Tag archives: disability

Disability Claims Face Troubled Path
By Montecito Journal   |   June 20, 2023

While the open-door policy of the UCLA clinic may be good news for Long Covid and autoimmune disease sufferers, a look into the legal world involving disability claims for patients provides an unfortunately different view. Although President Biden declared last year that the road had been cleared for Long Covid patients to file federal disability […]

Fired Up for Special Olympics
By Steven Libowitz   |   September 20, 2022

Not surprisingly, Special Olympics of Southern California (SOSC) took a little longer than most organizations to return to in-person activities, as it only ushered in Phase 3 of its sports and programs, a small single step shy of no restrictions, in June. That’s because individuals with intellectual disabilities – the population Special Olympics has served […]

Hillside House
By Steven Libowitz   |   April 7, 2022

Back in 1955, Hillside House relocated to what was then a state-of-the-art facility capable of housing and caring for children with developmental disabilities, the gleaming new digs located in what was then a remote part of Santa Barbara with the descriptive name of Hidden Valley.  A lot has changed in almost seven decades. Society no […]

By Steven Libowitz   |   March 24, 2022

You’d be hard-pressed to find nonprofits with an origin story more organic and homespun than NatureTrack. The organization was founded 11 years ago by Sue Eisaguirre, who, after raising her own kids with lots of outdoor time, returned to work heading up the docent and K-12 outreach programs for the UCSB Sedgwick Reserve.  “It was […]

Gwendolyn’s Playground: A Project That Will Put Us in Rare Company
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   December 7, 2021

On November 12, on an enchanting property in Montecito’s Hedgerow kindly donated by the Winn and Twining families, nearly 300 people came together to the Butterfly Ball, an event to support Santa Barbara residents Bill and Victoria Strong and their quest to build a state-of-the-art, truly inclusive playground for kids and adults alike. Gwendolyn’s Playground […]

Conquering a Club Foot Created Confidence
By Steven Libowitz   |   August 23, 2018

Chloe Howard didn’t consider her deformity to be a disability before a horrible incident of bullying in high school left her ashamed and suffering from PTSD. But just a year later, the Washington State native living in Los Gatos found a new source of inspiration in the person of U2 lead singer Bono, whom she […]