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Application for Affordable Housing in Pasadena Due 01/10/20

Heritage Housing Partners is offering affordable condominium units and townhomes for sale in Pasadena (Decker Court and Gill Court) to eligible low- to moderate-income, first-time home buyer households. If you’re interested, you will have to fill out an application and attend an orientation. The deadline to submit an application is January 10, 2020.

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Entrenamiento de Facilitadores de Autodeterminación

Aprenda las habilidades que necesita para ser un facilitador de autodeterminación efectivo. El entrenamiento está programada para el miércoles, 8 de enero de 2020.

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Self-Determination Facilitator Training

Learn the skills you need to be an effective self-determination facilitator. The training is scheduled for Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

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KYRC Library Lowdown: “Think Outside the Box: Info & Resources on CA’s SD Program” Now Available

In this Library Lowdown, we will be highlighting a new resource just added to the Koch-Young Resource Center Library collection: "Think Outside the Box: Information and Resources on California’s New Self-Determination Program" (November 2019 edition), which is now available for checkout from the KYRC Library.

Published by Disability Voices United and Autism Society of Los Angeles, this resource guide acts as a tool to support the effective implementation of California’s 2013 Self-Determination Law. Learn about the Self-Determination Program, person-centered planning, independent facilitators, financial management services and more.

Please note: If you are unable to come into the Library for your library materials, the KYRC offers pick-up and drop-off of library items at various locations in the community as well. Check out the complete list of locations here: http://www.lanterman.org/index.php/community_drop_off_pick_up_locations

Contact the KYRC Library at 213.252.5600 or kyrc@lanterman.org to make arrangements.

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Apply by 12/19 to be a Community Member Interviewer for Help Me Grow - LA Pathways

First 5 LA is looking for individuals to interview applicants from agencies seeking funding from First 5 LA for Help Me Grow - LA (HMG-LA) Pathways: Together Strengthening Connections for Kids and Families project. Interviewers will help First 5 LA select grantee(s) that will work with other agencies and people to test ways to better connect children to resources they need for a developmental concern. We have a critical window of time to prepare every child for success in school and life. Thus, it is vital to make sure a young child’s development is on track and to address any concerns as soon as possible to make the biggest difference. HMG-LA Pathways is a project that will improve connections to developmental services and supports.

Interviewers must have the following Qualifications:

  • Live in the Community Region they apply to
  • Parent, guardian or caregiver of a child
  • Current or former experience trying to get developmental resources for a child such as:

    o    Social-emotional – playing, feeling safe and happy
    o    Physical – fine and gross motor, vision and hearing (e.g., reaching, rolling crawling, walking)
    o    Communication – talking, listening and understanding
    o    Cognitive – thinking, learning and problem solving
    o    Adaptive – independently eating, dressing and toileting

Those selected must participate in both the training and all parts of the interview process and will be paid for their time and childcare will be provided. Application and materials for the Call for Interviewers is posted on the First 5 LA Funding Center at https://www.first5la.org/article/help-me-grow-los-angeles-pathways-request-for-proposals-rfp-call-for-interviewers/.

To request this application in another language, please contact Daisy Ortiz (dortiz@first5la.org) by no later than Monday, December 2, 2019.

Applicants must submit their completed applications to Daisy Ortiz (dortiz@first5la.org) via email by no later than 5 p.m. PT on Thursday, December 19, 2019.

For additional information or further questions, please contact Daisy Ortiz, Contract Compliance Officer at dortiz@first5la.org.

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Governor Newsom Launches Resource Website for Californians Impacted by Wildfires and Power Shutoffs

On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the launch of a new state website with tools and resources for Californians who have been impacted by wildfires and utility-directed power shutoffs.

The website, RESPONSE.CA.GOV, combines emergency response, recovery and resilience information into a single place for easy access by users. It is a one-stop portal that includes local and state resources, health services, shelters and housing, preparedness information, and more.

“California continues to rise to the challenge of power shutoffs and natural disasters,” said Governor Newsom. “RESPONSE.CA.GOV provides Californians with a unified portal for critical information during this state of emergency. This site will continuously be updated as needed to provide Californians with the resources they need.”

RESPONSE.CA.GOV provides Californians with information and resources for current incidents, transportation impacts, vital health services information, shelter and housing locations, unemployment assistance and other state information. The website also directs users to Public Safety Power Shutoff information and preparedness tips. As incidents continue to evolve, the portal will be updated to reflect the latest information and any additional resources the state may develop.

The Governor yesterday declared a statewide emergency due to the dangerous weather conditions. Earlier today, Governor Newsom joined the state’s top fire and emergency management officials to provide an update on statewide fire and wind conditions, and announced that California has secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant to help ensure the availability of resources to fight the Getty Fire. California has also secured Fire Management Assistance Grants to bolster the response to the Kincade and Tick fires, for which the Governor previously declared a state of emergency in Sonoma and Los Angeles counties.

Over the course of the past week, the Governor has met with emergency responders, health officials, residents and local leaders in PetalumaNapaGeyserville and Los Angeles, and held public briefings regarding the ongoing fire threats and the need to hold utilities accountable for the consequences of their power shutoff decisions.

The Governor has also announced a $75 Million Program for state and local governments to mitigate the impacts of power shutoffs, and unveiled a series of new partnerships and new tools to help secure medically vulnerable populations during these events.

Under Governor Newsom’s leadership, California passed AB 1054, wildfire safety and utility reform legislation that expands the CPUC’s ability to hold utilities accountable for their safety record — a central part of the Governor’s wildfire safety actions.

The legislation created a new wildfire safety division at the CPUC and a board of independent expert advisors to more effectively regulate the safety of publicly owned utilities. The law mandated that utilities tie executive compensation to safety performanceinvest $5 billion in safety improvements without profit, and go through a new yearly wildfire safety review and certification process. It also requires new inspections of utility electrical equipment. Under the law, utilities must create a wildfire safety committee in their corporate board, and provide direct board-level safety reporting to the CPUC.

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Elder Caravantes has Worked as a Tour Ambassador at OUE Skyspace LA Since Fall of Last Year

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and today we highlight Elder Caravantes and OUE Skyspace LA where he has worked as a tour ambassador since fall of last year.

Elder Caravantes is used to going above and beyond - and his hard work is paying off. A participant in the Work Activity Program (WAP) since 2014, he showcased great effort on tasks like building boxes, packaging goods and loading boxes onto pallets. He also partook in shredding runs, where he helped the driver load and unload shipments. Elder’s ability to grasp tasks quickly and his attention to detail qualified him to perform quality control, where he was responsible for inspecting products.

While at the WAP Elder worked on important job skills such as punctuality and how to interact with co-workers, supervisors and the general public.

In September 2018, Elder became an intern for Smart & Final. During his two-month internship, he learned valuable work skills that would further prepare him for future employment opportunities and he continued to show initiative and dedication when completing tasks and assisting customers.

After completing his internship, Elder attended an OUE Skyspace LA Job Fair, where he was immediately offered a dishwasher position. He completed all paperwork on his own. During his new hire orientation, Elder was delighted to learn he had been assigned to a new position - Tour Ambassador.

In his new position, Elder is responsible for providing a high-level of customer service. Beyond presenting information to guests during tours, he also ensures their overall safety and assists with any of their needs. Elder is thriving in his new role, which plays to his strengths, and is very excited about working with OUE Skyspace LA. Meanwhile, AbilityFirst staff continues to work with Elder on his punctuality and job performance, to ensure he continues to succeed.

AbilityFirst is the supporting service provider.

Lanterman clients interested in exploring employment opportunities should contact their service coordinator to discuss further.

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Veronica Zamora Trialed Several Jobs Before She Found the Right One as a Courtesy Clerk at Pavilions

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and today we highlight Veronica Zamora and share her search to find a job that she would enjoy, which she finally did, working as a Courtesy Clerk at Pavilions in Los Angeles, where she has been for over a year now.

Veronica began participating in AbilityFirst’s Employment Facilitation Training Services Program (EFTS) in 2017. Veronica expressed interest in finding employment, but she did not know where to start. Veronica was shy at first, but very motivated to find a job. She explained that she wanted to become more independent and help her family. The staff at AbilityFirst assisted her in exploring different options in her community to narrow down her areas of interest. Throughout the process of job searching, Veronica remained positive and optimistic. In April 2018, Veronica was hired at Pavilions in Los Angeles as a Courtesy Clerk. With the support of her job coach, Veronica learned her responsibilities and has been employed for over a year. Veronica is still as positive as ever and enjoys going to work. She expressed to AbilityFirst staff that she loves her job and is very happy. Last year, Veronica purchased Christmas gifts for her family, and it meant a lot to her to be able to do that for them. Veronica is also planning on spoiling her new nephew with presents when his is born later this year. Veronica has come a long way and she continues to work toward her goal of becoming more independent.

AbilityFirst is the supporting service provider.

Lanterman clients interested in exploring employment opportunities should contact their service coordinator to discuss further.

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Ronald Ople Started Working at S&H Machine in 2017

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and today we highlight Ronald Ople and S&H Machine where he has worked as a custodian since 2017.

Ronald Ople has been with AbilityFirst’s Supported Employment program since 2013. He worked as a landscaper in a group setting until 2016 and transitioned to individual employment in 2017. Upon transitioning, Ronald was hired as a custodian at S&H Machine, a company that makes parts for aviation and spacecrafts. With the assistance of a job coach, Ronald has maintained his employment and has taken on many duties, such as cleaning and upkeep for multiple buildings, including common areas and workshop areas, restrooms, conference rooms and offices. Ronald enjoys his job and has become very independent. Having a full-time job has given Ronald the opportunity to help contribute to his family, outings and buying gifts.

AbilityFirst is the supporting service provider.

Lanterman clients interested in exploring employment opportunities should contact their service coordinator to discuss further.

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Gerald Yamasaki has been with FVOS for Two-Plus Decades

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and today we highlight Gerald Yamasaki and his two-plus decades with FVOS.

Gerald Yamasaki had been with FVOS for 22 years and was hired in December 2018 by FVOS as a Powder Coater and assembly line worker. Gerald amazes his supervisors with his proficiency setting up and cleaning out the powder-coating machine and always has a can-do attitude. He said that his favorite part of his job at FVOS is getting to work with great coworkers and supervisors.

FVO Solutions, Inc. is the supporting service provider.

Lanterman clients interested in exploring employment opportunities should contact their service coordinator to discuss further.

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Thomas Shelton’s Paid Internship Experience at VIACOM Entertainment

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and today we highlight the paid internship experience that Thomas Shelton had at VIACOM Entertainment.

Thomas Shelton is a friendly and outgoing young man who loves to share stories about his latest adventures with his friends and coworkers. Thomas is a long-time fan of all things Hollywood so when the opportunity came up for him to get a paid internship with the VIACOM Entertainment company, it was truly a perfect fit. Thomas began his internship on June 13 and says he already has friends at the office. He preps snacks for the VIACOM team and helps keep the communal areas clean and organized. Thomas says that his favorite things about his new position are learning all the new skills, getting to work with his job coach Toni, and the great views of Hollywood from the VIACOM windows. He also loves to visit the MTV floor and see the music awards displayed there.

FVO Solutions, Inc. is the supporting service provider.

Lanterman clients interested in exploring employment opportunities should contact their service coordinator to discuss further.

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Public Charge Rule ON HOLD NATIONWIDE

Breaking news, plus resources for your community

On October 11, the Southern District of New York court issued a national injunction in New York v. Department of Homeland Security. This action means that the public charge rule is on hold nationally, and will not go into effect. This is not a final outcome, but for the foreseeable future, the public charge rule will not be used.

Judges in Washington state and California also issued issued similar rulings in other cases today. Multiple advocacy groups and states have sued the federal governmental to try to stop this proposal.

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Public Charge Rule Info, Resources - Key Information You Need to Know

The federal government is scheduled to make changes to the “public charge test" on October 15. It is used by immigration officials to decide if someone can come to the U.S. as an immigrant, or if they can get a green card (lawful permanent resident or “LPR” status). In this test, officials look at all of a person’s circumstances, including income, employment, health, education or skills, family situation and whether a sponsor signed a contract (“affidavit of support”) promising to support the person.

The changes mean officials will also see if an immigrant uses Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (EBT or Food Stamps”), Federal Public Housing and Section 8 assistance, cash assistance (like SSI, TANF, and General Assistance), and Medicaid.

Read the entire newsletter from ARCA that has links to a simple flow chart, directory of resources as well as a number of useful fact sheets: https://mailchi.mp/arcanet/public-charge-rule-does-it-apply-to-you?e=655901e2a9

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Lanterman Client Justice Killebrew Authors One of the Autobiographies in “Leaders Around Me”

Lanterman client Justice Killebrew authored one of the autobiographies in "Leaders Around Me: Autobiographies of Autistics who Type, Point, and Spell to Communicate." Released October 1, the book is a compilation of over 45 autobiographies of extraordinary individuals who use keyboards, letter boards and communication devices. The authors demonstrate that people who experience communication differences have the potential to achieve major accomplishments under accessible, inclusive and supportive circumstances.

The book was edited by Edlyn Vallejo Peña who is an associate professor of higher education leadership and the director of the Autism and Communication Center at California Lutheran University. Each autobiographical narrative is 2-3 pages and ends with reflection questions to encourage reader engagement and reflection. All autistic individuals deserve autistic leaders around them for support and mentoring.

The book is available for purchase on Amazon

And the book will be available in the Koch-Young Resource Center Library as well.

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‘Tis the Season…for Making Ornaments for the State Capitol Tree

For more than two decades, ornaments created by persons with developmental disabilities have adorned the State Capitol Tree, and the Department of Developmental Services has put out the request for ornaments for 2019's tree.

Their goal is to again contribute hundreds of ornaments to this year's tree. To be included on the tree, DDS must receive all ornaments by Friday, November 8, 2019.

The tree lighting ceremony will take place the first week of December. This year, as in previous years, a child with a developmental disability will participate in the ceremony. The child will place one of the ornaments onto the tree during the ceremony with Governor Gavin Newsome and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom.

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Community Input and Support Needed on Alternative Staffing Model by October 1

Lanterman Regional Center is requesting to continue its Alternative Staffing Model as described in the Welfare and Institutions Code, section 4640.6 (c). Any proposed changes to staffing must benefit clients and families served, and demonstrate clear and convincing support by the community served and impacted – such as clients, families, service providers, advocates and staff. In addition to service coordinators, our model includes two Family Support Specialist positions and two Quality Assurance positions.

Without clear and demonstrated support from Lanterman clients, families, service providers and community members, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) will not approve our alternative staffing request. If you value the Koch-Young Resource Center (KYRC) and the role of Quality Assurance staff, please take the time to write a short letter of support.

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Vista Grande Court in Glendale to Offer Lower-Income Senior Housing

Vista Grande Court in Glendale will have a total of 66 units, including 6 one-bedroom and 1 two-bedroom apartment homes designated for individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities with income restrictions of 30% of the area median income. Seniors, ages 62+, with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities, who have an active case status with a local Regional Center can qualify for the limited number of available apartments.

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Help Repeal the Disability Taxes

Do you want to help end the disability taxes?

Have you heard about SB 412, by Senator Jeff Stone? This bill will repeal two "disability taxes," - fees some people must pay to access services. The Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA) is proudly sponsoring this bill to end artificial barriers to services for children and families. 

Currently, regional centers are forced to underpay for respite and daycare services for children, based on family income. Families then have to make up the difference. This is called the “Family Cost Participation Program." A separate, income-based fee program called the “Annual Family Program Fee” charges parents of children receiving other services.

So far, SB 412 has had nothing but success. At every turn, legislators from both parties have united to support this push. But we're in the final stretch, and could use your help. Can you spare a few minutes to say why you support SB 412?

We have custom-built letter templates for individuals and organizations to use to share their story of why they support SB 412. Please click on the links below to get your template now.

Once you - or your organization - have finished the letter, please e-mail it to ARCA and they'll make sure it gets to Senator Stone and his colleagues in the Legislature.

E-mail dsavino@arcanet.org with your letter or any questions today.

Do you or your organization want to support SB 412? Click whichever button below best describes you to get your letter template. Once you're done, or if you have any questions, please e-mail ARCA.

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Support Our Get Ready for School 2019 Fundraiser

07.30.19 FUNDRAISER UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who donated over the last four days, we are now over 3/4 of the way to our goal with 387 backpacks filled. We have 113 to go and 4 days left in our 2019 Back to School Fundraiser. Please consider making a donation today. Every $20 we raise will fill one backpack. Thank you for your support!

07.26.19 FUNDRAISER UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who has donated, shared and brought awareness to the 2019 Back to School Fundraiser. We are almost half-way to our goal and have raised enough to fill 237 of the 500 backpacks. We still have to fill 263 backpacks. With one week to go in the fundraiser, please consider making a donation. Every $20 we raise will fill one backpack. Thank you for your support.

Help us get the 2019 school year off to a great start for Lanterman clients between 3 to 18 years whose families are experiencing financial hardship.

Lanterman is receiving a donation of 400 backpacks from Baby2Baby and we’re contributing 200 additional backpacks. Plus we already have supplies for 100 of those backpacks. What we need from our community is your help to raise the funds to fill the remaining 500 backpacks with basic age-appropriate school supplies.

For every $20 we raise, by August 2, 2019, we’ll be able to fill one backpack with supplies, including everything from crayons, markers, glue, scissors and paper for the younger students, to pens, spiral notebooks, binders, rulers and calculators for the older students.

Service coordinators will be nominating their clients who are most in need and clients will receive their backpack and supplies on August 9 at a Back to School event being hosted by Lanterman.

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Application for Lottery for Waiting List for Very Low Income Units in Burbank Due July 22

Burbank Housing Corporation will be having a lottery to be added to their waiting list for Very Low Income Units and you do not have to live in Burbank to apply!

To apply: review and fill out the application and submit via e-mail, fax or in person by July 22, 2019. Late and incomplete applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.

Here’s a link to some of their communities for further reference: https://burbankhousingcorp.org/about-us/bhc-communities/.

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