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Vincent Lopez, CID's Assistive Technology Coordinator, shares a story about a recent equipment donation:
Recently, an individual called about donating a hospital bed. His name is Ed Hodges and he wanted to donate it to an Independent Living Center. We normally refer individuals who need hospital beds with donors directly so they can arrange pickup and delivery of the hospital bed. We had a consumer in mind on or wait list who needs a bed like this. This bed moves every conceivable way and has the coveted air mattress that prevents bedsores by recirculating air through it or as we call it a “Cadillac Bed”. The situation required a lot of work from Ed, who had to get movers to get the bed from Oakland to us using his trailer.
When CID took delivery of the bed 4/19/17, Ed told us the story of his sister who co-authored the American with Disabilities Act, was an advocate for disabled individuals rights, Her death is a huge loss to the disabilities movement. This bed had a story to it and history, which has made us appreciate the donation more and will pay it forward with donating to a person in need.
Thank you Ed Hodges for the effort of donating this bed, the history lesson, honoring your sisters wishes, and the impact your sister Susan Hodges has given us.
Assistant Technology Coordinator
When Ed shared his sister's story with Vincent, he asked that we pass it along to the CID community. If you are in need of any assistive technology or have equipment to donate, please contact Vincent using the contact information above.
Susan J Hodges
1942 - 2017
Susan Jane Hodges was born on Nov. 11, 1942 in San Francisco to parents Francis T. Hodges and Alice Lyon Hodges. As a child she grew up in Sausalito and later in Kentfield. Susan graduated from Sarah Dix Hamlin School in San Francisco and earned her Bachelor's degree from Mills College. As a child, she contracted polio and although she survived the initial paralyzing effects of the disease, later in life, that illness came back to inflict much pain and disability on her. Susan was active in the Berkeley Free Clinic and devoted much of her life to social causes. For 5 years, she worked as a classroom assistant at Language Associates, a school for special needs children. Her most notable contribution was in the field of disability rights --- especially for people in wheelchairs. The effect of her childhood polio and a bad car accident forced her into a wheelchair when she was in her early 40's. From that time on, Susan worked tirelessly for the cause of the disabled, with emphasis on securing adequate pay for their caregivers. Susan was a co-author of the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act, for which she was personally honored by President Clinton at the White House in 1994. She earned Woman of the Year for the State of California in 1999 and also for the City of Oakland in 1999. Gradually, her physical condition declined to the point where she spent much of her time in a hospital bed at her home. On March 25, she succumbed to congestive heart failure. She is survived by her sister Vicky Carruthers of Fairfax, and her brother Edward Hodges of San Jose. A gathering of friends is planned but the time and location has not yet been determined. The family wishes to thank the State of California In-Home Support Services Program for providing excellent care during Susan's final years, and we especially acknowledge her primary caregiver, Cheela Smith, for 17 years of amazing and loving service.
Rock and Roll Hang Out Event
When: Friday, April 7, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
What: Dance, listen and sing along to music
Pizza, drinks and snacks will be provided.
Where: 399 Stanton Road, Burlingame, CA 94010
Cost: $20 if registered by 12PM the day before the event; $25 at the door
RSVP at Gatepath.org/hangouts
For more information, contact Trang at 650-259-8545 or email@example.com
Sponsored by Gatepath for adults ages 23-35 with developmental differences who are living independently.
Aides are welcome to attend with attendees who need individualized support.
SmartCities Council shares stories of how technology is being used to increase independence for individuals with disabilities around the world. Read more HERE!
The Center for Independence wants to hear from Consumers, family members and community members. We have moved our consumer satisfaction survey online to a google form. The survey can be found online HERE.
Your answers are completely confidential and will let us know what we are doing right and what we can do better in the future!
If you have any questions, are unable to access the survey online, or would prefer to complete the survey over the phone or on paper, give us call at 650-645-1780. Let us know that you would like to complete the Consumer Satisfaction Survey!
Access Viewing Day
Monday, March 20, 2017
The Legion of Honor
100 34th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94121
Admission by appointment
Reduced crowds and discounted fees
Free for each member and one guest
Non-members: $5 per person
Some free tickets available for those with financial need
Accessible Features Available:
Extra blue parking spaces at the Legion of Honor
Maps with parking and transportation information
Extra seating inside and outside the exhibition
Portable large-print editions of exhibition labels
Verbal description/Low Vision tours at 12 noon and 1pm
Available Upon Request:
Wheelchairs and folding stools
American Sign Language interpretation (two weeks advance notice)
Materials in alternative formats for study in advance of visit
Assistive listening devices
Reservations Required - Download the Reservation Form Below!
For other requests, please contact Karen Berniker at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-750-7645.
San Mateo – January 31, 2017 – Center for Independence of Individuals with Disabilities (CID) is proud to announce it has been awarded a $12,074 grant from the San Mateo Community Foundation to start an emergency preparedness program for people with disabilities in San Mateo County.
CID is a non-profit, non-residential independent living center, which serves the needs of disabled people in San Mateo County. Programs such as accessible home modifications, benefits counseling, and systems change advocacy, have been directly and indirectly benefitting the lives of thousands of San Mateo residents for the past 38 years.
John McGlothlin, San Bruno Community Foundation Board Member, sees emergency preparedness as another way for CID to serve its community, particularly in the wake of the PG&E gas pipeline explosion which occurred in 2010. The SBCF was formed as a result of a monetary settlement between the City of San Bruno and PG&E.
“The fire impacted our whole community, not just that one neighborhood,” McGlothlin said. “We realize that most everyone knows someone who is disabled, or has a disability themselves, and we want to partner with agencies and organizations who will help make sure no one is ever forgotten when it comes to preparing for a disaster.”
Donna Reed, CID’s Program Manager and Interim-Executive Director couldn’t agree more. “This money is going to allow us to include members of the disability community in all aspects of emergency management,” Reed said. “In line with our independent living philosophy, we will give people with disabilities the tools to participate in their own emergency planning, and help create partnerships between people, and emergency preparedness professionals.”
For more information about the San Bruno Community Foundation, and all the work they are doing, please go to www.sbcf.org.
For more information about CID, and the services it provides, please go to www.cidsanmateo.org.
CID Program Manager/Interim-Executive Director
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Heard about the ABLE Act? Curious about how ABLE accounts and special needs trusts could interact with SSI or other financial benefits?
The Center for Independence of Individuals with Disabilities (CID), in partnership with attorney Mark Gilfix from the estate planning law firm Gilfix and La Poll Associates LLP, want you to learn about these financial resources!
Join us for a FREE seminar discussing how ABLE accounts and special needs trusts give you leverage to create long-term savings for yourself or a loved one living with a disability.
Space is limited; call today to reserve your spot for this presentation!
ABLE Act and Special Needs Trusts Seminar
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
1300 South El Camino Real, Suite 100
San Mateo, CA 94402
Please contact CID to sign up for this event:
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- Information & Referral
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- Personal Assistance Program
- Transitioning to the Community
- Systems Change Advocacy
- Work Incentive Planning Assistance >
- Youth Services >
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