March Newsletter

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March 2020
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March is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

 

According to Cerebral Palsy New Today:

“Cerebral palsy is a neurological disability that affects thousands of children and adults worldwide. March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, which allows us to celebrate and educate others about the disorder.

Not everyone has cerebral palsy in the same way, but we do have similarities. Muscle movement and coordination are usually affected. Posture and speech impediments are almost similar, but the differences are in the details. The best way to know how cerebral palsy affects a person is to talk to them. Feel free to get to know who they are, and you will gain insight into how their disability affects them.

This March, please remember that green isn’t just for St. Patrick’s Day. Green is for the beautiful past and future for adults and children with cerebral palsy! Let others know something about cerebral palsy and spread awareness so that the future will become even brighter.”

Read the full article here.


 

Coming Soon:
3rd Annual Women With Disabilities in the Arts Fundraising Event


On April 10, 2020, we will be hosting our 3rd Annual Women With Disabilities in the Arts fundraising event. Mark your calendars for an evening of fun, wine, art, and networking! We will also be silent auctioning art from our consumers to benefit our Art programs. Be sure to visit our website accesstoindependence.org to donate or email info@accesstoindependence.org for more information.


 

 

 

#ACCESSTOCENSUS2020

This Census season, we are hosting some exciting educational workshops! In addition to our workshops, all of our offices will be equipped with a computer station that will allow you to complete your census online! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for Census related tips and FAQ!

 

Every 10 years, The Census gathers information on the population of the United States to determine how many representatives each state will get in congress and how tax dollars will be distributed.
Andrea, Angie, Ryan, and Matthew from our Mission Valley Branch are ready for Census 2020!
The United States Census 2020 is hiring! For more information, call 1-800-JOB-2020 or visit 2020census.gov/jobs



March 3, 2020 is Election Day
Polls are open 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Are you registered to vote but need more information on the election coming up?
Contact us with your questions!
info@accesstoindependence.org

UPCOMING EVENTS

MISSION VALLEY BRANCH:
March 6, 13, and 27
9:30 am to 1:00 pm PST
Living Well in the Community Workshop
(consumers only)
Location: 

8885 Rio San Diego Dr., Suite 131 B, San Diego, CA 92108
RSVP with Andrea Christopher
Independent Living Services Coordinator achristopher@accesstoindependence.org
(619) 704-2442

March 9, 2020
10:00 am to 11:00 am PST
Housing 
Advocacy Group
(consumers only)
Location:

8885 Rio San Diego Dr., Suite 131 B
San Diego, CA 92108
RSVP with Angela Bagnas
Independent Living Community Education Coordinator abagnas@accesstoindependence.org
(619) 704-2448

March 9, 2020
11:00 am to 12:00 pm PST
Transportation Advocacy Group
(consumers only)
Location:

8885 Rio San Diego Dr., Suite 131 B
San Diego, CA 92108
RSVP with Angela Bagnas
Independent Living Community Education Coordinator abagnas@accesstoindependence.org
(619) 704-2448

March 9, 2020
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm PST
Personal Assistance Peer Support Group
(consumers only)
Location:

8885 Rio San Diego Dr., Suite 131 B
San Diego, CA 92108
RSVP with Andrea Christopher
Independent Living Services Coordinator achristopher@accesstoindependence.org
(619) 704-2442

March 18, 2020
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm PST
Emergency Preparedness Workshop
(consumers only)
Location:

8885 Rio San Diego Dr., Suite 131 B
San Diego, CA 92108
RSVP with Angela Bagnas
Independent Living Community Education Coordinator abagnas@accesstoindependence.org
(619) 704-2448

March 27, 2020
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm PST
Art Experience Class
(consumers only)
Location:

8885 Rio San Diego Dr., Suite 131 B
San Diego, CA 92108
RSVP with Angela Bagnas
Independent Living Community Education Coordinator abagnas@accesstoindependence.org
(619) 704-2448

 

HAWAII BRANCH:
March 3, 2020
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm HST
Peer Support Group:
Self Expression Through Art
(consumers only)
Location:

200 N. Vineyard Blvd. Box 04, Suite 508
Honolulu, HI 96817
RSVP with Kwee Ann Yap-Fukunaga, Independent Living Services Coordinator
kayapfukunaga@accesstoindependence.org
(808) 626-5458

March 6, 2020
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm HST
2020 Census: Community Awareness
(consumers only)
Location:

Access to Independence Oahu Conference Room
200 N. Vineyard Blvd. Box 04, Suite 508
Honolulu, HI 96817
RSVP with Alfonis Sound, Program Manager
asound@accesstoindependence.org
(808) 369-9521

March 12, 2020
9:00 am to 10:30 am HST
Basic Money Management Workshop
(consumers only)
Location:

200 N. Vineyard Blvd. Box 04, Suite 508
Honolulu, HI 96817
RSVP with Kwee Ann Yap-Fukunaga, Independent Living Services Coordinator
kayapfukunaga@accesstoindependence.org
(808) 626-5458

March 17, 2020
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm HST
VAAIA Program: Peer Support Group
(consumers only)
Location:

200 N. Vineyard Blvd. Box 04, Suite 508
Honolulu, HI 96817
RSVP with Casandra Certeza, Independent Living Services Coordinator
ccerteza@accesstoindependence.org
(808) 6265-475 

March 19, 2020
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm HST
Transportation Committee Meeting
(consumers only)
Location:

200 N. Vineyard Blvd. Box 04, Suite 508
Honolulu, HI 96817
RSVP with Kwee Ann Yap-Fukunaga, Independent Living Services Coordinator
kayapfukunaga@accesstoindependence.org
(808) 626-5458

March 26, 2020
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm HST
Kauhale Program: Housing Committee Meeting
(consumers only)
Location:

200 N. Vineyard Blvd. Box 04, Suite 508
Honolulu, HI 96817
RSVP with Jessica Sintos, Independent Living Services Coordinator 
jsintos@accesstoindependence.org
(808) 369-9525


IMPERIAL VALLEY BRANCH:

March 11, 2020
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm PST
Creative Expression Art Class
(open to the public)
Location:

321 Wake Ave.
El Centro, CA 92243
RSVP with Sonia Silva, Program Manager
ssilva@accesstoindependence.org
(760) 768-2044

March 12, 2020
10:00 am to 11:00 am PST
Health and Wellness Class: Community Support and Commodities
(consumers only)
Location:

Villa de las Flores Apartment Complex
2201 Meadows Drive
Calexico, CA 92231
RSVP with Judith Brown, Independent Living Services Coordinator
jbrown@accesstoindependence.org
(760) 618-0167

March 18, 2020
10:00 am to 11:00 am PST
Health and Wellness Class: Community Support and Commodities
(consumers only)
Location:

321 Wake Ave.
El Centro, CA 92243
RSVP with Judith Brown, Independent Living Services Coordinator
jbrown@accesstoindependence.org
(760) 618-0167

March 25, 2020
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm PST
Creative Expression Art Class
(consumers only)
Location:

321 Wake Ave.
El Centro, CA 92243RSVP with Sonia Silva, Program Manager
ssilva@accesstoindependence.org
(760) 768-2044


 


NORTH COUNTY BRANCH:
March 3, 2020
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm PST
Census Education Workshop
(consumers only)
Location:

1440 S. Escondido Blvd. Suite D
Escondido, CA 92025
RSVP with Franco Saavedra, Program Manager  
fsaavedra@accesstoindependence.org
619-704-2440

March 5, 2020
10:00 am to 11:00 am PST
Transportation Advocacy Committee
(consumers only)
Location:

1440 S. Escondido Blvd. Suite D
Escondido, CA 92025
RSVP with Franco Saavedra, Program Manager  
fsaavedra@accesstoindependence.org
619-704-2440

March 5, 2020
11:00 am to 12:30 pm PST
Disability Support Group
(consumers only)
Location:

1440 S. Escondido Blvd. Suite D
Escondido, CA 92025
RSVP with Franco Saavedra, Program Manager  
fsaavedra@accesstoindependence.org
619-704-2440

March 11, 2020
10:00 am to 12:30 pm PST
Our Creative Self- Expressive Arts Workshop
(consumers only)
Location:

1440 S. Escondido Blvd. Suite D
Escondido, CA 92025
RSVP with Franco Saavedra, Program Manager  
fsaavedra@accesstoindependence.org
619-704-2440

March 24, 2020
10:00 am to 11:30 am PST
Emergency Preparedness Workshop (Spanish)
(consumers only)
Location:
1440 S. Escondido Blvd. Suite D
Escondido, CA 92025
RSVP with Franco Saavedra, Program Manager  
fsaavedra@accesstoindependence.org
619-704-2440



NEED HELP WITH YOUR ENERGY BILL? 

SDG&E has several assistance programs to help lower your monthly energy bill while keeping your home comfortable.   
California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program: Save 30% or more every month on your bill. Eligibility is based on participation in certain public assistance programs, or household income and how many people live in your home. Visit sdge.com/CARE to learn more. 
Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) Program: If you don’t meet the requirements for CARE, you may qualify for FERA. You could receive an 18 percent discount on your energy bill. FERA is only open to households with three or more people. Visit sdge.com/FERA to learn more. 
Medical Baseline Allowance Program: If you or someone in your household has a qualifying medical condition or needs certain medical equipment in your home, you may be eligible for electricity or natural gas at a lower rate. To learn more or apply, visit sdge.com/MedicalBaseline.
Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) Program: You may qualify to receive no-cost energy-saving improvements for your home, such as new home appliances, energy-efficient lighting, insulation and more. To see if you qualify, visit sdge.com/ESAP
For details about SDG&E’s customer assistance programs, visit sdge.com/Assistance. If you have additional questions, please email billdiscount@sdge.com or call 1-800-411-7343.   

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