28
Jan
10

Disabled get cut first in CA

picture of axeSince California leads the nation in both positive and negative terms, the populace that are disabled are most likely to have cuts in their disability services, civil rights and incomes.  When the state had the budget crisis last year, the first place the state cut was the monies they provided to those who are permanently disabled.  The crisis has not abated, so now government offices are soon to feel the sharpened axe of budget cuts.  Could more disability services at colleges be headed for the chopping block shortly?  Well, we will have to see.

Well here is a bit of news that confirms this trend:

The City of Los Angeles Department on Disability and the Commission on Disability may be eliminated as it now exists, by this March.  The following came off a fact sheet.  You might like to know that these organizations are funded by te city of Los Angeles.

“CALL FOR SUPPORT: Department on Disability at Risk of Being Dismantled by March 2010”

We are requesting that the disability community, its advocates, and community-based organizations attend the Los Angeles City Council Committee Meeting (in large numbers) to voice your concerns and support for the Department, immediately.  Time is of the essence and these are critical issues, which will negatively impact the disability community!

Monday, February 1, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.

LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE MEETING

Los Angeles City Hall, 10th Floor, Room 1010

200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

For further information about the DEPARTMENT ON DISABILITY, please call between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (213) 202-2764 voice, (213) 202-2755 TTY, or visit our website at www.Disability.LACity.org.

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COMMISSION ON DISABILITY

On behalf of the City of Los Angeles, the Commission on Disability work together with the Office of the Mayor and Department on Disability to

respond to the needs and concerns of an estimated 1.3 million residents with disabilities in Los Angeles. The Commission advocates for people with disabilities and serves in an advisory capacity to the Department. The Commission holds its regular meeting on the first Wednesday of each month; annually presents a public hearing on current critical issues; identifies priority issues to be addressed; and makes recommendations to the Mayor and City Council for the benefit of the disability community. For more information about the Commission on Disability, call the Department on Disability (213) 202-2764 voice, or (213) 202-2755 TTY, or visit

http://www.Disability.LACity.org.

201 North Figueroa Street, Suite 100

213.202.2764 Voice

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Los Angeles, California 90012§ 213.202.2755 TTY § 213.202.2715 Fax § http://www.Disability.LACity.org
– F A C T S H E E T –

THE DEPARTMENT IS VITAL BECAUSE DOD:

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ENFORCES THE CITY’S AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT COMPLIANCE EFFORTS;

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OVERSEES THE ACTIVITIES OF THE CITY AIDS COORDINATOR TO EXPAND THE AVAILABILITY AND ACCESSIBILITY OF HIV TESTING, PREVENTION AND TREATMENT;

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WORKS TO COORDINATE FIRST RESPONDER EMERGENCY SERVICES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES;

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PROVIDES EXPERT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND ADVICE TO CITY DEPARTMENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS (PUBLIC AND PRIVATE); AND

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IS THE CITY’S PRIMARY RESOURCE TO LINK THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY TO PROGRAMS AND SERVICES; SUCH AS DOD’S ANNUAL EVENT, “ACCESSIBLE CITY EXPO,” ATTENDED BY OVER 5,000 PEOPLE. THE COMMISSION IS VITAL BECAUSE COD:

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HOLDS MONTHLY MEETINGS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES TO BRING THEIR CONCERNS TO THE CITY, AND IN ADDITION, HEARINGS ARE CONDUCTED ON ISSUES OF IMPORTANCE TO THE COMMUNITY;

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PROVIDES OVERSIGHT FOR THE ACCESS ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR LOS ANGELES WORLD AIRPORTS;

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PROVIDES RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF PARATRANSIT SERVICES (e.g., ACCESS SERVICES, INC.) AND IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MANY IMPROVEMENTS IN SERVICES;

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PROVIDES OVERSIGHT FOR LAUSD SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES AND ADVOCATES FOR PARENTS WITH DISABLED CHILDREN; AND

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PROVIDES EXPERT ADVICE TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES FOR INTERACTING WITH THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY.

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