Disability advocate role right up her alley

The role of Disability Advocate is uniquely suited to Carol.

by Shirley Lorraine

Carol Leish has recently been appointed to the position of Disability Advocate for the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA). Her two-year term, from 2021-2023, will include working on the Optimal Aging and Workforce committees as well as being available as a speaker and advocate.

The role of Disability Advocate is uniquely suited to her. She will assist in navigating challenges faced by many seniors and persons with disabilities.

Leish is CEO and founder of Call Me Capable, a disability consultant, motivational speaker and writer. She is also a frequent contributor to The Ventura Breeze on a range of subjects.

Carol holds a Masters Degree in Education and Counseling, building on her personal experience as the basis of her understanding of the needs of persons with a variety of disabilities. She prefers to focus on “capabilities”, thus her website, CallMeCapable.net.

VCAAA is one of 33 public Non-Profit agencies designated by the State of California to carry out the mandates of the Older Americans Act of 1965. VCAAA was formed in 1980 under the auspices of the County of Ventura Executive office and Board of Supervisors. The agency serves the over 196,000 older adults and people with disabilities Ventura County. Open public meetings are held the second Wednesday of every other month at the VCAAA office on County Square Drive.

The Agency offers myriad resources ranging from social services, programs and educational services, work development resources, housing resources, including a rent-share program, health and nutrition services and much more. For more information, visit www.vcaaa.org

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