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Voice Options Speech Technology Program launches January 11th

We are excited to announce the launch of a statewide pilot program called Voice Options, California Speech Technology Program. Voice Options offers iPads with speech applications to people with disabilities for demonstration, short and long-term loan via 10 demonstration centers throughout the state. The project is funded by the California Public Utilities Commission and administered by the…

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Be Financially Secure in the New Year

Written by: Stephen March, Financial Lending Specialist     Are you considering a financial resolution for 2017? According to a study done by Fidelity Investments, 36% of Americans are considering a financial resolution. The Top 5 financial Resolutions for 2017 courtesy of  Forbes.com are to: Pay off debt Build an emergency fund Save for retirement…

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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…

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Bay Area Abilities Expo 2016

Written by: Emily Flynn; Ability Tools Information and Advocacy Specialist Ability Tools recently attended the Bay Area Abilities Expo in San Jose and it was an awesome success! For the third time, Ability Tools was lucky enough to hold the AT showcase space. This meant that we were able to provide demonstration of many different…

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Are insurance companies required to cover durable medical equipment (DME)?

    by: Kim Cantrell CFILC’s Director of Programs Do you know what your health insurance policy covers when it comes to durable medical equipment (DME)? But first, what exactly is durable medical equipment? According to Medicare.gov, durable medical equipment must: have a lifespan of at least 3 years; be used for a medical reason…