Who We Are

Our Founder

About Hannah Karpilowimg_4920

I have worked in the field of Personal Assistance Services since 1981, first as a home-care attendant referred through the Disabled Students’ Program at UC Berkeley, and through word of mouth. I began working in the UCB Residence Program in 1983, and worked there until 1996, teaching Independent Living Skills to students with disabilities in a dorm setting. During this time, from 1986 until 1991, I also worked with the Emergency Services Program (now Easy Does It) under several contractors, as an on-call attendant and then co-director. I have worked as Attendant Referral Coordinator for Center for Independent Living and Registry Specialist for the Alameda County Public Authority for IHSS. I have trained home care workers at several Adult Schools in Alameda County, and with the Public Authority for IHSS. I have also participated in training home care recipients with the Public Authority and Alta Bates Disability Community Health Clinic. I have participated in efforts to improve the IHSS system both at the table with policy makers and in the streets in direct action. This experience illustrates my deep commitment and passion for working in the Independent Living Movement and supporting home care workers as well as the consumers.

I have either been employed by or provided contractual services for the following organizations or agencies:

∙       Alameda County Adult Schools

∙       Alameda County Public Authority for In Home Support Services

∙       Center for Independent Living in Berkeley and Oakland

∙       City of Oakland Mayor’s Office on ADA Compliance

∙       DREDF: Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund

∙       Easy Does It and two prior (Measure E) contractors with the City of Berkeley

∙       Ecology Center, Berkeley, CA

∙       Service Employees International Union

∙       UC Berkeley’s Disabled Students’ Program

∙       World Institute on Disability, Oakland, CA

I have either served on a committee, or volunteered with the following:

∙       ASAC: Attendant Services Advocacy Coalition

∙       ADAPT: American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today

∙       Action for IHSS

∙       Alameda County Public Authority for IHSS

∙       AXIS Dance Company

∙       CDT: Culture! Disability! Talent!

∙       CUIDO: Communities United In Defense of Olmstead

∙       ETC: Environmental Traveling Companions

∙       Public Interest Center on Long Term Care

Our Supporters

Jane Berliss-Vincent
Danielle Billingsley
Linda Hunt
Bonnie Lewkowicz
Jeannie Haydon
Stacey Milbern
Marg Hall
Peni Hall
Jonathan Nack
Trudi White
Yasumoto Family
Hale Zukas
Ann Schneider
Simi Litvak & Pnina Tobin
Neil Marcus
Arlene Magarian
Anonymous (3)


We would also like to thank

Rose Acampora
Brenda Jackson
Megan Schirle
Timothy Thomas
Belinda Stradley
Guillermo Prado
Marsha Saxton
Jennifer Kern
Judith Smith
Mark Rubin
Susan Henderson and the DREDF staff
Nikki Brown-Booker & Kristen Spencer at EDI