Tired? Forgetful? Overwhelmed?..Use the BEST approach

Submitted by: Brain, Education, Strategies, Technology (BEST) ABI Survivor, Kristi “I’m a TBI survivor! In March of 2014 I was in a parade with my miniature horse when something frightened her and the cart I was in came to a complete stop – catapulting me out, head first & onto the asphalt in front of…

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Top 5 ways to outfit the bathroom for disabled or elderly loved ones

Re-Published from the Assistive Technology Blog. Click here for original article Bathrooms can be very dangerous, both to the disabled and the elderly. The smooth surfaces, awkward movements, and generally solitary usage of the bathroom makes it one of the most common areas for accidental falls and injuries to occur, both for the elderly and…

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Los Angeles Abilities Expo 2017

By: Emily Flynn, Ability Tools Information and Advocacy Specialist   Another year, another great Abilities Expo in Los Angles. The expo is held at the Los Angeles Convention center every year and we get to share resources and information about our program along with providing demonstrations of different assistive technology devices that are part of…

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Improve your credit and increase your independence

Written by: Carmina Lass, Director of Training and Consulting for Credit Builders Alliance In today’s economy, a good credit history is a financial asset. Distinct from debt – which is a liability defined by what we owe – credit is a measure of our financial health and increasingly influences lenders and others on who they decide…

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MindView – Educational Mind Mapping Software

Submitted by MatchWare MindView 6 AT (Assistive Technology) is a Mind Mapping tool that helps students who struggle with their academic work improve their reading and writing skills. The smooth transition from a visual Mind Map to Microsoft Office enables students to concentrate on their ideas first and convert them to a more traditional hierarchical…

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Transitioning From High School to the Adult World.

Submitted by: Ability Tools with Collaboration with YO! Disabled and Proud. Meet Emily Leach, A youth from Buena Park CA who transitioned from high school to the adult world.  She found out about a youth program called, Youth Organizing! Disabled & Proud, through Dayle McIntosh Center’s YO! Volunteer Supervisor, Brittany Hepler. YO! connects, organizes and…

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ATIA Conference 2017

Written by: Emily Flynn, Ability Tools Information and Advocacy Specialist   This last week I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference (ATIA) 2017 in Orlando Florida. This conference is a very large conference where special education staff, assistive technology specialist, medical professionals, rehabilitation counselors, and technology vendors all come…

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Happy New Year! Join us in 2017

Here at Ability Tools we would like to invite any and all persons interested in Assistive Technology to connect with us in 2017. There are many ways to connect with us, through our listservs, monthly e-bulletin newsletter, social media accounts and of course our weekly blog. Listservs to join: AT Announcements Listserv – Receive information…

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These are a few of our favorite things

Here at Ability tools and our parent organization California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) we have used and worked with our fair share of assistive technology. And over all that time our staff has definitely found their favorites, here are some testimonials from staff about the AT they love! Kevin Hansen: DLL and Reuse…