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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.
SafeSpace, designed for and by teens, aims to fill gap in mental health services, says it won’t turn anyone away
By KEVIN KELLY | firstname.lastname@example.org |PUBLISHED: April 7, 2017 at 7:05 am | UPDATED: April 7, 2017 at 7:37 am
A year ago, three local parents came up with the idea to open a mental wellness center in Menlo Park geared for people 12 to 26 years old.On March 24, the nonprofit SafeSpace opened its doors downtown across from the Caltrain station, seeing its first two clients that same day even before the heat was functioning properly.
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Students help move boxes into SafeSpace’s new facility at 1166 El Camino Real in downtown Menlo Park on March 22, 2017. The youths have been helping the nonprofit mental wellness agency create what will eventually be a safe space for youngsters ages 12 to 26 to discuss mental health issues freely with their peers and adult counselors in an informal environment. SafeSpace opened for business March 24 to provide one-on-one therapy sessions with struggling youths with the support of the Bay Area Children’s Association, whose founder is SafeSpace’s clinical director. (SafeSpace)
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!
Most Californians will soon see a change in the way they are billed for electricity:
The Center for Accessible Technology wants to hear from you about what this will mean
What is changing about my electricity rates?
Right now, most households pay for electricity with tiered rates. When you use electricity, the initial rate each month is the lowest rate available. If your usage goes above a set level, the amount you pay for the additional usage is higher than the initial rate. People who use the most electricity pay the highest rate, while people who limit their usage can stay within the lowest “tier.”
Over the next few years, the major utilities in California, PG & E, SCE and SDG&E, will be switching most customers from the tiered structure to a “time of use” or TOU rate structure, where rates for electricity are higher during the time of day where there is the most demand on the electric grid (likely to be late afternoon and through the evening) and lower during other times of day.
Why is my rate structure changing?
There are many factors involved in the decision (made by the California Public Utilities Commission) to change most customers to a TOU rate structure, most of which relate to the state’s energy and climate goals.
What does this mean for me?
While the purpose of the change to TOU rates is to support important electricity and climate goals, it may create problems for many customers who cannot easily shift their electricity usage. This is a particular concern for customers who live in hot climate zones, including the Central Valley and the desert areas of California.
Without serious electricity usage behavior changes, most customers will see their summer bills go up with the change to TOU rates. A substantial number, but by no means all (or even most) will see that offset by lower bills in the winter. If a customer can shift their electricity usage to lower-cost times, they can offset any increases, or even see bill decreases. But a customer who is unable to shift their usage may see a substantial overall increase in their annual cost of electricity. Customers who use a lot of electricity are most likely to see their bills go down, while those who use less energy are more likely to see their bills go up.
Do you want to find out more about these changes? And what can you do?
The Center for Accessible Technology is conducting short (20 minute) telephone interviews about household electricity use. We will also have a survey available in the near future. These tools will allow us to collect information and communicate potential concerns from customers about the upcoming changes to their rate structure. We can also provide information on how to “opt out” of the TOU change if you prefer. By providing your story about your electricity usage and how any change in rate structure may affect your quality of life, you will help us submit important information to the California Public Utilities Commission, which is considering whether to exempt groups of customers from the change. It WILL make a difference.
YOUR VOICE MATTERS!
If you are interested in being interviewed, please email Kate Woodford at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 510-841-3224 x 2017 to schedule a telephone interview. Evening and weekend interviews are available. We look forward to speaking with you and hearing your important story. If you prefer to take an online survey, here is the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RKHN793
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
email@example.com or 415-750-7645.
Led by Dee Kennedy & Alyce Slater Reynolds
Deaf Docent Dee Kennedy is a retired educator from the California School for the Deaf, Fremont, and the Coordinator of ASL tours for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Deaf Docent Alyce Slater Reynolds is a retired professor from Ohlone College. A deep love for the arts has led both of them to become longtime docents for DEAF Media and FAMSF.
Saturday, April 15th, at 9am
Saturday, May 13th, at 9am
The Legion of Honor
100 34th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94121
Advanced registration is required. Registration form can be downloaded below.
For more information, contact Karen Berniker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-750-7645
About the Exhibit: Monet: The Early Years will be the first major US exhibition devoted to the initial phase of Claude Monet’s (French, 1840–1926) career. Through approximately sixty paintings, the exhibition demonstrates the radical invention that marked the artist’s development during the formative years of 1858 to 1872. This exhibition is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Monet’s mastery before Impressionism, and includes paintings that are profoundly daring and surprising. Depictions of moments both large and small, with friends and loved ones, in the solitude of forests and fields and in the quiet scenes of everyday, offer new revelations about an artist that many consider to be ubiquitous.
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