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Success Stories

Karl Jessup

Karl Jessup

Karl Jessop was recovering from the amputation of both legs at Sharp Rehabilitation Center when we first him and learned that he would be needing some assistive technology equipment in order to maintain his independence once discharged. When our Independent Living Services Coordinator, Andrea Chavez, visited him at […]

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GARY De PIERA

GARY De PIERA (Personal Account) An extended hospital stay led me to convalescent care in North County, far away from the security of a home my partner and I had been sharing with a friend. When our friends’ landlord decided to convert the apartments to […]

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Stoy Baucom

Mr. Baucom is a veteran, and a senior person with disabilities. He was referred to Access to Independence by the Senior Center. At that time, he was in crisis and benefited from our various services and programs including housing, information and referral, assistive technology, independent […]

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Thomas Hayhurst

Thomas Hayhurst

Mr. Thomas Hayhurst is a senior and a person with a disability. On 7-31-2015, an Access to Independence Independent Living Coordinator made a visit to do an intake with Thomas who wanted to gain his independence back. The IL Coordinator went over services and Thomas […]

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Kenneth Bryant

Kenneth Bryant

When Kenneth Bryan first contacted Access to Independence he was having difficulty getting out of his home. He uses a wheelchair and the old wooden ramp from his front door to the sidewalk was rickety and rather dangerous. It became a scary experience just getting […]

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Amando Ruiz

Amando Ruiz

Armando Ruiz became a consumer at Access to Independence on March 10, 2016. After going over an Independent Living Skills Assessment on the phone with Armando advocate facilitated a home visit. Both Armando and the Access to Independence advocate agreed that he could greatly benefit […]

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Eufemia (Minnie) Crouse

Eufemia (Minnie) Crouse

Eufemia (Minnie) Crouse Minnie has been a consumer at Access to Independence since January 6, 2016. She worked with advocate who facilitated a home visit through the Older Americans who Are Blind program. Minnie signed up to attend the Center for the Blind programs. She […]

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Billy McLeod

Billy McLeod

Billy McLeod is a person with a disability. He was referred to Access to Independence by his health insurance, Care1st, for assistance in helping him transition from a skilled nursing facility (SNF) back into the community and into a place he could call “home.”  In […]

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Dara FitzGerald

Dara FitzGerald

Dara FitzGerald who has cerebral palsy called Access to Independence feeling overwhelmed because she had been denied services from In Home Supportive Services. This is a program that helps people stay at home who otherwise would be at risk of being institutionalized. Dara was in […]

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Carl Rodgers

Carl Rodgers is totally blind due to complications of being born pre-mature. Carl became a consumer at Access to Independence on November 23, 2015. After going over an Independent Living Skills Assessment over the phone with an advocate it was decided that Carl qualified for […]

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Ms. Enriqueta Martinez

Ms. Enriqueta Martinez is a senior person with disabilities. She was referred to Access to Independence by a senior complex called Southern Highlands. Under new management, Southern Highland had asked many residents who had not met the new income requirements to vacate or be evicted. […]

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Albert Jackson

Albert Jackson

Albert Jackson desperately needed an electric wheelchair because it was becoming so hard and painful to walk. He had tried to get his insurance to purchase one but for some reason it kept being delayed. He had previously working with Independent Living Service Coordinator Valerie […]

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Charles Kirtley

Charles Kirtley

Charles Kirtley has been a consumer at Access to Independence since 1997. Charles is legally blind and participated in the advocacy class at The Blind Community Center from January 7, 2015 to April 4, 2015. He attended classes that were organized by Raquel Vega, Access […]

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Inge Bonn

Inge Bonn

Inge Bonn is a long time consumer, volunteer and staff member of Access to Independence. She has a history here of more than 20 years. Three years ago she had a stroke and as a result her mobility was affected and she has been using […]

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Stoy Baucom

Stoy Baucom

Mr.Stoy Baucom is a senior, a veteran, and a person with disabilities. He was referred to Access to Independence by the Senior Center. At that time, he was in crisis and benefited from the Centers’ various services and programs (housing, information and referral, assistive technology, […]

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