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2015 AT Video Contest – It’s an Exciting New Year with Ability Tools!

Ability Tools just recently opened a nationwide contest where participating contestants could potentially win $500! The purpose of the contest is to showcase the creative ways people with disabilities use assistive technology (AT) in their daily lives. Many people with disabilities use AT to accomplish tasks they otherwise could not. Sometimes they modify a commercial…

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Driving Discrimination

by Christina Mills, Deputy Director of CFILC Having the ability to drive is definitely on my top 10 list of things that make feel independent. As a person born with a disability to non-disabled parents I really had no idea that driving would ever be an option for me. It sounds strange, being that I’m…

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FREE Hot-Spots and $10 /Month Internet!

The Digital Access Project, a program of the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC), and Basic-Internet.com are providing free hot-spots to people with disabilities and their families who currently do not have Internet service at home. “The best gift possible is giving someone affordable Internet at home,” said Kim Hogan, Digital Access Program Coordinator. …

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Music & Memory

by Samantha Garcia, Office & Logistics Coordinator Henry lives in a nursing home. He has dementia, rarely speaks and rarely moves. But when he is given headphones attached to an iPod with music specific to his age and known memories, he is moved – to dance, to sing, to speak about what it has given…

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Blurry Beginnings

by Christina Mills, Deputy Director of CFILC I’ve been around a number of people with all sorts of different disabilities. When I served on the State Independent Living Council,  I had a colleague, Loretta Moore, who was blind. Loretta became a dear friend of mine.  Loretta and I both lived in San Diego and since…