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VILISSA’S VITAL A.T.

Written By: Vilissa Thompson, LMSW, Creator of Ramp Your Voice! As someone who is proudly disabled as a wheelchair user, little woman, and who is hard of hearing (HoH), assistive technology (AT) allows me to exist and be a part of my community with fewer barriers.  To not have the AT I depend on means…

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CONFIDENCE, COMPETITION, AND FRIENDSHIP

Wheelchair Basketball Through Alicia’s Point Of View Written By: Kyla Aquino Irving, CFILC Communications & Marketing Manager   Wheelchair basketball isn’t just about the sport for Alicia Szutowicz, Co-Founder and VP of Operations for the Sacramento Royals. Playing wheelchair basketball is definitely great exercise and lots of fun, and for Alicia, it’s truly about uplifting…

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Wheelchair Rugby Is A Fast-Paced Full Contact Sport… Probably the Most Fun You Can Have In A Wheelchair!

Written By: Greg Trickett, Owner of GT Mobility Wheelchair or Quad Rugby, formerly known as “Murderball”, is a fast-paced, hard-hitting, and very addictive game. In order to participate, players are required to have some impairment in all four of their limbs. In the past only quadriplegics played this game, but recently faster and more agile…

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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…

#Disabled&Cute

Written by: Farah Musallam Growing up and using a wheelchair I was self conscious about how different I looked from other kids my age. In elementary school, I was the only student in the entire school that used a wheelchair and I obviously knew I was different, especially when all I wanted was to be…

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Connecting Californians to Assistive Technology (AT) Devices and Services

There are 29 independent living centers with 30 additional branch offices around the state. Each ILC has AT Advocates on staff.  They are community based, information and referral specialists who can assist consumers with a variety of assistive technology issues. They work at Independent Living Centers in California.  AT Advocates can: Provide information on assistive…