These are a few of our favorite things

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Here at Ability tools and our parent organization California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) we have used and worked with our fair share of assistive technology. And over all that time our staff has definitely found their favorites, here are some testimonials from staff about the AT they love!

Kevin Hansen: DLL and Reuse Manager, Ability Tools

close up of the handy bar that shows where it latches in on the door frame for leverage


” The Handy Bar is my favorite piece of AT. The reason that I chose this piece of equipment is because I have some friends that have mobility problems and the Handy Bar gives them the ability to get out and maintain their independence.”



Yolanda Vargas: Youth Organizer, YO! Disabled and Proud

Dragon Naturally speaking by Nuance in green and red box

Dragon Naturally speaking by Nuance

“Dragon Naturally speaking was a life changer for me, if I had gotten it sooner I totally would’ve had a higher GPA in high school. It allowed me to perform at a speed that’s necessary in the work force and scholastic settings.”




Stephen March:Program Coordinator, FreedomTech Financial Loan Program

Stephen March standing at his standing desk working with Freedomtech banner in backgroundMy favorite AT is my adjustable desk. I’ve had degenerative disk disease for the past 10 years and experience a lot of pain after sitting for long periods. I also noticed that I would tend to injure my back at the gym on the days when I was sitting more. Since I got an adjustable desk that allows me to sit or stand, I have  a lot less pain and get injured much less.


Kim Lathrop: Project Specialist, Digital Access Project

Portable Ramp extending from house front porch My favorite AT by far has to be portable ramps. Being a chair user the portable ramp I had borrowed from Ability Tools allowed me to access my friends and families homes which is a total game changer especially during the holidays.




Kim Cantrell: CFILC, Director of Programs

I love the ZipZac and the Pocketalker. I also think the Livescribe Echo Smartpen may make a good gift.

Man and women demonstrating how to use pocket talker. Man is using the headphones while women speaks into mic.

Man and women demonstrating how to use pocket talker.

We would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday’s from all of us here at Ability Tools, CFILC, YO! Disabled and Proud, FreedomTech, and The Digital Access Project.

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