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CENTER FOR INDEPENDENCE OF THE DISABLED APRIL 2004 25th Anniversary Celebration Issue! CID Garden Finally From the Executive Director Becomes a Reality! by Kent Mickelson CID is Celebrating It’s 25th Anniversary! The year 2004 marks the 25th anniversary of the Center for Independence of the Dis- abled. (CID) The agency was started in 1979 in the old firehouse in Belmont by people with disabilities who wanted help in achieving their goals. Over the last 25 years, CID has helped thousands of people with disabilities live more inde- pendent and productive lives. The 25th anniversary At CID’s April staff meeting, Buff Coonan and Norrie will be celebrated with several events throughout the Cavallero from the Hillsborough Garden Club, pre- balance of this year. sented Kent Mickelson, Executive Director, with a Ten Thousand Dollar check, for developing and creating an The largest and most important event will be the organic garden at CID. gala anniversary dinner to be held on Saturday The purpose of the garden is to provide an opportu- evening, October 16th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in nity for CID consumers of all ages with a variety of Burlingame. The cost of the dinner will be $80 and disabling conditions, to learn about organic gardening. will feature a silent auction and raffle with many fine We also see this as an opportunity for recreation, prizes being offered. A major guest speaker will socializing with new friend outdoors, and garden highlight the event. The dinner will also feature a therapy. We plan to donate the fruits and vegetables review of CID history with awards and recognition to we harvest to needy people in the community. individuals and groups that have been important to the We will be working closely with a landscape archi- success of CID over the tect to develop our plans for the garden site. We years. expect to do ground breaking and construction of A second event to garden boxes soon. celebrate the anniver- If you are interested in participating in this project, sary will be an Open please contact either Marta Flores in Intakes/Informa- House, held on June 3rd from tion and Referral at (650) 595-0783 Ext. 118 or David 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., in CID’S Mon, Financial Benefits Counselor at Ext. 127. center at 875 O’Neill Avenue in Belmont. The open house Donations Needed! will be free and will feature ex- hibits and displays showing the CID is seeking donations to help with the costs many services offered by CID. There will also be an of the celebration events. Donations of money awards ceremony with light refreshments. Tours of and auction and raffle prizes are being requested. the building and grounds will also be offered. Opportunities to sponsor tables at the gala din- The third event of our celebration year will be a ner are also available. Help us make our 25th Belmont Chamber of Commerce Mixer. The mixer will Anniversary an outstanding success! be held in November at the center on O’Neill Avenue. CENTER FOR INDEPENDENCE OF THE DISABLED / APRIL 2004 NEWSLETTER -1- RAY’S CORNER NEED TO VENT? by Ray Pittsinger ProgramManager ...NEED SOMEONE Service animals are animals that are individually trained to perform TO LISTEN? tasks for people with disabilities such by Gayle Prytz as guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are Living with disabilities can be stressful and challeng- deaf, pulling wheelchairs, alerting and protecting a person ing. Please join us every Wednesday afternoon from who is having a seizure, or performing other special tasks. 2:30 to 4:00 pm and share your feelings and experi- Service animals are working animals, not pets. ences with people who understand. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), busi- For more information please call Gayle Prytz (Peer nesses and organizations that serve the pub- Counselor) at (650) 595-0783 Ext. 124. lic must allow people with disabilities to bring their service animals into all areas of the facility where customers are normally al- National Volunteer Week lowed to go. This federal law applies to all By Sally Pierotti businesses open to the public, including res- During the week of April 18 - 24, 2004CID Celebrated taurants, hotels, taxis and shuttles, grocery and department National Volunteer Week. CID has 25 wonderful VIMM stores, hospitals and medical offices, theaters, health clubs, volunteers who assist consumers with basic money parks, and zoos. management, sorting and paying bills and other related services. It’s All in the Numbers Our 20 SASH volunteers help by grocery shopping for people who are unable to leave their homes or are by Nicole Cortichiato unable to lift or carry groceries. Some enlightening statistics were learned in the CID recognized the term of our volunteer’s service 2000 Census. The number of seniors in America is with us, which spans from September 1990 - Herbert predicted to increase dramatically. The “Baby Boom” Granger; October 1991 - Thomas Lewin; January 1993 showed the largest increase of any age group. The - Donald & Dorothy Rottinghaus (husband & wife baby boom refers to people born in the post-World team) to January 2004 - David Galli, Amy Koslosky and War II period from 1946 through 1964. Rick Perez, and April 2004 - Leslie Peay Heckman. By 2050, people age 65 and older will be 21% of the If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please population, (compared with only 12% now). contact Sally Pierotti, SASH & VIMM Coordinator at People 85 and older will be 5% of the Country (650) 595-0783 Ext. 117. (compared with 1.5% now) With this huge increase of our seniors, we will need significantly more services designed specifically for Safety & Emer- seniors. Seniors themselves can better prepare for healthy and safe long lives by: gency Services •Exercising your body and your mind - Read, play by Jim Stinehoff, cards, do crossword puzzles, or start a Building Safety & walking group Emergency Services •Remember to get your vaccines - After age 50 get a flu shot every year. Every 10 years, get a Teta On April 22nd, the San Mateo County Office of nus/Diphtheria. In addition, ask your doctor about Emergency Services has scheduled and coordi- Chicken Pox, Hepatitis B and Pneumonia nated with the municipal Emergency Operations •Avoid four major causes of falls Centers a countywide response drill to a simulated • inactivity earthquake which has interrupted the flow of water. • medications April is Earthquake Preparedness Month. CID • vision defects offers a packet of self and home emergency pre- • environment hazards paredness information, questionnaires, and check- Above all, remember - a number is just a number - it’s attitude that counts. Celebrate every age you are lists to help prepare people with disabilities for for a happy, long life. For assistance in Advocacy natural disasters. Packets may be requested by please call (650) 595-0783, ask for Nicole Cortichiato contacting Jim Stinehoff, Building Safety & Emer- Advocacy Spec. Ext. 113. gency Services at (650) 595-0783 Ext. 126. CENTER FOR INDEPENDENCE OF THE DISABLED / APRIL 2004 NEWSLETTER -2- INFORMATION AND HOME ACCESSIBILITY REFERRAL NEWS MODIFICATION (HAM) by Marta Florez The Housing Modification Program, at the Center for Intakes, Information & Referral Specialist Independence of the Disabled (CID), would like to announce that all the programs have money to provide The International Institute in San Mateo County service to low-income expanded its Citizenship Program. Free classes were households. Some- offered Mondays and Fridays, 4pm-7pm, at the Fair body in the family Oaks Community Center (FOCC), 2600 Middlefield must be disabled or Road in Redwood City. The informational sessions elderly. about the naturalization process were held on March Right now we are 3rd at 6pm and on April 5th at 4pm, at FOCC. Call especially looking for (650) 780-7530 for information on future classes. residents of Redwood Multiple Services Available at the Humane Society. City, San Carlos, and The PHS/SPCA’s Safe Pet Program, for instance, San Mateo County. It works with Victims of Domestic Abuse. The shelter doesn’t matter if you temporarily takes care of their animals while they get rent or own. A new their lives together. PHS/SPCA also helps people Tenant Accessibility Modification Program and Family looking for rentals that allow animals through the Pet Care Support Program have been added to provide Friendly Rental Housing Program. For details you can service to new consumers. Please call to inquire about call Amy Differding at (650) 340-7022 Ext. 369. eligibility for these programs. The types of modifications we provide are: grab bars, rails, ramps, toilet safety frames, and hand held The California 250% showers etc. All home modifications are evaluated by Working Disabled our Occupational Therapist and our Installers have many years of experience. If you know of anybody in Program for MediCal need of these services, please have them call Marta at (650) 595-0783 Ext. 118. by Jay Swee MediCal has a California 250% Working Disabled Program. This means that if you are disabled, work- The View of a Personal ing, and have a “high share of cost” (SOC) for Assistance Program MediCal ... you may earn up to 250% of the federal Coordinator poverty level (guidelines) of $8980/yr. ... that is... By Judith Duisenberg, ($8980.80 X 250% = $22,450/yr.) of “countable” PAP Coordinator income ($1,870.83/mo.) and qualify for a MediCal buy- in that greatly reduces your share of cost. SSDI and SSI are exempted and all you have to do is be working In July of 1999 Donna Shalala, Director Health & & earning more than $1. Come and get it! Human Services, Washington D.C. said, “No Ameri- People,... this means that if you, say, have a $500 can should have to live in a nursing home or state SOC for MediCal because you receive $1100/mo. institution if that individual can live in a community with SSDI, you can meet the above earnings limits or go to the right mix of affordable supports.” work earning, say $10/week or ($1 to $600/mo), and One of the most important facets of the CID mission qualify for a ...get this,... $20 premium payment per is to make it possible for the elderly and disabled to month! remain in an independent living situation for as long as This is serious money folks! Slightly higher pre- possible. mium rates apply for higher earnings but this is a The Personal Assistance Program (PAP) provides in- great deal to look into. Call Jay Swee, Social Security home attendant care which enables seniors and disabled Benefit Planning Assistance & Outreach at (650) 595- persons to continue productive lives without disruption, 0783 Ext. 122 or call MediCal at (650) 802-5018. avoiding the need to move and adjust to assisted living or Don’t let yourself pay that high, out of pocket, share of Level II nursing facilities. Call Judith at 650-595-0783 ext. cost for your medications! GET MediCal! 125 for assistance. CENTER FOR INDEPENDENCE OF THE DISABLED / APRIL 2004 NEWSLETTER -3- CENTER FOR INDEPENDENCE OF THE DISABLED / APRIL 2004 NEWSLETTER -4- CID NEWS & VIEWS race, age, religion, gender or sexual orientation. CID is fully accessible to programs and facility. The Center for Independence of the Disabled will serve qualified consumers without regard to ability, A n n i v e r s a r y ! 2 5 t h O u r C e l e b r a t i n g www.CIDBelmont.org 94002 Belmont, CA FAX: 650-595-0261 TDD: 650-595-0743 Permit No. 107 TEL: 650-595-0783 PAID U .S POSTA GE U .S ... POSTA GE U .S POSTA GE U .S. POSTAGE U .S . POSTA GE Belmont, CA 94002 NON-PROFIT ORG. 875 O’Neill Avenue Center for Independence of the Disabled COMPUTER TRAINING CLASS Donate Your Old Car to CID! FOR CONSUMERS - June 10th Do you have an old “junker” car sitting in your drive- On Thursday June 10th from 1:30PM to way? Donate Your Old Car to CID and receive a 3:30PM, there will be a computer train- tax write-off. CID is now accepting donations. ing class held at CID. This is the second You will receive a tax donation receipt informal computer training class held in that you can use to reduce your response to the needs of consumers who personal income tax. have requested such a class. Computer You will also gain from the Basics will be covered followed by a Q & satisfaction of knowing that your A session. The class will be conducted donation will help CID. For more by CID’s Assistive Technology Department. The class is offered information, call Steve Freier at once each quarter. Call ext. 115 to register. (650) 595-0783 ext. 115 or Brent Duisenberg at ext. 116. ? QUE ES CAP? FREE TELEPHONES & LOW- CAP (Programa de Asistencia al Cliente) es un programa del Centro de Independencia para los COST BASIC PHONE SERVICE! Discapacidades, CID. Es patrocinado por el Acto If you have a temporary or permanent disability you Rehabilitacion Federal (el Acto) para: may be eligible for a free telephone. CTAP has tele- • Asesorar e informar a las personas acerca de todas phone products available to make your life easier los servicios y beneficios que estan a su disposicion a when using your phone. traves de los programas del Acto. If you’re on a limited or fixed income, you may be • Ayudar, defender y representar a las personas en sus relaciones con los programas brindados bajo el Acto. eligible for basic telephone service for about half the • Informar a las personas con discapacidades acerca regular cost. The Assistive Technology Department de los servicios y beneficios disponibles para ellos bajo can help you obtain either of these services. el Acto y bajo el Titulo 1 de Acto sobre los Americanos Call Brent Duisenberg at (650) 595-0783 ext. 116 or con Discapacidades (ADA). Steve Freier ext. 115.
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