History of the Wheelchair

by Rachel Anderson Happy Disability History Week! To celebrate this week, we will be highlighting the history of a few different AT devices. No one knows exactly when the first wheelchair was invented, however its origins date back to ancient times. The earliest records of a wheeled transportation device were found in a stone carving…

History of Hearing Aids

by Rachel Anderson Happy Disability History Week! To celebrate this week, we will be highlighting the history of a few different AT devices.  Did you know hearing aids have been around for centuries? Hearing Aid “Trumpet” The earliest known hearing devices date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. They were horn-shaped and made from…

Disability History Week

by Kirk Aranda, Youth Advocate for YO! Disabled & Proud It’s that time of the year everyone!  It is officially the start of Disability History Week 2013. For this entire week, YO! members from all across the state will be going into different schools to educate students and teachers about disability history.  Lesson plans include…

Air Travel with AT

by Shannon Coe, AT Network Program Coordinator As people are traveling home from their summer vacations, it is helpful to know what to expect when arriving at the airport.  Travelers with disabilities that use AT devices may have additional concerns about how their devices will be screened by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). I recently…

Twenty-Three Years with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

by Samantha Garcia, CFILC’s Office & Logistics Coordinator Celebrating the ADA: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_sG4chDHL2kA/TE4-OaANvuI/AAAAAAAAAQc/ObhnKTId1KE/s1600/ada.jpg Signed into law on July 26th, 1990 by President George H.W. Bush, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is “one of the most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation,” in American history (www.ada.gov). Modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the ADA…

Baby/Toddler Assistive Technology Carriers

By Christina Mills, CFILC’s Deputy Director There are several different types of baby carriers on the market. Fortunately, they come in all different shapes and sizes. In my opinion, some are relatively easy to take on and off while others are more complicated and take some practice in tying, wrapping around or buckling independently.  My…

Disabled Community College Students Fight Budget Cuts in Classroom AT and Other Academic Supports

by Henry Contreras, CFILC’s Public Policy Director “A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money.” —Late U.S. Senator Everett Dirksen” As we’re all painfully aware, California has experienced a decade of state budget deficits.  They’ve caused massive budget cuts reducing or eliminating vital programs and services for people with…

AT Network Training Needs Survey 2014

Do you use devices, software, technology, or apps to live more independently or serve people who do?  Do you want to learn more about different types of assistive technology (AT), AT-related services, and AT funding sources?  Are you interested in learning more about a particular AT issue? If you answered “Yes” to any of these…

Function Trumps Style in Our Family AT Needs

By Christina Mills, Deputy Director of CFILC Function and style don’t always go together. I used to think it was sort of funny that stores carried so many different baby swings and highchairs. I mean, besides the color and theme, who cares…right? I was completely oblivious to all the bells and whistles that each swing…