California Legislature Debates Budget Items Impacting People with Disabilities
remainder of March the California Legislature will continue to hold
hearings to discuss the Governor's proposed 2018-19 state budget, along
with proposals from advocacy groups like The Arc California. Many
proposals could have a direct impact on people with disabilities and
to any other legislative bill, the budget is discussed in committee
hearings and then voted on by committee members. Most, if not all,
budget items, however, are not voted on until after the "May Revision",
which is the Governor's updated budget released after the state has a
more precise accounting of tax revenue collected for the previous year.
The budget bill must be passed by June 15th.
years in the past, this year the state has a large surplus with
billions of dollars available to improve and enhance services and
programs. Major proposals that could impact the disability community
$1.3 Billion Increase state's portion of SSI/SSP grant by $100 per individual
$110 Million Increase to reinstate the SSI/SSP Cost Of Living Adjustment (COLA)
$100 Million Increase dedicated to recruit and retain special education teachers.
$125 Million Increase inclusive early education opportunities for kids 0-5 years.
$23 Million Decrease to mandate 14 "Holidays" to regional center clients and providers for certain services.
Million Increase in emergency bridge funding for regional center
providers to cover the cost of local minimum wage increases and other
unfunded cost mandates.
$14 Million Increase to restore social recreation and camping as regional center funded services.
Million Transfer from the closure of the developmental centers to
increase supports and services in the community for regional center
$3.2 Million Increase to raise eligibility age for DDS services to 22 years old.
For a complete look at the agendas for the budget committees view:
March 2018 Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
by Teresa Anderson, MPH
Each week in March provides for a coordinated opportunity to
increase awareness about what real inclusion looks like for people with
intellectual and developmental disabilities. March 19 - 23, 2018 has
been dedicated to See Me As Your Neighbor and
what it means to be truly living in neighborhood of your choosing and
valued as a community member by your neighbors. Think for a minute what
it means to be a neighbor and what your experience is being a neighbor
and having neighbors. Do you say hi when you see them outside? Maybe
take in their mail or feed their cat when they are away? Perhaps you
look out for them and they look out for you in a variety of ways, one
could say that is a natural thing to do. When we think of natural
supports a neighborhood is a big part of it - the local market, the
doughnut shop or the public transit route to work are all part of how
relationships develop and strengthen individual connections to the
Recognizing the value of being a good neighbor and having good neighbors leads the conversation right to the center of HOUSING!
Access to safe, affordable and accessible housing is a must in order to
really be included in a community or neighborhood. You can't really be a
good neighbor or have good neighbors if your community or neighborhood
options are high risk for crime or so isolated that it limits your
ability to interact in the community. See Me As Your Neighbor
also means see the need for me to have safe, affordable and accessible
housing. We at The Arc/UCP California Collaboration support and advocate
for inclusive housing options in a wide variety of neighborhoods that
truly meets the needs of people with IDD. To learn more about this
week's awareness events visit: https://nacdd.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/DD-Awareness-Month-Resource-Guide-2018.pdf
Webinar by Understood.org for Special Education Advocates
Please join The Arc@School for a webinar presented byUnderstood.orgspecifically
for chapter staff who provide special education advocacy to students
with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families!
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In this one-hour webinar, Understood will describe how to find
resources on their website and direct advocates to resources
particularly useful for advocates working with students with I/DD.
Please complete this surveyprior to the webinar to educate the presenters about the issues most important to you and the families you work with.
Contact Shawn Ullman, Director of The Arc@School, email@example.com (202) 617-3276 with any questions.
Get Mad At Racial Disparities
Director of Advocacy
do we expect equity of services without building relationships. How do
you build communication and trust with individuals with I/DD of color
and their families?
I heard good responses at our Public Policy Conference from the panel on A Path Forward on Racial Disparities.
Both Rapone Anderson of DDS and Carlos Hernandez of Valley Mountain
Regional Center hit the nail on the head when emphasizing that you need
to build trust. But how do you build trust when you only meet with
families once a year for an IPP? Oh, and how can it happen when regional
centers are unable to fill service coordinator vacancies (some regional
centers have as many as 17 unfilled positions)?
only are service providers unable to find direct support professionals
because of the abysmal reimbursement rates versus mandated and unfunded
minimum wage increases in larger cities, but regional centers face the
We'll never make
headway against racial disparity in services. Both regional centers and
service providers should be really annoyed with the Governor,
Legislators, and their inadequate funding. But the other panelists also
hit the nail on the head.
Huerta, parent of two adults with I/DD and President of Exceptional
Family Center, said the numbers are unacceptable. Latino clients
receiving only half of what Anglo clients receive in some situations.
Genesis Executive Director emphasized thats it time for individuals with
disabilities and their families to organize and exert their three "P"s:
Power, Patience while rightfully being Pissed Off.
I came around to writing my column exceptionally late this weekend; I had no idea what to write about.
Then on Sunday afternoon, I Googled phrases like "therapy doesn't
work." Recently a couple people recommended seeing a therapist to me.
Having not seen one for almost a year, I doubted that seeing one again
would work for me. People used to tell me I was"stubborn"
for not following my therapists' advice, but I never really thought so.
I feel like they (like most of society) were writing off my depression
as purely a mental illness, and not something I had reason to feel.
The first sources I found expressed their belief that
positive thinking doesn't work. My thoughts after trying positive
thinking had been,"I'm thinking more positively, so dammit, why am I not happy yet?"
The sources I found said that people with low self-esteem (which I
don't have) who try to be more positive feel like they're lying to
themselves by giving themselves lovey-dovey affirmations. That made
sense; I know there's a way out of the garbage I currently put up with
in my life, but it doesn't make enduring it any more fun. What was even
more surprising was that"positive thinking"
apparently backfires on some people! I don't think it backfires on me,
but I know it doesn't help. And one article pointed out the irony that
Norman Vincent Peale, author of the grandfather of self-help books,The Power of Positive Thinking, said disparaging things about some public figures.
Other sources validated a belief I've had for years. If
we're supposed to retrain ourselves to always be positive without
taking action to change our surroundings as they are, then what would be
the use of doinganythingin
life that you would find pleasurable? Should we just be amoebae for all
our lives? And if so, what would the purpose of life even be? No works
of fiction with happy endings - be they movies, novels,
plays, video games etc. - end happily because the hero decides to make
the most of how things are when he or she starts out. The sources I
found argued that happiness should not be determined by learning to
blindly accept bad situations but by solving what makes them bad. And
even if I can't change some things, I should at least be able to avoid
Finding these sources made my day. As I continue on with my
hard life, I will also continue my struggle to be part of the community
and have a normal life that others take for granted. And then the
skeptics will see I really am better off.
Two Big Wins in Fight to Protect People with Disabilities from Hate Crimes and Abuse
Greg deGiere_ Civil Rights Coordinator
People with disabilities are victimized by crime -- often violent -- at much higher rates than the general population.
of these crimes fit the legal definition of hate crimes, earning the
perpetrator years extended in prison. But police rarely recognize these
hate crimes. California's official hate crime statistics show just two
anti-disability crimes in the last year for which we have statistics,
most of these crimes fit the legal definition of "dependent adults"
abuse. But police -- and mandated reporters -- too often fail to
recognize that people with disabilities are protected by these abuse
laws, regardless of the fact that they live independently.
Arc-UCP is sponsoring two bills this year to attack these problems.
Both bills passed the Assembly 66-0 last week. They go next to the
Senate Public Safety Committee, which is where any opposition would
bill will upgrade the formal policies that law enforcement agencies
adopt to guide their offices on enforcing the hate crimes laws. Among
many other points, the upgraded policies will include specific
indicators of anti-disability hate crimes that officers should watch
for, and they also will include steps to remedy under-reporting of
anti-disability hate crimes.
police, mandated reporters, social workers, local long-term care
ombudsmen, and people with disabilities and their families that people
with disabilities are protected under the "dependent adult" abuse laws
regardless of the fact that they live independently.
respect for people with disabilities and also elders by repealing the
well-intended but demeaning language of the Penal Code that equates
elders and "dependent adults" with children. It also will help
de-stigmatize the demeaning legal term "dependent adult" by making it
clear that these adukts can and often do live independently.
The purpose of the ARRT program
(funded through NIDILRR's Disability and Rehabilitation Research
Projects and Centers Program) is to provide advanced research training
and experience to individuals with doctorates, or similar advanced
degrees, who have clinical or other relevant experience. ARRT projects
train rehabilitation researchers (including those with disabilities)
with particular attention to research areas that support the
implementation and objectives of the Rehabilitation Act and that improve
the effectiveness of services under this law.
recognition that some service providers need to take steps towards
modifying their services to come into compliance with the HCBS rules by
March 2022, the 2017 Budget Act contains $15 million to fund necessary
DRRP Community Living and Participation (Development)
-- Under this grant, applicants must use knowledge and understanding
gained from research to create materials, devices, systems, or methods
beneficial to individuals with disabilities, including design and
development of prototypes and processes.
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 "career ladder" in their chosen
Essential Duties and Responsibilities 1.
Establishes and implements HR efforts that effectively communicates and
supports the organization's vision and strategic vision. 2.
Leads the development and implementation of comprehensive HR
strategies, policies, and practices in support of the organization in
the areas of recruitment and retention....
The Public Health Director (Branch Director, Health &
Human Services) is an at-will position appointed by, and reporting to,
the Director of Health and Human Services. The incumbent oversees the Community Health branch's programs, staff, and budget.
Interested in leading the California Foundation of
Independent Living Centers to accomplish its mission of increasing
access and equal opportunity for people with disabilities by building
the capacity of Independent Living Centers? Apply for this job to be a
catalyst in the advancement of the Independent Living Movement in
The Executive Director
is accountable for the legal, safe, and effective operation of all
activities and programs of the agency. Responsibilities include
association-wide fiscal management, personnel management, business
compliance, long-range planning, program management and evaluation.
Chief Executive Officer/President enables PWI to adapt to and influence
a dynamic environment. Working with and reporting to the Board of
Directors, this role helps set policy and strategic leadership in
concert with the mission, vision, purposes, and values of the
organization. The CEO/President serves as the principal external
representative of the organization and manages internal systems and
complex processes of the organization to achieve effective and efficient
operations. This position also directs budget development, fiscal
responsibility and assures successful financial performance.