Tuesday, June 17, 2014

HIV Criminalization: Let’s DO Something, Houston!

"A Place where HIV positive heterosexuals can thrive"
“Encouraging ALL people to make a difference…regardless of their differences”

"HIV Criminalization: Let’s DO Something, Houston!"
Friday, June 20, 2014
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Much progress has been made with HIV Criminalization, but there's still MUCH to be done! Please join Living Without Limits Living Large and Advocacy Without Borders THIS FRIDAY NIGHT for:

¨    An interactive evening presentation
¨    Free casual dinner
¨    Lively discussion about what we can do in OUR city

The Montrose Center
1st Floor, Room 114
401 Branard St.
  Houston, Texas 77006


Phone: 832-545-5689

Also, visit us online:
 www.livinglarge.co; advocacywithoutborders.blogspot.com

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Can Ryan White Part D be saved? We believe so!

Exciting update from Dr. Ivy Turnbull of the AIDS Alliance for Women, Infants, Children, Youth, and Families!!! See an excerpt of her communication below:

"GOOD NEWS!!!! While the full text of the Senate LHHS appropriations bill is not yet available, Part C and Part D are funded separately and are not consolidated as proposed in the President's FY 2015 budget request. Also page 15 of the attached tables show an increase in funding.  Once the bill language is released I will be able to provide additional information."

(Tables not yet provided; seeking permission to post them)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Young Independent People's 1st Summer Conference!

From July 14- 17, 2014, the Center for Independent Living will be hosting Young Independent People's first ever Summer Conference in Berkeley, CA. This conference is designed for individuals with disabilities between the ages of 15 and 24 who wish to achieve their dreams of independence and to connect with others in pursuit of similar dreams.

The conference will teach advocacy skills, and provide training to increase self-confidence as well as leadership ability.  In addition, youth are shown how to utilize public transportation  as well as partake in a community adventure. Young Independent People is open to youth with any kind of disability.

For more information and to RSVP, which is required, please contact Stacey Milbern at 510.841.4776 or by email at smilbern@cilberkeley.org

Camp Hope!!!

In operation for almost 20 years, Camp Hope is the oldest HIV camp in the state of Texas and one of the oldest in the US.  Every year, over a hundred youth who are diagnosed with HIV/AIDS gather for a week-long adventure at Camp for All, a fully accessible campsite.  This supportive camping experience offers fun activities, education, medical care, and support.

Kids and trained counselors partake in canoeing, horseback riding, zip line, swimming, volleyball, wheelchair basketball, petting zoo, rock wall, bonfires, makeover/photo shoot, and a dance. Friendships are made that last a lifetime, and most importantly, the kids learn that they are not alone and that being HIV+ is NOTHING to be ashamed of.

Camp Hope is absolutely FREE of charge to all participants. Directed by Margarita Perez, it is a program of AIDS Foundation Houston, and relies upon the generosity of the counselors, doctors, nurses, social workers, case managers, college students, and others who dedicate a week of their lives each year to making the camp successful. Donations to keep Camp Hope in operation are ALWAYS needed and are fully tax deductible!

Please visit them online at http://www.aidshelp.org/?fuseaction=cms.page&id=1027to learn more and/or make a donation.  Also, watch this great video about the camp!