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Car Rentals for People with Dwarfism

Dan Okenfuss – Public Policy Manager, California Foundation for Independent Living Centers It’s summer! Time for vacations to faraway places! Whenever I fly on a pleasure trip, I am usually renting a car at my destination, especially when visiting friends who live far from reliable public transportation. That way, I can comfortably drive with my…

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Physical Education (PE) For All!

Staying active is important for everyone’s physical and mental health, especially children and teenagers in K-12. It is crucial for children to be active because it helps their muscles develop and grow, and it promotes a positive form of self-care. There are multiple ways to exercise and stay active, but some individuals need Assistive Technology…

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Loving My Walker (And My Friendly AT Advocate!)

Disabled Resources Center (DRC) in Long Beach, California assisted a gentleman named Noah in obtaining a Pocketalker for his hearing needs. He wrote a lovely letter thanking them for their services, which was showcased in the 2019 Thanksgiving edition of the Where It’s AT Blog titled Thankful For my Pockettalker (And My Friendly AT Advocate).…

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WHERE IT’S AT: The New Name for the Ability Tools Blog

The Ability Tools team at the California Foundation for Independent Living (CFILC) opted to let our assistive technology (AT) advocates and the general public vote online for a new blog name. With over 50% of the votes, Where It’s AT won! When you think of an assistive technology (AT) blog – Ability Tools is Where…

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Showing off my Independence on Independence Day

Written By: Tiffany Taylor, YO! YAC Member & Halten Center for the Blind Who is Tiffany Taylor? I am a teacher of Braille, Assistive Technology, Independent Living Skills and Financial Management at the Hatlen Center for the Blind. I also happen to be a graduate of the program who is visually impaired. What does Independence…

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Assistive Technology That Can Support Safety

Hey! Did you know June is National Safety Month? Safety and disability can go hand-in-hand, and assistive technology can help. From special locks, alarms and environmental adaptations, here are some examples on how people with disabilities can keep themselves and their families safe. Locks Wireless Remote Controlled Door Locks For those with limited dexterity, fine…

A.T. LETS ME PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS

Congratulations to the assistive technology users and photographers who show us what’s possible with A.T. We were thrilled to see photos of people from all over the country. Thanks to your fabulous photos of people using assistive technology (AT), we brought more awareness to the world of adaptive equipment, devices, and gadgets that assist people…

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Disability Pride and Leadership Summit

By Jacquelyn E. and Katie J. At Grizzly Creek Ranch* (GCR) in Portola, CA we had a statewide summit for Disability Pride and Leadership. The purpose of the summit was to bring together youth with disabilities from across California to start making a campaign for Disability Pride Month in July. When we arrived at the…

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My Mother the “Fighter”

Written By: Emily Flynn, Ability Tools Program Coordinator Although Mother’s Day has just passed, I can’t help but have my mom on my mind lately. See, I have one of those moms who was born to be a mom. She puts everyone’s needs before hers, she’s got a poker face like you wouldn’t believe; and…