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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…

A gray wall with a wooden table and small bonsai plant. A hand is holding up a pink Keela Cup. It is shaped like an inverted bell with a long pullstring on the bottom. The text reads 'The Keela Cup Designed by a woman for all women". Th Ability Tools logo is on the bottom left.

The Keela Cup- A Menstrual Cup Designed For Everyone

For those who are unfamiliar, a menstrual cup is a feminine hygiene product that can be used in place of pads and tampons. Instead of absorbing fluid, a menstrual cup collects it and can then be emptied. Menstrual cups are usually made with medical-grade silicone and can be washed and reused for many years, making…

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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…