This past October, I accompanied fellow coworker, Maisoon Sahouria to the College of San Mateo for the first of her three-part workshop series on advocacy, effective communication, and disability rights. The workshop was an undeniable success, as the attendees (this advocate included), were educated on how to better advocate for themselves and their community. These skills proved incredibly useful shortly after leaving the college.
After the workshop, Maisoon and I decided to take the SamTrans 250 bus back to the CID office. Exiting from Perimeter Road, we walked down West Hillsdale Boulevard toward the intersection of Clearview Way. Upon reaching this intersection, we found that there was not a single curb ramp in any of its four corners.
This intersection is not only important for local businesses and the residents living in the area; it is also the closest SamTrans fixed route stop for the College of San Mateo. Anyone leaving the college using a wheelchair, walker, cane, etc. wanting to ride the SamTrans 250 or 294 busses, would somehow have to leap off of the seven inch sidewalk on the northwest corner of the West Hillsdale Boulevard intersection.
From there, one would cross West Hillsdale Boulevard only to find another absent curb ramp on the other side of the intersection. In order to access to the eastbound sidewalk of West Hillsdale Boulevard that person would then have to travel for over 350 yards on the road of the incredibly unsafe West Hillsdale Boulevard.
Here, they will find their first curb ramp with access to a sidewalk in the middle of the Highway 92 on-ramp. But, the journey’s not over yet; there is still an unbearably steep 350 yards back up West Hillsdale Boulevard, where one would finally be able to catch the SamTrans bus. Needless to say, this is not only impossible, it is unacceptable.
Our findings prompted us to contact the City of San Mateo immediately. We advocated that they do something to remediate the multitude of access and safety issues at this intersection. We spoke to a senior engineer at the Department of Public Works, and our advocacy paid off. Within 10 days, the city installed curb ramps on all four sides of the intersection.
This is just one of the many success stories at CID. Do you have a CID success story that you would like to share here on our Blog and social media outlets? Perhaps we installed a ramp or a stairlift for you at your home and you would like to let others know how it has helped you to remain independent and in the community? Maybe we helped you to become a better advocate for yourself, and you would like to tell that story? We’re looking for more of these types of success stories, so if you are interested in sharing your story, you can reach out to us HERE.
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YO! volunteers Deja Hawkins and Genesis Hidalgo
Youth Organizing! Disabled & Proud (YO!) connects, organizes and educates youth with disabilities! YO! gives youth leadership opportunities, social networks, resources and more. YO! is for youth with disabilities to be PROUD of who we are and what we can achieve!
CID is very fortunate to have Deja Hawkins and Genesis Hidalgo as YO! volunteers. Deja and Genesis will be helping out at the center for the next year. They will also be working on advocacy campaigns for schools in our area.
CID was delighted to be invited by the Commission on Disabilities to the Devil's Slide WHILL presentation. Devil's Slide is a part of the California State Park system. It is spans just over a mile along the Pacifica coast. This beautiful bike and pedestrian trail is absolutely breathtaking. It does however have a 12% grade at certain points.
WHILL gave us a demonstration of their 4-wheel drive electric wheelchair on this terrain, and it was easily capable to ascend and descend the trail.
With CID being so active in the community lately, we've decided to move some of our postings on our NEWS page to this newly developed Blog page. The NEWS page will continue to offer our quarterly newsletters as well as any press associated with CID and other ILCs. This Blog will be a venue for us to share with you some of the events in the community that we are a part of, as well as those that we would like to help promote.
Please feel free to contribute and make any suggestions. Thank you for your continued support!
Meals on Wheels volunteers are always needed - it is a rewarding service to do with a friend! If you are interested in delivering meals, please contact the Meals on Wheels Specialist in Pacifica by clicking HERE.
CID will provide a safe space for women with disabilities to talk about issues such as sexuality, self-esteem, body image, health care and how to talk to your doctor or select one, dating, long term relationships, motherhood and disability pride. We will invite women with disabilities who are leaders in the Disability Community, as guest speakers to present on topics and share life experiences. Peer group meetings will be scheduled in addition to structured meetings, training sessions and forums. Additional information may be found by downloading the Women's DEN announcement.
Keeping you updated on all things CID and disability.
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