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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 1995 | EFRAIN HERNANDEZ JR./ TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
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."
TRAVEL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2001 | NEDRA RHONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
BUSINESS
July 8, 1994 | Don Lee, Times staff writer
Calvary Chapel in Anaheim didn't have to do major remodeling when it decided to employ a woman who is a paraplegic with cerebral palsy. All the church needed to do was make small accommodations, like raising a desk so a wheelchair could fit underneath, providing telephone headsets and allowing the new office worker to have a flexible work schedule so she can visit her doctor regularly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1992 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roslyn Howard is worried and scared. "The bills have been stacking up while I've been waiting for the state to send us money," she said Wednesday as she sat in her home here with her two developmentally disabled sons. Howard is, in effect, an employee of the state. She works for the minimum wage--$4.25 an hour--in a state program called In Home Supportive Services.
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