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Organize Your Notes with the Evernote App

Featured App: Evernote By Jay AquinoAdministrative Projects CoordinatorDisability Community Resource Center Evernote is a note-taking app that allows the user to access information they input exactly when they need it. Although there is a default note-taking app available for smart devices, this is a more robust option that can assist people with memory loss or…

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Work It, California!

Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month Every year, October commemorates National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), which celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.  This year, the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) has teamed up with the California Department of…

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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…