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The DME Challenge Part 1

Written by: Christine Fitzgerald, Community Advocate, Silicon Valley Independent Living Center When I think of what life might be like without access to Durable Medical Equipment (DME), it makes me think of living in earlier times.  Not too long ago many of us would have been forced to live in institutions where we would most…

#Disabled&Cute

Written by: Farah Musallam Growing up and using a wheelchair I was self conscious about how different I looked from other kids my age. In elementary school, I was the only student in the entire school that used a wheelchair and I obviously knew I was different, especially when all I wanted was to be…

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Using AT to Advocate: NCIL 2017

  This week, advocates from across the country are gathered in Washington, D.C. for the annual National Conference on Independent Living (NCIL). This year’s conference theme is Revolution: A Global Independent Living Movement. Timing couldn’t be better this year! The Conference is not only being held during the 27th anniversary of the signing of the Americans…

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A Wheelchair User’s Guide to the California Coast

Summertime is here and beaches are a very common destination for those looking to cool off. California’s spectacular coast offers many outdoor adventures for wheelchair users, parents pushing strollers, and others who need accessibility features such as a wide, fairly level and firm path of travel. These travel guides and resources that can help wheelchair…

Kim in her powerchair with the LA skyline behind her and a filter over the phote that reads "no cuts, no caps, #savemedicaid

Showing off my Independence on Independence Day

Written by Emily Flynn A Feature on Kim Lathrop, Digital Access Project Specialist Who is Kim Lathrop? Kim Lathrop an employee at CFILC that works specifically with the Digital Access Project. Kim has worked at CFILC for a little over two years. Along with assisting in closing the digital divide for people with disabilities with…

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Bookshare: An Accessible Online Library for People with Print Disabilities

Composed by: Emily Flynn, Ability Tools Staff. Information Sourced from Bookshare® Bookshare is a massive online library that opens up the world of reading for people with print disabilities. If you cannot read traditional print books because of a visual impairment, physical disability or severe learning disability, Bookshare can help! The books available are “accessible,” which…

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Ability Tools Information and Referral FAQ’s

Written by: Emily Flynn, Ability Tools Information and Advocacy Specialist I have worked for Ability Tools for nearly two and a half years and have received thousands of phone, website, and email inquiries. I decided I would make a small frequently asked question list as a resource for not only individuals providing services but also…

The CoWriter Universal: The Subscription model

Written by: Luke Hsieh, Community Access Center Assistive Technology Advocate When it comes to Word Prediction Software; none is, perhaps, better marketed than CoWriter by Don Johnston. Like Dragon Naturally Speaking by Nuance is for speech recognition, CoWriter by Don Johnston is often the first thing an AT professional think of when Word Prediction is being…