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DCO 2009 Year-End Update

I hope this letter finds you well and that you are preparing to celebrate the new year - 2010!
I am writing to update you on the progress of DisabledCommunity.Org over the past year.


With the help of attorney Nathan Fahrer at Perkin’s Coie, we are happy to announce that we have successfully became an official 501 c 3.


We give thanks to Matt Winder of Stuck in Bed, Inc. for sponsoring us over the past several years.  Matt was on our Board of Directors and helped us to improve our information clearinghouse using Ruby on Rails a few years ago.  Unfortunately, he has relocated back to the East Coast and we are looking for both a new Board Treasurer and another programmer.


DCO also gives thanks to Grace Fung at A Big Wow who was a key volunteer in 2009 helping to bring beauty to our website and also designing our poster for "Everyone Can Dance" our disability pride celebration held during the Anniversary of American’s with Disabilities Act in July.  We’re sorry if you missed the event as 200 people showed up to celebrate and 40 volunteers.


Special thanks to Genevieve Wilton who helped organize this celebration by recruiting sponsors so that everyone was well nourished and enjoyed the fabulous raffle gifts.  Sponsors included: Vicolo Pizza, Rainbow Groceries, Hansen’s Soda, Trader Joes, The Cheese Board Collective, SF ICE, Support for Families of Children with Disabilities, Unitarian Unitarians for Equual Access, and Fabled Asp.  Please let us know if you would like to join us for the 2010 event.


In May, we kicked off, DisabledCommmunity.Org’s online bookstore training program in our new office in the Hamm Building (1550 Bryant Street).  Twelve trainees from Toolworks and Hope Services added 1,000 books and shipped 450 books with total sales of $2,500 to date.  Please support our efforts by visiting and buying books at our Amazon bookstore or donating and books you don’t need any more.  In October, UCSF Med School Library partnered with us on a book drive, so there are plenty of new titles!


DCO will be moving our training sessions to a new location in early 2010.  We have been in conversation with several different non profits concerning space, but nothing to report as of yet.  We are seeking a space with two tables where 6-8 people could sit and work for two hours on Monday early afternoons and Friday mornings.  If you hear of anything anyone with some space for 2 hours per week give me a call at  415-508-6130.


In the first quarter of 2010 we plan on adding another two hour session where we could help train more individuals in the skills of running an online bookstore.  If you or your organization know of any people who would like to volunteer with our program, please pass on our enclosed flyer. Also, enclosed, please enjoy the article written about the DCO Booksellers Training Program written by Teresa Keirn a midwifery student at UCSF.


Best to you in 2010,

Lori Guidos
DCO Executive Director