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    Our Lives Are Worth Living

    Our own Jessie Lorenz had a powerful op-ed piece in the SF Examiner.  What are your feelings about the state of healthcare access in the the USA, as it relates to people with disabilities? We'd love to hear your story and, if you're involved in any kind of advocacy related to healthcare access, tell us about it. Advocacy by the disability community has been a huge success story of 2017, … [Read more...]

    Seeking Volunteers to Participate in Election Observation

    The Secretary of State is once again conducting Election Day Observation for the General Election and hopes to observe in all 58 California counties.  Election Observation is a vital part of the election services that the Secretary of State provides to the citizens of California.  With the November 8, 2016 General Election upon us, we are seeking volunteers to serve as Observers in counties … [Read more...]

    Technology Matters – In Memory of Nick Feldman

    Nick Feldman was a good friend to ILRCSF, and to the disability community, as a whole. ILRCSF's Nick Feldman Device Lending Library is more than just named in his honor. It stands for his ideals regarding technology and independent living and, through it, ILRCSF is able to carry out the work of helping people with disabilities access the tools they need to do the things they want to do, and live … [Read more...]

    Pilot Program for SF Paratransit Consumers- Volunteers Needed

    The following came to us from SFMTA. We urge anyone who is qualified and interested to pursue this opportunity. It's vital that people with disabilities who use SF Paratransit be the ones to test this out, and have meaningful input regarding any changes or enhancements that need to be made: For some time now and particularly at the past few PCC meetings, we have discussed two new projects that … [Read more...]

    Advocacy at the California Building Standards Commission

    The disability community was well represented at the CA Building Standards Commission  meeting  last week. Over sixty people from the community were present in the room to demonstrate our solidarity, strength and determination to not allow our civil rights to be taken away.  About 25 - 30 testified during the two-day meeting. The commission voted against passing two very damaging proposed … [Read more...]

    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...]

    NCIL Conference Recap

    A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the 2015 National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) Conference in Washington, D.C. The highlights of the conference included a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the ADA, a  march to the capitol, and visiting  with our legislators to advocate for policy change. I would also like to congratulate ILRCSF's Executive Director, Jessie … [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 Adds Legal Services to Our Disability Advocacy Toolbelt

    For a long time, now, we at ILRCSF have had a desire to offer on-site legal services to people with disabilities. Many consumers come to us with questions and circumstances - mostly having to do with benefits - that require the services of an attorney. Over the years, we've provided such consumers with a list of lawyers they could contact. This often means that we never find out how consumers fair … [Read more...]