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May-June 2004 News

Farm Worker Turned Activist
Andrea Cruz grew up working in the fields with her nine siblings and mom and dad. The Cruzs were poor migrant farm workers who perpetually moved around the southeastern eastern part of the United States harvesting crops to survive.

Ayuda is Out There
Inland Regional Center (IRC) is a non-profit, community-based organization that helps individuals with developmental disabilities obtain services that promote independence, inclusion and enhance their quality of life.

Disability, Latinos and the Media
The media consists of print, broadcast and the Internet. This is how most people in society receive information on everything from world events to entertainment.

Global Snapshot of Independent Living & Self-Help Published
The international overview features articles and research documenting how disability groups are utilizing and adapting independent living principles to improve their status and living conditions in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Bridges to Employment Conference Explores Career Opportunities for Latinos with Disabilities
The third national conference on "Bridges to Employment for Latinos with Disabilities" will be held July 14-16 at Chicago's Courtyard By Marriott Hotel downtown. The conference will provide a national forum about issues concerning disabled Latinos and employment, and offer a variety of employment and technology training opportunities.

Living with Special Needs in Oklahoma (Part One)
It is the responsibility of society to ensure that everyone can get access to, and participate in social services. In the state of Oklahoma there are few programs and organizations that support, help, care for and treat Latinos who have special needs.