FYI: Secretary of State survey for voters with disabilities

Prior to each statewide election, the Secretary of State asks voters with disabilities to participate in a brief confidential survey to help identify whether there is a need in statewide California elections for more training, modified services, or enhanced outreach programs for voters with disabilities.
 
10/28/14

Help bring accessible taxis to Santa Barbara

Two weeks ago I went on vacation to Hollywood.  As I did not know my way around town, I used a lot of cabs to assist me in getting from point A to point B. Throughout the weekend I couldn't help but notice that all of the cab drivers kept asking me if I had money for the ride. Two wanted the cash up front, one even asked for a large deposit.  I had ridden in cabs by myself extensively in three other metropolitan areas in California plus in Mexico and had never been asked if I had the money for my trip before.   Even in downtown LA, where I was before I traveled to Hollywood, the cab drivers didn't assume I was looking for charity ride.

 

However, my annoyance with the cab drivers pales in comparison with my annoyance at the lack of taxi related transport options available to persons, with disabilities  in Santa Barbara. All over this town, one sees people using wheelchairs, scooters, canes and other mobility devices. However, none of the taxi companies have vehicles equipped to handle these passengers.

 

This lack of accessible taxis causes people with mobility devices to rely on the bus system. However, our transit system doesn’t go to all neighborhoods in Santa Barbara. . There are many areas such as Cathedral Oaks, the Riviera and the Fairview area in Goleta where bus aces  access is limited. If your using a a wheelchair, or  scooter  , you either need an accessible van or take Easy Lift, Santa Barbara's Para-Transit provider.

 

Easy Lift is a great option for accessible transit and is legally required to give passengers rides with only a day notice.  However, because of high demand and limited funding you often have to book your ride a week in advance. This is a problem if you are a spontaneous type of person, Easy Lift isn't an option for people who decide to go to their friend’s BBQ in Cathedral Oaks or who lose track of time while watching a concert downtown.

 

Taxis late at night provide safety and convenience for many people, yet their benefits are not accessible to a large segment of the population. The Americans with Disabilities Act that provides legal requirements for making public and Para transit programs   accessible does not require that taxi companies have accessible cabs in their fleet. However, citizens and tourists could advocate for accessible taxis on economic terms.  I believe that if a Santa Barbara company brought two or three accessible taxis, they would see an enormous rise in business.

 

If anybody wants to get involved in the movement for accessible cabs in Santa Barbara as well as trying to have the waiting time for Easy Lift reduced please contact me at Jlesner@ilrc-trico.org

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Jacob Lesner-Buxton 
Community Organizer
Independent Living Resource Center, Inc.
423 West Victoria St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
10/30/14

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2nd Annual SUPER BOWL Sunday- Come Cheer & Watch us Play!

Featuring our Challenger teams AND our very own "Wild About Cheer" Cheer Leading Squad teamed up with SB Elite Cheerleaders!

Boys and Girls ages 5 - 18 with physical, developmental and/or intellectual challenges are invited to participate in this increasingly popular sport.  Wheelchair…

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Events

 
 
 

A parent run website of special needs community resources: events, specialists, workshops, clubs, activities and travel ideas.

Volunteer Opportunities

Tutors needed in all subjects.

Flag Football - Sept 6 - Nov 1, 10:00 - 11:30 am 

Cheerleading - Sept 6 - Nov 1, 10:00 - 11:30 am

Basketball - Sept 9 - Oct 14, 3:45 - 5:00 pm

Fall Baseball - Sept 14 - Oct 26, 3:00 - 4:30 pm

To volunteer for any/all of these wonderful programs, call 805/681-9165 or email info@sbsnap.org

October is Disability Employment Month

Good afternoon,

October is Disability Employment Month. I am looking for persons from a wide range of fields who would be interested in possibiy presenting to high school students about their jobs.  So far, I have three special education teachers interested in having people present to their classes

Also, if you know of any youth who might like to job shadow employees, please let me know.  I will try to pair them with someone in our community who matches their interests.  
Jacob Lesner-Buxton 
Community Organizer
Independent Living Resource Center, Inc.
423 West Victoria St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Employers (public or private) are you willing to be a mentor for a few hours?  You will educate students with disabilities about your business and what it takes to succeed. The student will join you at your place of employment for two hours during the month of October.  Vice Mayor Cathy Murillo has agreed to have a student with a disability job shadow during her workday to raise awareness about employment for people with disabilities as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  ILRC is organizing several events to highlight the benefits to employers of a diversified workforce while involving youth with disabilities in the real world of work.

 

People with disabilities make wonderful employees and ILRC’s Community Organizer, Jacob Lesner-Buxton is heading up a month long project to pair 5 to 10 students with disabilities with 5 to 10 employers for a two-hour ‘job shadowing’ experience.  Coordination of the job-shadowing schedule will be handled through ILRC headquarters in Santa Barbara.

 

The U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) established the October tribute to raise awareness about employing people with disabilities and to celebrate their many and varied contributions to America’s workforce. 

 

ODEP Assistant Secretary, Kathleen Martinez, wrote that this year’s campaign theme centers around three words…”Expect, Employ, Empower”…to urge communities to have higher expectations for our youth with disabilities and clearly conveying that an integrated and inclusive workplace benefits everyone.

 

For more information and to participate in ILRCs Job Shadowing program, contact Jacob Lesner-Buxton, jlesner@ilrc-trico.org

9/26/14

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