Making History With LBUSD: By Nubia Flores, Board Member
On Tuesday, September 14, 2021, LBUSD’s school board adopted a resolution to make the second week in October History Disability Week, like so many other school districts have across California since the 2010 California Assembly highlighted the importance of teaching disability history in our schools. This all started with local community disability activist Cynde Soto who reached out for support in her efforts and when I read her email all that came to mind was HELL YES! I was all in. In our prep work she connected with her school board member, now Board President, Dr. Juan M. Benitez who not only supported us from the start but connected us to LBUSD’s Dr. Tiffany Brown. From then on Cynde and I worked to bring in more community advocates and are so thankful for the support and help in getting this across the finish line from Jennifer Kumiyama [fellow Tichenor Clinic Board Member and Citizen’s Advisory Commission on Disabilities (CACOD) Chairperson], Kim Vuong [Tichenor Clinic Community Liaison and CACOD Commissioner], LA County Commission on Disabilities, former CACOD Chairperson, and Disability Rights Board Member Deaka McClain, Long Beach Special Education Community Advisory Committee Members (CAC) Magda Elena and Juliana Martinez, Long Beach City College Trustee Uduak-Joe Ntuk, and City Councilmember Mary Zendejas – thank you for your support and for adding your voices to this project. And a big thank you to all at LBUSD who worked to make tonight’s milestone a celebration. Time to get to work! Thank you to the LBUSD School Board, LBUSD Superintendent Dr. Jill Baker and CAC!
And on a personal note, a special shout out and thank you to my dear friend and former CACOD Commissioner Alice Bruns who put the seed in my brain. I think it was my 2nd or 3rd commission meeting, feeling completely intimidated and lost, I said to Alice that I didn’t feel like I belonged there; what am I doing on a commission??
I said “I’m just a mom.”
She said, “You’re a Zona Roberts!”
I was embarrassed I didn’t know who that was…and she said “mother of Ed Roberts” and I felt worse because I didn’t know who that was. Alice sat with me and shared Zona’s story as a fierce mother advocate, who when her child, Ed, was recovering from polio she fought to make sure he still had access to his education, a quality education. She fought to make sure her son had opportunities to learn and have an independent life and she did it for others too. Then her son, Ed Roberts….well went on to Berkeley, became the pioneering leader of the disability movement around independent living and so much more! I went home and read up and was so angry I didn’t learn about this in school or even in college.
So tonight, one step forward for inclusion and representation. The grownups are getting to work to make sure all kids across LBUSD learn about the significant contributions disability advocates have make to American civil rights.
Thank you, Alice ❤️ Thank you, Cynde ❤️
And to my fellow Zonas out there, keep fight for our kids and future leaders ✊🏽🤟🏾 #AdvocateLikeAMother
Nubia Flores, Tichenor Clinic for Children Board Member, CACOD Commissioner, Mother
Welcome, Fall 2021 Interns!
My name is Jomara Madrigal Reyes. I have lived in Long Beach (more specifically Cambodia Town or the Eastside), California nearly my entire life. I attended all Long Beach schools: Cleveland Elementary, Monroe K-8, Millikan High, and Long Beach City College. I currently attend Cal State University Long Beach. I will be graduating this fall with a B.A. in Linguistics. I also have an AA-T degree in Anthropology from Long Beach City College. I am a first generation high school graduate, city college graduate, and soon to be university graduate.
I am excited to be a part of the CSU Long Beach Community Internship Project Fall 2021 cohort. I plan on pursuing a career in Speech-Language Pathology and I hope to work for a non-profit as well. My educational journey has been far from easy. It is because of the support of the Long Beach community that I will be graduating and able to intern at Tichenor Clinic this fall. Non-profits such as For the Child or L.A. Care and many more helped my family through the darkest of days. They gave us hope for a brighter future. I hope to bring the same hope that was given to me to the Tichenor Clinic community.
My name is Tiffany So and I am from Alhambra, CA. I am currently a 3rd year physical therapy student at USC, graduating in May 2022. The amalgamation of anatomy, health care and exercise initially sparked my interest in the field of physical therapy during high school when I was heavily involved in volleyball and basketball. Through my volunteer and aide experiences in various settings throughout undergrad, I found it very meaningful to help improve one’s overall quality of life. My passion for helping others restore movement and achieve their goals affirmed my desire to pursue a career in this field.
I have completed clinical affiliations in various settings: outpatient orthopedics, inpatient acute care and outpatient pediatrics. I enjoy the one-on-one time I spend with my patients as well as being able to observe their progress with therapy. I am currently completing one of my last clinical rotations at Tichenor Orthopedic Clinic and I am excited to be helping children meet their developmental milestones and improve their overall quality of life by providing quality, compassionate care. I am excited to continue learning from all of the therapists and clinical instructors at Tichenor!
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