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Meet Olli! A self driving bus that speaks sign language & provides other accommodations

A new self driving bus, named Olli, is in the works that does a lot more than taking people places. An accessible version of the bus, called “Accessible Olli” will be using IBM’s artificial intelligence powered Watson technology to communicate with passengers since there will be no driver or staff on it. For example, when…

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Meet Us In Los Angeles: LA Abilities Expo 2018

Are you in the LA area this weekend? Are you a fan of assistive technology? Do you want the opportunity to try out technology and meet the Ability Tools/ CFILC team? If you answered yes to any of these questions then the FREE LA Abilities Expo is where you want to be this weekend, February…

Graphic novel/pop art style photo of Stephanie Thomas, a smiling woman with her hair in a top knot, with her hands folded and resting elegantly under her chin. CFILC logo in the top left corner and the header, BLACK HERITAGE MONTH in gold block letters is at the top. Ms. Thomas’ speech bubble reads, “THE CONVERSATION ABOUT DIVERSITY MUST INCLUDE DRESSING WITH DISABILITIES. IT EMPOWERS PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES TO COMPETE FOR EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES, AND IT’S ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL FOR POSITIVE SELF-EFFICACY.” The box below it reads, “STEPHANIE THOMAS: PRESIDENT OF CUR8ABLE AND SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR SPECIALIZING IN DRESSING WITH DISABILITIES. MS. THOMAS IS A CONGENITAL AMPUTEE MISSING DIGITS ON HER RIGHT HAND AND FEET, AND HAS FOLLOWED CLOTHING AND RETAIL TRENDS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES SINCE 1992.” The black stripe below reads #BHM2018 #DisabledAndProud.

Fashion For Every Body

Stephanie Thomas, Disability Fashion Stylist For over 25 years, Stephanie Thomas has researched clothing and retail trends for people with disabilities. What started as a Miss America preliminary pageant platform grew into a hobby, and now two decades later, has morphed into her life’s work. Although there are many adaptive designers around the world (and…

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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…

It Is Because Of Ed: From Goals To Dreams

Written By: Sara Moussavian, Full-time Employee & Advocate On July 30, 2009, I left California’s Youth Leadership Forum knowing more about who pioneer leaders of the disability community are and what they have done in comparison to the first day of the program. My knowledge about the Disability Rights Movement continued to expand, when I…

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World Braille Day

Written By: Tatum Tricarico, Point Loma Nazarene University Student & Author Two hundred years ago, someone decided that what the world had to offer him and his disability wasn’t enough. So after putting in a lot of work, Louis Braille changed the world for all blind people. That is why today, and each year on…

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New Year, New Tech

AT Advocates 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.  Ability Tools wouldn’t be the program it is without these advocates and all their hard work. With the New Year approaching we asked our advocates to tell…