ILCSC Celebrating 43 Years of Independence
- Publish Date: 2019/10/09 - (Rev. 2019/11/24)
- Author: Marcy Hernandez, Author/IAAWD Founder(i)
- Contact : ilcsc.org
Outline: Independent Living Center of Southern California (ILCSC) on Thursday, November 14th, 2019, will be celebrating 43 years of providing services to persons with disabilities over the years to obtain Independence in their lives. The ILCSC currently covers the following areas: Glendale, Burbank, the San Fernando Valley; Santa Clarita; and Northern Los Angeles County, including the Antelope Valley. The ILCSC will be honoring three wonderful people this night, who have significantly supported the ILCSC in promoting Independence for Persons with Disabilities over the years.
On Thursday, November 14th, 2019 the Independent Living Center of Southern California (ILCSC) http://www.ilcsc.org will be celebrating 43 Years of providing the services which have assisted thousands of Persons with Disabilities over the years to obtain Independence in their lives.
Forty-three years ago, a new movement was born. The beginnings of a grass-roots movement which would change the perspective of society and the accessibility of our Nation's opportunities for Persons with Disabilities from that time forward...The Independent Living Movement.
As more and more people jumped on this ground-breaking "bandwagon," one of the very first centers that were formed at that time was the Independent Living Center of Southern California (ILCSC) in Van Nuys, California. This Center would become known as one of the leaders in the country, successfully assisting Persons with Disabilities in their quest to live independently in their community and working for Disability Rights.
Legislation was passed during this period, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and State Legislation. Four of the "pioneers" who founded the ILCSC were Darrell McDaniel, Internal Revenue Service Counselor; Lou Nau, Bob Campbell; and Norma Jean Vescovo, who then became the Executive Director of the organization for over 40 years and was an important force in leading the organization forward. As of two years ago, Norma has turned over her position to Robert Jeromin. However, she continues to lend her expertise to the Center as a Member of the ILCSC Board of Directors.
Norma Jean Vescovo, ILCSC Founder, Former ILCSC Executive Director.
Founding ILCSC Board Members - (left to right) Darrell McDaniel; Lou Nau; and Bob Campbell.
1976 ILCSC Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - (left to right) Ed Roberts, Past Director California State Department of Rehabilitation; Ernani Bernardi, Los Angeles City Councilmember; Darrell McDaniel, ILCSC Co-Founder, Internal Revenue Service Counselor.
The ILCSC currently covers the following areas: Glendale, Burbank, the San Fernando Valley; Santa Clarita; and Northern Los Angeles County, including the Antelope Valley. As the ILCSC grew, new facilities were added with additional services...
- 1. Service Office:
Offering services including Advocacy, Cross Disability Peer Support, Housing Support, Personal Assistant Resources, Emergency Services (obtaining benefits, referrals to food and shelter), and Information & Referral (community services).
- 2. Training House:
Vocational Training, Computer Skills Training, Independent Living Skills Training (classes on Meal Planning & Preparation, Money Management, Mobility & Safety, Self-Care & Social Skills, and an innovative Horticulture Program which offers accessible planting bins for Persons with Disabilities.
- 3. Training Workshops:
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Fair Housing Act, Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG, ADASAD, and other State & Federal Laws.
- 4. Job Placement & Job Coaching Services:
- 5. California Community Transitions:
Lead Organization in this State Project. Assisting Medi-Cal beneficiaries to successfully transition to a community living arrangement.
- 6. Systems Advocacy:
Efforts to affect legislation, policies and laws for changes in the system, through a partnership with the client and the community.
- 7. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI):
Providing services for persons with TBI, outreach and community education.
- 8. Assistive Technology:
Providing the client with options to obtain evaluations in high/low technology, leading toward Independent Living and Employment.
- 9. Lancaster Office:
Providing comparable services from both the Van Nuys Service Office and the Training House for Northern Los Angeles County, including the Antelope Valley area.
Presentation of Awards at the Celebration Event
Our Master of Ceremonies will be Gabriela Milian, Community Journalist for ABC7 News.
The ILCSC will be honoring three wonderful people this night, who have significantly supported the ILCSC in promoting Independence for Persons with Disabilities over the years.
Greig Smith, Former Los Angeles City Council-member, will be receiving the Anne V. Finn Award. "Presented to an individual who has devoted a significant amount of their life to improving the community for Persons with Disabilities."
Dr. Robert Tomaszewski, Ph.D. ABPP-CN; Neuropsychologist, will be receiving the Norma Jean Vescovo Award. "Presented to an individual, whose outstanding and long-term efforts have improved the quality of life for Persons with Disabilities."
Ruth Schwartz, Executive Director of Shelter Partnership, will be receiving the ILCSC Founders Award. "Signifying the major achievement of groups or individuals who have dedicated their resources and energies to increase the quality of life for Persons with Disabilities."
The Theme for our upcoming event is, "Join Us on The Path Towards...Independence." We invite you to come and join us on the path of enabling Independence for Persons with Disabilities, as your participation and support are a vital component of success.
UPDATE: News and photos from the awards night.
(i)Source/Reference: Marcy Hernandez, Author/IAAWD Founder. Disabled World makes no warranties or representations in connection therewith. Content may have been edited for style, clarity or length.