Let’s Kick ASS forum the Disability Trap was a huge success. Nearly 70 people showed to hear informative & insightful information about disability, retirement, and aging. Thank you to everyone who attended.
We also want to say a very big “Thank you” to our amazing panelists Ellyn Bloomfield, Openhouse (www.openhouse-sf.org), Andy Chu, Positive Resource Center (www.positiveresource.org), and John Fasesky, AIDS Legal Referral Panel (www.alrp.org.). They are knowledgeable, smart, compassionate, and committed experts on the issues that affect all of us. The issues of disability, returning to work, retirement are complicated but it is clear there are folks who can and will assist. DO NOT THINK THERE IS NO HELP. These folks and organizations are heroes for survivors so please do not please do not hesitate to call on them.
One of our panelists is profiled on the ALRP site. Read about survivor and staff attorney John Fasesky’s remarkable story here: http://www.alrp.org/spotlight/john-fasesky-esq.
While you are on the site check out their upcoming events: http://www.alrp.org/events. They have several workshop and forums.
Openhouse is an amazing Bay Area organization. They do way more than housing. They hold a wide range of events for seniors and disabled folks check them out here: http://openhouse-sf.org/event/.
On April 25 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM ALRP and Positive Resource Center is holding a workshop: Working While Receiving SSI/SSDI. Learn more here: http://www.alrp.org/events/workshop-working-while-receiving-ssissdi-3
Coming up on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Positive Resource Center is hold THRIVING IN 2014, a daylong institute on access to income and healthcare for people living with HIV/AIDS. The goal of the institute is to help the community to better understand the most pressing challenges confronting people living with HIV/AIDS in accessing income and healthcare in San Francisco today. In partnership with: National Senior Citizens Law Center, National Immigration Law Center, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, California Health Advocates, AIDS Legal Referral Panel, Bay Area Legal Aid, Project Inform, and Openhouse.
The year 2014 is significant for the launching of Covered California and California’s version of Medicaid expansion (MAGI Medi-cal) under the Affordable Care Act, as well as the implementation of state and federal regulations on the equal treatment of same sex marriages.
Thriving in 2014 is comprised of a series of interactive exercises and explorations to encourage participation from the attendees. The morning session will consist of two panels of specialists (the first on access to income, the second on access to healthcare) who will discuss issues raised by the attendees. The afternoon breakout sessions will consist of Community Dialogues in subject areas including, Employment, Disability, Access to Healthcare, Immigrants’ Access to Public Benefits, Housing, and HIV & Seniors. Participants will engage in small group discussions on their chosen topics. The groups will reconvene and share their findings.
For more information, please contact Vaughn Villaverde at (415) 972-0874.
The Social Security form John talked about was the BPQI, benefits planning query. That is the first step in benefits planning is to know your current situation. This brief report has a lot of information including details about the SSI and SSDI benefits a person receives, the work history, earnings history and health coverage. You need to go to your local Social Security office and ask for your BPQI.