THIS WEEK FROM
DISABILITY VOICES UNITED
Tomorrow - SDP Connect
Thursday - Webinar on education during the pandemic

Esta semana con Disability Voices United...
Mañana - SDP Connect
Jueves - Webinar sobre educación durante la pandemia
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Tomorrow: SDP Connect
Wednesday, July 29, 4 - 5 pm PT
Note time change
The SDP Connect logo. Three figures that are orange, dark blue, and light blue extend their arms towards each other, forming a circle. The text "SDP CONNECT" is written next to the figures in gray text.
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 15-30 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:
SELECTING AND HIRING YOUR INDEPENDENT FACILITATORS, FMS, AND SERVICE PROVIDERS

Presenters include:
  • Connie and Harvey Lapin, Parents
  • Howard McBroom, SDP Participant
  • Judy Mark, DVU President

Please note that this week's SDP Connect is at 4 pm.

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

The Zoom meeting ID is 873 6463 5352 .
The Zoom meeting password is 123456.

The call will be recorded and posted on The Self-Determination Interchange. Watch past SDP Connect Calls on the Self-Determination Interchange.
Mañana: SDP Connect
Miércoles 29 de julio
4-5 pm (favor tomar nota del cambio de horario)
Una reunión informativa por Zoom para participantes del Programa de Autodeterminación (SDP, por sus siglas en inglés) de todo California, familiares, facilitadores independientes, FMS, personal de centros regionales, proveedores de servicios y cualquier otra persona interesada en avanzar con el SDP.

Cada reunión durará solo una hora. Durante los primeros 15-30 minutos habrá una presentación sobre un tema diferente, a continuación se responderán las preguntas de los asistentes. Terminaremos cada reunión exactamente al cabo de una hora, pero regresaremos la próxima semana para ofrecerles más asistencia.

El tema de esta semana:
Cómo seleccionar y contratar su facilitador independiente, agencia FMS y proveedores de servicios

Hablaremos sobre posibles preguntas para entrevistas y cómo decidir quién es la persona indicada para USTED.
 
Los presentadores incluyen:
  • Connie y Harvey Lapin, Padres
  • Howard McBroom, Participante del Programa de Autodeterminación
  • Judy Mark, Presidenta de DVU

Por favor tomar nota del cambio de horario.

Para escuchar la interpretación simultánea al español:
Llame al 551-241-6310. No hay un código de aceso.

El ID de reunión de Zoom es  873 6463 5352 .
La contraseña de Zoom es 123456.

Se grabará la llamada y se publicará en The Self-Determination Interchange.  Escuchar las llamadas anteriores de SDP Connect en the Self-Determination Interchange.
Coronavirus Webinar
Thursday, July 30, 2-4 PM
Back to School for Students with Disabilities: Navigating Uncertainty and Challenges
As most school districts in California prepare to return using distance learning, this webinar explores the impact this will have on students with disabilities. When schools first closed this spring, many students with disabilities and their families reported difficulty connecting with their schools, accessing online instruction, and/or obtaining meaningful accommodations and services. Now that schools have had more time to prepare, will distance learning be any different for students with disabilities this fall? Presenters will discuss concerns, new requirements and possibilities, as well as ways to work with schools during this challenging time. 

Presenters include:
  • Ann England, Co-Coordinator of CAPTAIN (California Autism Professional Training and Information Network), Project Coordinator, Marin County SELPA Content Lead-ASD 
  • Vivian Haun, Attorney, Board Member, Disability Voices United
  • Sherry Johnson, Parent of 12th Grade Student with autism at Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Jillian King, Senior Director, Placer County Office of Education 
  • Lisa Mosko, Director of Advocacy for Special Education and Educational Rights, Speak UP
  • Kavita and Kishan Sreedhar, Family Members of student in special education in San Jose
  • Erik Zelaya, Student with autism who types to communicate at Whittier-Union High School District
  • Moderated by Judy Mark, President of Disability Voices United

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

The webinar ID is 847 9913 0515 .
The webinar will be recorded and posted on our coronavirus website .
Webinar
El regreso a la escuela para los estudiantes con discapacidades: Cómo navegar la incertidumbre y los cambios
Jueves 30 de julio 2-4 pm
Ahora que la mayoría de distritos escolares de California se preparan para regresar utilizando educación a distancia, este  webinar  explorará el impacto que esto tendrá en los estudiantes con discapacidades. Cuando las escuelas cerraron en la primavera, muchos estudiantes con discapacidades y sus familias informaron tener dificultades para conectarse con sus escuelas, acceder a la instrucción en línea y/u obtener adecuaciones y servicios provechosos. Ahora que las escuelas han tenido más tiempo para prepararse, ¿será la educación a distancia diferente este otoño para los estudiantes con discapacidades? Los presentadores hablarán sobre preocupaciones, nuevos requisitos y posibilidades, así como sobre maneras de trabajar con las escuelas en estos tiempos difíciles.  
 
Los presentadores incluyen:
  • Ann England, Co-Coordinadora de CAPTAIN (sigla en inglés para California Autism Professional Training and Information Network), Coordinadora de Proyectos, SELPA del Condado de Marin, Líder de Contenido-ASD 
  • Vivian Haun, Abogada, Miembro de la Junta Directiva, Disability Voices United
  • Sherry Johnson, madre de un estudiante de 12.o grado con autismo en LAUSD
  • Jillian King, Directora Sénior, Oficina de Educación del Condado de Placer 
  • Lisa Mosko, Directora de Defensa de Educación Especial y Derechos Educativos, Speak UP
  • Kavita y Kishan Sreedhar, familiares de una estudiante de educación especial en San José
  • Erik Zelaya, estudiante con autismo que se comunica por teclado y que forma parte del distrito Whittier-Union High School District
  • Moderado por Judy Mark, Presidenta de DVU
  • Se anunciarán más presentadores

Para escuchar la interpretación simultánea al español:
 Llame al 551-241-6310. No hay un código de aceso.

El ID de webinar: 847 9913 0515.
Este webinar será grabado . Puede encontrar webinars anteriores aquí en nuestro   nuevo sitio web sobre coronavirus.
Tell your senators to fund home and community-based services (HCBS)
The Senate released their version of the next coronavirus stimulus bill. Their bill, the HEALS Act, does not have sufficient funding for home and community based services. We need to make sure that the bill that passes the Senate has funding for home and community-based services (HCBS).

The HEROES Act, passed by the House, did include HCBS funding, but the Senate has released its own bill without much money for HCBS. This means even if you've called or emailed before, it's important to contact your senators again and tell them what HCBS funding means to you!

Congregate settings, like nursing homes and state facilities, are very dangerous during the pandemic. These congregate settings have high rates of coronavirus infection and death from coronavirus. HCBS funding will help make sure that people with disabilities can stay in their own homes and avoid unnecessary placement in congregate settings. Funding HCBS properly will save lives.

Please contact your senators NOW and tell them why funding for HCBS is so important to you!

How to Contact Your Senators
  1. Visit the Senate's "Find a Senator" tool here: Find Your Senator. 
  2. Choose your state. It will show the names of your senators.
  3. Under each name, it will have a “Contact” link. Click on that and it will bring you to the senator’s page to send them a direct constituent email.
  4. Fill in the information (name, address, email)
  5. The subject line and the message of the email should be personalized. Having the exact same language from hundreds of people is not as effective as ONE personal message. The subject line should mention asking them to support HCBS funding.
  6. The message should:
  • describe your connection to people with developmental disabilities, eg a family member, close friend, etc.
  • explain why protecting their services is important to you
  • emphasize that funding HCBS will save lives

You should receive a response from your senator.
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.

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  • Meaningful outcomes that matter to us

  • Systems that are equitable and accountable to us

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