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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…

The Telescoping Garden Hand Tools – Set of 4 allows people to extend their reach to the ground from a sitting position. Set includes: Mini ‘D’ handle shovel, telescoping fan rake, telescoping trowel, and telescoping culti-hoe.

Try Out Assistive Equipment for Farming and Gardening

    By: Rosemarie Punzalan; CFILC Technology Coordinator BORROW EQUIPMENT FROM A DEVICE LENDING LIBRARY How can I borrow ergonomic tools? In collaboration with CalAgrAbility, Ability Tools provides services to gardeners, farmers, farm workers and farm families. Borrow a device from one of our Device Lending Libraries (DLLs) throughout California and try before you buy, compare…

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The Transformers Cometh!

Written by:  Luke C. Hsieh, Assistive Technology Advocate, Community Access Center While there has been little exciting news in the realm of high-tech consumer electronics – other than the soul-eating-time-devouring-productivity-killing Pokemon Go – there is some news in the tablet word. Sometimes masquerading as a therapeutic app for people with agoraphobia, or, more generally, a…

Accessing Our Country’s National Park Sites and Sights

Summer is almost over, but there is still time to enjoy our beautiful National Parks!  Here is a featured blog from Disability Blog about how the parks are improving their services to allow all individuals to enjoy the wonderful outdoor experiences that our country has to offer.  Enjoy it and get out there while you…

Financial Loans for Assistive Technology Now Available in California!

Financial Loans for Assistive Technology Now Available in California! Finding money to pay for assistive technology can be a challenge for many people with disabilities and qualifying for a loan may seem like an impossible task due to limited income and credit history. Fortunately, on July 11th, CFILC launched a low-interest financial loan program for…

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National Reuse Conference Declared a Success by All!

We had such an exciting and successful Ability Tools Reuse Conference! Thanks to everyone that made it out to Sacramento last week! At this national conference, we were fortunate to have folks from all over the United States join us to learn, share, collaborate, and strengthen the Reuse movement in California. Many participants were from…

Assistive Technology with RJ Cooper & Associates, Inc

Have you heard of RJ Cooper & Associates, Inc? If not, you should check him out and sign up to receive his e-newsletters.  He makes specialized software and hardware products for people with disabilities.  He also does road trips and likes to work with others to develop improved assistive technology for all! Here is his…

kim lathrop and her TOM cohort. She is wearing a blue shirt and uses a wheelchair and three other gentleman are smiling and standing with their arms around her.

Maker Faire 2016

by Kim Lathrop, DIgital Access Project Specialist Recently I had the privilege of attending and working at the 11th annual Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA. I was at the Faire working with the organization Tikkun Olam Makers (TOM). TOM’s mission is to connect people with disabilities with “makers” and develop solutions for everyday challenges.…

The State of the Self-Driving Car

by Mike Monticello, for Consumer Reports, March 2016. Original article in its entirety located here. Teresa Favuzzi is a good driver; it’s every­one else around her who is a maniac. Favuzzi’s partner is legally blind, so the 54-year-old independent-­living director from Sacramento, Calif., is used to taking the wheel of the family car. She makes…