Being Seen offers unique access into the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, and the people who support their independent living. Individuals were asked to reflect upon their own disabilities, and the outcome was an unexpected eye-opener.
Following the early success of the film, Paul Zehrer and Chikara Motomura have now launched the campaign, Being Seen Challenge. “My hope is that, in some small way, this film offers viewers an opportunity to get beyond the ‘otherness’ that separates us and opens [viewers] to a more expansive insight of people with developmental disabilities”. – Paul Zehrer, Producer/Director
Thank you to everyone who joined us for this year’s Annual Awards Banquet on October 2, 2015. Over 350 guests gathered at Embassy Suites in San Rafael to celebrate the people we serve, our dedicated staff and the wonderful community members, whose generosity and support have helped Lifehouse continue its important work. The warmth and camaraderie could be felt throughout the room as guest enjoyed a sit-down dinner, awards presentation hosted by Master of Ceremonies Lifehouse’s own Kate O’Connor and dancing with DJ Terri DeLangis. We look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s banquet! A special thanks to our volunteers and photographer Richard Wheeler.
Jim Shorter (Charles L Martin Award Recipient), with Tim Martin and Nancy Dow Moody (l-r)
During the past ten years California’s service system has endured over 50 cost cutting changes to the Lanterman Act, elimination of services, and reductions to a rate system that was already frozen. This major divestment from a once robust and comprehensive community system of coordinated care, supports, and services has resulted in a fragile system that has begun the collapse many have warned about for years.
Organizations representing the Bay Area’s developmental disabilities community have mobilized to urge Governor Jerry Brown and the California State Legislature to stop the current state of collapse of our system and to reinvest in our service system.
Please join Lifehouse in this campaign by:
Attending the Rally for a Sustainable System on Friday, January 23, 2015 at noon at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza.
Signing the Lanterman Coalition’s Petition in Support of the Developmental Disabilities Community.
Telling the Governor and California State legislators to stand with Senator Jim Beall and others in support of better funding for the developmental disabilities system.
Together, we can make the State accountable to the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, and the people and organizations that serve them!