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Making the Kitchen Wheelchair Accessible Part 1: Food Prep

Written by: Jason Biddle, The Helping Home  Thanks to the concept of Universal Design first introduced in the 1960’s and the adoption of the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines in 1992, designing with accessibility in mind has become increasingly prevalent throughout the United States. Unfortunately, much of the country’s existing housing stock still lacks the accessibility design elements…

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Land of the Free

Written by: Brett Bunge, Community Inclusion Support Specialist, The Arc of Spokane Those of us who use manual wheelchairs are often forced to accept certain environmental limitations. Whether it’s broken pavement on a sidewalk, missing curb cuts, steep hills, or simply rough terrain, necessity forces wheelchair users to become experts at navigation. On the flip…

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Funding AT: Creative Ways to Pay

Written by: Stephen March, FreedomTech’s Financial Lending Specialist For many folks with disabilities, assistive technology (AT) is crucial for increasing and/or maintaining independence. According to the World Health Organization,  globally more than one billion people need one or more AT devices and only 1 in 10 people actually have access to the AT they need.…

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Dreaming and Seeing in Color

Written by: Madeline Cowdell, News Producer ​“Red brick is actually red!” I exclaimed, when I walked out of a San Francisco Bay Area optometrist’s office, while trying on a pair of Enchroma sunglasses.  That day was the first time I saw many colors and shades I had never seen before.  To me, red brick was…

Voice Options Program Success Stories

Written by: Kevin Hansen, Voice Options Program Manager During the time that the Voice Options Pilot Project has been running we have seen a significant impact in the lives of the participants that have received services from this program. This pilot project was funded by the California Public Utilities Commission and officially started on January…