a shocking
callousness and disappointing indifference toward Californians with
developmental disabilities," said Tony Anderson, president of the
Lanterman Coalition, which advocates for the disabled to live and work
in their own communities. "Despite mounting data that demonstrates how
California's program funding is declining to the bottom of the nation,
the governor's budget offers no significant relief." Advocates for the
In-Home Supportive Services program -- which pays $9.65 per hour to
those who help housebound elderly and disabled people -- also complained
that Brown's budget leaves them in the lurch. Tonya York was one of
several dozen homecare workers at the state Capitol on Thursday to
protest Brown's resistance to restoring a previous 7 percent cut with
general-fund money so it can't be reduced in the future if tax revenue
comes up short. "We care for the sickest, weakest most vulnerable
members of our society. We should not have to drag them to Sacramento
every few months to beg for money," said York, 50, who lives in San
Jose. "What have we done to him?"
California - As California lawmakers begin drilling into Gov. Jerry
Brown's $115 billion budget proposal, Democrats and social welfare
advocates say they see many areas that need even more funding to make up
for deep cuts during the recession. Democratic leaders in the
Legislature say expanding affordable child care is their top priority.
And advocates for children, seniors and disabled people have a long list
of requests that includes increasing spending on health care for
immigrants who are in the country illegally and restoring cash
assistance to low-income seniors and people with disabilities.
also want to raise Medi-Cal payments to doctors, dentists and other
providers, and boost funds for people with developmental
advocates are seeking a more sympathetic ear from the Democrats who
control both houses of the Legislature and don't need GOP votes to pass a
budget. The Legislature's nonpartisan budget analyst said Friday the
state will collect a few billion dollars more than Brown estimates,
raising hope for more spending. "We're looking for the Legislature to do
more to help address deep poverty and the people who are still being
left behind," said Mike Herald, a lobbyist with the Western Center on
Law and Poverty. Lawmakers have until midnight on June 15 to enact a
balanced budget and send it to the Democratic governor for his
signature. The California Budget & Policy Center said a state
supplemental grant for seniors and people with disabilities is down $1.4
billion, more than a third less than its pre-recession level in 2007.
Meanwhile, participants in the state's welfare to work program have not
received an increase in eight years. The maximum grant for a family of
three in a high-cost county is $704 a month.
rights icon Dolores Huerta, who has two grandchildren with special
needs, joined a coalition of disability rights advocates in urging a 10
percent increase in state funding for people with developmental
disabilities. "Disability rights are civil rights," Huerta said in a
video recording. Advocates for children stress that kids have been
disproportionately hurt. California now has a child poverty rate of 27
percent, the worst in the nation, according to a February report from
the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Some groups are already modifying their
requests in an effort to make it more appealing to Brown.
just $4 million, the Legislature could fund a virtual pediatric dental
office in 20 underserved communities, said Kathy Dresslar, a lobbyist
with The Children's Partnership. The program would use portable imaging
equipment and an Internet-based dental records system to help dentists
and hygienists see the X-rays and dental charts of three times as many
children from low-income families on Medi-Cal, said Dresslar, who was
chief of staff to former Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.
"It's not the kind of long-term permanent drain on the general fund that
this governor hates," she said.
Jerry Brown is now on the list of state officials wanting to close the
Fairview Developmental Center. The governor's May revision of the state
budget, released Thursday, proposes closing the state facility in Costa
Mesa by 2021 and reassigning its residents into smaller facilities at a
lesser cost to taxpayers in the long run. Brown's proposal comes a few
months after two state bills - SB 639 and AB 1405, each introduced in
February - that aim to do
the same thing by 2018. Both bills are in committee. As of last month,
Fairview housed 280 residents who have developmental disabilities and
require 24/7 care. About 1,500 people work at the 111-acre facility,
whose population peaked in the 1960s with about 2,700 residents. It
opened in 1959. Brown is also proposing to close a developmental center
near Sonoma by 2018 and one in Porterville by 2021. Santi Rogers,
director of the state Department of Developmental Services, which
oversees Fairview, said in an interview Friday that Brown's proposal was
not unexpected. Legislation from 2012 capped admissions into the
state's developmental centers, with exceptions for crisis situations. A
task force in early 2014 also recommended that California move its
developmental center residents away from such institution-style
facilities into more community-based living arrangements. Developmental
center residents have also been receiving individualized plans for their
future care, which will be utilized in the event of the centers
closing, Rogers said. He stressed that the state's intent, should
Fairview and other centers close, is for residents not to lose the level
of care they receive now. "The individual plan that they have now will
be replicated in another setting," Rogers said. Disability Rights
California, a Sacramento-based advocacy group, praised Brown's decision.
that fact that California has reaped billions of dollars in unexpected
revenue over the last few months, Governor Brown did not add in an extra
penny into the state's system to help some of our most vulnerable
people-children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities such
as autism, cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities and severe
epilepsy, who receive services through our state's Regional Center
system. In his news conference today unveiling the new, revised May
figures, Gov. Brown called for $6 billion more for K-12 schools and
community colleges over his January budget, with a third of that
targeted for students who are low-income, learning English or in foster
care. While it's true that state law dictates that much of this extra
dollars in taxes must go to public schools (K-12) and community
colleges, our state's Regional Center system is in desperate need of
more funding, and a relatively small investment can be leveraged into
even more funds with federal matching grants...
- Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children
and Families Administration for Children and Families - OCS Community
Services Block Grant (CSBG) Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA)
Program: Learning Communities Resource Center
- Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention PPHF 2015: Early Care and Education Statewide
Collaboratives to Improve Nutrition, Breastfeeding Support, Physical
Activity and Screen Time Practices for Obesity Prevention Young Children
- financed solely by 2015 Prevention and Public Health Funds Grant
Arc of California posts job announcements in the Career Ladder section
every week because we would like to contribute to steering quality
candidates to professional positions that support people with
disabilities and we are trying to communicate to Direct Support
Professionals that there is a real "career ladder" in their chosen
California State Council on Developmental Disabilities (the Council) is
seeking an exceptional leader to serve as their next Executive
Director. The Council was established by state and federal law to ensure
that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families
participate in the planning, design and receipt of the services and
supports they need which promote increased independence, productivity,
inclusion and self-determination.The
Council is comprised of 31 members appointed by the Governor including
individuals with disabilities, their families, federally funded partners
and state agencies. In addition to headquarters in Sacramento, the
Council has 13 regional offices throughout the state that support
individuals with developmental disabilities and their families by
providing training, monitoring and public information. The Council works
to ensure that appropriate laws, regulations and policies pertaining to
the rights of individuals are observed and protected.Please see the details in the hyperlink. The announcement is posted on the SCDD website and may also be accessed on the www.Calhr.ca.gov website listing CEA and Exempt.
vision, direction, leadership, and continuity for PTA volunteers and
staff toward the achievement of the California State PTA's mission,
strategy, and its goals, priorities and objectives. Familiarity with
education and/or children's issues and statewide policymaking processes,
as well as proven success in management, budgeting and finance,
resource development and program development and implementation, is
essential to assure the future success and viability of the
organization. This position requires a proactive professional with
strong communication and presentation skills; a thoughtful, organized
approach to planning and decision-making; experience and comfort working
with and supporting volunteer leaders; computer knowledge and a college
degree with a minimum of 5 years of experience in nonprofit management.
The Executive Director is appointed by, reports to, is evaluated
annually by, and works in close collaboration with the Board of
Cerebral Palsy (UCP) seeks a seasoned executive to serve as its Chief
Development Officer (CDO) in Washington, D.C. Reporting to the President
& Chief Executive Officer and serving as a key member of the
organization's management team, the CDO provides strategic direction to
fundraising, marketing and communications for one of the largest health
care and civil rights charities in the nation.
California State Independent Living Council seeks to hire a LEGISLATIVE
SPECIALIST. This is a full-time, benefited, exempt position in
Sacramento working for the State of California by facilitating the work
of the State Independent Living Council. Please think about your network
and the people within it who are passionate about disability rights.
We need a strong advocate who will be vigilant against threats to
Independent Living in California. By May 15, 2015, interested applicants
will need to pass the state SSM 1 exam online, complete a state
employment application, and send the application, proof of exam, resume
and cover letter to Danielle Hess, Office Manager at the SILC office.
I'm attaching the job description and have added the links for the
position listing and how to take the exam below. The link to the SSM I exam is: https://jobs.ca.gov/Bulletin/Bulletin/Index?examCD=9PB19
the general direction of the Deputy Director of Independent Living and
Community Access Division, the Executive Officer supports the CCEPD to
its work of achieving full inclusion of people with disabilities in the
workforce in accordance California's Workforce Inclusion Act, Assembly
Bill 925 and amended in Assembly Bill 119. The incumbent
will be responsible for direction and oversight of the assigned DOR
staff to administer the operations of the CCEPD in its development and
implementation of identified priorities, and building collaborative
relationships with other state and local partners to accomplish these
priorities. Duty Statement is available upon request. For
more information and to submit application: Department of Rehabilitation
Attn: Cresenda Manning, 721 Capitol Mall Sacramento, CA 95814 (916)
Center on Law and Poverty, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, leads the fight to
secure housing, healthcare and a strong safety net for low-income people
in California. is seeking an experienced legislative advocate to
advocate on behalf of Western Center clients before the state
legislature and administrative agencies regarding legislation, the state
budget, regulations, and policies involving housing. The areas of
responsibility include housing policies affecting low-income persons,
including landlord-tenant, fair housing, redevelopment, land use,
housing programs, tax policies, foreclosures and low-income homeowner
issues, homelessness, health and safety and building codes and
enforcement, mobile homes, and others.
Executive Director is responsible for implementing all policy decisions
of the governing Board and for the administration of all programs and
services provided CVRC. S/he is responsible for administering the
Regional Center in the spirit and to the letter of the Lanterman Act and
for the delivery in strict compliance and of full value under the CVRC
contract with the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS).
The Executive Director represents the agency to the community,
including building strong relationships with key stakeholders and
collaborating agencies, notably clients and families, vendors/
contracted service-providers, State and Federal funders, and the other
20 California regional centers and the Association of Regional Centers
The Arc California 1225 8th Street, Suite 350 Sacramento, CA 95814 916.552.6619
Advocates for people with intellectual and all other developmental disabilities and their families since 1950.