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New List of Aging and Disability Resource Centers


Need information and assistance, translation, help filling out forms, volunteer services?  Contact one of the centers below. Additional Locations will be announced. In the meantime, call the ADRC office at the Canon Kip Senior Center at (415) 487-3370 (ENGLISH), (415) 487-3371 (SPANISH), (415) 487-3372 (RUSSIAN) and (415) 487-3373 (CHINESE).

Main Location: Canon Kip Senior Center
Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco
705 Natoma at 8th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Telephone:  (415)  487-3370
Monday – Friday 8:30AM – 5:00PM
English & Tagalog; Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish & Russian on certain days and times


Self-Help for the Elderly
407 Sansome Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Monday – Friday (8:30AM – 5:00PM)
English, Cantonese & Mandarin

30th Street Senior Center   
225-30th Street 3rd Flr.,
San Francisco, CA 94131
Monday, Wednesday and
 Friday (8:30 AM – 5:00PM)
 English & Spanish

OMI –Catholic Charities
1948 Oceanview Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94127
Mondays   9:00AM – 1:00PM 
Thursdays 9:00AM – 1:00PM
English, Mandarin, Cantonese
& Tagalog 2nd Thursday of the
 Month 9:00AM – 1:00PM
English & Russian
Independent Living Resource Center (ILRCSF)
649 Mission Street. 3rd flr. San Francisco, CA 95105
Tuesdays   9:00AM – 4:00 PM
English and other languages as needed

Bayview Hunters Point Multi-Purpose
Senior Service
1706 Yosemite, San Francisco, CA 94124
Day and Time (to be announced)
English and other languages as needed

SF Senior Center-Downtown Branch
481 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Thursdays only 10:00AM – 2:00PM
English, Cantonese and Mandarin
1st Wednesday of the month 10:00AM-3:00PM English & Russian

JCCCNC (Issei Memorial Hall) 1st Floor
1840 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94115
Wednesdays only (to be announced)-English 
Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese & Korean

Visitacion Valley Senior Center
66 Raymond Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94134
ONCE A WEEK) (to be announced) 
English, Cantonese, Mandarin & Spanish

Sunset Senior Center
1290 5th Avenue and Irving
San Francisco, CA
Tuesdays only 10:00AM – 1:00PM
English, Cantonese and Mandarin

Stonestown YMCA
3150 20th Avenue
Francisco, CA 94132
Day and Time (to be announced) 
English, Cantonese & Mandarin

ADA Anniversary Celebration at City Hall this Friday!


Americans with Disabilities Act Anniversary Celebration.

Friday, July 24th, 2009
11:00 – 1:00 p.m.
South Light Court, San Francisco City Hall

This is a hard year for the disability community.  Please join us to learn from each other, plan,
and celebrate what we can.

We will have disability culture, disability history, disability advocacy, food (with cake!) and more… 

Accessibility Information:
Event will be wheelchair accessible, captioned and ASL interpreted. For other accommodations or questions,
please contact MOD at 415 554-6789 (ph), 554-6799 (TTY).

SAN Offers a Course on Pedestrian Safety for Richmond Russian Speaking Resident Seniors.

Senior Action Network’s Senior University is an innovative and free educational program. Senior University is a special leadership training course for seniors and persons with disabilities.  The primary objective of the program is to give seniors and people with disabilities the opportunity to develop the skills and build confidence to be active community leaders.  Senior University’s curriculum focuses on such topics as community organizing, leadership, lobbying and public speaking. 

For the month of July, Senior Action Network will present a 4-class series on Pedestrian Safety and Right-Of-Way for Richmond Russian Speaking Resident Seniors.

Why Sidewalks and Pedestrian Safety?

The residents and merchants of Richmond district face several pedestrian safety and accessibility issues, especially along the major traffic corridors such as the Geary Blvd and Clement Street, (bicyclist not yielding to pedestrian and cars and other obstructions on the sidewalks). The goal of Senior University is to prepare Richmond Russian Speaking Resident Seniors on how to address these and other pedestrian issues.

When:  Starts Tues, July 21, 2009 from 9:30 am – 2 pm

Where: Richmond YMCA, 360 – 18th Ave. / Geary

Accessible MUNI Lines:  38 Geary & 2 Clement

Russian translation provided

Lunch and snacks are provided at each class at no charge

For further information or to register please call Pi Ra, at 546-2096

Pi Ra
Senior University Director
Senior Action Network
965 Mission St. #705
San Francisco, CA, 94103
415.546.2096 wk

Access Info from the MOD for 4th of July.

The annual Independence Day Fireworks display and celebration on July 4th at the Aquatic Park and Fisherman’s wharf will result in temporary road closures, service changes and potential delays for public transit users. We estimate that as many as 200,000 people may attend this event. As a result, this will create temporary access barriers for people with disabilities.

SFMTA Accessible Services strongly suggests that riders with disabilities access the celebration via shuttle buses to Fisherman’s Wharf via the Embarcadero. This location has the least hilly pedestrian access and is closest point to the fireworks from Muni shuttle service.

Contact the Mayor’s Office on Disability for full details.

(415) 701-4439

First Round of SAFE Comes to a Great Close! Join Us for the Next Set of Talks–City-Wide!

Last night, June 29th, marked the completion of the Sidewalks Are For Everyone Campaign in the Sunset

Between March 1 and June 30, 2009, 50 presentations were conducted in the Sunset neighborhood on the importance of keeping cars off of the sidewalk. Not only was this a successful neighborhood safety campaign by over half a dozen individuals with disabilities, but our presenters were able to enhance their public speaking skills and community ties by presenting on behalf of the project.

The LightHouse VLRC Coordinator Beth Berenson is to be applauded for bringing speakers and community groups togther for these 50 presentations!

The next round of funding for the SAFE Campaign follows a similar model, however, community presentations will not be limited to the Sunset neighborhood. They will be conducted city-wide. If you have clients or friends who you think might be good public speakers–please have them talk with Beth (415-431-1481, info@lighthouse-sf.org).

Share Your Sidewalk Accessibility Issues with Disability Rights Advocates (Caltrans Lawsuit)



WHAT: Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) has filed a lawsuit in state and federal courts against the California Department of Transportation (“Caltrans”).

WHY: Caltrans owns over 2,500 miles of sidewalks, which includes cross-walks, intersections, pedestrian overpasses and pedestrian underpasses, across the state of California. However, there are numerous reported access barriers along these sidewalks. Examples of access barriers include corners with no curb ramps, curb ramps that are too steep, poles that make the sidewalk too narrow to pass, broken and/or uneven pavement and a lack of detectable warnings (yellow domes indicating where the sidewalk ends and street begins).

WHO: The lawsuit is on behalf of all Californians with mobility and/or vision disabilities who experience access barriers along sidewalks, intersections and pedestrian overpasses and underpasses which are controlled by Caltrans.

WHERE: These lawsuits include:

•Sidewalks and intersections along and across state highways. State highways with sidewalks usually become city or town streets. They are often marked by a state highway sign.

•Sidewalks over or under state highways. Pedestrian overpasses or underpasses are sidewalks along bridges which pass over a freeway or sidewalks along streets which pass under a freeway.

HOW: If you would like to share your experiences about access to sidewalks, intersections or pedestrian overpasses and underpasses covered by this lawsuit, or if you would like to find out which sidewalks in your area are covered by this lawsuit, please contact us. Even if you previously talked to us, please give us your updates. You can contact us by calling 510-665-8644 (ask for Haley or Katie) or by e-mailing us at hfagan@dralegal.org or kweed@dralegal.org.

Disability Rights Advocates
2001 Center Street, Fourth Floor
Berkeley, CA 94704
Telephone: 510-665-8644
Fax: 510-665-8511
TTY: 510-665-8716
Website: www.dralegal.org

Latest Senior University Update

All remaining Senior University (Senior Action Network) classes scheduled for SFPD Taraval have been canceled, including the March 2 class.

The public speaking training segment originally scheduled for February 16 has been rescheduled.

The new date and location is:
March 2, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Mission Creek Community, 225 Berry Street

Cantonese translation will be provided.
LightHouse for the Blind will be training participants to speak at community and neighborhood meetings regarding the hazards of obstructed sidewalks.

For each assigned speaking engagement, presenters will earn $50.

Mission Creek was chosen because a number of seniors living there
have friends and relatives who live in the Sunset District.
By March 6, Senior Action Network will update everyone on the Senior University classes scheduled for the remaining fiscal year.
Thank you for your time and patience.
Pi Ra
Senior University Director
Senior Action Network
965 Mission St. #705
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-546-2096 work
415-225-2080 cell

TV Feature on SAFE this Saturday

Catch Jessie Lorenz, LightHouse Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, on Access SF. She is being interviewed about the Sidewalks Are For Everyone campaign.

The program airs this Saturday, February 21 at noon on Channel 29. It will also be simulcast on the web at www.accessf.org/guide/watch/.

Access SF 1 is San Francisco’s award-winning public access television channel. Programming is provided by San Francisco residents and nonprofit organizations on a first-come, first-served basis. The channel features programming reflecting San Francisco’s diverse communities and cultures.

U.S. Representatives Edolphus Towns and Cliff Stearns Introduce Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act, NFB Applauds Measure

January 28, 2009 12:17 PM Eastern Time  

National Federation of the Blind Press Release

Christopher S. Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Representatives Edolphus “Ed” Towns (D-NY) and Cliff Stearns (R-FL) today introduced H.R. 734, a bill intended to protect the blind and other pedestrians from injury or death as a result of silent vehicle technology. The Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 requires the Secretary of Transportation to conduct a study on how to protect the blind and others from being injured or killed by vehicles using hybrid, electric, and other silent engine technologies. Thirty-two original co-sponsors have already signed on to the bill.

Because blind pedestrians cannot locate and evaluate traffic using their vision, they must listen to traffic to discern its speed, direction, and other attributes in order to travel safely and independently. Other people, including pedestrians who are not blind, bicyclists, runners, and small children, also benefit from hearing the sound of vehicle engines. New vehicles that employ hybrid or electric engine technology can be silent, rendering them extremely dangerous in situations where vehicles and pedestrians come into proximity with each other.

“The National Federation of the Blind appreciates the wise and decisive action taken today by Congressmen Towns and Stearns to preserve the right to safe and independent travel for the blind,” said Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind. “The blind, like all pedestrians, must be able to travel to work, to school, to church, and to other places in our communities without being injured or killed. This bill will benefit all pedestrians for generations to come as new vehicle technologies become more prevalent. The blind of America will do everything in our power to ensure its swift passage.”

“The beneficial trend toward more environmentally friendly vehicles has had the unintended effect of placing the blind and other pedestrians in danger,” said Representative Towns. “As someone who taught travel with a white cane to the blind for many years, I understand that the sound of traffic is critically important in order for them to travel safely and independently. This bill will prevent many injuries and fatalities while still allowing more clean vehicles on our nation’s roads.”

“I understand the safety concerns of blind pedestrians with these quiet automobiles; I have heard the same concerns from senior citizens in my district, and I appreciate the threat to children, bicyclists, and runners,” said Representative Stearns. “I deeply appreciate the support of all parties in supporting this important safety legislation.”

The bill requires the Secretary of Transportation, within ninety days of its enactment, to commence a two-year study to determine the best means to provide the blind and other pedestrians with information about the location, motion, speed, and direction of vehicles. Upon completion of the study, the Secretary will report the findings of the study to Congress and, within ninety days, establish a minimum vehicle safety standard for all new vehicles sold in the United States. Automobile manufacturers will have two years to comply with the vehicle safety standard.