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Latest California State Independent Living Council Stories

2014-04-23 12:21:28

SILC Council Members Highlight Transportation Obstacles for Individuals Living with Blindness SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Getting from "here to there" can be challenging and require patience from most everyone. But for people with blindness or visual impairment, overcoming mobility challenges often takes more than just patience - it takes planning, flexibility and, at times, courage - particularly given the public's lack of awareness and compliance with safety...

2014-03-31 12:29:44

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Managing the daily challenges of life can be stressful and overwhelming. And for approximately 4.8 million people living with disabilities in California, many of those challenges impact the entire family as well. For example, if a family cannot find accessible, affordable housing, they may end up living in a shelter or on the streets. Helping families with a plan to achieve residential stability is just one of the services provided by...

2014-02-20 16:23:12

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As California baby boomers enter their senior years, many will face the unique challenges of living independently in rural areas. According to the California Department of Aging's State Plan on Aging 2013-2017, the number of people age 60 and older is expected to soar to 13.9 million by 2050, a 128 percent increase from 2010, representing 25 percent of all Californians. As the senior population has increased, so has the cost of...

2014-01-22 16:25:22

SILC and Independent Living Centers Pay Tribute to Ed Roberts Day SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In the mid-seventies, Ed Roberts, Father of the Independent Living Movement, was hired as a state director and asked if he was planning to become a bureaucrat. Roberts replied, "No, I think I'll be an 'advocrat'" and furthered his journey as a change agent for people living with disabilities. Thirty-eight years later, Roberts' philosophy that "everyone has a future" and...

2013-11-13 12:25:07

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- California's veterans deserve timely access to services since they served us when we needed them most. Gateways to veterans services rely on extensive collaboration among a wide array of providers. The current state of affairs often is referred to as the "Great Myth" because, in reality, only 26 percent of veterans are cared for by the Veterans Administration (VA) in any given year. Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC)...

2013-05-22 20:21:24

Independent Living Centers Offer Individuals a Safe Environment with Solutions SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Just as physical disabilities can be an obstacle to living independently, so can mental health disabilities. With approximately 25 percent, or one in four adults, living with mental illness, the need for services that provide solutions and assist individuals to live independently is great. It's well known that social factors, including where a person lives,...

2013-04-15 12:22:01

The State Independent Living Council and Independent Living Centers Push for Changes in Transportation SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Elevators on subways stop working, bus stops aren't announced and pathways or sidewalks are inaccessible. Every day, these types of problems create major issues for people living with disabilities when simply trying to get from one place to another. A U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics study found that 6 million people living with...

2013-01-22 12:28:24

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With the January birthday of Ed Roberts, "the father of the disability rights movement," Sara Moussavian reflects on the day she was leaving the Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (YLF) in 2009, and was asked what changes she would like to see in the future. At the time, she had no idea her answer would be the seed for a statewide campaign. "As a high school student, I was taught about the history of particular movements,...

2012-06-26 10:24:42

SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- For most Californians, June marks the start of summer vacation, picnics, family trips and the end of homework assignments. But for Californians living with disabilities, this time of year represents much more. In particular, June is a turning point for independence exemplified by the Olmstead Decision. On June 22, 1999, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Olmstead v. L.C. that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires public entities to...

2012-05-24 10:24:41

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With approximately one in four adults suffering from a diagnosable mental health disorder, coupled with restrictive funding and high case loads, the value of independent living centers (ILCs) providing peer-to-peer counseling is vital to effective mental health services. ILCs are generally thought of as resource centers solely for people with physical disabilities, but across the country, directors and staff at hundreds of centers identify...