The Rancho Los Amigos Amphitheater will be renamed in honor of Carlos Benavides, a long-time disability-rights advocate for the National Rehabilitation Center, reported The Downey Patriot, the community newspaper that covers the DHS facility.
Benavides said, in the Patriot’s article, that he began advocating for disability rights after an accident and spinal cord injury in 2003.
Familiar with Rancho’s high-quality care and services, Benavides wanted to receive therapy at the DHS center, struggled to get into the program, and eventually had to pay out of pocket for his treatments.
“That’s how bad I wanted to be here, because I’ve seen what they do, I’ve seen what they do for the patients,” Benavides said. “You know what, I didn’t want the patients to go through the same challenges I had to go through, so I started working with different patients and got into the patient advisory council, and that was my first step here.”
To read more about Benavides, click here to visit the community newspaper’s website.