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Disabled, Out and Proud.

Champion Athlete Angela Madsen shares her perspective. It’s nearly impossible to encapsulate who Angela Madsen is in just a few words: She’s a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, an athlete who has earned multiple medals in multiple national and international sports, a Guinness World Record holder, the founder and director of a California adaptive rowing organization,…

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The Perspective from Jeff’s World

By Jeff Thom In many cultures, the elders of the community are respected for their experience and wisdom. In a culture that often clings to youth, Where It’s AT is highlighting the contribution of our seniors in the Disability community. In honor of May as Older Americans Month, Jeff Thom graciously agreed to provide a…

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Making Earth Day Accessible

April 22nd is Earth Day, a unifying gathering that brings together all walks of life to celebrate our planet, activate change, and work together to build an abundant future. Let’s work together to make the future more inclusive for people with disabilities. In 1987, the United Nations defined “development with sustainability” as something that “meets…

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The World of Assistive Tech for Brain Injuries

“Brain injuries are like fingerprints,” says Phil Subia, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) advocate. “No two are alike.” Because the effects of a brain injury are complex and vary greatly from person to person, there are plenty of different devices and tools that help people living with a TBI. For Phil, a motorcycle accident in 2016…

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My Technology Wake-Up Call

By Jose Alan Cruz I may have started using assistive technology (AT) in junior high, but my  ‘relationship’ with technology did not start until I got to my first year of college. Throughout my junior high and high school years, I used my BrailleNote to do almost all my homework.  A BrailleNote is device that…

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Our Staff’s Favorite Things

The staff at The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) who work with the Ability Tools program are no strangers to using assistive technology (AT) themselves. As part of the annual Ability Tools tradition, some of our staff members are sharing their favorite AT devices and tools this year. Pressure Point Massage Hook I couldn’t image my…

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Assistive Technology for Veterans

This Veterans’ Day, we honor those who have served and continue to serve our nation — specifically the estimated 3.5 million disabled veterans. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Assistive Technology department’s mission is to enhance the ability of Veterans and active duty service members with disabilities to fulfill life goals through the coordination and provision…

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Voting Made Accessible

One in five people eligible to vote have a disability. With Election Day 2018 just around the corner, Ability Tools is sharing resources on voting accessibility, apps, and guides. If people with disabilities voted at the same rate as people without disabilities  there would be about 2.2 million more voters in the 2016 elections. According…

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Ari the Service Dog’s Favorite Costumes

Have you chosen a Halloween costume yet… for your service animal??? Have no fear, Arianne aka “Ari.” is here! She’s part Labrador and part Golden Retriever, and all service dog. You may have seen her in social media sporting fun, adorable costumes, but most of the time she’s on duty.   What is a Service…

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Assistive Technology at Work

The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) and its programs are partnering with California disability communities to celebrate October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The purpose of NDEAM is to educate the community about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme…