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Tony Coelho in The Hill: I helped pass disabilities reform - I know the cost if it's gutted

February 14, 2018


The experience of having a disability profoundly shapes one’s life. It affects how one lives, where one learns, if one works, what our personal relationships are like, and how we interact with our community. This is not just because of the disability, but also because of the responses from people around us  — their attitudes, their interactions and their inclusion — or exclusion — of us.

My epilepsy (defined as chronic seizures), which I’ve had since I was a teenager, has been a defining characteristic of my life. It influenced my decision to focus my career while in Congress and afterwards on improving the lives of people living with disabilities. I was a lead sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it was introduced in the House of Representatives in 1988, and I am proud to see that the ADA continues to open doors and change lives. The ADA has become a worldwide model for codifying equal opportunity, equal access, full inclusion, and maximum independence for people with disabilities.Now, that legacy is under attack. Last year, the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives voted to advance HR 620, disingenuously named the “ADA Education and Reform Act.” This legislation would undermine the ADA and so much of the progress we have made, decreasing access for people with disabilities by removing the substantive requirements businesses and services have to meet — no longer guaranteeing access, but instead mandating a business only make “substantial progress” towards access.   

HR 620 prevents people with disabilities from seeking immediate legal recourse to protect their rights. Instead, the bill would require people with disabilities to go through a bureaucratic process to inform businesses exactly what portion of the ADA has been violated and what changes need to be made to meet its obligations. It then requires people with disabilities to wait up to 6 months or more before they could go to court to protect their rights.

This law would mean people with disabilities have to become legal experts just to participate in society, and it removes any incentive for businesses to proactively comply with the ADA. This is not how civil rights laws are supposed to work.

This is not an abstract or anachronistic problem. We’ve made meaningful progress towards accessibility in this country; technological innovations, curbs cuts, accessible government buildings and websites, as well as services allowing people with disabilities to live in their communities rather than be institutionalized.

But still, people with disabilities are more likely to live in poverty, to not own their homes, and to be unemployed than any other group of Americans. In my home state of California:

A woman who uses a wheelchair had to leave a wedding party in Sacramento because the restrooms in the refurbished mansion rented out for private events had doors so narrow that she could not enter.
A small café on the Sonoma County coast has a small steep ramp. A young man and his mother, a wheelchair user in Sonoma County, have been prevented from eating at a café when the owner let the ramp leading to the only accessible seating become overgrown with plants. The woman has written two letters asking the business to fix the problem and informing it about the tax credit available for small businesses of up to $5,000 per year. She has never received a response.
A restaurant in Sebastopol has only tall tables with high chairs, impossible to access by most people who use wheelchairs and people of short stature.

These are just a few examples of the injustices and insults people with disabilities experience every day across the country. So why are members of Congress pushing a bill to weaken the rights of people with disabilities? Why are they destroying the intent and spirit of the ADA?

Proponents of HR 620 insist that businesses need more time. They assert that businesses need to be protected from unscrupulous lawsuits. Yet the ADA has been the law of the land for almost 30 years. During that time, the federal government has conducted thousands of trainings for businesses and established ADA technical assistance centers that serve every state, free to any business owner. Businesses receive tax credits and tax deductions to reduce costs for access features.

We can address the problem of unscrupulous lawyers without taking away the rights of millions of Americans. I have been a strong supporter of the business community, and believe businesses can play a role in creating a better community for us all. I also believe it is good business to provide access to people with disabilities. Sixty million Americans with disabilities are a customer base that businesses cannot afford to ignore.

The irony here is that there are real problems with ADA compliance and enforcement that we can — and should — be working to fix. Almost 30 years after its passage, despite millions of government dollars spent on educating and supporting business owners, too many stores and public businesses are still inaccessible. The same companies who are so concerned about the cost of making their businesses accessible are, by ignoring their customers with disabilities, also missing the real opportunity to increase their bottom lines by providing services for more people.

People with disabilities deserve better. Nearly three decades after passage of the ADA, we should be encouraging businesses to open their doors, not slam them in the face of paying customers.

Instead of bringing this bill to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote, I urge Speaker Ryan to shelve HR 620, and focus instead on improving access for all Americans and full integration of people with disabilities into their communities. This bill is bad for America, bad for business, and bad for the consuming public.

Tony Coelho is a former U.S. representative from California’s Central Valley and one of the authors of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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DOnetwork Election 2018 Event Submission Form

February 8, 2018

In 2018 the DOnetwork is committed to making sure that every voter with a disability and our allied voters cast an informed ballot. That is why we are investing in promoting non-partisan voter education, candidate and initiative events all over Caliofrnia.

Do you know about any Election 2018 events like voter education, candidate forums or voter accessibility events?  Or are you or your organization hosting a forum, candidate night or partner for a community voting event? Please let us know about them by filling out this form.  We want to make sure these events are on our calendar and DOnetwork members or Independent Living Center organizers are aware of these events and take part in an active election season!

And please share this form with your friends, we want to know about all types of events for voters to learn more. CLICK HERE to fill out the form.

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‚ÄčTake the DOnetwork Media Experience Survey

February 7, 2018

Are you a person with disabilities who watches the news or television? Do you read the paper or listen to the radio? Do you get your information from social media or online outlets?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, we want to hear from you…please take our survey!
DOnetwork members are working on a community-driven project to develop a guide for journalists and media personalities on how to cover disability issues. But before we get started, we want to hear your thoughts on how the press and media outlets reports on us and our issues. The information gathered in this survey will help shape and form the information we include in the media guide.
CLICK HERE to take the survey.

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New York Times: Uber Me to My Airbnb? For Wheelchair Users, Not So Fast

November 26, 2017

Whenever I hear someone mention Airbnb, I cringe — on the inside, at least. Not because there’s anything inherently wrong with Airbnb, the home-sharing business that has grown by leaps and bounds in the past few years and has opened up affordable accommodations to millions of people around the world. The problem is, it hasn’t done so for people like me.

Airbnb is part of something called the sharing economy, an evolving system in which people who own certain things, like homes or cars, rent them out to others when they are not using them. In many cases, travelers can save a significant amount of money by staying at an Airbnb host’s property rather than at a hotel. Uber is another company that is part of the sharing economy. Drivers use their own vehicles to drive people around town. Despite Uber’s sometimes lax regulations and harassment and discrimination scandals, people still love using it and other services like it because of their lower prices and the ease of summoning a vehicle.

There are many companies that are part of this new economy, but for the purposes of accessible travel, Airbnb and Uber are the most relevant. And sadly, wheelchair users are largely being left out of it.


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Take the Ride Share Survey

November 26, 2017

The Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco is collecting information about the experiences of people with disabilities using Uber and other ride share services. The purpose of this data collection is to make Uber and other ride share services more accessible for all. Thus, we are looking for both your positive and negative experiences to better inform our next steps with this project. CLICK HERE to take the survey.

The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete. If you have any questions about this survey or the project, please feel free to contact Fiona Hinze at . Thank you for your participation!

Training: Integrating Access & Functional Needs into Emergency Planning

August 28, 2017

Sacramento Joint Field Office - California Incident Complex
L0197: Integrating Access & Functional Needs into Emergency Planning
Oroville: September 7-8, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Each Day
2279 Del Oro Avenue
Oroville, CA 95965
Accommodation request on application by September 1, 2017
CLICK HERE to register 
Santa Barbara: September 11-12, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM Each Day
Santa Barbara County EOC
4408 Cathedral Oaks Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Accommodation request on application by September 1, 2017
CLICK HERE to register 
Walnut: September 25-26, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM Each Day
Location: Mount San Antonio College
100 N. Grand Ave
Walnut, CA 91789
Accommodation request on application by September 1, 2017
CLICK HERE to register
San Diego: October 10-11, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Each Day
San Diego Environmental Services BLDG
9601 Ridgehaven Court
San Diego, CA 92123
For reasonable accommodation requests contact:
CLICK HERE to register
Course Description:
To provide participants with the information necessary to utilize disability and access and functional needs-inclusive practices, and the additional updated skills and knowledge they will need to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies.
Course Goal:
To familiarize participants with the responsibilities of Integrating Access & Functional Needs.
Target Audience:
State, local, tribal and territorial emergency planning personnel, such as Emergency Managers, Fire Protection and Emergency Medical Services, Law Enforcement, Resource agencies including Transportation, Communications, Public Works, and Public Health; Non- Governmental Organization (NGO) and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), Disability groups/ organizations.
Reasonable Accommodation Requests (Request for Auxiliary Aid or Service):
If you need an auxiliary aid or service [i.e., American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter, computer assisted note taker, real-time transcription, or alternate formats for print materials] due to a disability, please remember to include that information on the application form. Please submit your request no later than September 1, 2017 so arrangements can be made.
Participants must have completed prior to class start: IS 0230.d Fundamentals of Emergency Management. Please bring a copy of your certificate or proof of attendance with you to class.
Course Materials:
The course student materials will be delivered electronically (paperless), please bring a laptop. You may also download and print out the student manual in advanced of the class by clicking on the link on each event’s registration page.
Course Contact For More Information:

Community Organizing Training: Working with Senior Populations

August 22, 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time
The Disability Organizing Network (DOnetwork) is continuing our community organizing webinar training series by hosting the Alliance for Retired Americans to explore strategies for working with senior populations.  Aging adults and people with disabilities often share similar goals for increasing their accessibility and independence for community living. Together we can double our capacity for advocacy and developing campaigns for success. Webinar participants will interact with ARA staff to learn about their programming and priority issues, then receive training about the grassroots strategies for organizing with seniors and aging adults.
A confirmation email with webinar link or call in number and access code will be sent 24-hours in advance to those who register on line.

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‚ÄčCommunity Organizing: Voter Accessibility and the Voter's Choice Act

August 22, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time
The Disability Organizing Network (DOnetwork) continues our commitment to strategizing for accessible elections and lifting up the collective voice of voters with disabilities. We will host this one-hour teleconference to explore opportunities for disabilities advocates to become part of the movement to increase election access and fight against voter suppression. This teleconference will begin by exploring how disabled activists can become part of their county Voter Accessibility Advisory Committee or help their county organize a one if it doesn’t already exist. Then we will learn about the Voter’s Choice Act (VCA), a new law in California that will implement vote centers, and how the disability community can give input for their county’s VCA election accessibility plan. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to sign up for regular DOnetwork teleconferences for VCA implementation information sharing and resources.
A confirmation email with call in number and access code will be sent 24-hours in advance to those who register on line.

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Conversations in Civic Courage: The Resistance

August 22, 2017

Conversations in Civic Courage: The Resistance
Thursday, August 24, 2017
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time
CLICK HERE to register
The Disability Organizing Network (DOnetwork) presents the next installment in our series Conversations in Civic Courage, which provides opportunities for disability community organizers to learn from the promising practices of activists in other successful social justice movements. This one-hour teleconference will feature leaders from the Resistance Movement sweeping across the nation and energizing communities seeking to create change. Participants will have the opportunities to hear about our speakers’ promising practices, lessons learned and ask questions about the tactics and strategies they use for creating successful actions.
Speakers include:

  • Carmen Perez has dedicated her life to advocating for many important civil rights issues such as mass incarceration, gender equity, violence prevention, community policing and racial healing.  She is the founder and Executive Director of the Gathering for Justice and serves as a Co-Chair of the Women’s March.

  • Mrinalini Chakraborty is a doctoral student of Anthropology at the University of Illinois and an immigrant from India who refuses to be a bystander as the rights and safety of people in marginalized communities are threatened.  She currently serves as the Head of Field Operations and Strategy at the Women’s March.

  • Melissa Byrne is an activist, organizer and leader who has been running campaigns since she was a college student.  In 2016, she served as a Digital Mobilizer on Bernie’s Sanders presidential campaign and since has been at the forefront of many resistance actions and marches. 

A confirmation email with call in number and access code will be sent 24-hours in advance to those who register on line.

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DOnetwork Community Organizing Needs Assessment Survey

July 29, 2017

Thank you for your continued advocacy and partnership in the DOnetwork!  We are getting ready for a summer push to engage our members for community organizing training webinars and connecting through advocacy teleconferences and an Access Now organizing Summit in Southern California during September. 

We have developed a survey to get a better understanding of the training, organizing and connectivity needs for our members. We have extended the deadline to complete the survey to Thursday August 3, 2017. CLICK HERE to take the survey.  

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Banking & Financial Stability for People with Disabilities

June 22, 2017

Please join the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, World Institute on Disability, LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco for a Forum on Banking & Financial Stability for People with Disabilities on June 27, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon, at the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 1155 Market Street, 10th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103.

Participants will hear about California's soon to be launched CalABLE Program - being implemented by the California State Treasurer’s Office - that enables people with disabilities to save and build assets, even while receiving benefits, via new ABLE accounts, highlight local asset building and financial education strategies and resources, and discuss how local partners can support financial stability among people with disabilities. 

Invitees in the Bay Area include individuals and groups serving people with disabilities, community groups, financial institutions and government agencies.

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Statewide Community Organizer Job Opening: Sacramento

May 31, 2017

California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) is seeking an experienced Statewide Community Organizer. This position is under the supervision of the Deputy Director. The Statewide Community Organizer trains and supports local organizers in the Disability Organizing Network, DONetwork. This is a key statewide position in the CFILC Systems Change grant. The Statewide Community Organizer provides leadership in organizing strategic, tactical and agreed upon methods of organizing on national, state, regional and local issues to create systemic change. The Statewide Community Organizer works with the Systems Change/Community Organizing Staff located at each of the 28 ILCs as well as disability community volunteers, coalitions, allies and disability organizational partners. This position requires extensive travel throughout California and occasionally out of state. This position is responsible to prepare program reports for funders and external communications using a variety of methods.

Please visit for further details and how to apply.

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Threats to the ADA (H.R. 620)

May 12, 2017

Organizer’s Forum: Threats to the ADA (H.R. 620)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017; 1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern
Call-in: 1-515-739-1285
Passcode: 521847#
RSVP online 

Learn about federal legislation that threatens the civil rights of people with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act and find out what you can do about it. The so-called ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620) would make it difficult for people with disabilities to enforce their rights to access public accommodations under the ADA, by requiring the person to identify ADA violations, notify the business, and allow the business a lengthy period to provide access -- even though businesses have now had 27 years to comply with the law! On the call we'll talk about visits to members of Congress, and other ways you can stop this bill.

  • Marilyn Golden, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)

  • Claudia Center, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) 

Note: New number! This is through and will allow people who don't have long distance to join through their computers. Use this website:
Thank you to the National Disability Leadership Alliance for sponsoring the captioning of this call. If you need additional accommodations to participate in the call, please let NDLA know as soon as possible.
Username: forum
Password: forum
To ask questions via CART: sign-in to the chat function on the right side of the transcript and type your question. One of the call facilitators will read out any questions posted there.
Because we want to maximize the generously donated CART services, we will begin the call promptly at 1:00 p.m. Eastern 
Mark your calendars! The Organizer's Forum has a call on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern.

The Organizing Workgroup of the National Disability Leadership Alliance hosts these calls the third Tuesday of every month as a resource for disability organizers, in an effort toward building the organizing capacity of the disability community across the country. They generally follow the format of a Welcome followed by 2-3 experts in a given area speaking for a few minutes on their experiences, advice and challenges. The calls include a 20-30 minute question and answer period.

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Registration is Open for Disaster Planning for the Whole Community

April 18, 2017

Events in Northern and Southern California!

Featuring speakers from: Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies, the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, FEMA, the Pacific ADA Center, the American Red Cross, disability rights stakeholders, and survivors and responders from the Butte/Valley Fires.
Forge community partnerships for future disaster planning by learning about disability rights and emergency management responsibilities and promising practices, with a joint Table Top exercise to bring it all together

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TURN Action Alert: PG&E Rate Hike

February 7, 2017

The Utility Reform Network (TURN)  is hearing from consumers that high P&GE rates combined with cold temperatures are freezing them out. Customers say their gas bills have doubled or tripled this winter! If you are one them, please tell the CPUC NOW. TURN has our best chance of beating back further increases if the CPUC knows consumers are suffering.  Please join our email list for future chances to fight PG&E’s high rates.

Tell the CPUC NOW: High Gas Bills Are Freezing Me Out!

Tell the CPUC NOW: High Gas Bills Are Freezing Me Out!

Think your bill is wrong? Send complaints about billing errors to the CPUC here;
you’ll have fill out a short form for TURN before the longer CPUC form.

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LAO Releases Overview of Governor Brown's Budget Proposal

January 13, 2017

This publication is our office’s initial response to the Governor's 2017-18 budget proposal. The administration's estimates anticipate slow growth in the personal income tax (PIT), the state’s dominant revenue source. The Governor’s estimate of PIT growth in 2017-18 is probably too low. As a result, by the May Revision, the state could have more General Fund revenue than the Governor now projects, but much of that revenue would be required to go to schools and Proposition 2 reserves and debt payments. Facing uncertainties we have long discussed about the economy and new uncertainties about changes to federal policy, the Legislature may want to set a target for total state reserves at—or preferably above—the level the Governor now proposes.
This report is available using the following link:

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CBP: Webinar Briefing on Governor Brown's Proposed California Budget

January 13, 2017

Yesterday the California Budget & Policy Center released our "first look" analysis of Governor Brown's proposed budget for 2017-18, the state fiscal year that will start on July 1. We're pleased to be presenting a webinar next Wednesday, January 18, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., during which the Budget Center team will discuss the Governor's proposed budget and our analysis of it.

As part of our Policy Perspectives Speakers Series, this webinar briefing will examine key components of the Governor's proposal and the issues they raise, as well as some of the questions that will shape this year's budget debate.

For additional information or any questions about this webinar, contact the Budget Center at (916) 444-0500 or


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WEBINAR: How ACA Repeal and Medicaid Reform Will Impact People with Disabilities & What You Can Do!

January 13, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 @ 12:30 to 2:00pm Pacific Time

Join national and state-level disability advocates for a webinar focused on one of the most pressing issues facing people with disabilities: Congressional effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and convert federal Medicaid funding into block grants.

Advocates based in Washington, DC will provide a report on what they are observing on Capitol Hill, and discuss what will happen next.  Advocates based in various states will discuss their work to educate lawmakers and grassroots people about the importance of these healthcare programs for people with disabilities. The ADA Legacy Project’s DisBeat will provide advice on collecting personal healthcare stories from people with disabilities and how to build a guerilla marketing campaign to call attention to our issues.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

National speakers: Lindsay Baran, National Council on Independent Living (others TBD)
State-level speakers: Florida, Massachusetts, Texas (still confirming)

Media: The ADA Legacy Project’s DisBeat
You will not want to miss this! Those across the states interested in healthcare for people with disabilities will want to join in.  We can and will galvanize disability electoral power as we head into a new Administration by being informed and empowered. Join your brothers and sisters from across the nation.

This webinar is free of charge and made possible with support from the National Disability Leadership Alliance (NDLA), The ADA Legacy Project, Access Living, the NDLA Organizers Forum, and the Great Lakes ADA Center.

This session will be available on-line via the Blackboard Collaborate System.   This system is accessible to individuals who use screen readers or other forms of assistive technology.   Closed captioning is available within the platform as well.  Individuals using assistive technology, especially screen readers are encouraged to review information about the platform and how it works available on-line at THIS LINK.
If you are unfamiliar with the webinar platform and wonder if your computer system will be compatible you can review information that is available on-line at THIS LINK. Instructions are available on this page for testing the configuration of your computer and the requirements.  We recommend you review this information prior to the session.
There is also a Blackboard Collaborate App available for Mobile Devices including Android, Apple and Kindle Fire HD.  You can download the app in advance of the session from either Google Play, Amazon or ITunes.  Note that there is limited accessibility of the App in terms of access to captioning, etc.    If using the app, launch the URL from your mobile device and that will open the App (if loaded on your mobile device).
Use THIS LINK  (This link is active 45 minutes prior to the start of the session)
Audio will be broadcast via your computer/app if you have speakers/headphones attached.
Closed captioning is available via the webinar platform (not accessible from the Mobile App)
TELEPHONE OPTION OR AUDIO:  1-866-854-6779  Passcode:  *3956839* (This is a toll free line)
ASKING QUESTIONS DURING THE WEBINAR: Questions during the live webinar can be submitted via the chat area within the webinar platform or if you are listening by phone and not connected to the platform you can submit your questions by email to webinars@adaconferences.organd the organizers will receive your questions for consideration during the webinar.
If you experience technical problems accessing the webinar please call 877-232-1990 (V/TTY) for assistance.
Questions regarding the content of the webinar should be directed to Amber Smock at Access Living, at


Justice in Aging Webinar: How ACE Repeal Would Hurt Seniors

January 13, 2017

When: Tuesday, January 17 11:00 a.m. PT/ 2:00 p.m. ET.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is under immediate threat in Congress. The consequences of repealing the ACA are far reaching, and would impact the entire health care system including Medicare and Medicaid. For older adults, these programs serve as a lifeline that insures access to critical medical care. Repeal of the ACA would jeopardize the care seniors receive every day by reducing coverage, and ending programs seniors rely on to remain in their homes and communities. The out-of-pocket costs seniors pay today for care would increase, straining already tight budgets.

This webinar, How ACA Repeal would Hurt Seniors, will provide a summary of the impact an ACA repeal would have on low-income older adults, including how it would affect seniors who rely on Medicaid and Medicare. We will also provide an update on the efforts Congress is taking to effectuate a repeal and what procedural steps are yet to come. There will be ample time allotted for question and answer.

Kevin Prindiville, Executive Director, Justice in Aging
Jennifer Goldberg, Directing Attorney, Justice in Aging

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CA Budget Stakeholder Call at 2pm

January 9, 2017

A California Budget Stakeholder call will occur on January 10th at 2pm
Please call by 1:50pm to ensure time to facilitate the larger volume of callers.
Call: 888-221-9518


CA Governor's Budget Release @ 11:00am Stakeholder Call at @ 2pm

January 9, 2017

The access the live stream of Governor Brown's budget introduction on Tuesday January 10 @ 11:00am go to

To participate in the California Department of Health and Human Services Stakeholder Call with Secretary Diana Dooley at 10:50am Tuesday January 10th by calling 888-221-9518


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U.S. Election Assistance Commission Seeks Input from Voters with Disabilities

December 7, 2016

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) wants to hear from voters with disabilities about their stories on Election Day.  Please email us at: Send us the good or the bad: they want your feedback.

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Wheelchairs Vans Won't Roll in San Francisco City Carshare Deal with Getaround

November 29, 2016

Read the article in the San Francisco Chronicle see link...

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CA Budget & Policy Center Releases Medi-Cal Fact Sheet

November 29, 2016

Medi-Cal Reaches Millions of People Across California, but Faces an Uncertain Future
Enacted in 2010, the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) has significantly reduced the share of Californians without health care coverage. A central component of California's implementation of health care reform has been the expansion of Medi-Cal (the state's Medicaid program) to a broader population of low-income Californians.

A new Budget Center Fact Sheet highlights Medi-Cal's importance across our state by providing figures on Medi-Cal enrollment for every California county. This analysis shows that Medi-Cal serves more than 13 million people across all 58 counties and that in 49 of these counties over one-quarter of residents are enrolled. However, millions could risk losing Medi-Cal coverage if President-elect Donald Trump and other Republican leaders follow through on their proposals to repeal the ACA and substantially reduce funding for Medicaid. Read the Fact Sheet.

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LAO Releases Report: Disability Among California's Seniors

November 28, 2016

~~Executive Summary

Rapidly Growing Senior Population and Changing Demographics of California Seniors Raise Issues About Long–Term Supports and Services (LTSS) System. Seniors are major users of LTSS—defined broadly as services and supports provided to the disabled (of any age) who have difficulty performing daily activities. The senior population (adults aged 65 and older) in California is projected to increase more than twofold from roughly 5 million in 2015 to nearly 12 million in 2060. The demographics of the senior population are also projected to change during this period. For example, the senior population is projected to shift from being majority white to majority nonwhite by 2030. The rapid growth and changing demographics of California’s senior population raise issues about seniors’ LTSS needs, LTSS system capacity, and the financial impact of LTSS on personal and state finances. This report presents the results of our projections of disability levels of California’s seniors through 2060 to inform the Legislature and stakeholders about levels of disability and the potential need for LTSS among California’s seniors over the next several decades. These projections provide a useful starting point in understanding how California’s changing population demographics will impact the LTSS delivery system.

Population of California Seniors With Disabilities Projected to Grow Faster Than Overall California Senior Population. We project that the number of seniors in California with disabilities (as defined by limitations in routine activities of daily living, such as dressing or bathing) will increase from 1 million in 2015 to 2.7 million in 2060. This represents 160 percent growth in the population of seniors with disabilities, while California’s overall senior population is projected to grow by 135 percent over this period. The faster growth of the senior population with disabilities is partially driven by the increasing share of seniors aged 85 and older and increasing racial diversity of the senior population.

California Seniors Turning 65 Between 2015 and 2019 Projected to Spend 4.5 Years on Average With a Disability. On average, seniors turning 65 between 2015 and 2019 are projected to live for 23.6 years after age 65 and spend 4.5 of these years with a disability. The average number of years lived with a disability varies based on demographics of the seniors in this cohort. For example, white seniors in this cohort are projected to spend 3.6 years on average with a disability, while Hispanic seniors are projected to spend 5.8 years on average with a disability and nonwhite, non–Hispanic seniors are projected to spend 5.6 years on average with a disability. (Data constraints prevent us from breaking out the nonwhite, non–Hispanic race category into additional groups.)

California–Specific Projections Are a Necessary First Step in Planning for the Growing Senior Population. California–specific projections are necessary to inform the conversation around the future of the LTSS system as California’s senior population grows over the next several decades. Available national–level projections of disability levels (and the related issues of LTSS utilization and LTSS financing), while a useful starting point, are not sufficient to reflect California’s unique demographics and LTSS system. (For example, California’s senior population is projected to be majority nonwhite by 2030, while the senior population nationwide is projected to remain majority white through at least 2060.) As the Legislature, administration, and stakeholders continue to engage in planning for the impact of the growing senior population on the LTSS system, it is necessary to have projections that accurately reflect the uniqueness of California’s population and LTSS system to inform policymaking.

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Welcome to the Disability Organizing Network (DOnetwork) website! The DOnetwork calls to action the California Disability Communities and allies, through community organizing, advocacy, education, leadership development and coalition building to effect systems change in local, state and national issues.

The CFILC Disability Organizing Network is a statewide disability advocacy network of 28 Independent Living Centers and the communities they serve. In each center there is a full time staff person devoted to increasing civic participation through community organizing, education and advocacy around issues that affect the Disability Communities.