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Rachel’s Faves

Assistive Tools Recommended by People with SMA In honor of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Awareness Month, we asked two of our friends (and Disability community leaders!) to share the tools and gadgets that makes it possible to live independently. What is Spinal Muscular Atrophy?Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a genetic disorder characterized by weakness and wasting…

Photo of a young Latino man typing, using a black Braille device. Text: My Technology Wake-Up Call. Alan Cruz shares his experience using Braille devices.

My Technology Wake-Up Call

By Jose Alan Cruz I may have started using assistive technology (AT) in junior high, but my  ‘relationship’ with technology did not start until I got to my first year of college. Throughout my junior high and high school years, I used my BrailleNote to do almost all my homework.  A BrailleNote is device that…

the Modified manual chair set in a outdoor setting

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…

Women in wheelchair with firefly attached to the front zooming past a store front

Buzzing Around Town

Written by: Christina Mills, Deputy Director, California Foundation of Independent Living Centers The chances that most manual wheelchair users will eventually graduate to a power wheelchair are high. As much as I’d like to believe that my body, and specifically my shoulders, should work like they have forever (in a seated position, moving back and…

Beach accessibility sign with long beach path in backgroud and a wheelchair user using the path

A Wheelchair User’s Guide to the California Coast

Summertime is here and beaches are a very common destination for those looking to cool off. California’s spectacular coast offers many outdoor adventures for wheelchair users, parents pushing strollers, and others who need accessibility features such as a wide, fairly level and firm path of travel. These travel guides and resources that can help wheelchair…

Kim in her powerchair with the LA skyline behind her and a filter over the phote that reads "no cuts, no caps, #savemedicaid

Showing off my Independence on Independence Day

Written by Emily Flynn A Feature on Kim Lathrop, Digital Access Project Specialist Who is Kim Lathrop? Kim Lathrop an employee at CFILC that works specifically with the Digital Access Project. Kim has worked at CFILC for a little over two years. Along with assisting in closing the digital divide for people with disabilities with…

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…

golden grab bars along the left wall of the toilet

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…