Clausen House Annual Report 2017

Clausen House thrives because of the dedication and support of our donors. The Board, Administration and Staff love what we do; our clients deserve the very best. This all happens because of our donors. Check out the Annual Report: Clausen House 2017 Annual Report FINAL.... >> read more

Clausen 2018 Calendar of Events

Please mark your calendars to join us for the following events and activities in 2018: August 10, 2018 Agency Picnic Lake Temescal (for Clients, Their Familes & Invited Guests only) September 14, 2018 Art Show* 650 Grand Ave., 6-8pm (Open to the public: Free) September 27, 2018 Family Connect Dinner 650 Grand Ave., 6-7:30pm (for […]... >> read more

Clausen House – Past, Present and Future

Check out our 50th Anniversary video: “Clausen House, Past Present and Future”.... >> read more

Children with Disabilities Are Disciplined Twice As Much As Their

A new report conducted by National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools reveals that both public and charter school children with disabilities are disciplined far more than their peers, even by those teachers who are specialists in their education. Check out the article: “Disciplining Children with Disabilities”.... >> read more

Education Department notes big rise in disability complaints

A new study is set to show that complaints of discrimination against students with disabilities rose sharply in 2017. Check out the article from Disability Scoop: “Discrimination against People with Disabilities Is on the Rise”.... >> read more

Many Parents Not Planning For Future of Children With Disabilities According To New Study

A web-based national survey asked parents of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to state whether they had completed 11 items related to planning for their offspring’s long term needs, such as identifying a successor to the current caregiver in the event s/he died or became incapacitated. More than 380 parents, mostly mothers, completed the […]... >> read more

Clausen House 50th Year in Review

Clausen House celebrated its 50th Anniversary Year with three events: 1) A Community Celebration on July 16, 2017, at Oakland’s beautiful Preservation Park. 2) An Art Show on September 7, 2017 that featured a variety of art pieces created by our talented clients. 3) A Gala Celebration on November 4, 2017 at the stunning Claremont […]... >> read more

Heart of Gold Gala featured in Oakland/Alameda magazines

2018 Oakland magazine – Snapshots Gala Jan 2018... >> read more

Clausen House featured in “Piedmont Post”

Thank you to Board member Roger Eliassen who did all the research for this history of Clausen House, and thank you to Piedmont Post for including the article! Check it out: 2017 Piedmont Post – 50th Anniversary Gala 100417.... >> read more

Bipartisan Congressional Group Formed to Prioritize Policies Increasing Employment Opportunities For Individuals With Developmental Disabilities

Five members of the U.S. House of Representatives announced that they have formed a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers called the Bipartisan House Working Group on Employing People with Disabilities in an effort to promote policies aimed at increasing employment among people with developmental disabilities.  The group will work to identify polices and regulations that […]... >> read more

Nonprofit Called ‘Creative Spirit’ Seeks to Create 130k Jobs for People With Developmental Disabilities

Leaders of several New York advertising agencies have formed the nonprofit Creative Spirit, which will work to grow employment opportunities for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities at advertising, media, marketing and technology firms across the country. They have set an ambitious goal of creating 130,000 jobs for people with developmental disabilities by 2020. The […]... >> read more

Clausen House in “Oakland” & “Alameda” magazines

The October issue. Tickets are available to our 50th Anniversary Gala. Go to: Gala Tickets .... >> read more

Clausen House in the Episcopal Diocese of CA’s Diobytes

The Episcopal Diocese of California has a story about our 50th Anniversary Community Party in its online publication “Diobytes.” To view the article click here.... >> read more

PBS TO AIR DOCUMENTARY ON MIDDLE AGE ADULTS LIVING WITH DOWN SYNDROME

As part of PBS’ POV (Point of View) series, the Chilean documentary “The Grown Ups” will air on Monday, September 4 at 10 pm.  The documentary is an “’empathetic study of middle-aged students at a school for Down’s  Syndrome [adults that] shows them to be stuck in a tragic state of limbo: Mature enough to […]... >> read more

Clausen House in the Piedmont Post

On the occasion of Clausen House’s 50th Anniversary, “Piedmont Post” published a feature story on the Clausens and why there needed to be a Clausen House 50 years ago and will still need to be one 50 years from now. 2017 Piedmont Post – 50th Anniversary 071917... >> read more

CLAUSEN HOUSE CELEBRATES ITS 50th ANNIVERSARY WITH COMMUNITY PARTY AT PRESERVATION PARK

In the late 1960’s options were limited for families of individuals with developmental disabilities. The choice was to keep their loved one isolated in the family home or institutionalized in one of California’s overcrowded mental institutions. Two Piedmont families, Dr. Edwin and Shirley Clausen and Helen and Ralph Pahlmeyer, were facing this stark circumstance for […]... >> read more

US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION POSTS NEW IDEA WEBSITE AND SEEKS FEEDBACK

The U.S. Department of Education launched a new website Thursday morning dedicated to housing information on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The updated website is based on feedback from parents, educators, disability advocates and other stakeholders, according to an agency statement.  The website features better search capabilities, enhanced accessibility and more content, the […]... >> read more

Trump Budget Threatens Services for Individuals With Developmental Disabilities

The $4.1 trillion budget proposed by the Trump Administration released Tuesday puts safety-net programs such as Medicaid on the chopping block while bolstering defense spending. The budget released this week spells out  Trump’s priorities, which include making deep cuts to Medicaid and other programs people with disabilities rely on. Trump’s budget slashes $610 billion from […]... >> read more

Ford Foundation President recognizes subtle discrimination against persons with disabilities

Innocuous discrimination against adults with disabilities is, sadly, rampant in all corners of our society. Here is a wonderful realization and apology from Ford Foundation President Darren Walker, who realized just how strong and wrong this discrimination is, even among those who think they are aware: Darren Walker-Ford Foundation President.... >> read more

Scandalously Wide Graduation Gaps for Students with Disabilities Persist

According to this article, published in the Nonprofit Quarterly, students with disabilities are graduating at much lower rates than average, even as the overall graduation rate is at an all-time high. To read the entire article, please go to: High School Graduation Gap.... >> read more

FDA ISSUES WARNING ABOUT INEFFECTIVENESS OF SOME CLAIMED TREATMENTS FOR AUTISM

The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a notice on April 12, 2017, to consumers warning that “products or treatments claiming to ‘cure’ autism do not work as claimed.”  The notice said the same is true of many products claiming to ‘treat’ autism or autism-related symptoms and some claimed treatments may actually carry significant […]... >> read more

POTENTIAL BIOMARKERS FOR AUTISM FOUND IN BLOOD OFFER HOPE FOR EARLIER DETECTION

In a recent article published in the journal PLOS Computational Biology, scientists say they can predict with greater than 97% accuracy whether or not a child has autism from a blood sample.  According to the authors, the import of these findings is that a blood test can lead to an earlier diagnosis and a more favorable […]... >> read more

Education Department Is Seeking Comments to Revamp IDEA Website

The U.S. Department of Education is seeking comment  on ways to re-imagine and improve the idea.ed.gov website.  The website posts information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”).  The Education Department wants to know what resources on the site are most used and what new information or functionalities people would like to see. This […]... >> read more

GOP PLAN TO REPLACE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS OPPOSED BY DISABILITY ADVOCATES

Earlier this week Republican leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives revealed their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act , commonly known as “Obamacare.”  Under this Republican plan,  new limits would be placed on federal Medicaid spending.  Rather than provide matching grants to states to cover anyone who meets eligibility requirements, the […]... >> read more

Trump’s Plan to Issue Block Grants Threatens Services for Individuals With Developmental Disabilities

The Trump administration is talking about fundamentally changing the Medicaid system by moving to block grants.  While few details have been released, such a shift may mean significantly less funding for Medicaid which funds many of the services provided to individuals with developmental disabilities, from healthcare to home and community-based services. Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s counselor, […]... >> read more

Justice Department Issues Guidance To Reduce Discrimination and Mistreatment of Individuals With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System

In a guidance document issued in January 2017, the US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, is setting forth the responsibilities of local and state authorities within the criminal justice system to treat individuals with mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities fairly.  As the guidance document states, “Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act […]... >> read more

Study Quantifies High Cost of Family Members Caring for Children With Special Needs

In a study entitled “Family-Provided Health Care for Children With Special Health Care Needs” published in the December journal Pediatrics, researches concluded that families of children with special needs provide billions of dollars in unpaid medical care each year, researchers say, significantly compromising their own ability to earn a living. The study investigators analyzed data […]... >> read more

US JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ISSUES NEW GUIDANCE MANDATING THAT PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES HAVE RIGHT TO LIVE INTEGRATED LIVES BEYOND HOUSING AND INCLUDING WORKING AND OTHER ACTIVITIES

In a 13-page guidance document issued this week, the U.S. Department of Justice says that the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act applies broadly. Thus, just as people with disabilities have a right to live in the community, the U.S. Department of Justice is telling the states that the same rights apply to […]... >> read more

Congressional Leaders Renew Plea to Department of Health and Human Services to Issue Guidance Preventing Organ Transplant Discrimination Against Persons With Developmental Disabilities

In a letter dated October 12, 2016  to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights, 30 members of the U.S. House of Representatives urged the agency to address what they called “persistent” organ transplant discrimination. Recognizing that many transplant centers and surgeons continue to refuse to provide access to transplant […]... >> read more

2016 Best & Worst Cities for People With Disabilities

A new analysis is ranking the nation’s most populated cities based on how desirable they are for people with disabilities.  The listing comes from the personal finance website WalletHub, which assessed 25 factors ranging from availability of doctors to employment rates and park accessibility, in order to compile the ranking of 150 locales across the […]... >> read more

Showtime Comedian Agrees to Remove Offensive Content After Meeting With Self-Advocates with Special Needs

After being confronted and criticized by disability advocates, comic Gary Owen, who repeatedly used the word “retard” and mocked people with intellectual disability as part of his Showtime special “Gary Owen: I  Agree With Myself,” agreed to remove the content from his show and refrain from using the word “retarded” in future routines.  This decision […]... >> read more

Clausen House Is Awarded Developmental Disability Council Awards for Volunteerism and Lifetime Service

On June 6, 2016, the Alameda County Developmental Disability Council awarded Clausen House’s Board of Director Curt Engelhard the Dana Sanbor Volunteerism Award and Residential Staff Member Mattie Abner the Lifetime Service Award in recognition of their outstanding service to and on behalf of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The award ceremony was held […]... >> read more

Charters Suspending Students With Disabilities At Higher Rate

In an analysis of discipline records for every one of the nation’s 95,000 public schools, including over 5,250 charter schools, researchers identified deep disparities across all grades (elementary and secondary) even though fewer children with disabilities attending such schools, according to the report from the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the Civil Rights Project […]... >> read more

California Unemployment Rate For People With Disabilities Not Best, Not Worst, But Not Good

The recently released “Disability Statistics Annual Report” produced by the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability sets forth data pertaining to the number of people with disabilities who are employed on a state by state basis, together with what the employment rates are for individuals without disabilities. The report also looks at median earnings, […]... >> read more

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR DISABLED WANTING TO WORK CONTINUES TO CLIMB

The unemployment rate for those with disabilities grew to 12.5 percent in February, the U.S. Department of Labor said in its monthly report released earlier this month. That’s a rise over the 10.8 percent reported for January. The shift comes as a greater number of people with disabilities actively sought work, yet fewer were employed. […]... >> read more

STATE LAWMAKERS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVE PLAN TO SEND $300 MILLION TO CALIFORNIA’s DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES SERVICE SYSTEM

On Monday, February 29,  State lawmakers unanimously approved a plan to send $300 million to California’s developmental disabilities system. The Senate and Assembly included the funding in an agreement to restructure taxes on health insurance plans.  Most of the $300 million will go to care providers, who have faced years of stagnant wages.  The bill […]... >> read more

Lanterman Coalition Call for Action to Support Agreement Providing Relief for Developmental Services

The Lanterman Coalition has been in a fight for the survival of the California Developmental Services system for more than a year.  Yesterday, the Coalition finally came to an agreement for the best way forward.  The agreement doesn’t achieve everything that is needed, but it provides a critically important step to provide relief and recovery […]... >> read more

CLAUSEN HOUSE VOTED WHOLE FOODS’ FEATURED NONPROFIT

On Friday, February 26, 2016, Whole Foods located on the corner of Harrison and 27th in Oakland California will donate a portion of its profits to Clausen House, as part of its Oakland Gives program. Clausen House was nominated to be one of the non-profits to receive a portion of store revenue.  Clausen House was […]... >> read more

Unemployment Rate for Persons With Disabilities Rises Against National Trend

The unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities reached 10.8 percent in January, up from 10.3 percent at the close of 2015 according to the Department of Labor’s monthly jobs report. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate for the general population is at the lowest rate in years, falling below 5 per cent and reaching 4.9 percent, as 151,000 jobs […]... >> read more

Students With Disabilities Lag In Graduation Rates

Data has been collected as part of the national effort to reach a goal of having all high school students graduate at a rate of 90% by 2020.  According to a report released this week produced by Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Education, for the first time […]... >> read more

Adjustment to ABLE Law Broadens Availability

Initially, when the Federal government passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience  (ABLE) law, which allowed individuals with disabilities to save up to $100,000 in a bank account without losing government benefits such as Medicaid and Social Security Income, it was left to individual states to enact legislation to implement such accounts.  A recent “tweak” […]... >> read more

Confronting the Challenges Facing Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Who Want Healthy Intimate Relationships

A recent article in Disability Scoop outlined the challenges confronting many individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities when it comes to finding ways to foster intimate relationships. The article, entitled, “For Many With Disabilities, Freedom to Be Intimate is Rare” was written by Chris Serres and also appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on November […]... >> read more

Ann Clausen Dies at Age 66

  It is with a heavy heart that we share the sad news of Ann Clausen’s passing on November   5th, 2015, she was 66. She will be remembered for her spirit, spunk and strength and she will live on in the hearts of her loved ones and in the legacy of Clausen House forever. At […]... >> read more

New Study Questions Amount of Psychotropic Drugs Prescribed to Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities

New research from the United Kingdom suggests that psychotropic drugs were being over-prescribed to people with intellectual disabilities. The researchers looked at medical records of 33,016 adults with intellectual disabilities between 1999 and 2013. They concluded that the proportion of people with intellectual disabilities who have been treated with psychotropic drugs far exceeds the proportion […]... >> read more

NEW POLL PROVIDES INSIGHT INTO PUBLIC PERCEPTIONS REGARDING INDIVIDUALS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES

An online survey of 2021 people across the country was conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of The Special Olympic International World Games in partnership with Shriver Media from July 13-15, 2015. The findings were recently made public and suggest that attitudes about individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) is evolving in relation to the level […]... >> read more

SUMMER IS HERE AND SO ARE RESOURCES FOR FAMILY MEMBERS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS WHO WANT TO TRAVEL

A recent article in the New York Times featuring Meghann Harris, founder of SpecialGlobe.com, provided an interesting perspective about the availability of resources to facilitate travel for families of children with physical and cognitive challenges. The thrust of the article was that travel is something every one should be able to enjoy and there are […]... >> read more

NEW DATA DESCRIBES HOUSING CRISIS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

“Priced Out in 2014: The Housing Crisis for People With Disabilities”  is a June 2015 report by the Technical Assistance Collaborative Inc., Consortium for Citizens With Disabilities, Housing Task Force. The report was funded by the Melville Charitable Trust. The report identifies and describes the enormous gap between rental housing costs and the monthly income […]... >> read more

NEW SURVEY FINDS MOST PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ‘STRIVING TO WORK’

A survey taken of 3,000 adults with disabilities across the country found that the majority of people with disabilities “strive to be employed.”  The survey was conducted by the University of New Hampshire for the Kessler Foundation, a New Jersey-based nonprofit that focuses on neurological disabilities. The survey identified numerous barriers to employment and employment […]... >> read more

RESOURCE FOR FAMILIES STRUGGLING WITH SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS

Many family members struggle with recertifying their loved one’s social security eligibility.  This exercise occurs annually. One tool that may be of assistance can be found by clicking this link to the Disability Benefits Calculator.... >> read more

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AMONG DISABLED INCREASES IN MARCH 2015

According to numbers released by the US Department of Labor, the jobless rate among individuals with disabilities climbed to 11.7 percent in March 2015, an increase from last month’s reported rate of 11.2 percent.  This rate compares to the 5.5 percent unemployment rate across the general population according to Disability Scoop reporter Shaun Heasley.  The […]... >> read more

CLAUSEN HOUSE JOINS THE LANTERMAN COALITION 10% ADVOCACY PLAN

The Lanterman Coalition is made up of major stakeholders in California’s community-based developmental service system.  As a result of years of underfunding, rate cuts, rate freezes, use of old funding formulas and inflation, California’s developmental services system is at risk of collapse. The Lanterman Coalition is mobilizing stakeholders to take action and advocate for an […]... >> read more

ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Accounts May Assist Families in Financial Planning for the Care of Loved Ones With Disabilities

When President Obama signed the ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act in December, 2014, he paved the way for individuals with disabilities to open tax-free savings accounts that can accrue up to $100,000 without losing their government benefits such as Social Security or Medicaid. Funds from the ABLE savings accounts can be used to […]... >> read more

March is National Developmental Disabilites Awareness Month

On February 26, 1987, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed March to be “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.” This proclamation was made at a time when alternatives to institutionalizing or isolating individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities was taking hold across the nation and organizations such as Clausen House were providing real opportunities for people with developmental disabilities […]... >> read more

1st Quarterly Family Alliance Meeting to Be Held March 31, 2015

Clausen House’s “Family Alliance” refers to family members and friends who are connected to Clausen House because of their shared concern and commitment to seeing that quality programs and excellent support are always available for our cherished clients, now and into the future. Clausen House leadership and dedicated staff view Family Alliance members as key […]... >> read more

Clausen House Partners With Camping Unlimited to Create Social Community and Fun

            Through a $25,000 grant provided by the Thomas J. Long Foundation, Clausen House has been able to partner with Camping Unlimited (also known as Camp Krem) to provide social, adventurous and educational community outings for Clausen House clients. By the provision of the grant, the funds are to be […]... >> read more

Dr. Edwin Clausen Begins Presidency of Clausen House Board of Directors

          In January 2015, the term of Dr. Edwin Clausen’s Presidency on the the Board of Directors of Clausen House began. Dr. Edwin Clausen is the son of the founders of Clausen House, Shirley and Edwin Clausen. His sister, Ann, was an original client of Clausen House and lived in the […]... >> read more

Clausen House Prepares for 1st Annual Client and Community Partners Award Ceremony

Clausen House has many amazing clients that achieve wonderful accomplishments in their personal lives, among their peers and by contributing to the community.  In addition, Clausen House has forged partnerships with individuals and organizations within the community whose support of our clients, programs and mission contributes to our success.  The brainchild of our new Executive […]... >> read more

Expanding the Scope of Independent and Supported Living Services

Clausen House’s Independent Living and Supported Living Services have been expanded to provide adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities with assistance in the following areas: Housing Search and Assistance Vocational Training Behavioral Health Benefits Planning (SSI/SSDI) Domestic Violence and Abuse Prevention. The mission of our Independent Living and Supported Living programs is to provide quality […]... >> read more

Governor Brown’s Initial Proposed 2015-1016 Budget for Department of Disability Services

Governor Jerry Brown has released the initial proposal for the 2015-2016 budget for the Department of Disability Services. The proposal includes $5.1 Billion for community service programs and support services. This represents an increase of $452 million above 2014-2015. The number of individual consumers with developmental disabilities in the community served by Regional Centers is […]... >> read more

Clausen House Honors Congresswoman Barbara Lee

On December 7, 2014, Congresswoman Barbara Lee held a Holiday Party for her constituents in District 13 at the Pican Restaurant located in downtown Oakland. Clausen House’s new Executive Director Jaynette Underhill was in attendance with Past President of the Board of Directors Deborah Schweizer and Chief Financial Officer Curt Engelhard.  In recognition of the […]... >> read more

Jaynette Underhill Named New Executive Director

Ms. Jaynette Underhill became Clausen House’s new Executive Director beginning November 3, 2014.  Ms. Underhill was Clausen House’s Director of Programs for the past three years. She holds a BA in Management and MA in Organizational Leadership from Saint Mary’s College and has over 25 years of professional experience in the human services field. Ms. […]... >> read more