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California delays in-home care cuts

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By Susan Ferriss
SACRAMENTO BEE

Published: Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

The California Department of Social Services announced Wednesday that it cannot meet a Sept. 1 deadline requiring it drop or cut aid for more than 100,000 people enrolled in the state’s In-Home Supportive Services program.

The announcement – sent to counties that administer the program – was issued a few days after advocates requested that the state delay axing services.

Some of the cuts were approved by the Legislature to solve the budget crisis. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger used his line-item veto to add more cuts.

In a letter, advocates said the state still had not clearly instructed counties how to impose the cuts and had not informed any IHSS recipients they were on the list to be dropped or have care reduced.

“Absent these essential services, many of the people subject to the cuts will be at risk of institutionalization – or worse, severe injury or death,” said the letter from California Foundationfor Independent Living Centers and other groups.

The state has estimated it would save $82.1 million between Sept. 1 and next June by dropping some recipients and cutting some services. For each month of delay, the state will lose $8 million in savings, said Department of Finance spokesman H.D. Palmer.

Social services spokeswoman Lizelda Lopez said the department decided to delay the www.paydaychampion.com/ because of concerns “brought to the department’s attention by a number of interested parties.”

“We need more time” to come up with instructions for counties and adjust the caregiver payroll system, she said.

The IHSS program, funded by federal, state and county money, pays caregivers to help low-income elderly and disabled people whose needs range from intimate personal care to laundry, shopping and help with medications.

Teresa Favuzzi, executive director of the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers, said most IHSS recipients have no idea whether they are candidates for being dropped from the program.

A standard ranking system that social workers use to determine what care recipients merit will serve as the basis for those decisions.

In Marin County, Herschel Ferguson’s caregiver cleans house, does laundry and helps him with other tasks two days a week for a total of 30 hours a month. A local disability rights group told Ferguson, 65, that he’s likely to lose that help.

Ferguson can walk, but he can’t use one arm or read, and he suffers from short-and long-term memory loss.

A serious infection put him into a three-month coma six years ago, and he now gets by on disability payments and with help from the local Center for Independent Living.

Teresa Favuzzi, MSW
California Foundation for Independent Living Centers
1029 J Street, Suite 120
Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 325-1690 x 313
(916) 325-1695 TDD
(916) 325-1699 FAX
(916) 832-6233 Cell

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Boston Globe article on the importance of maintaining audible pedestrian signals.

Yakir Arbib is blind. He is also a promising young pianist who daily negotiates the Green Line and busy urban streets on his way to study at the Berklee College of Music. None of it daunts him, except the congested crossroads at Massachusetts Avenue and Boylston Street.

The chirping of an audible crossing signal is supposed to alert him and other visually impaired pedestrians when it is safe to cross the traffic-choked street, but for several weeks the signal hasn’t worked.

“I wait for some nice person, or I take a chance,’’ the Israeli native said. “I don’t know how I’m going to get around having to cross that street. I think I’ll have to find a different way.’’

Read the rest here: http://www.boston.com/yourtown/somerville/articles/2009/08/17/advocates_urge_boston_to_add_fix_devices_that_aid_the_blind/

SF LightHouse’s Director of Public Policy, Jessie Lorenz, is quoted in the article.

Northern California Entertainment and Recreation Listing August 14, 2009

This listing is compiled by the Vision Loss Resource Center at the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. It is compiled weekly as a service to the blind and visually impaired community of Northern California. If you have meeting or event information that would be appropriate for inclusion in this list please email info@lighthouse-sf.org. This list will be updated every Friday. Information for each Friday’s listing must be submitted by the Wednesday prior to publication.  The entertainment and recreation listing are also available on the LightHouse website at: www.lbvi.staging.wpengine.com.com.

 

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Audio described movie listings by geographic area:

 

EAST BAY:

 

AMC Bay Street 16:
5614 Shellmond Drive
Emeryville
510-457-9006

Now playing in auditorium 5:

“District 9”

 

Rialto Theatre:
10070
San Pablo Avenue
El Cerrito
510-528-8759

Now playing

“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”

“500 Days of Summer”

Separate admission for each show.

 

SAN FRANCISCO:

AMC Metreon 15:
101 Fourth Street
415-369-6201

Now showing in auditorium 8:

“500 Days of Summer”

 

SOUTH BAY:

AMC Cupertino Square 16:

North Wolfe Road & Stevens Creek

Cupertino

408-252-5960

Now playing in auditorium 3:

“District 9”

 

AMC Mercado 20:
311 Mission College Blvd.

Mercado Santa Clara Center

Santa Clara

408-919-0285                  

Now playing in auditorium 8:

“Julie & Julia”

 

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Live Performances described by Visual Voice:

“Tinyard Hill”

Presented by Theater Works

Lucie Stern Theatre

1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto

August 16  2:00pm

The times above are the show times. For descriptions of costumes and set arrive 25 minutes earlier.  Be sure to mention Visual Voice at the box office. 

 

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Live Performance Described by Audiovision:

Presented by SHN

”August: Osage County

Curran Theatre

445 Geary St.

San Francisco

August 29: 2PM

To charge tickets and reserve one of the 20 receivers for the show call 415-551-2027 and request Audiovision tickets.  Tickets can also be purchased at the Orpheum Theatre Box Office, 1192 Market Street, San Francisco. Tickets purchased in person at the Orpheum Box Office have no convenience fee.  The box office is open Monday through Saturday 10am to 6pm. 

 

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Live Performance Described by Audiovision:

Presented by Broadway San Jose

“Spamalot”

San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

211 W. Almaden Blvd.

San Jose

September 19     2:00pm

Tickets can be purchased at the San Jose Tix Box Office, 150 W. San Carlos Street, San Jose, via phone 408-792-4111 or on the website www.broadwaysanjose.com .  Be sure to ask for Audiovision tickets and reserve a headset.

 

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Live Described Performance:  

Presented by SHN

”Wicked”

Orpheum Theatre

1192 Market St.

San Francisco

This show is open ended and has a recorded descriptive sound track.  This means that every performance is accessible.  To charge tickets call 415-551-2027 and request a descriptive headset with your tickets.  Tickets can also be purchased at the box office without the convenience fee.  The box office is open Monday through Saturday 10am to 6pm. 

 

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RECREATION:

 

Free Family Fun Day

Sponsored by:

Support For Families Of Children With Disabilities

August 16    1:00pm-4:00pm

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

3200 California St

San Francisco

This free event is a great opportunity for youth and families to enjoy this accessible facility.  There will be Arts and Crafts facilitated by JCCSF art teachers. Two swim sessions, activities in the Gym, snacks and refreshments.  The roof top playground will be available.  This is a great opportunity to have fun, relax and network with other families.  For reservations contact www.supportforfamilies.org or call 415-920-5040.

 

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Tandems Across the Bay Bike Club:

The club has several volunteers with tandems and rides on weekends and holidays, from The Fishermen’s Wharf Area.  The easy-going rides are usually across the Golden Gate Bridge and return to San Francisco via Ferry. There is usually a picnic after the ride.  To schedule a ride or just ask questions contact the club at:

tandemsacrossthebay@gmail.com

 

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Bowling Team Now Forming:

The LightHouse Bowling Team is looking for members who can meet a few hours once a week to bowl together and have a good time. Transportation will be provided from the Lighthouse to the bowling alley.  All skill levels welcome.  If you are interested please call Theresa Navarro at 415-694-7334 or via email:  tnavarro@lighthouse-sf.org

 

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Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP):

Adventure fitness and recreation are touch phrases for BORP.  BORP believes that everyone should have access to the unique challenges that outdoor recreation provides.  BORP makes every effort to accommodate each person’s needs, including providing transportation and volunteer support. Trips are planned with a wide spectrum of abilities in mind, including wheelchair users, slow walkers, and people with visual impairments. For event listings call Lori Gray at 510-843-4398 or check out the BORP website at www.borp.org

 

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Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors:

Departs every Sunday at noon from Pier 40 in San Francisco. Call 415- 281-0212 for announcements or visit: WWW.BAADS.org

 

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OF COMMUNITY INTEREST:

 

Peer To Peer Support Group:

August 22 1:00pm-3:00pm

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

214 Van Ness Avenue

San Francisco

These meetings are casually structured to discuss different aspects of life with a visual impairment. Every individual is visually impaired  

 

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Family Concert:

August 16  2:00pm-3:00pm

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Osher Salon

50 Oak Street

San Francisco

Bring your family to a concert especially for kids.  Ayaka Isono, a concert pianist who lost her vision several years ago, and her musician friends will host.  Listen to the music, touch the instruments, and ask the musicians questions. You don’t need to sit still!  Children of all ages are welcome.  This is a free event but donations will be accepted. To RSVP, please call 510-323-4934

 

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Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs Access Days:

December 21                  9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.

February  27, 2010    6:00p.m. to  8:00 p.m.

De Young Museum

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive

San Francisco

The exhibit offers 50 objects from tomb of King Tut and 80 more from the tombs of his ancestors.  This exhibit illuminates the 18th Dynasty, Egypt’s Golden Age.  These Access days offer smaller crowds and reduced ticket prices.  There will be additional seating as well.  Objects for visitors to touch will be available at both Access Days.  Ticket prices are $18.50 and a limited number of $10.00 tickets for those with financial need.  Contact Tish Brown 415-750-7650 or tbrown@famsf.org for applications and more information.

 

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Get daily updates about LightHouse activates, community events, new products and even job postings. If you are not a member of these sites, it is easy to join!  Click on the following links, sign up and you will automatically be connected to LightHouse buzz!

 

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Testimonials about accessible voting machines in the 2008 election.

AAPD and the US Government Accountability Office are looking for testimonials about voting in the 2008 Elections.  The power of real stories from real people is undeniable and will be very important in upcoming conversations about changes in voting technology.

We are particularly interested in stories of people who were able to vote privately and independently for the first time using accessible systems where they exist.

If you or someone you know has a story like this please send it to vote@aapd.com  as soon as possible.

About the Disability Vote Project
DVP works in a non-partisan manner to eliminate the barriers to voting and, in close collaboration with coalition partners in states around the country, to increase political participation for individuals with disabilities. DVP aims to get people with disabilities registered to vote; strives to educate them on how to get to their polling places and what their rights are at the polling places; and works to make polling places accessible to voters with all disabilities.

Magnifier Mayhem! At the LightHouse store…

 Tired of squinting at those hard-to-read forms and files? Sick of straining at the wavy lines in your textbook? Need a solution? Look no further!

This month at Adaptations, all hand-held Magnifiers are 10 percent off! What you see is what you get with these pocket-size wonders.
 
Hurry in to Adaptations today! We’re open Monday through Friday 10 A.m. to 5 P.M.

Can’t visit the store? Give us a call at 415-694-7301, or check out our website: www.adaptationsonline.com.

Sale runs from August 1 through August 31st and applies to all mail, online and in-store sales, while supplies last.

214 Van Ness, San Francisco. LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

LightHouse Lantern headlines for August 2009

The Lantern – August 2009
 
 The Lantern is free to the community we serve: blind and visually impaired individuals and their families and friends.
 

Donations are always welcome. For information about donating to the LightHouse, please call us at 415-431-1481 or e-mail us at giving@lighthouse-sf.org.

 

To subscribe to the Lantenr via email, write to Lantern@lighthouse-sf.org.

Photo: The new Louis Braille
Commemorative coin is now available at Adaptations, the LightHouse store! (image shows front and back views of the coin).
 
This year the United States Mint will offer 2009 Louis Braille Commemorative Coins. These coins will honor the inventor of the Braille System of reading and writing used by the blind and visually impaired. They are released in 2009 to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth. The new coins were authorized under H.R. 2872 Louis Braille Bicentennial Braille Literacy Commemorative Coin Act. This legislation provides for the production of up to 400,000 Silver Dollar commemorative coins during 2009. Read more at http://louisbraillecoins.com/ or visit www.adaptationsonline.com.
 
In the Lantern:
1. Adaptations to Stock BookSense
2. Magnification Sale at Adaptations
3. Join the LightHouse Bowling Team
4. Free Concert Invites Kids to Engage with Music
5. Californians with Disabilities Can Apply for No-Cost Jitterbug Phone
6. Reading RSS
7. Paratransit Fares Go Up
8. Committee Helps Report Eureka Pedestrian and Transit Concerns
9. Bartimaeus Bible Conference Scheduled for September
10. Martinez Confirmed as ODEP Assistant Secretary
11. Landmark Communications and Video Accessibility
12. Legislation Introduced Access Board Issues Guidance on APS
13. Italian Museum Lets Visitors Experience Art Through Touch
14. Many New Job Openings at the Internal Revenue Service
15. Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco, Benefits and Employment Workshops for Summer 2009
16. Swap Shop
17. LightHouse Calendar
 
Subscribe and read on! Or contact the LightHouse to request  Braille, tape, or disk.
 
 

Job Networking: Volunteer to create social media solutions and end global poverty.

Show off your social networking skills, make job contacts, and enhance your resume.

Global Citizen Year is looking for a consultant to build a Facebook application
 
Skill(s): Database Design & Administration, Graphic Design, Social Media and Online Marketing, Web Design
Area of Focus: Community Development, Computers and Technology, Economic Development, Education and Academia, International Relations, Peace, War, and Conflict Resolution, Politics, Poverty and Hunger, Social Enterprise and Economic Development, Women’s Issues 

About the organization:

Global Citizen Year is building a new generation to lead the fight against global poverty. By engaging Fellows in a transformative bridge year of global engagement we ensure that students develop the civic savvy and global fluencies they need to approach college, their careers and their lives with perspective, purpose and passion.

Through an intensive, nine month program that maps to a school year, Fellows develop the critical knowledge, skills and perspectives for a life of engaged global citizenship.

For more details, visit www.globalcitizenyear.org

Job Search: Department of Labor Employment Fair in August

JOB FAIR
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL)

Opportunities are Open!
Good Jobs. Safe Jobs. Secure Jobs.
Green Jobs. Your Job!
DOL invites you to meet with us at the
(2009 OCA National Convention)
Location: Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco
Dates: August 7- 8, 2009
 
DOL is actively recruiting individuals for the following positions:
– Accountant
– Attorney
– Computers Specialist
– Contract Specialist
– Economist
– Engineer
– Investigator
– Human Resources Specialist
– Industrial Hygienist
– Statistician
– Safety and Occupational Health Specialist
– And many more

All interested candidates should send resumes to CivilRightsCenter@dol.gov and visit www.dol.gov to view open vacancies. Candidates must be U.S. citizens.