Nancy Osipo-Peera, Department of Rehabilitation – featured board member

Board Member Spotlight
The VWDB would like to recognize board member Nancy Osipo-Peera for her outstanding work at the Department of Rehabilitation, serving individuals with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nancy has been a board member since 2013, and represents one of our key partners in serving participants with disabilities. Below, she discusses her work, and how she is passing the time during the Stay at Home order: 

What is the most inspiring or fulfilling aspect of your work? “The most fulfilling aspect of my work is working closely with the community members, including our partners, to listen and do our best to ensure that the needs of people with disabilities are addressed in the development of state guidance and changes to state operational practices. The DOR team is actively working to plan and prepare for how COVID-19 impacts our community, following guidance from the California Department of Public Health, and other state and local partners. DOR is considered an agency with an essential Government function and has remained open to serve the public. DOR is providing efficient services to the public in person, by phone and/or email.”  

How is DOR able to serve individuals with disabilities during COVID-19? “DOR continues to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living and equality for individuals with disabilities. We continue to serve all consumers during this time but also value the health and safety of everyone. DOR is applying appropriate social distancing guidelines, and has updated its technology in order to provide services to our consumers in innovate ways.

To apply for services, individuals can contact our office at 818-551-2141 and ask to speak to the Counselor on Duty, or email me at Nancy.Osipo-Peera@dor.ca.gov to inquire about our services.”

 Is there an activity or hobby you have recently taken up or rediscovered in your free time? “During my free time, I find myself cooking more for my family. We have not had takeout since the COVID-19 pandemic. I was able to pull out old recipes and make homemade meals for my family. I also enjoy the quality time with my children.”