People with disabilities are at increased risk for getting and dying from COVID. Yet we are not being prioritized by the State of California in its vaccination guidelines. While family members of and staff for people with some disabilities are eligible for vaccination, the same is not true for the people they care for who are more in jeopardy.
 
In addition, the rollout has been very difficult to follow. There is little information about new phases, available appointments, or timelines for vaccinations. What information exists is very hard to find, and it's often not accessible.

People with disabilities can't wait for vaccines.
People with disabilities should be prioritized
in the next phase 1B.
 
Our voices need to be heard!
Join us for a

Town Hall on COVID Vaccines for People with Disabilities
 
  • Join members of the California Vaccine Advisory Committee from the disability community who will provide updates and comments
  • Hear personal stories from people with disabilities and family members about the importance of getting the vaccine now
  • Learn about ways to take action by calling and emailing our public officials who are making these critical decisions
  • We will take your questions and comments
 
Presenters:
  • Aaron Carruthers, Executive Director, State Council on Developmental Disabilities; Member, California Vaccine Advisory Committee
  • Andy Imparato, Executive Director, Disability Rights California; Member, California Vaccine Advisory Committee
  • Elizabeth Espinosa, Family member of a person with disabilities
  • Tim Jin, Self-Advocate
  • Amy Westling, Executive Director, Association of Regional Center Agencies
  • Moderated by: Judy Mark, President, Disability Voices United
  • More presenters to be announced

You must register to attend the town hall. Once you have registered, you will receive an email with the link to the town hall. You can register even after the town hall has begun.
 
Zoom meeting ID: 811 4680 8638
Zoom meeting password: 123456
 
SPANISH INTERPRETATION WILL BE PROVIDED
 
We will be using Zoom's translation feature during this SDP Connect. When you enter the Zoom webinar, please be sure to select the language you wish to hear at the bottom of the Zoom screen, even if you are only interested in hearing the original English version of the call. We will offer technical assistance at the beginning of the call.
START ADVOCATING TODAY!
Decisions are being made about us without us!
Tell our state leaders that WE CAN'T WAIT!
WHO TO CALL AND EMAIL:

  • Governor Gavin Newsom
  • Click HERE to email him
  • Or call at 916-445-2841
  • California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly
  • Click HERE to email him
  • Dr. Tomas Aragon, Director, California Dept of Public Health
  • Click HERE to email him

YOUR MESSAGE:

1) Introduce yourself - say if you are
  • a person with a disability
  • a family member of a person with a disability
  • a professional who works with people with disabilities

2) Explain why the vaccine is important for people with disabilities
  • We can't wait for a vaccine
  • People with disabilities are more at risk for getting and dying of COVID
  • People with disabilities need to be prioritized for vaccinations
  • The vaccine rollout must be accessible to people with disabilities

Your email or phone call doesn't have to be long. It just needs to be your words and feelings. AND IT NEEDS TO BE DONE RIGHT AWAY!
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