In Memoriam: Linda Gonzales (5/24/45 - 7/27/13)
She’s a braniac with gorgeous blonde hair and deep red lipstick. In these, her middle-age years, she still can turn heads. She is well dressed and moves through the world in her power chair. Linda Gonzales is also softspoken -- more of a doer than a self-promoter.
Gonzales is a leader who likes to anticipate issues. She sees problems coming and offers answers. She has been looking at the potential funding crisis for centers for independent living (CILs) and is primed to find solutions.
WASHINGTON, D.C.-- The U.S. Senate has released a historic memo regarding NCIL’s highest priority, reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act and the establishment of an Independent Living Administration (ILA). Specifically, the offices of Senators Harkin and Alexander issued a statement highlighting significant Independent Living provisions within the legislation.
S. 1356, a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and its contained Rehabilitation Act was formally introduced on Tuesday. We need our members to take action now by contacting Senators on the HELP Committee to make sure that this bill goes to the Senate floor for a vote.
By Claudia Gordon
Associate Director of The White House Office of Public Engagement
This Friday, July 26th, marks the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA is a landmark law that profoundly changed our nation. On the trajectory of forming a more perfect union, the passage of the ADA in 1990 was a major step forward in keeping a key promise of the American experiment: ensuring equal opportunity for all. This is personally important to me.
As an immigrant, as an African American woman, as a civil rights attorney and as a deaf person, the ADA is more than just a law. It is a concrete symbol of hope and opportunity for me, for my family and for the millions of Americans with disabilities who simply want the chance to be full and active members of our society, participants in our democracy and our economy who can be self-sufficient.
The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) is extremely excited to announce that a bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate, S. 1356, to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and its contained Rehabilitation Act.
Staff from the offices of Senator Harkin and Senator Alexander made an announcement this morning at 10 AM during the NCIL Conference, presenting a bill that has historic significance for Independent Living, including the introduction of a new Independent Living Administration (ILA).
The Independent Living Center of Joplin had a consumer contacted this morning by a group claiming to be "Diabetic Care Group," stating that the consumer needed to change their diabetic supply provider.
They had a lot of the consumer's information and they sounded very reputable, but it turned out to be a scam. When we contacted the actual Diabetic Care Group out of Mississippi, we were told that they have received numerous calls today with concerns about the scam.
They are not calling people and it is a scam! Please be vigilant, and if called by this scammer please contact your local police.