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L.A. Care to Host Webinar in Recognition of Disability Awareness Month

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

When March was designated National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in 1987, a proclamation called for people to provide “citizens with such disabilities both encouragement and the opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.” As a health plan committed to health equity, L.A. Care is hosting a webinar this week to help further that mission.

The virtual webinar, titled Reaching Common Ground: My Ability Is Stronger Than My Disability, will feature social justice and disability rights advocates discussing work being done to improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities. Attendees will have a chance to ask questions of the advocates, some of them L.A. Care members, who have lived experience, and want to raise awareness about the barriers many people with disabilities face. By understanding such barriers, we can all work to create communities that are more inclusive.

The panelists include:
•   Deaka McClain, MPA, Disability Social Justice Advocate and L.A. Care member
•    Richard Hernandez, Systems Change Advocate, Disabled Resource Center, Inc. and L.A. Care member
The lived experience participants are:
•    Felicia Ford, Disabilities Advocate
•    Ismael Maldonado, Disabilities Rights & Special Education Advocate and L.A. Care member
•    Gladys Alvarez, L.A. Care member 

The webinar is:
Thursday, March 30, 2023
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

To join:
Via Zoom:
Via WebEx Call in: 415-655-0002 I Access Code: 2495 970 4030

About L.A. Care Health Plan

L.A. Care Health Plan serves more than 2.8 million members in Los Angeles County, making it the largest publicly operated health plan in the country. L.A. Care offers four health coverage plans including Medi-CalL.A. Care Covered™️L.A. Care Medicare Plus and the PASC-SEIU Homecare Workers Health Care Plan, all dedicated to being accountable and responsive to members. As a public entity, L.A. Care’s mission is to provide access to quality health care for L.A. County's low-income communities, and to support the safety net required to achieve that purpose. L.A. Care prioritizes quality, access and inclusion, elevating health care for all of L.A. County. For more information, follow us on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.

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