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For Immediate Release

Easterseals to Honor State Legislators at Annual Legislative Awards Dinner

Santa Ana, February 24, 2017

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News Annual Legislative Award

Easterseals California (a group comprised of all the Easterseals affiliates in our state) has named four State Legislators as Legislative Award honorees, to be recognized at the Easterseals Annual Legislative Awards dinner on March 28 in Sacramento. All of the honorees have made great strides in their respective areas, working to champion legislation affecting those with disabilities, veterans, supporting early childhood education initiatives and more.

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Van Nuys) will receive the Assembly Champion Award, Assemblymember Rocky Chavez (R-Oceanside) will be honored with the Assembly Leadership Award, Senator Jeff Stone (R-Murrieta) will receive the Senate Champion Award and Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) will receive the Senate Leadership Award.

"It's incredible to be able to honor people who have stepped forward in their leadership position to improve the quality of life for the children and adults we support," said Carlene Holden, Easterseals Southern California Executive Vice President. "To know we have leadership in both the Senate and the Assembly fighting on our behalf is huge. This awards ceremony is a wonderful opportunity to say thank you. What they do does make a difference."

The Easterseals Legislative Awards, which have been held annually since 2004, recognize public officials and advocates for their work to improve the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities and special needs in our local communities, including the special needs of our veteran population. Every honoree has gone the extra mile in making a difference for Californians by working to ensure that people with disabilities have access to a quality education, opportunities for employment, social skills support, health care, affordable housing and transportation.

Representing the 46th Assembly District including the San Fernando Valley communities of Van Nuys, Lake Balboa, Panorama City, and Sherman Oaks, Nazarian authored and helped pass Assembly Bill 796, which eliminates the sunset date on the insurance mandate for health plans and health insurers to cover evidence-based autism treatment services. The passage of this bill will help ensure continued access to vital services for children with autism and their families.

Chavez, a U.S Marine veteran, represents California's 76th District encompassing northern San Diego County. Chavez championed issues related to veterans’ affairs and early childhood education. He is the will have the newly appointed Vice-Chair of the Assembly Veteran Affairs Committee, and Vice-Chair of the Assembly K-12 Education Committee.

Stone represents the 28th State Senate District, encompassing Southwest Riverside County (Temecula, Murrieta and Lake Elsinore) all the way to the Arizona border. He has advocated for community-based programs and regional centers for the severely disabled.

A practicing pediatrician and former UC Davis educator, Pan serves as Senator for California's 6th District, representing Sacramento and parts of the surrounding area. He chairs the Senate Select Committees on Children with Special Needs among other duties.

About Easterseals Southern California:
For nearly 100 years, Easterseals has been the indispensable resource for people and families facing disabilities. The services we provide throughout Southern California make profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day. Join us at easterseals.com/southerncal to support our efforts to change the way the world defines and views disability.

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