Opening Up in a Pandemic:
The Perils for People with Disabilities

Your thoughts on the reopening of
group programs during
the coronavirus pandemic

Thursday, June 25, 2020
2 - 4 pm PT
The California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is working with regional centers, service providers, individuals, and families to develop a "COVID-19 Re-Entry Plan" to reopen congregate (group) programs, such as adult day, work, and social skills programs, in some modified way.

Disability Voices United has heard concerns from many families about the potential reopening of group programs considering the coronavirus is actually increasing in our state. 

For our Town Hall, we want to hear from YOU   about your questions and concerns about reopening group programs. YOU will be the experts! 

You will get a chance to tell us how you feel about whether it is safe for group programs to reopen and what kinds of services you would like to receive during the pandemic. We will share your views with DDS and other state leaders.

To get the discussion started, we will hear from;

  • Clarissa Kripke, MD, Parent and Director, Office of Primary Developmental Care, UC San Francisco
  • Lisa Szilagyi, Parent and Founder/Director of Programming, The Aurelia Foundation-Creative Steps 
  • Additional presenter to be announced
  • Moderated by: Judy Mark, President, Disability Voices United
The webinar will be recorded.
The webinar ID is 882 2799 4741.
Disability Voices United presents...

Wednesday, June 24
5 - 6 pm PT
A weekly information-sharing Zoom meeting for Self-Determination Program participants from everywhere in California, family members, independent facilitators, FMSs, regional center staff, service providers, and anyone else who is interested in moving the SDP forward!

Each meeting will last only one hour. The first 15-20 minutes will be a presentation on a different topic followed by questions and answers from attendees at the meeting. We will stop each meeting after one hour but we will be back the following week to provide more assistance.

This week’s topic:


With information provided by leaders of FMS agencies

Please join us and spread the word!

Wednesday, June 24
5-6 pm PT

Please join us and spread the word! SDP Connect takes place every Wednesday from 5-6 pm.

The meeting password is 123456.
The meeting ID is 873 6463 5352.
The call will be recorded.

To listen to simultaneous translation in Spanish:
Call 551-241-6310. There is no access code.
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Resource website on coronavirus

Sitio web con recursos sobre coronavirus
If you need more information about coronavirus and its impact on people with disabilities, visit our website.
Si necesita más información sobre coronavirus y su impacto en las personas con discapacidades, visite nuestro sitio web.

Disability Voices United works for:

  • Choice and control over our lives

  • Meaningful outcomes that matter to us

  • Systems that are equitable and accountable to us

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