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Practice Heat Safety

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Heat related deaths are preventable!

Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year. Heat can be very taxing on the body; check out the heat related illnesses that can occur with even a short period of exposure. Everyone can be vulnerable to heat, but some more so than others. According to The Impacts Of Climate Change On Human Health In The United States: A Scientific Assessment the following groups are particularly vulnerable to heat; check in with friends and relatives who fall in one of these populations, especially if they don’t have air conditioning.

  • Young children and infants are particularly vulnerable to heat-related illness and death, as their bodies are less able to adapt to heat than are adults. 
  • Older adults, particularly those with pre existing diseases, take certain medications, are living alone or with limited mobility who are exposed to extreme heat can experience multiple adverse effects.
  • People with chronic medical conditions are more likely to have a serious health problem during a heat wave than healthy people.
  • Pregnant women are also at higher risk. Extreme heat events have been associated with adverse birth outcomes such as low birth weight, preterm birth, and infant mortality, as well as congenital cataracts.

It is NEVER safe to leave a child, disabled person or pet locked in a car, even in the winter. If you have a toddler in your household, lock your cars, even in your own driveway.  Kids play in cars or wander outside and get into a car and can die in 10 minutes! A reported 25 children died in hot cars in 2020. To see the latest information for 2021, go to this link. Deaths routinely are reported as early as April and tragedies continue into December in southern states.

NWS Safety information on Children, Pets and Vehicles: Find out more about how cars can heat up quickly when left in the sun. Information and resources in both English and Spanish from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Source: Learn more here!


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Juneteenth and Father’s Day

We are happy to witness the realization of Juneteenth becoming recognized as a National Federal Holiday that will be celebrated across the nation. In observance of Juneteenth, our office will be closed on Monday June 20th and will resume on Tuesday June 21st.

Today is also Father’s Day and we are wishing all the great fathers out there a Happy Father’s Day. Lots to celebrate and be appreciative of today as we celebrate two holidays on the same day. Be safe and enjoy your holiday weekend!

Pride Month

June is Pride Month, when the world’s LGBTQ+ communities come together and celebrate the freedom to be themselves.

Pride gatherings are rooted in the arduous history of minority groups who have struggled for decades to overcome prejudice and be accepted for who they are. LGBTQ+ is an acronym meaning lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer. The term sometimes is extended to LGBTQIA, to include intersex and asexual groups. Queer is an umbrella term for non-straight people; intersex refers to those whose sex is not clearly defined because of genetic, hormonal or biological differences; and asexual describes those who don’t experience sexual attraction.

Pride events also welcome allies from outside the LGBTQ+ community. They are opportunities to show support, to observe, listen and be educated. Rolling Start Inc. is happy to be supportive of our disabled LGBTQ+ community and offer a safe space for any and all to feel welcome!

June 2022 Calendar

The June Calendar is here!

Our schedule is up for the month of June. Go to our calendar and click the event to register. Our first In-Person class is coming at the end of the month. Join in at our San Bernardino office on 6/29 for our first indoor class since doors closed from covid in 2020! It is available as a hybrid class so you can still participate online from home if that is preferable to you. Sign-up to learn more!

Don’t Forget to Vote!

The Primary Election is coming!
June 7th is the California State Primary Election when we get to vote for candidates running for federal and state offices (U.S. Senate, and U.S. Representatives, Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Controller, Insurance Commissioner, Attorney General, Superintendent of Public Instruction and State Assembly). We also have local elections for Mayor, Sheriff, District Attorney, Assessor and local measures.
  • All California active registered voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the June 7, 2022, Primary Election.
  • The last day to register to vote for the June 7, 2022, Primary Election is May 23, 2022.
  • Your county elections office will begin mailing ballots by May 9, 2022.
  • Your primary Election ballot will include candidates for U.S. Senate, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Controller, Treasurer, Attorney General, Insurance Commissioner, Member of State Board of Equalization, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, U.S. Representative in Congress, State Senator, State Assembly Member, as well as other local candidates.
  • There are two contests for U.S. Senate on this ballot. You can vote for both contests.
    • One for a 6-year term ending January 3, 2029; and
    • One for the remainder of the current term ending January 3, 2023.
  • Return your vote-by-mail ballot by mail with prepaid postage as long as it’s postmarked on or before Election day and received by June 14, 2022, or in-person to a secure ballot drop box, to a voting location or your county elections office by 8:00 p.m. on June 7, 2022.
  • In-person voting locations will offer voter registration, replacement ballots, accessible voting machines, and language assistance to those who need it.
  • Vote centers open in all Voter’s Choice Act counties on May 28, 2022.
If you need assistance to register to vote – Contact Asia Sprewell, Rolling Start’s Systems Change Advocate, at (909)890-9516 or go to:

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

11th Anniversary

Thursday, May 19, 2022, marks the 11th Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion and people with different disabilities or impairments. 

It is estimated that 15 per cent of the world’s population has a disability, which means that more than one billion people could face daily challenges when using digital devices. With digital technology now playing a key role in our lives, it’s crucial that everyone has the same user experience.
Here are some basic things we can all use to make sure digital spaces are inclusive:
– Plain Language
– Alt-Text on Images
– Captions on Videos
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