Sacramento Society for the Blind has recently revamped their Access News service, which allows the blind and visually-impaired community to follow printed news and information using a free, dial-in phone service. The service features spoken news, store ads, tv listings, personal ads and more. To reach the California Access News line, call (916) 732-4000.
Californians for Disability Rights (CDR) is planning a series of advocacy leadership training sessions for college students (aged 18 - 30) with disabilities. The training series, which will begin on October 5, 2003 and be held in conjunction with the Statewide Disabilities Leadership Caucus in Los Angeles, will train young leaders to take over the helm of disability advocacy. In an effort to recruit bright, young advocates, CDR has announced a scholarship that will cover travel expenses and registration for the Caucus and CDR training series. Scholarship applications must be received by August 15th, 2003. Applications must include 2 letters of recommendation from your college or community leaders and a 300-500 word essay based on the two quotations below discussing how they relate to the disability community and how you relate one or both of these statements to the goals and aspirations you hold?.
Participation will be limited to 18 students statewide. For more information, please leave a message for Laura Williams at (800) 838-9237 or e-mail Laura at LE3293@aol.com, please put in the subject area: training application.
Aloha Special Technology Access Center (Aloha STAC) will be holding it's annual Assistive Technology Fair at Shriners Hospital on Saturday May 3, 2003 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Hands-on workshops, speakers, vendors, and numerous organizations will focus on technology that can enhance the lives of persons with disabilities. Preregistration is required, as space is limited. Please call 523-5547 and leave your name, address and/or fax number to have registration materials mailed or faxed to you.
National Organization on Disability (N.O.D.) announced that Irvine, California has won the second annual Accessible America Contest. Irvine is recognized as a model city for its focus on disability issues and its successful design and implementation of accessible programs, services and facilities. The city is committed to providing individuals of all abilities the opportunity to participate fully in their communities. According to an article written by N.O.D., "Irvineís welcoming attitude impressed the judges, eight leading national disability advocates and experts. One of the nationís largest planned urban communities, Irvine uses its master plan to promote full access to schools, parks, religious institutions, recreational facilities and events for all residents, workers and visitors. The Cityís Community Partners Emergency Response Team invites disability community involvement in brainstorming concerns and in preparing for emergencies. The Irvine Residents with Disabilities Advisory Board, chartered in 1990, responds to disability issues related to transportation, community awareness, employment, housing, accessibility and social/recreational facilities. Irvineís Access Reporting Policy forwards citizen complaints regarding community accessibility to the appropriate City department for swift investigation and resolution, culminating in a plan of action within two weeks."
Located in Southern California, 40 miles south of Los Angeles, Irvine has a population of 143,072, with 10% of those having some level of disability. In recognition of their efforts, Irvine will receive a $25,000 cash award that may be used to fund local disability-related initiatives. Congratulations Irvine, California. Keep up the good work!
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