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Daniel W. Garcia
9930 Owensmouth Ave. Unit 6

Chatsworth, CA, 91311'

(818) 421-5294 ● Fax (818) 883-3462

Daniel.W.Garcia68@gmail.com

www.theadvocatepage.com

Facebook: Daniel Garcia for Los Angeles City Council 2015

OBJECTIVE: I am seeking the 12th District City Council Seat on the primary election in March 3, 2015. You will find more information about myself and my platform by going to www.theadvocatepage.com. If you would like to volunteer or to donate. Please contact me at my email above.

POLITICAL AND
POLICY MAKING POSITIONS:

Membership
• Accessibility Advisory Committee for the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) - 2008 to present.
Los Angeles County Commission on Disabilities Events Committee - 2011 to present.
Los Angeles County Accessible Voting Advisory Committee 2011 to present.
Access Services Quality Services Subcommittee - 2008 to present.
Chatsworth Hills Academy Parent & Teacher Organization - Dads and Dudes 2013 to present.

PROFESSIONAL
EXPERIENCE:

Systems Change Advocate Communities Actively Living Independent and Free , Los Angeles, CA  
2012
 
• Educated Local, State and Federal legislators of the needs of their constituents with disabilities.
 
• Brought the idea of educating the general public who ride on Los Angeles County transit by advising Metro via an education video on Transit TV.
 
• Instrumental on pushing and solving the Metro fare gate to be ADA compliance by advising MTA to create a device that will be accessible to whom can not use the TAP card. 



Systems Change Advocate Community Rehabilitation Services, Los Angeles, CA 2007 – 2012
 
• Created curriculum and taught self-advocacy skills to people with disabilities.
 
• Educated Local, State and Federal legislators of the needs of their constituents with disabilities.
 
• Generated communication between the Los Angeles County Para-Transit system and riders.
 
• Helped stop proposed cuts to the Los Angeles County Para-Transit system by advocating for the rights of the riders.
 
• Persuaded the Los Angeles County Para-Transit system known as Access Services to reduce the fare from 2.35 to 2.25.
 
• Advocated for the installation of audio and visual signage on the new Metro-Link trains for people who are deaf and blind in a 5 county service area.
 
• Advocated to the Los Angeles County Para-Transit system to put their pick up/drop off locations on their website for easy access to riders.
 
• Brought the idea of educating the general public who ride on Los Angeles County transit by advising Metro via an education video on Transit TV.
 
• Successfully advocated to the Los Angeles County Planning Department to omit the construction permit fee of $300 for accessible ramps, saving money for business and residential owners.
 
• Collaborated with CARA, Regional Center, ILC, CDCAN, SEIU and UCP to stage the largest rally and   march for the People Convention. Obtained the march permit from the City of Los Angeles Police Dept. Special Event Committee.

Assistive Technology Specialist and Instructor Empowertech, Los Angeles, CA 1996 - 2007 (Formerly Computer Access Center)
 • Instructed people with visual disabilities to use text-to-speech technology using JAWS software.
 • Taught people with disabilities of all ages and levels of cognitive abilities to use computer and make them accessible.

LANGUAGE:
English and Spanish


VOLUNTEER:
American Red Cross- Blood Donation


HONORS: Transportation System Change Advocate of the year, 2008

EDUCATION: B.A. Educational Psychology - California State University at Northridge (CSUN)


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Donation is always welcome, Organize a coffee or pizza event at your place
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MY FAVORITE QUOTATION IS BY
theodore ROOSEVELT
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

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Executive Bio and Mission Statement


Daniel W. Garcia
Los Angeles California 91311
H: (818) 701-0911 M: (818) 421-5294
daniel.w.garcia68@gmail.com

Executive Biography
There is a relatively small segment of leaders in the disabilities communities; individuals who seem able to build relationships, trust, and rapport with almost anyone, and then are able to broker the relationships and make connections between people, creating partnerships and alliances, and motivating forward momentum to ‘get things done.'

I believe that I am one of those people, who ‘getting things done’ and driving results—through collaboration, partnerships, and relationships—as a systems change advocate in the disability community, is what I am all about. With an enthusiastic and genuinely friendly attitude, I can radiate a sincere passion for delivering value and benefits for my community.

A former Assistive Technology Specialist, computer instructor and now a Systems Change advocate, I earned my B.S. in Psychology at Cal State University Northridge in 1996, and spent 2 years as an alcohol and drug substance abuse intervention programs as peer counselor in CSUN. Before making the life-changing decision to become a systems change advocate. I made a larger, positive impact on more people with disabilities when I created and presided a social club in Santa MonicaCollege called Common Boundaries and serving more than three years on the Inter- Club Council. After a successful and self-sustainable club for and by people with disabilities, I began to do same at CSUN. During my years in higher education I was able to get much needed tools for the Office of Students with
Disabilities and went Washington D.C. to obtain much needed information for the peer counseling substance abuse programs about the little known subject of people with disabilities using alcohol and substance abuse.

My Careers of working for people with disabilities has accelerated over the next 18 years to the advocacy level, and has expanded far beyond in understanding of the need for people and other direct related disabilities leadership issues such as: Assistive Technologies, Transportation and Housing affecting local, county, state, federal policy.

Being recognized among advocate for my leadership roles; from getting the street permit to parade on the street of downtown Los Angeles where approximate 1,000 people participated, to improve quality services for people with disabilities on transportation. My contributions centered on spearheading development of policy and enforcement of the law such the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) leads on creating cost effective programs to improve activities. But more importantly, they focused on building long-lasting, policy in transportations and housing, developing policy to meet people with disabilities demands and help empowered the people with disabilities, and on coordinating teams of communities advocate in, strategic business partners, policy executives, and community activity performance and member relations staff to deliver programs, services, and tailored to empowered people with disabilities.

Throughout it all, I have repeatedly proved my ability to lead through diverse and challenging situations. As a member of Metro Advisory Accessibility Committee, I am an excellent agent of change and have a documented track record of accomplishments that include the turnaround of chaotic and struggling operations; start-up and mnagement of new transportation policy; creation and launch of new and improved educational, and community empowerment.

I attended and participated at the disABILITY SUMMIT on June 30 2011, where I received a Continuing Education Certification through Department of Rehabilitation. Some of the contents that were discussed at the conference included, but not limited to, a) Inspiration, Discovery, Principal - looking at the process of cutting edge design in relation to Disability design; b) Physical Access, Transition Plans and the New Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act; c) Designing Housing and Public Accommodations; and d) The Accommodation Process: Delivering Sound Decisions.

I also received a Certificate of Appreciation on December 10 2008 from the California Foundation for Independent Living Center System Change Network for One Year of Outstanding Leadership as Vice-Chair of the SCNetwork Transportation Committee where we worked to keep transportation ADA Compliant throughout the state.

When I was working for the Indenpendent Living Center as a Systems Change Advocate, I have been conducting ongoing investigations of ADA violations in areas such as public events, restaurants, as well as sidewalk curb cuts. I wrote letters of complaint to the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council, Public Works and the Mayor of Los Angeles.

I investigated ADA violations committed, by Metrolink, against people who are blind. The Metrolink did not have clear audio and visual signage, to help people be more aware of upcoming stops. I reported these violations and pursued resolution by going to the Southern California Regional Rail Authority's Board of Directors and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor and I collaborated with The Transit Coalition. At this time, the audio part of the announcer has been modified, however, the visual part is still in being investigated.

I investigated and proposed the idea, to the Los Angeles County Commission on Disability, Access Services and Los Angeles Metro, to designate an accessible pick-up location for the Los Angeles County paratransit, Access Services, at LAX as well as LA Live. Worked in collaboration with Los Angeles County Paratransit system to put their pick up/drop off locations on their website for easy access to riders.

As an Assistive Technology Specialist and Instructor, I assessed my students with disabilities to see, based on their needs, what hardware and/or software would give them the qualifications needed to be employed or otherwise successful in their goals. An example of this, a person who need to speed up his writing because he type with a mouthpiece. Since the mouthpiece was slowing him down, it was my job to find him technology that would allow him the opportunity to achieve his goals and prove his skills through a reasonable accommodation so that he could get his work promotion. I showed him a software that he could speak naturally and the software will write for him, allowing him to be promoted.

When I was the president of the Disabled Students Organization at California State University, Northridge, I had participated in ADA evaluation for California State University, Northridge where a group of students with disability and campus ADA compliance officer walked along CSUN. In this way students with disabilities were the one who were assessing the campus and making the suggestions on programs, services, and facilities. After the evaluation, we were given a list of ADA violations and we were allowed to prioritize which one will be top of the list ADA compliance.

Today, I reside on Chatsworth, California, with my wife and son. I am seeking my next opportunity and step in my community building career. As I have top-notch qualifications working across the entire community with disability continuum—advocates, policy makers, and consumers with disability—it is challenging to put my skills and life experiences in a “box.” But what is absolutely clear, is that I have a great deal of value to offer to anyone in the disability community, and while the actual job title may vary, it will almost certainly include some combination of strategic planning, operations, partnership and alliance building, constituent relations.In the meantime I am tutoring computer to whomever need that one-on-one with Assistive Technology. If you like more information about my fees, you can click on
http://www.theadvocatepage.co...

Mission Statement
Our mission is simple: make technology an asset for your daily use and activity business not a problem. Too many times we have seen other AT (Assistive Technology) consulting firms and school district AT specialist recommend solutions that are not appropriate for the specific client with disabilities or will not lease AT component into their planning as they routinely bring down a person with disability hope to strive to greatness and independence. That is unacceptable. We won't bring you and your in the middle of the day because it is
"a better time for us". We work around your client. We strive to make technology integrate seamlessly with your clients so your client can grow and discover your own potential to advocate. As your Assistive Technology partner, when our clients grow ours will grow with you, therefore, we will work hand in hand with you to support your growth and become an advocate.

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