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09/29/2002

 

GOVERNOR DAVIS SIGNS LEGISLATION THAT INCREASES OPPORTUNITIES FOR CALIFORNIANS WITH DISABILITIES; STREAMLINES SERVICES 9/29/2002

 

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Governor Gray Davis has signed legislation that will markedly improve the lives of Californians with disabilities by creating more job opportunities and streamlining services.

"Everyone has value and everyone should have the opportunity to reach their goals," Gov. Davis said. "This bill establishes a chain of cooperation and coordination between state, federal and local governments with the goal toward moving, creating and sustaining employment opportunities for people with disabilities."

AB 925, by Assemblymember Dion Aroner (D-Berkeley), coordinates efforts between state agencies to address certain institutional barriers against people with disabilities while the disabled work towards educational or employment goals.

This bill establishes goals that will bring adults with disabilities into gainful employment at a rate that is as close as possible to that of the general population. It also allows state-funded personal care services to be available in the workplace. AB 925 requires that Local Workforce Investment Boards that have "one-stop" employment centers ensure access services for people with disabilities and include them on their boards.

SB 105, by Senate President pro Tempore John Burton (D-San Francisco), establishes the Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Division) within the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). This bill also ensures that information technology, such as, Web sites, computers, cell phones and other electronic devices created or used by the state government is accessible to people with disabilities.

The creation of a separate division, under the direction of a deputy director who is selected because of his/her extensive background in delivering services to the blind and visually impaired, would focus and streamline the DOR's delivery of services to this community.

Earlier this month Gov. Davis signed AB 2787, by Assemblymember Dion Aroner (D-Berkeley), which directs the Department of Housing and Community Development to develop guidelines and at least one model ordinance on universal design.

"Most people prefer to stay at home as they age," Gov. Davis said. "Some Californians with disabilities cannot do that because of the design of their homes. Universal design will make homes user-friendly for people with the widest range of mobility, whether the disability be permanent or temporary."

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