How to Reach Your Elected Officials


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Want to reach out to your elected officials? Use these links to find out who is your elected official and how to contact them. Please give us a call if you would like information and/or support regarding legislation and public policy impacting people with disabilities.

CITY OF LOS ANGELES:
Find your City of Los Angeles council member.

COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES:
Find your Los Angeles County supervisor.

STATE:
Find your state senator and representative.

FEDERAL:
Find your senator.

Find your representative.

Visit ContactTheCongress.org.

Ed Roberts Day is January 23rd! Join us for the Celebration.

Come to WCIL and celebrate Ed Roberts Day with us.  We will be gathering at 12:30 pm with light refreshments and snacks.  We will watch a part of the film “Lives Worth Living” which is a documentary about the disability rights movement.

Who was Ed Roberts?

Ed Roberts was both an advocate and an activist. He was a leader in the civil rights movement and championed the rights of people with disabilities. He was the founder of the first Center for Independent Living and the World Institute on Disability. Ed advocated for his right to attend a university and was a activist in the 504 sit-in held in San Francisco. He was known for a lot of things by a lot of people, but most importantly he believed in empowering others to become advocates and activists.

Want to learn more about Ed?  Check out these great videos:

 

Women’s March Los Angeles- Accessible for All/ Come Join Us!

Logo from the Women's March Los Angeles which features the silhouettes of three women's heads with the words WOMEN'S MARCH LOS ANGELES to the right.

(logo description: logo from Women’s March Los Angeles which features the silhouettes of 3 women’s heads using the colors orange, blue and white.)

Please join WCIL at the Women’s March Los Angeles (WMLA). WCIL worked with the organizers of the WMLA to improve accessibility and create a more positive experience for disabled marchers.

Here’s what to expect:

  • Accessible drop-off/pick-up points at both stages. Pershing Square drop-off: Hill St between 5th & 6th; City Hall drop-off 1st & Spring.
  • Accessible porta-potties are available along the march route and the stages.
  • EMT tents will be available with water and emergency medical support.
  • Two ADA tents will be available with WCIL volunteer peer counselors, snacks, and mylar blankets.
  • All stages feature reserved space for disabled marchers and seating is available upon request from any volunteer.
  • ASL interpreters will be available at all stages throughout the program.
  • All stages will have open captions.
  • 4 Golf carts will be available for marchers with mobility disabilities to facilitate movement between stages and to the vendor tents.
  • The dog park at Pershing Square will serve as a “service animal relief area.”

For more information about the WMLA, please visit their website by clicking here.

WCIL is seeking volunteers to staff the two ADA tents.  Please call us at (310) 390-3611 or contact us through our Facebook page by clicking here.

Believe in our Mission, Invest in our Future

Dear Friend:

As we gather with friends and family for the holidays, all of us at the Westside Center for Independent Living (WCIL) are grateful for your enthusiastic support of our mission and your very generous donations.

This year your help and guidance made it possible for us to serve over 3,000 people.  People who accessed our programs and services gained support to:

  • Build skills and get help finding a job
  • Find affordable and accessible housing
  • Hire and manage personal care providers
  • Receive (and give) peer-to-peer support
  • Access needed income and medical benefits

In the coming year we need to bring these essential and vital services to greater numbers of people in western Los Angeles County.  To do this, we need your financial support. We urge you to click here and donate to WCIL.

The next 4 years may bring many changes for people with disabilities; changes that may affect their independence, autonomy and access to life-sustaining programs and services.  Remember that your donation will enable WCIL to be there for those in need no matter what the future holds.

We, and those we serve, deeply appreciate your support.

With gratitude,

WCIL Board of Directors and Staff

Center for Assistive Technology at WCIL is OPEN!

Assistive-Technology

The Center for Assistive Technology (CAT) is a comprehensive assistive technology resource center that is part of Goodwill of Westside Center for Independent Living. The CAT helps people with disabilities and other barriers maximize their independence. The CAT offers consultation and assessment services, equipment trial, equipment loan and reuse, and training and support for how to use assistive technology devices. The CAT has a growing collection of technology devices with state-of-the-art hardware and software available for trial. The CAT has a sensory room where a AT specialist performs assessments for individuals with sensory processing difficulties.

CAT can perform on-site consultations in Los Angeles and Orange counties and parts of Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties. CAT also is in the process of establishing a reuse program. Individuals and organizations can buy, sell, borrow, and exchange low-cost and no-cost assistive devices through the loan and reuse program. The CAT has a consulting lab where members of the community can come in to try out assistive technology.

For more information, please contact WCIL at 310-390-3611.