Rolling Start Inc. Blog

May 2022

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Autism Awareness Month

“Inclusive Quality Education For All”

Every April is World Autism Month, beginning with United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. Throughout the month, we focus on sharing stories and providing opportunities to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism, fostering worldwide support. This year, we are committed to creating a world where all people with autism can reach their full potential.

In celebration of Autism Awareness Month, we honor the contribution of people with autism and the autistic community, recognizing the needs of people on the autism spectrum and their families. Recognizing the need for supporting, understanding, accepting, including, and empowering people with autism.

Each year, World Autism Awareness Day has a different and unique theme and this year’s theme for the day is “Inclusive Quality Education For All”.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools were shut down and classes were held online. This had a disproportionate impact on students with autism. This theme aims to highlight what more can be done to provide inclusive and quality education for people with autism.

Happy Earth Day!


“Meeting the needs of today without depleting the resources of tomorrow.”

April 22nd is Earth Day! It is a time to unify everyone to celebrate our planet and to demonstrate support for environmental protection. This year’s theme is to “Invest in our planet,” to help combat climate change as global warming and its effects continue to harm the environment.

This year is also the launch of the first Accessible Earth Campaign through the collaborative efforts of Ability Tools, the Disability Organizing (DO) Network, and the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) to make environmental conservation efforts accessible for all, including those with disabilities.

Click this link to learn more about #AccessibleEarth

The Disability community has only recently been more visible in the discussion of sustainability. The California Assistive Technology Reuse Coalition (CATRC) is helping to meet the needs of Californians with disabilities by providing previously-owned equipment at little or no cost. In doing so, CATRC is also helping to reduce harm to the environment by:

  • Preventing additional waste in landfills;
  • And reducing the need for additional manufacturing, which contributes to a carbon footprint.


We here at Rolling Start Inc. also have reusable AT like canes, walkers, wheelchairs, etc. completely FREE! Give us a call to learn how to get these items from our AT department.
San Bernardino: (909)890-9516
Victorville: (760)949-7626

Office Under Construction

Renovation Time!

Rolling Start Inc. office is under construction. Because of this, next week’s cooking class on 4/18 is cancelled. Stay tuned because our offices will be reopening to the public very soon! We are renovating our offices so they will be ready to welcome our consumers back into the office. We will keep you updated when renovations are complete and covid restrictions are lifted. Thank you for your patience!

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Governor Newsom Announces Appointments

Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:

Susan Masten, Rajan Gill, Helen Lee, Cirian Villavicencio, David Yee, Dwight H. Bateman, M. Lisa Hayes, Sara Abdrabou, Elizabeth Lewis, Nicole Adler, Julie Neward, Alejandro “Alex” Reyes, Wesley Witherspoon, and Eric Ybarra.

“M. Lisa Hayes, 60, of Bellflower, has been appointed Chair of the State Independent Living Council, and has also been appointed to serve on the State Rehabilitation Council. Hayes has been Executive Director at Rolling Start Inc. since 2019. She held several positions at Molina Healthcare between 2007 and 2017, including Associate Vice President of MLTSS, Director of Disability and Senior Access Services, Manager of Senior and Disability Programs and Manager of Provider Contract Review. Hayes was Project Manager at United Health Care from 2000 to 2007. She was contract Manager at PacifiCare Health Systems from 2000 to 2006. These positions do not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Hayes is a Democrat.” – 

We are very pleased to congratulate our very own, Lisa Hayes, for achieving this appointment to the Chair of the State Independent Living Council(SILC). Go to the link here to learn more about the 14 appointments that California Governor Gavin Newsom recently made. To learn more about the council members for the SILC click here and go to the SILC Homepage here.

Rolling Start Inc. Executive Director – Lisa Hayes

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