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Free Telecommunication Solutions, Anyone?

Written By: Ability Tools Staff Did you know that California has a state program that provides FREE phone to individuals with various disabilities? These phones are provided by the Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program (DDTP) at no charge to eligible Californians. DDTP distributes telecommunications equipment and services that improve communication for all Californians. A program of the…

Spring Gardening With California AgrAbility

Written By: Sara Wat- University of California, Davis California AgrAbility For the past few years, the UC Davis California AgrAbility Program and Ability Tools have partnered to bring assistive technology and farming ergonomic resources to farmers, agricultural workers, ranchers, and gardeners across California. Starting in 2014, the Ability Tool’s AT Exchange- Device Lending Library, began…

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The Future is Female… and Accessible.

By: Kyla Aquino Irving- Communications and Marketing Manager, CFILC   Adriana Mallozzi, CEO and Founder of Boston area-based Puffin Innovations, is on a mission to empower people with disabilities by providing innovative assistive technology (AT) devices. Adriana grew up with a disability at a young age and was exposed to AT by an occupational therapist…

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VILISSA’S VITAL A.T.

Written By: Vilissa Thompson, LMSW, Creator of Ramp Your Voice! As someone who is proudly disabled as a wheelchair user, little woman, and who is hard of hearing (HoH), assistive technology (AT) allows me to exist and be a part of my community with fewer barriers.  To not have the AT I depend on means…

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CONFIDENCE, COMPETITION, AND FRIENDSHIP

Wheelchair Basketball Through Alicia’s Point Of View Written By: Kyla Aquino Irving, CFILC Communications & Marketing Manager   Wheelchair basketball isn’t just about the sport for Alicia Szutowicz, Co-Founder and VP of Operations for the Sacramento Royals. Playing wheelchair basketball is definitely great exercise and lots of fun, and for Alicia, it’s truly about uplifting…

A gray wall with a wooden table and small bonsai plant. A hand is holding up a pink Keela Cup. It is shaped like an inverted bell with a long pullstring on the bottom. The text reads 'The Keela Cup Designed by a woman for all women". Th Ability Tools logo is on the bottom left.

The Keela Cup- A Menstrual Cup Designed For Everyone

For those who are unfamiliar, a menstrual cup is a feminine hygiene product that can be used in place of pads and tampons. Instead of absorbing fluid, a menstrual cup collects it and can then be emptied. Menstrual cups are usually made with medical-grade silicone and can be washed and reused for many years, making…

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Meet Olli! A self driving bus that speaks sign language & provides other accommodations

A new self driving bus, named Olli, is in the works that does a lot more than taking people places. An accessible version of the bus, called “Accessible Olli” will be using IBM’s artificial intelligence powered Watson technology to communicate with passengers since there will be no driver or staff on it. For example, when…

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Meet Us In Los Angeles: LA Abilities Expo 2018

Are you in the LA area this weekend? Are you a fan of assistive technology? Do you want the opportunity to try out technology and meet the Ability Tools/ CFILC team? If you answered yes to any of these questions then the FREE LA Abilities Expo is where you want to be this weekend, February…