When: Monday, December 11, 11:00 AM
Where: 2001 Winward Way, Suite 103, San Mateo, CA 94404
Get expert advice on how to prevent falls in your home.
Presentation by Sarah Eggen-Thornhill, OTR/L
from the Fall Prevention Coalition of San Mateo County
Hosted by Center for Independence of Individuals with Disabilities
COUNTY OF SAN MATEO DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING
We invite anyone living or working within San Mateo County to join us.
The County of San Mateo is making a new plan for its federal housing resources. We need your help to identify the most pressing housing and community needs to prioritize limited federal funding for the next five years.
When: DEC. 14 THURS 7-8:30PM
Where: (PACIFICA COMMUNITY CENTER) 540 Crespi Dr, Pacifica, CA 94044
REFRESHMENTS WILL BE PROVIDED
Please contact us with any questions or requests for assistance at Department of Housing (650) 802-5050
Have you always wanted to learn sign language? The San Francisco Recreation Department is offering "Exploring ASL," a one-session introductory course to learn about American Sign Language and Deaf Culture. The course is only $6!
and search for Exploring ASL to see a list of upcoming class dates and register.
Location: 2001 Winward Way, Suite 103, San Mateo, CA. 94404
Time: 2:00 PM To 4:30 PM
Date: Jan. 24th 2018 to Feb. 28th 2018
Workshops are for anyone dealing with the challenges of living with an ongoing health condition like diabetes, asthma, heart disease or high blood pressure.
BETTER CHOICES, BETTER HEALTH is a self-management program offered for 6 weeks by 2 Trained leaders from you community.
Learn about: Stress Management, dealing with pain & fatigue, weight management, decision making, and so much more!
Workshops are fun, interactive and designed to enhance regular treatment and condition-specific education.
In Partnership with HEALTH TRUST , CID is hosting this event!
To Register or for more information call: 1-408-961-9877 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. SPACE IS LIMITED!
San Mateo County is currently experiencing and will continue to experience drift smoke from the fires from our north. Changes in wind and stability of the atmosphere will vary the amounts of smoke as they change. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued smoke and health advisories for the region. Please visit their website at http://www.baaqmd.gov for further information and air quality updates.
Today Governor Brown signed AB 291 into law, which will protect undocumented tenants (and communities perceived to be undocumented) from harassment and retaliation.
This is important legislation at a time when citizenship status is used as a means to displace current residents. A report by the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA) and the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project found that Latino women with children were the highest risk for eviction in the county. Displacement affects all of us, but communities of color are disproportionately targeted.
It is important that we stand together and not be divided by landlord tactics. Latino and undocumented communities stood up for all of us through their leadership in fights for rent control and just cause for eviction policies in Richmond and Mountain View. In Richmond, the fight for rent control was sparked by a building-wide tenant association of mostly undocumented residents, who organized and stood up to their landlord against rent increases. In Mountain View, the key leadership of the Day Workers Center is credited with being instrumental to the passage of rent control.
The Immigrant Tenant Protection Act goes into effect January 2018, and we celebrate the recognition that vulnerable members of our communities need and deserve additional protection.
Tenants Together Team
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When & Where: SAT • OCTOBER 21, 2017 11:00AM - 3:00PM SEQUOIA HIGH SCHOOL
1201 BREWSTER AVE. REDWOOD CITY MORE INFO AT TRANSITIONFAIR.ORG
San Mateo County's 2017 Annual Transition Resource Fair
Join your community on Saturday October 21st for the 4th annual Stepping Up Transition to Independence Fair
Learn about programs and services available to students who are no longer eligible for school-based special education programs. The event brings together 50 agencies that provide higher education, job training, employment, day programs, living options, and health services to adults with disabilities.
The event will also feature nine Workshops ranging from Benefits Counseling, Advocacy, Healthcare, Employment, College Preparedness and Assistive Technology.
According to the Washington Post, more than one million people are currently waiting for a decision from Social Security regarding their disability application. If you live in San Mateo County and you have applied for disability benefits or are thinking about applying for benefits, contact the Center for Independence at 650-645-1780. Our staff can provide guidance and advocacy through the application and appeals process.
By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press/Sep 18, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1 million Americans are awaiting a hearing to see whether they qualify for disability benefits from Social Security, with the average wait of nearly two years — longer than some of them will live.
All have been denied benefits at least once, as most applications are initially rejected. But in a system where the outcome of a case often depends on who decides it, most people who complete the appeals process will eventually win benefits. The numbers come from data compiled by the Social Security Administration.
About 10.5 million people get disability benefits from Social Security. An additional 8 million get disability benefits from Supplemental Security Income, the disability program for poor people who don't qualify for Social Security. The disability programs are much smaller than Social Security's giant retirement program. Still, the agency paid out $197 billion in disability payments last year.
Recipients won't get rich as the average benefit is $1,037 a month — too small to lift a family of two out of poverty.
For some, the benefits come too late.
Chris Hoffman worked as a mason, laying bricks and tile and pouring concrete. He had terrible back pain for much of his life, but he kept working until a series of heart attacks. He applied for Social Security disability benefits in 2014 but was denied. He appealed to an administrative law judge.
In November, Hoffman died at 58, following his fourth heart attack. Ten months later, the judge ruled that he was entitled to benefits.
"It wasn't that he was limited, it was that he wasn't able to do anything," said Hoffman's son, Dustin.
Last year there were 7,400 people on wait lists who were dead, according to a report by Social Security's inspector general.
For someone to qualify for Social Security disability benefits, a doctor must determine that the disability is severe enough to prevent an applicant from working. The disability must last at least a year or could result in death.
If applicants can't perform their old jobs, officials see if they can adapt to new ones.
The Social Security Administration says it is working to reduce the backlog by hiring 500 new administrative law judges and more than 600 support staff. The judges, who now number about 1,600, hear appeals from people who were initially denied benefits. The agency is also expanding a program that quickly awards benefits to people with serious illnesses and conditions, including certain cancers, said Bea Disman, the agency's acting chief of staff.
But advocates say budget cuts over the past five years have frustrated efforts to reduce the disability backlog.
Last year, the agency's budget was $12.6 billion, roughly the same as it was in 2011, even though an additional 6 million people receive either retirement or disability benefits from Social Security.
"No search for efficiencies, re-prioritization of tasks or technological improvements can substitute for adequate resources," said Lisa Ekman of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives.
To get benefits, applicants first apply to state agencies that work with the Social Security Administration. These agencies approve, on average, about one-third of the applications they receive, Disman said. In most states, applicants who are denied benefits can ask the same state agency to reconsider, though very few of these applications get approved.
The next step is to file an appeal with an administrative law judge. This is where the backlog swells, with 1.1 million applicants waiting for a hearing before a judge. That's slightly down from last year, but a 31 percent increase from 2012.
The average wait for a hearing is 602 days. Five years ago, it was less than a year.
The delay is an "unfair hardship for people already living with disabilities," said Mike Stein, assistant vice president of Allsup, a firm that represents applicants.
Chris Shuler couldn't attend his hearing.
Shuler was working as an airplane mechanic in Oklahoma when he was exposed to some chemicals and developed severe respiratory problems, said his wife, Elizabeth Shuler. The medicine he took for his lungs affected his bones and he eventually had two hip replacements, she said.
Chris Shuler applied for Social Security disability payments in 2012 and was denied almost immediately, his wife said. He died in July 2015 from an infection that started in his hip, just before his 40th birthday.
Four months later Elizabeth Shuler attended her husband's hearing on his behalf.
"I wanted to make sure I at least saw a judge," she said. "The judge said it was a no-brainer."
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AT Consumer Success Story August 2017
By Vincent Lopez
Recently, Connie Watanabe, a volunteer at Project Read in Menlo Park, called looking for a manual wheelchair for her consumer Antonio Tongia. She explained that he is very active and independent and needs a foldable chair that will fit his active lifestyle. Luckily, we just cleaned up a Quickie foldable manual wheelchair with carbon wheels that is light and sturdy. I called Antonio and emailed Connie the good news. Since it was getting close to the weekend, I gave Antonio my cell number to call me if he can make it out. Antonio showed up at the office Monday morning waiting outside the front door. I unloaded the chair from my truck to show him and it fit his needs well. He was using an older hospital type chair and this one was a hot rod compared to the chair he was using.
While performing the intake I found out Antonio was from Tonga and had Polio as a child. He explained that it hit a few children in each village as it passed through. Unfortunately, Tonga did not have the vaccine for Polio although New Zealand did at the time. Antonio toured the US when he was 21 with his Church band from Tonga. Antonio moved to Hawaii and gained US citizenship. Antonio moved to the “Mainland” and had a hard time for a while in the US. He was sleeping in his car and fishing on the bay. It was a rough time for Antonio, but his good attitude and faith created opportunities for him. Now Antonio has housing and works at the YMCA in East Palo Alto. From my conversation with Antonio and Connie, Antonio is the type of person who inspires others and has a great attitude on life always staying positive and enjoying life no matter what happens. I am glad I had the opportunity to meet Antonio and help him get a chair upgrade to fit his lifestyle.
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