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  • Wednesday, August 05, 2020 3:13 PM | Anonymous

    The Alaska Shared Vision has posted the videos from the 2020 Disability Pride Celebration.  These videos highlight what the IL movement is all about.  Follow the link to their YouTube page and enjoy  :-)

    Alaska Disability Pride 2020 Videos

  • Monday, July 20, 2020 8:50 AM | Anonymous

    You can find all about the planned events here: https://www.facebook.com/events/473583750008013/.  I've attached the schedule describing ALL the activities, but below, I've listed what's happening THIS WEEK.  Celebrations culminate next Sunday with a  glorious hoop-dee-doo involving Temple Grandin, live music, animations, and who knows what all else.  Here are the presentations happening at noon each day this week:

    Monday 7/20 (12-1:00pm): Zack Gottsagen is an actor, acting teacher, and Down syndrome advocate, best known for his film roles in Peanut Butter Falcon, Best Summer Ever, and Bulletproof. He was born with Down syndrome and grew up in a family that promoted normalcy and mainstreaming. In 2020, Zack made Academy Awards history by being the first person with Down syndrome to present an award at the event. Alaskan interviewer is Garrett Dominick.

    Tuesday 7/21 (12-1:00pm): Squirmy and Grubs (aka Shane and Hannah) are an inter- abled couple who host a daily vlog on Youtube, called Squirmy and Grubs, that posts humorous videos and answers questions about their lives together. Shane Burcaw was born with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and has used a wheelchair since the age of two. He is an author of three books, public speaker, and co-founder of a non-profit. Hannah Aylward studied liberal arts and is an accomplished swimmer and diver. She is able-bodied, and both she and Shane are disability advocates helping to end stigma about people with disabilities. Alaskan interviewer is Travis Noah.

    Wednesday 7/22 (12-1:00pm): Micah Fialka-Feldman is a self-advocate, outreach coordinator, national speaker, and pioneer who advocates for disability pride, justice, and inclusion. He is part of the first wave of adults with an intellectual disability to attend college and be fully integrated in school and community. Micah advocates the notion that, “A community that excludes even one of its members is not a community at all.” Alaskan interviewer is Corey Gilmore.

    Thursday 7/23 (12-1:00pm): Lydia X.Z. Brown is a disability justice advocate, organizer, attorney, educator, strategist, speaker, and writer whose work has largely focused on violence against multiply-marginalized disabled people. Lydia’s work has highlighted LGBTQ and issues impacting autistic people. Alaska interviewer is Ric Nelson.

    Friday 7/24 (12-1:00pm): Judy Heumann is a disability rights activist who has used a wheelchair most of her life. Growing up, she experienced discrimination within the educational system, which prompted her and her mother to advocate for more inclusive school policies for children with disabilities. In 1974, she helped develop legislation that became the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, and was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), which passed in 1990. Alaskan interviewer is Maggie Winston.

    Also, there's a NATIONAL CELEBRATION on July 21 at 9:30-11:30 am, Alaska time, which is described here: https://adata.org/event/ada-30-let-shameful-wall-exclusion-come-down.  Here's a summary:  The George & Barbara Bush Foundation will convene key activists, advocates and policymakers who helped make the Americans with Disabilities Act a reality for a bipartisan celebration of that landmark civil rights legislation – and, equally important, focus on the challenges that will shape the future of the disability movement. The 90-minute online program, titled “Let the Shameful Wall of Exclusion Come Down,” taken from President Bush’s remarks on July 26, 1990, as he signed the ADA.

    Register by clicking this link: Register(link is external)

  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020 12:07 PM | Anonymous

    The Independent Living Center has closed all 4 of our offices to the public, but will continue to have staff available to assist over the phone. We are encouraging social distancing, due to many of our employees, our clients and individuals in our communities, being vulnerable to respiratory illness, specifically COVID-19. 

    Taxi Voucher users are asked to call the office, prior to pick up, so your vouchers are ready when you arrive.

    Please call your local office for assistance and updates.

    Homer:  235-7911

    Central:  262-6333

    Seward:  224-8711

    Kodiak:  486-0493, IL   486-0491 DDRC

  • Friday, March 13, 2020 12:01 PM | Anonymous

    In collaboration with the Homer Council on the arts and many artists in the disability community, the TRAILS program is holding the first annual Disability Art Show.   Attached is a PDF of a Homer News article describing the show.  If you are in Homer please stop by the Homer Council on the Arts and see the show.  All the art is for sale. Some pieces have a fixed price and some are silent auction items.  The proceeds are split three ways between the artist, the Council on the Arts and the TRAILS program.  Come support these artists and non profit programs!  Artists look at disability in Homer Council on the Arts show _ Homer News.pdf


  • Monday, September 23, 2019 9:01 AM | Anonymous


    Statewide Independent Living Council of Alaska

    SILC Board Teleconference Meeting

    September 30th & October 1st 1:00pm – 4:00 pm

    Teleconference: 1 877 853 5257 Meeting ID: 130 669 780#

    The SILC Board teleconference meeting will be held on Monday and Tuesday September 30th & October 1st from 1pm to 4pm. Public testimony is scheduled from 3:30pm – 4:00pm via teleconference or written testimony. The SILC will be receiving comments concerning independent living issues and/or needs for people with disabilities. This meeting is open to the public for any persons wishing to testify.

    Interested persons who wish to provide public comment should call 1 877 853 5257, then meeting ID: 130 669 780#, and announce themselves. Written comments may be sent to 1057 W. Fireweed Lane, Suite 206, Anchorage, Alaska, 99503; or by email to kathy@alaskasilc.org NO LATER THAN Friday, September 27th.

    For more information regarding the agenda or any aspect of this meeting, please contact Kathy at kathy@alaskasilc.org. Another way to reach us to the SILC office at 907-263-2011 (toll-free at 1-888-294-7452) or visit the SILC website at www.alaskasilc.org.

    The SILC complies with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Individuals with disabilities who may need special accommodations to participate in SILC meetings, and individuals seeking further information regarding specific agenda items should contact the SILC.

    Public Notice - 09 30 2019 - 10 01 2019 Telephonic Board Meeting.pdf

  • Tuesday, September 03, 2019 11:34 AM | Anonymous

    The Public is invited to attend two meetings to receive information about Central Area Rural Transit System's (CARTS) service plan for 2020-2025.

    Two locations are available to view the presentation and provide input.  CARTS wants to hear from community members.

    Homer Library, 500 Hazel Ave.  Wed. Sept. 4th from 1:00 - 4:00 PM

    Kenai River Center, Sept. 5th  1:00 - 4:00

    For more information call CARTS at 907-262-8900

  • Monday, July 22, 2019 9:20 AM | Anonymous

    Check out the Clarion article about the Disability Pride event on July 20th.

    https://www.peninsulaclarion.com/news/disability-pride-celebration-draws-a-big-crowd/

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