Twenty-Three Years with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

by Samantha Garcia, CFILC’s Office & Logistics Coordinator Celebrating the ADA: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_sG4chDHL2kA/TE4-OaANvuI/AAAAAAAAAQc/ObhnKTId1KE/s1600/ada.jpg Signed into law on July 26th, 1990 by President George H.W. Bush, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is “one of the most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation,” in American history (www.ada.gov). Modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the ADA…

AT and the TSA

by Allan M. Friedman,Communications & Technical Assistance Manager There was a time when flying was fun, simple, and easy to do. However, since 9/11, the  heightened security measures enforced by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has made travel a nightmarish gauntlet for everyone, especially people with disabilities. What I am referring to here is the…

Disability History Week 2012

By Kirk Aranda, CFILC’s Youth Organizing! Disabled and Proud Youth Advocate It’s that time of the year again!    It’s time to celebrate Disability History Week! This is a very exciting time where youth from all over California go to their local schools to present lesson plans on disability history topics to teachers and students.   …

Assistive Technology on Your Due Date

by Christina Mills, CFILC’s Deputy DirectorI’ve been questioning whether it was premature of me to write my first AT Blog post about my daughter’s accessible crib. After I wrote that posting I sat back and developed a list of other AT baby-related topics that I wanted to cover, and when I did I realized that…

Disability Capitol Action Day 2012!

The AT Network will be one of 32 exhibitors at the upcoming Disability Resource Fair on Wednesday, May 30th , 2012 on the State Capitol grounds in Sacramento, CA. This event coincides with the 9th annual Disability Capitol Action Day organized by the Disability Action Coalition. The DAC has planned a full day of great…

It’s Disability History Week!

The Second Annual California Disability History Week is being celebrated around the state this week (October 10th- October 14th), the result of a long-fought effort by young people with disabilities determined to create a better understanding of the contributions people with disabilities have made to our society. In honor of this important week, students, teachers…

Will AT Save IHSS?

By Allan Friedman, CFILC’s Technologies Manager California made a BIG bet in March.  We (the disability community, caregivers and the legislature) bet that AT devices for a few at-risk individuals will save the state $140 million dollars in prevented hospitalizations.  And if we’re wrong? A cut to IHSS hours for all. When SB 72 was…

A Good Idea Gone Bad

by Allan Friedman, CFILC’s Technologies ManagerCompetitive bidding sounds like a good idea, right? Get the lowest price and the best deal. Save money. What could go wrong?Plenty, especially when it’s Medicare running the process and durable medical equipment (DME) vendors doing the bidding. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Competitive Bidding Program for…

A Ramp Up to Accessing 21st Century Communication Technology

By Shannon Ramsay, CFILC’s Information and Assistance Advocate So many of the ways that we communicate vital information are not fully accessible to people with disabilities. The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (from here forward referred to as “the Act”) was signed into law by President Obama on October 8, 2010…