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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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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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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…

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Be Financially Secure in the New Year

Written by: Stephen March, Financial Lending Specialist     Are you considering a financial resolution for 2017? According to a study done by Fidelity Investments, 36% of Americans are considering a financial resolution. The Top 5 financial Resolutions for 2017 courtesy of  Forbes.com are to: Pay off debt Build an emergency fund Save for retirement…

Financial Loans for Assistive Technology Now Available in California!

Financial Loans for Assistive Technology Now Available in California! Finding money to pay for assistive technology can be a challenge for many people with disabilities and qualifying for a loan may seem like an impossible task due to limited income and credit history. Fortunately, on July 11th, CFILC launched a low-interest financial loan program for…

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State Program Makes It Easier to Hear, Dial, and Call

The telephone may be an accepted part of life in the 21st century, but not for an estimated three million Californians. Most of us take using the telephone for granted. But if you have difficulty hearing, seeing, speaking, moving, or remembering, what seems to be a simple telephone call can be challenging to many—preventing communication…