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July 14, 2008 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
First Lady Maria Shriver set an ambitious agenda last year to dispel a common misperception that people who are physically or mentally impaired cannot hold jobs: Launch a campaign to find employment for 20,000 Californians with developmental disabilities. Shine a spotlight on companies that have had success hiring people with disabilities. Use her clout to attract other employers to the cause.
February 17, 2011 | By Lisa Girion, Los Angeles Times
Advocates for the disabled are urging a Los Angeles County judge to throw out a plea bargain for an employee of an El Monte day care center who confessed to sexually assaulting three mentally disabled clients, saying his eight-year-sentence was an injustice. The proposed sentence for Juan Fernando Flores "does not reflect the harm sustained by the victims nor the severity of the crimes committed," Robert J. Baldo, executive director of the Assn. of Regional Center Agencies, said in a letter to Superior Court Judge Jack Hunt.
Rosario Marin and her 9-year-old son, Eric, pull into their driveway in her white convertible with the "Ask Me About Down's Syndrome" license frame on the back. In moments, Marin, a Huntington Park city councilwoman, and Eric are inside. The boy soon settles in, right in front of the family television.
October 19, 2010 | By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
In a settlement that will serve as a model for enforcing the rights of the disabled, the Justice Department reached an agreement with Georgia to move many patients with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities out of the state's notoriously dangerous psychiatric hospitals and into the community. The agreement, announced Tuesday, resolves a Justice Department lawsuit brought in January under the Americans with Disabilities Act. It also caps a federal investigation that began after more than 100 suspicious deaths of patients in state mental hospitals were documented over a five-year period in a 2007 series in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
February 18, 1996 | ERIC WAHLGREN
With the "Afterburner" attached to his wheelchair, Jesus Cardenas tore across an Oxnard parking lot, relishing a heady new sensation of speed. "Excellent," said the grinning 22-year-old, using a voice device on his wheelchair that enables him to communicate with the rider on the vehicle behind him. "A little faster, please." The Afterburner, as it is formally named, is actually a special, $550 bicycle--or half a bicycle attached to the rear of a wheelchair.
July 9, 1995 | ENRIQUE LAVIN
When Ana Rosa and Ignacio Alcaraz discovered eight years ago they were going to have a child with a developmental disorder, they didn't know where to turn for help. "We didn't accept our daughter, Gaby," said Ana Rosa, 36, a key-shop owner in Huntington Park. "We felt embarrassed to take her out, so my mother would care for her." Then Rosario Marin, 37, changed their lives, the couple said. "Thanks to her we learned to accept [Gaby]," Ana Rosa said. "We've learned how to grow together."
January 4, 1998 | KATHLEEN DOHENY
While other tour operators say they spend lots of time fielding complaints from travelers, Irv Segal reports that his clients are generally quite content. For 25 years, Irv and his wife, Zipporah, who were both trained as social workers, have run Guided Tour Inc., an Elkins Park, Pa., company that specializes in tours for adults with developmental disabilities.
A crowd of about 1,000 filled the streets near the governor's downtown Los Angeles office Friday to demand better wages for caregivers of people with developmental disabilities. People arrived as early as 9 a.m., many in wheelchairs or using crutches and walkers. They hoped the rally, in front of Gov. Gray Davis' Spring Street office, would help persuade him and members of the Legislature to reevaluate funding for the Department of Disability Services in the May budget revisions.
February 15, 1992 | TOM McQUEENEY
Residents with physical and developmental disabilities searching for affordable housing can learn about the various assistance programs available at a community forum Wednesday at City Hall. Housing specialists will talk about lower-cost, accessible housing available in Irvine and discuss the procedures needed to rent a unit, said Julie Anello of the city's disability services program.
April 11, 2003 | Carla Rivera, Times Staff Writer
Investigators with a state anti-fraud unit this week seized documents, computers and other equipment from the offices of a private Los Angeles agency that serves nearly 8,000 developmentally disabled children and adults. Sources said the nonprofit South Central Los Angeles Regional Center for Persons with Developmental Disabilities Inc. is being investigated for possible Medi-Cal fraud.
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