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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 the disability community and outside that community to create greater inclusion and equity for us all.

The result of that tour, Commissioner Bishop wrote an article on the Administration on Community Living’s Blog entitled “The Power of ‘Side by Side'”. You can read the blog article here: The Power of “Side by Side” by Aaron Bishop, Commissioner, Administration on Disabilities. RIL and our Executive Director, Frances Gracechild were honored by being mentioned in the blog.


“We also benefit from collaboration beyond the aging and disability spheres by advocating for each other’s issues, building genuine coalitions across movements, and having each other’s backs. One person who is living out this principle is Frances Gracechild. Over 35 years at Sacramento’s Resources for Independent Living (RIL) she has worked in coalition with everyone from faith leaders, to labor unions, to anti-poverty groups to advance common goals.”


Below are some photos of our visit.

Aaron Bishop speaking with Frances Gracechild Aaron Bishop drawing organizational chart Aaron Bishop being expressive

Left to Right: Front Row - Ramona Garcia, Frances Gracechild, Liz Pazdral, Pam O'Brien, Megan Stegemiller, Meredith Ramond; Back Row - Robert McCarthy, Anson Houghton, Timothy P. Beatty, Aaron Bishop, Rohmteen Mokhtari, Chris Jensen
Left to Right: Front Row – Ramona Garcia, Frances Gracechild, Liz Pazdral, Pam O’Brien, Megan Stegemiller, Meredith Ramond; Back Row – Robert McCarthy, Anson Houghton, Timothy P. Beatty, Aaron Bishop, Rohmteen Mokhtari, Chris Jensen