What Is TheCIL?
The Center for Independent Living (TheCIL) provides advocacy and services that increase awareness, collaboration, and opportunity among people with disabilities and the community.
Our programs provide people with skills, knowledge, and resources that empower them to eliminate damaging and stereotypical notions of disability so that they can strive toward realizing their full human potential.
Tenants Rights Roundtable for People with Disabilities
Have you ever wondered about your rights as a disabled tenant? Are you interested in organizing with tenants in your building or in your larger community? TheCIL, East Bay Community Law Center, Oakland Tenants Union and Berkeley Tenants Union held a roundtable discussion around disabled tenants’ rights and ways to organize in your communities! Panelists Eddie Ytuarte, Oakland Tenants Union Hannah Flanery, East Bay Community Law Center Paola Laverde, Berkeley Tenants Union Host Emma Martin, The Center for Independent Living ASL Interpreters Carol Day Kirk Hamlin Oakland Tenants Union An organization of housing activists aiming to protect and expand tenants rights and interests. Work directly with tenants in their struggles with landlords, organizes around public policy and legislation, and provides community education on housing and tenants rights. Hosts a Tenant Counseling Line. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tenant Counseling Line 510-704-5276 Website: http://www.oaklandtenantsunion.org/ Berkeley Tenants Union An organization dedicated to advancing and defending the rights of Berkeley renters through grassroots organizing, outreach, and policy advocacy. Has some tenant counseling slots available with a priority for Berkeley Tenants Union members. Contact: email@example.com Website: https://berkeleytenants.org/ East Bay Community Law Center Focuses on defending eviction lawsuits against low-income tenants, as well as enforcement of local rent control and eviction ordinances. Also offers tenant counseling and tenants rights workshops. Contact: 510-548-4040, ext. 201 Website: https://ebclc.org/ Follow us: Website: https://www.thecil.org. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thecilofficial Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theciloffic... Twitter: https://twitter.com/thecilofficial LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thecil
COVID-19 and Long-Term Care Scams - Webinar Recording
On November 10th, 2021, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and TheCIL partnered to host an informative, free webinar about scams that affect our communities today. The FTC is the nation’s consumer protection agency that aims to prevent fraudulent practice through education, partnership, and law enforcement. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 Pandemic, there has been an increased number of Covid-19 related scams. Many scams target the disability and senior communities by disguising themselves as fake Covid 19 treatments and associated products. Other scams pretend to be organizations like the World Health Organization, sending targeted emails with viruses and harmful software. The FTC’s Covid-19 and Long-Term Care Webinar explains how to avoid related scams and what you should do if it happens to you. Panelists Nick Coates (Federal Trade Commission, Attorney) Emily Wu (Federal Trade Commission, Attorney) Host Camden Stein (TheCIL) ASL Interpreters Sheila Brager-Hall Sharon Neumann Solow Federal Trade Commission https://www.ftc.gov/ https://www.ftc.gov/coronavirus https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/online-shopping https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-recognize-and-avoid-phishing-scams https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0037-imposter-scams https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2016/04/scammers-offering-help-disability-applications https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/05/did-nursing-home-or-assisted-living-facility-take-your-stimulus-check #Webinar #Covid19 #Covid #Scam #FTC #FederalTradeCommission #TheCIL #CenterForIndependentLiving #LongTermCare
Google's Hearing Assistive Products: Captions and Amplification - Webinar Recording
Live Transcribe team members Sagar Savla and Sharlene Yuan from Google joined TheCIL for a quick presentation followed by a community-led Q&A about Android assistive hearing products. How to use Live Caption: http://g.co/userresearch/96rdxn Download Live Transcribe: http://g.co/livetranscribe How to use Live Transcribe: http://g.co/help/livetranscribe How to enable Sound Notifications: http://g.co/help/soundnotifications Learn more about best practices for using Live Transcribe: http://g.co/userresearch/2sqszg Learn more about a Google research project helping people with atypical speech be better understood: http://g.co/euphonia Download Sound Amplifier: http://g.co/soundamplifier How to use Sound Amplifier: http://g.co/help/soundamplifier Learn more about becoming an Accessibility Trusted Tester for new Google products: http://g.co/a11ytt Index of Video: 00:00 Intro by Kellen 00:39 Android Assistive Hearing Products Presentation 11:40 User perspective from Stuart James 14:11 Q&A: What kinds of feedback have you received about these products? 16:55 Q&A: How has Live Transcribe changed and grown since it started? 20:08 Q&A: Will Live Transcribe ever be available offline? 23:09 Q&A: What can users do to optimize Live Transcribe in a large group setting? 25:27 Q&A: Does Live Transcribe work for those with atypical speech? 27:17 Q&A: Does Live Transcribe have a “mute” function? 28:50 Q&A: How can Live Transcribe be used with non-Google products in the workplace? 33:14 Q&A: Can you save the transcript from a conversation? 34:36 Q&A: Which product will help transcribe/caption phone calls? 37:03 Q&A: What is the future like for Live Transcribe? Follow us: Website: https://www.thecil.org. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thecilofficial Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theciloffic... Twitter: https://twitter.com/thecilofficial LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thecil
Finding Affordable, Accessible Housing in the Bay Area - Webinar Recording
On Thursday, February 11 at 10 AM on Zoom, we talked to three experts in housing about the housing crisis, what to look for when conducting a housing search, new housing opportunities available, and more when it comes to people with a disability in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our panelists were: Janet Brown is a housing consultant here at TheCIL and provides our consumers with the resources and skills they need to find adequate housing. Stephen Beard is a realtor and accessibility specialist with a knack for finding folks housing that suits their needs and taking advantage of special programs for people with disabilities and first-time homeowners. Teela Carpenter is the Assistant Director of the Oakland Housing Authority’s Leased Housing Department and has some important info about the Mainstream Voucher program, which can get low-income folks with disabilities into a home on the cheap. And finally, moderating the panel will be our own Jocelyn Mapp, a receptionist and I&R specialist with a passion for getting folks in our community the help they need the most. If you have any questions for our panelists, here is their contact information: Janet Brown: (510) 841-4776 | firstname.lastname@example.org Stephen Beard: 510-364-6795 | email@example.com Teela Carpenter: Tcarpenter@oakha.org Follow us! Website: https://www.thecil.org. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thecilofficial Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theciloffic... Twitter: https://twitter.com/thecilofficial LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thecil ▬ Contents of this video ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 0:00 - Intro 5:15 - Janet Brown 21:15 - Stephen Beard 39:39 - Teela Carpenter 53:39 - Questions & Answers 59:51 - Close
Accessible Technology for All - Webinar Recording
Ted Drake and Sarah Margolis-Greenbaum from Intuit join TheCIL for a lively discussion on recent advancements in accessible tech and what the future holds in making remote work and other activities more accessible to everyone. Moderator: Kellen Sillanpaa, Executive Director's Assistant and Development Associate at TheCIL Panelists: Ted Drake, Global Accessibility Leader at Intuit Sarah Margolis-Greenbaum, Project Manager, Accessibility Team at Intuit Alexander Sing, Information and Referral Specialist at TheCIL Jeshua Aveno, Assistive Technology Specialist at TheCIL There was Closed Captioning and American Sign Language provided in this webinar.
Shifting Gears: How Bay Area Public Transit Adapts to COVID-19 with Accessibility in Mind - Webinar
We recently hosted a webinar, "Shifting Gears: How Public Transit is Adapting to COVID-19 With Accessibility in Mind," featuring Bay Area Rapid Transit, AC Transit, SFMTA | San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, Capitol Corridor, and Seamless Bay Area. This panel’s shared their efforts in making public transit safe from COVID-19 with accessibility in mind. Each panelist answered the following questions: - What steps is your transit agency taking to reduce the spread of COVID-19? - How do these steps keep accessibility in mind? - What are the important ADA/accessibility-related regulations that have been implemented? - What is the best way for customers to contact your agency for concerns or complaints? We also answered public concerns and inquiries relating to public transportation in the Bay Area. We heard from Seamless Bay Area, a nonprofit whose mission is to promote a more seamless Bay Area transit system, about their vision for a more equitable, accessible, and seamless transit system. Thank you to the following panelists: - Bob Franklin - Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), Customer Access & Accessibility Department Manager - Chantal Reynolds - AC Transit, External Affairs Representative - Kim Ridgeway - AC Transit, Accessible Services Senior Program Specialist - Leonel Sanchez - Deputy Managing Director, Capitol Corridor - Matthew West - San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), Accessibility Planner - Ian Griffiths - Seamless Bay Area, Policy Director Follow us! Website: https://www.thecil.org. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thecilofficial Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theciloffic... Twitter: https://twitter.com/thecilofficial LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thecil ▬ Contents of this video ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 0:00 - Intro 1:35 - Bob Franklin, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) 10:38 - Chantal Reynolds, AC Transit 20: 23 - Leonel Sanchez, Capitol Corridor 25:43 - Matthew West - San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) 39:42 - Ian Griffiths - Seamless Bay Area 54:49 - Questions and Answers 1:09:33 - Close
Disability and Employment: Seeing Yourself in the Competitive Workplace – Webinar Recording
The transition from school to career is a journey for everyone, but does having a disability make it more difficult – or just different? Find fresh perspectives and insights on the intersection of disability and employment as we discuss real experiences of having a disability in competitive workplaces, positioning yourself for success, and the evolving narrative of disability employment. Panelists: Chris Williams - Stock Plan Administrator & Neurodiversity Community Global Co-Chair, Square Eric M. Harris - Legislative Advocate, Disability Rights California Jen Emira - PMP, Microsoft Jennifer Stollman, Ph.D. - Director of Consulting Services, Flexability Tiffany Yu - CEO & Founder, Diversability