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    Sustainable Development and People with Disabilities

    A few days ago, The United Nations held The Sustainable Development Summit. Diplomats from all over the globe met in New York City to agree on 17 goals by which they hope to bring about positive change in the world, and improve the quality of life for all. This is not the first time the U.N. has met and set goals of this type.  It is, however, the first time that disability and people living with … [Read more...]

    Jessie Lorenz Meets President Barack Obama

    ILRCSF Executive Director was among the White House ADA 25 celebration's attendees to be invited to meet President Obama one-on-one. “This photograph is provided by THE WHITE HOUSE as a courtesy and may be printed by the subject(s) in the photograph for personal use only. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not otherwise be reproduced, disseminated or broadcast, without … [Read more...]

    ADA 25: President Obama Speaks about The Americans with Disabilities Act

    https://youtu.be/AKyBrk6ntaM … [Read more...]

    ADA 25: A Humbling Invitation

    At the invitation of President Barack Obama,  Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco will mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act at a special White House Reception on Monday, July 20 at 3:15pm (EST), represented by its Executive Director Jessie Lorenz. “What a difference a quarter century makes,” said Lorenz. “In the last 25 years since the ADA was first … [Read more...]

    ILRCSF Goes Global

    Over the years, ILRCSF has hosted visiting disability advocates from all over the world:  New Zealand, Taiwan, Scotland, Malaysia, The Netherlands.... Yesterday, we were honored to host a group of delegates from The Ministry of Health and Welfare - The Republic of Korea (South Korea.)  Of the 15 delegates - all experts in various fields relating to disability -  only a few spoke or understood … [Read more...]

    Why the CRPD Matters

    Imagine the scene: a spacious office at a not-for-profit organization focusing on the rights of people with disabilities. A small group is gathered in this office to participate in a strategic phone conference about the significance of the United States ratifying a U.N. treaty which proposes to guarantee, on a global scale, the rights of people with disabilities. It's something of an honor to have … [Read more...]

    Urgent Call To Action: We Need You TODAY

    There's an urgent need for anyone who supports the idea that the U.S. should sign the UN Treaty guaranteeing the civil rights of people with disabilities to call and let the decision-makers know how they feel. Those who do NOT support the treaty have been making calls in record numbers. Those of us who DO support the idea that the civil rights of  people with disabilities need to be recognized … [Read more...]

    Why ILRCSF Opposes Section 511

    The Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco (ILRCSF) strongly opposes the addition of Section 511 to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Section 511 is an amendment currently being considered by Congress during the 2013 reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act. ILRCSF opposes Section 511 because it enshrines the practice of paying people with disabilities subminimum wages in another piece … [Read more...]

    Obama and DREDF on the CRPD–an international disability rights treaty which the Senate has opposed

    On Monday, President Obama spoke about the importance of ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: PROCLAMATION BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF … [Read more...]

    Launch of the SFSU Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability

    I was very excited to receive this message below from Catherine Kudlick, Professor of History and Director, San Francisco State University, in my inbox. Paul was a friend, an amazing writer, and a central figure in disability rights--as a primary historian of the movement. he was working on a book about telethons in our culture--how they have shaped the nation's view of … [Read more...]