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Disability Rap – January 4, 2021

Hospitalization During the Coronavirus Pandemic

On today’s show, we look at one disabled person’s experience being admitted into a hospital here in California this fall. His name is John Pixley. He was admitted into the hospital for four days this past October for something totally unrelated to the coronavirus. Despite prior assurances to the contrary, the hospital refused to allow his personal care attendants to be with him in the hospital. The reason given was Covid-19. John describes the experience as “unbearable, almost torturous,” and “inhumane.”

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FREED Supports the Community During COVID-19

“In the midst of every crisis
lies great opportunity.”
~Albert Einstein

2020 has undoubtedly been a time of crisis.  Together we have experienced a world-wide pandemic, social unrest, wildfires, and public safety power shut offs.  We have seen issues that have always existed for people with disabilities and older adults intensified by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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What do Businesses Need to Know About COVID-19 & Masks

FREED Statement on COVID-19 & Masks

The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law thirty years ago to prevent discrimination against people with disabilities and to extend opportunity and promote inclusion of people with disabilities in society. Here in Nevada County, people with disabilities play an important role in all facets of life and social discourse. We as a community must do what we can to slow the spread of the coronavirus and protect those of us who are at higher risk for serious complications from COVID-19.

Our Community: An Aging & Disability Conference

We are excited to announce that this year’s Our Community: Aging & Disability Conference will be taking place as a webinar series! This ADRC webinar series, aimed at people with disabilities, older adults, caregivers, community organizations and providers, will focus on four major subject areas critical to these attendees and extremely relevant to the times in which we are living.

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2020 Nevada County Agency Cross Training Program

The Aging and Disability Resource Connection of Nevada County (ADRC) is launching the 2020 agency cross training program.

Purpose and Goals

The ADRC of Nevada County and the Community Living Implementation Council (CLiC) functioning as the ADRC Advisory Committee are a network of organizations that work together to make access to services easier for older adults, people with disabilities and family care providers. To accomplish this goal it is critical that all partners understand the resources and services being provided by all other ADRC partners and community organizations that serve this population.

Target Audience

Audiences for the training will include leadership and line-staff of ADRC Core Partners, Extended Partners, and community organizations.

2020 Training Schedule

4/15/2020 – FREED

5/14/2020 – Agency on Aging Area 4 & Older Americans Act Funded Organizations: Gold Country Community Services & Gold Country Lift

7/16/2020 – Connecting Point/211 Nevada County

9/24/2020 – Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital

11/4/2020 – Nevada County Adult Services