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The RIL Blog

Together We Rise – Labor Day Rally, September 4, 2017

Resources for Independent Living is proud to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Held each October, NDEAM aims to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. Throughout the month, we’ll be engaging in a variety of activities to educate our community on disability employment…

Good, bad and fake news on vaccines

Good, bad and fake news on vaccines; SacBee Editorial; February 16, 2017 BY THE EDITORIAL BOARD Childhood deaths have been falling worldwide since 1990. In their foundation’s annual letter this week, Bill and Melinda Gates estimated that science had saved 122 million children in the last quarter-century. That’s a population larger than three Californias. What…

Town Hall Meeting with Dr. Pan

Tuesday night, February 28, 2017, Dr. Pan held a Town Hall meeting on a Senate Bill he authored: SB 18 Children’s Bill of Rights. Last year, Dr. Pan authored a Bill to mandate the vaccination of children attending public school, which was eventually signed into law. Many parents are still mad about the law, and…

Trump’s worrisome reveal on Obamacare repeal

Sal Roselli, the author of this article, is a long-time colleague of RIL. We post it here in light of our long-term coalition work on behalf of homecare workers. The opinions expressed belong to the author, and don’t necessarily reflect the opinion held by RIL (but then again…). Here is an excerpt: “There are straightforward fixes…

AJR 35 Heads to Governor Brown’s Desk for His Signature

This appeared in my email today, and it was thrilling to read. Hopefully, the headline is prophetic. We are holding positive thoughts that Governor Brown will sign AJR 35 into law, and the conversation on ending the California Cash-out Policy will begin between the Federal Government, and our State.

On July 1, 2016 the New Vaccination Law Took Effect

Parents: It’s time to get your kids their shots. California’s vaccine law takes full effect Friday, prohibiting school authorities from admitting new students or advancing students to seventh grade unless they have been properly vaccinated or have a valid medical excuse. The requirement stems from Senate Bill 277, last year’s controversial law that eliminated religious…

Community Advocates React to Governor Brown’s Revised 2016-17 Budget with No New Cuts and No Significant Investments

A Press Release was issued by Health Access California, on May 16, 2016 regarding Governor Brown’s Revised 2016-17 Budget. Resources for Independent Living strongly supports this statement. Community Advocates React to Governor Brown’s Revised 2016-17 Budget with No New Cuts and No Significant Investments LOS ANGELES, CA – Members of the Health and Human Services…

The Administration on Disabilities visits RIL

On March 8, 2016, RIL hosted a visit with Aaron Bishop, Commissioner, Administration on Disabilities (AoD). He, along with members of his staff, members of the California Department of Rehabilitation, and members of the State Independent Living Council, were touring California to examine how disability advocates were (or were not) working together with others in…

Public transit’s identity crisis: What’s wrong with Regional Transit and how can it get better?

Recently, Chris Jensen (RIL’s Advocate & Community Organizer), sat down with Cosmo Garvin to discuss an increased fare proposal by Sacramento Regional Transit. Here is the article that Cosmo wrote as it appeared in the Sacramento News & Review 3.10.16. Public transit’s identity crisis: What’s wrong with Regional Transit and how can it get better?…