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ILCSC Lancaster Office Grand Opening Video!

The ILCSC is very happy with the settlement of our lawsuit, Independent Living Center of Southern California (ILCSC), et al v. City of Los Angeles, et al.

Happy, because it will mean more affordable, accessible housing opportunities for persons with disabilities in the Los Angeles area over the next 10 years. Many persons with disabilities are struggling at this time to find a place to live, and many have become homeless because of the housing crisis.

We thank our attorneys, Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC, Disability Rights California, Disability Rights Legal Center, and David Geffen Law Office, who worked tirelessly with us on the case since 2012.

We would like to share the Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC) Press Release on the settlement here...

Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC) Los Angeles,California (PR MediaRelease) September 1, 2016

The Los Angeles City Council agreed to settle litigation brought by three nonprofit disability and fair housing advocacy groups that claimed the city’s housing programs were inaccessible to people with disabilities. The agreement, which is the largest of its kind in the country, provides that, over the next 10 years, the city will ensure that at least 4,000 of its affordable housing units meet the highly accessible standards required by federal law, and will enforce policies to ensure that those units are inhabited by people who need the specific accessibility features provided. The city will spend at least $200 million during the life of the agreement.

Three plaintiff organizations—Independent Living Center of Southern California (ILCSC), Fair Housing Council of San Fernando Valley (FHCSFV), and Communities Actively Living Independent and Free (CALIF) brought suit against the city and the now-dissolved Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) in federal court in January 2012 to improve accessibility of affordable housing for people who need accessibility features in their housing units, including people who use wheelchairs or have other mobility disabilities, people who are deaf or have hearing disabilities, and people who are blind or have vision disabilities. “When our clients can’t find affordable, accessible housing, they end up homeless, or in nursing homes, or living in inaccessible apartments that isolate them from the community,” said ILCSC Executive Director Norma Jean Vescovo. “Settlement of this case means we can bring people with disabilities out of the shadows and back into the community.”

The federal court complaint alleges that the city and CRA violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and state law, which require that affordable housing programs—particularly those built with federal and state financial assistance—meet specific accessibility requirements. “Through our work with clients and in the community, we began to encounter units in 2007 that were absolutely unusable by people with serious disabilities, but the city and CRA took no action,” said Sharon Kinlaw, Executive Director of FHCSFV. “While we wish we never had to pursue litigation, we are pleased that this settlement will begin to address the needs of people with disabilities throughout Los Angeles.” “The unavailability of affordable, accessible housing is a critical issue for people with disabilities,” said Autumn Elliott, Associate Managing Attorney with Disability Rights California. “We look forward to working with the City of Los Angeles to reduce these barriers and promote full integration of people with disabilities in our community.”

Over the ten years of the agreement, the three plaintiff organizations will assist people with disabilities to transition into the newly-accessible units. “Because we know personally about the struggles of our clients with disabilities, we are uniquely suited to support them as they move into fully accessible new units,” said CALIF Executive Director Lillibeth Navarro. “The settlement provides ongoing funding for us to be involved in the critical work of translating a legal victory into real housing opportunities for our consumers.”

Plaintiffs were represented by Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC, Disability Rights California, Disability Rights Legal Center, and David Geffen Law Office. Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Michael Allen, a partner at the Relman firm and lead counsel in the litigation, said: “We are pleased that the city has acknowledged the severe shortage of accessible units in its affordable housing program, and that it has taken such comprehensive steps to address the needs of people with disabilities going forward. This is the largest accessibility settlement ever reached involving affordable housing, and it will send a strong, positive message to cities all over the country that their housing programs must be accessible.”

The case, brought in the United States District Court, is Independent Living Center of Southern California (ILCSC), et al v. City of Los Angeles, et al., U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Case No. 2:12-cv-000551-FMO-PJW. Litigation against the CRA will continue.

For more information go to http://www.disabilityrightsca.org/…/IndependentLi…/index.htm

December 2015

The ILCSC sadly announces the passing of Board Member John "Jay" Cappilla.

Jay was a vital member of our Board of Directors for many years, working towards the ILCSC mission and goals of helping Persons with Disabilities...and everyone loved him.

The Board and Staff of the ILCSC greatly miss him, and we offer our condolences to his family and friends.


Jay Cappilla


July 22, 2015


A Delegation from Germany was welcomed by ILCSC Clients, Staff, and Board Members at the ILCSC Training House facility in Van Nuys, CA. ILCSC staff gave the Delegation a tour of the Training House and Transition House, and gave a presentation on ILCSC services and programs.

German Delegation -

- Ms. Ulla Schmidt, VP of the German Federal Parliament
- Ms. Petra Hinz, Member of the German Federal Parliament
- Ms. Kerstin Tack, Member of the German Federal Parliament
- Ms. Andrea Bischoff, Member of the German Federal Parliament
- Ms. Stefanie Rothenberger, Head of Protocol
- Ms. Brigitta Richman, Interpreter
- Ms. Verena Bentele, Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities
- Ms. Helga Ackermann, PA for Ms. Bentele
- Mr. Hubert Hueppe, Commissioner for Health
- Ms. Chrisiane Krajewski, President of Special Olympics Germany

Members of the German Consulate
- Mr. Hans-Joerg Neumann, Consul General of the Fed. Rep. of Germany
- Mr. Jakob Horn, Member of the German Consulate
- Ms. Miriam Farnbauer, Member of the German Consulate

Wan Chun Chang, Dept. of Rehabilitation District Administrator was a guest, and presented information on how DOR services benefit persons with disabilities.

The ILCSC Clients, Staff, and Board of Directors were honored to welcome and meet the delegation, and to give them information on the ILCSC program of services for Persons with Disabilities, Older Adults, and Veterans in our community.


German Delegation, DOR District Administrator, ILCSC Staff and Board of Directors

Pictured above: Ms. Norma Jean Vescovo, ILCSC CEO (center); Ms. Ulla Schmidt, VP of the German Federal Parliament (center); Ms. Wan Chun Chang, Dept. of Rehabilitation District Administrator (center); ILCSC Board of Directors - Mr. Dale Thalley, Board President (left); Ms. Gisela Craig, Board Secretary (right); Mr. Chi Liu, Board Member (right); Members of the German Delegation and German Consulate; and ILCSC Staff Members.


Michael Hansel, ILCSC Board Member; Gisela Craig, ILCSC Board Secretary; Ms. Ulla Schmidt, VP of the German Parliament

Pictured left to right: Michael Hansel, Past ILCSC Board President; Gisela Craig, ILCSC Board Secretary; Ms. Ulla Schmidt, V.P. of the German Federal Parliament

November 2014

ILCSC Training House Clients Were Asked, "WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR?"

R. - "My parents, being at the Training House, for all the staff in the Training House, and for my dog."

A. - "What I'm most thankful for this season is the new experiences I've had so far this year."

C. - "The thing I'm most thankful for is life."

H. - "I am thankful for having my family that is always there for me. I am also thankful for improving a lot in the Training House. I am thankful for most of all is going to school and getting better."

J. - "I am most thankful for my life and another day of life. I am thankful for my family after all these years. I am thankful for the services that are available for me to obtain a job. I am grateful for a roof over my head."

D. - "I'm thankful I get to come here for assistance looking for a job."

C. - "I'm thankful to all the support and training from Training House. Training House helps a lot - needed support and motivation."

J. - "I'm grateful for the opportunity to be taught by patient teachers. For guided to being employed and joining the workforce."

C. - "I'm grateful for the part-time job and all the support."

M. - "I'm thankful for the support in looking for employment."

A. - "I'm thankful to be alive."


We are happy to announce that our ILCSC Job Placement Coordinator has had a successful year in 2014, helping to secure employment for our clients. He has set a record within our agency for successful hires!

"Current Job Placement clients are working hard in preparation for applications and interviews, knowing that the more they put in, the more they will get out. It is a great honor, a privilege, and a pleasure to work with all of you," he said.

The ILCSC is all about helping our clients to reach their goals toward independence, and the Job Placement Program is another prime example of our commitment to this!

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Douglas v. Independent Living Center of Southern California, Inc.

...a Victory for Persons with Disabilities and Older Adults

On February 22, 2012 the U.S. Supreme Court filed its decision in the Douglas v. Independent Living Center of Southern California, Inc. case, which is a victory for persons with disabilities, seniors, and independent pharmacies.

In August 2008 the lawsuit was filed by the Medicaid Defense Fund (MDF) on behalf of the Independent Living Center of Southern California (ILCSC), persons with disabilities, seniors, and a group of independent pharmacists to stop the 10% proposed payment reduction of Assembly Bill (AB) 5 to pharmacies in California's Medi-Cal program.  An injunction was also later filed to stop the 5% proposed additional payment reduction of AB 1183.  These proposed cuts would prove to be devastating to both Medi-Cal patients and the pharmacies who serve them.

The State of California questioned the legality of the original lawsuit, and took the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, claiming that the ILCSC and other plaintiffs had no right to sue the State.  The Supreme Court ruled that the ILCSC had standing to sue under the Supremacy Clause.

This is an important victory for all who would be adversely affected by the cuts.  The case will now continue in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, for a final ruling on the legality of the proposed cuts.

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Starting June 1, 2011, most Seniors and People with Disabilities will be required to join a Managed Care Plan.

Who must enroll in Medi-Cal Managed Care?

You must enroll in Medi-Cal Managed Care if you...

* Are over 65 years old

* Are blind

* On SSI (any age)

* Identified as disabled (exception for CCS)


Exceptions to Mandatory Enrollment

* Medi-Medi's (have Medicare and Medi-Cal)

* Individuals with Share-of-Cost

* Individuals in long-term care or institutional settings (including those in home and community based waiver programs)

* Individuals with private insurance or other health coverage

*Individuals who apply for and receive a medical exemption

* Children with disability aid codes who also have CCS (will change when CCS pilots implemented)

* Children in foster care, Adoption Assistance or Kin-GAP

When will I be notified and receive my Enrollment Packet?

* The State will send an information notice to individuals 90 days before their birthday month

* You will receive a telephone call from Health Care Options 60-90 days before your birthday month

* State will send an Enrollment Packet to individuals 60 days before their birthday month

* You will receive a reminder call to return the Enrollment Packet

* Enrollment Packet must be return to the State by the 20th day of your birthday month


Individuals should talk to their current medical providers to determine if the providers participate in any Medi-Cal health plan.

* If current provider IS in a plan network, individuals can ask to be in that network to continue care with the same provider.

*If the current provider is NOT in a plan network, the plan may make arrangements with the provider for the patient to continue to receive care for up to 12 months.

If you have any questions on this process, please contact us
at any of the following numbers:

Administration Office - 818.785.6934 (voice) 818.785.7097 (TTY)

Van Nuys Office - 818.988.9525 (voice) or 818.988.3533 (TTY)

Lancaster Office - (661) 942.9726 or (661) 723.2509 (TTY)

Training House - (818) 908.1199 or (818) 908-9574 (TTY)

(*Information prepared by L.A. Care Health Plan)

Anne Finn and Norma Jean Vescovo

The ILCSC is saddened to announce the passing of

Anne V. Finn

As Secretary of the ILCSC Board of Directors for over 20 years, she was key to opening doors through her many contacts in the community, and in bringing new Board members to the Center.

Anne was a dedicated volunteer, and in 1999 the ILCSC named an award in her honor...The Anne Finn Volunteer Award. This award is presented to persons dedicated to community service and sharing in the spirit of the Anne Finn philosophy of volunteering.

With expertise in social work, Anne was involved in civic and community issues. Afiliations such as elected member to the Los Angeles Charter Commission, Los Angeles Handicapped Access Appeals Board, and Los Angeles County Accessibility Appeals Board brought generous substance to her work with the ILCSC.

The ILCSC Board of Directors, Staff, and Clients are truly grateful for her years of service to our organization.

We will miss her...

(Anne pictured above left, with ILCSC
Executive Director Norma Jean Vescovo)

For More Information on the Life of Anne V. Finn,
please visit her website at:



Family Source Sign

The ILCSC is pleased to partner with New Economics for Women, to provide services for persons with disabilities through the
FamilySource program.

Family Source offers these free services:

- Information and Referral
- Adult Education (ESL/GED)
- Multi-benefit Screening
- Parenting Classes
- Tutoring
- Youth Recreational Activities
- Cash for College/College Activities
- Case Management
- Computer Classes
- Legal Services
- Supportive Services
- Youth Leadership
- Cultural Activities
- Youth Mentoring

FamilySource has offices in Van Nuys and Canoga Park.

For more information, please call (818) 786-4098 or (818) 785-6934

L.A. City Councilmember Dennis Zine with ILCSC Supervisors, William Diaz and Jacquelyn Marin-Sharp

Los Angeles City Councilmember Dennis Zine with former ILCSC Supervisor William Diaz, and Supervisor Jacquelyn Marin-Sharp at the FamilySource Grand Opening event.

( FamilySource headquarters in Canoga Park was recently named in honor of Councilmember Zine.)

ILCSC staff give information at the Grand Opening

ILCSC staff give out information at the Grand Opening event.