Upcycle – Antique Wheelchair into Planter

Upcycle Antique Wheelchair

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April 16, 2015 · 2:33 PM

Vision Resources will be in Modoc & Lassen

Helping Hands

Vision Resources will be doing outreach in Modoc and Lassen on April 13 and 14, next Monday and Tuesday.  Also, we will be doing presentations in Alturas on Monday and Bieber on Tuesday.

April 13 2015  12:00 PM

Modoc Senior Center

906 W. 4th Street

Alturas, CA  96101

(530) 233-4438

April 14 2015 12:20 PM

Big Valley 50 Plus Senior Center

675 555 Bridge St.

Bieber, CA  96009

(530) 294-5745


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Online survey for mothers with physical or mobility disabilities


We’d like to invite and encourage those of you who are mothers with physical disabilities to assist in the University of Massachusetts study that may assist medical professionals in providing future services to parents with disabilities.


Looking for participants for an online survey for mothers with physical or mobility disabilities

UMass Medical School would like to learn about the health care experiences of mothers with physical or mobility disabilities during pregnancy.  To find out if you are eligible, go to the survey website and answer a few brief screening questions: http://survey.umassmed.edu/moms_disabilities. If you prefer to complete the survey over the phone, please call 1-888-368-7157 to speak to the research staff. (UMMS IRB ID: H00001202)


Se buscan participantes para una encuesta en línea para madres con discapacidades físicas o de movilidad

Facultad de Medicina de UMass (UMass Medical School) desea aprender sobre las experiencias de atención médica de madres con discapacidades físicas o de movilidad durante el embarazo.  Para averiguar si usted es elegible, vaya al sitio web de la encuesta y responda unas breves preguntas de selección: http://survey.umassmed.edu/moms_disabilities. Si prefiere completar la encuesta por teléfono, por favor llame al 1-888-368-7157 para hablar con el personal de la investigación. (UMMS IRB ID: H00001202)



Lauren Smith

Project Associate

Disability, Health & Employment Policy Unit


University of Massachusetts Medical School

Center for Health Policy & Research

333 South Street

Shrewsbury, MA 01545



Christina N. Mills

Deputy Director

California Foundation for Independent Living Centers

Youth Organizing! Disabled & Proud

1234 H Street, Suite 100

Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 325-1690 x 333

(916) 325-1695 TDD

(916) 325-1699 FAX

(916) 838-6472 Cell

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Ability Tools Webinar coming soon!

Upcoming Webinar with Ability Tools!
Staying in Your Home: Assistive Technology (AT) for Seniors Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 • 10:00AM  – 11:00AM PST

Training Type: Webinar Location: Blackboard Collaborate Webiar Platform

Jeff Symons has over 25+ years of expertise in the area of assistive technology and ergonomics. He has multiple Engineering degrees and is a certified as Assistive Technology Provider. His goal is to provide the best informed choices in selecting appropriate products according to fit, function, and budget. This webinar will go over practical ways in which aging individuals can maintain their independence and stay safely in their homes.

Register for Staying in Your Home: Assistive Technology (AT) for Seniors…

If you need additional accommodation(s) to participate in an Ability Tools training or event, requests must be made ten business days prior to the training or event by emailing Rachel Anderson, Marketing & Communications Manager at rachel@cfilc.org or contacting 1-800-390-2699 or 1-800-900-0706 TTY.

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Where Are All the Walk-in Tubs?

Where Are All the Walk-in Tubs?Posted: 06 Apr 2015 03:42 PM PDT

courtesy of: http://sbstubs.com/kentucky.html

by Emily Flynn, Program Coordinator

I have recently started working for Ability Tools as the Program Coordinator for their Information and Referral line.

I receive many questions every day and, most of the time, I am able to assist the individual with little to no problems by answering their questions and/ or giving them referrals to other agencies. However, late last month I had a real head-scratcher;  I didn’t know how to assist a woman that called me named Janet.

Janet is from the L. A. area and has Multiple Sclerosis (MS).  She had contacted me with an interesting and very specific request. Due to her limited mobility because of her disability, she is unable to get into and out of a standard tub safely. Her husband assists her by sponge-bathing her but, as she aptly said, “There is nothing like a nice, relaxing, independent bath.”

Janet and her husband would love to be able to remodel their bathroom -making it more accessible to Janet- but they are unable to because of the size of the bathroom and the fact that they are renters, not the homeowners.

Janet participates in an MS support group and, during a meeting, she heard from someone that some hotels will rent out their accessible bathrooms complete with walk-in tubs by the hour. When Janet called and asked if we knew of any places in the L.A. area providing that service, I had to admit that I had not heard of that and didn’t know anything about that service. I was left sitting there, scratching my head.

My first effort was sending this question out on our Ability Tools Listserv to see if any of the AT specialists, advocates or enthusiasts had heard of this service being offered anywhere and could further assist Janet.


I learned a lot of great information about portable accessible showers, like the Shower Bay, but nothing about being able to rent a walk-in tub for an hour or two  No one else seemed to know anywhere to do this either!

Meanwhile, I spoke with Janet again. She expressed to me that she has driven over 100 miles just to be able to take an independent bath, that is how important it is to her!  I admire her conviction and commitment. I then decided I would try thinking outside the box and check out spas in her local area that may have accessible bathrooms with walk-in tubs. I also contacted the L.A. Tourism and Convention board looking for more information on hotels with walk-in tubs.  This was all to no avail, as sadly I came up with nothing new for her.

I am still on the hunt to solve this problem for Janet. Even though I had never heard of a hotels renting out accessible bathrooms by the hour to people with disabilities, I am committed to finding one that will.  I am not sure how I feel about this service though.  I wouldn’t say it is a terrible idea per se, I just hope this wouldn’t be another way for people to take advantage of people with disabilities who are simply trying to meet a basic human need.

Being able to rent a walk-in tub could be very beneficial to many individuals with disabilities and help to maintain their dignity and independence. If you have any information about this at all, please contact me on the Ability Tools toll-free telephone line at (800) 390-2699 or email me at emily@cfilc.org.

Thank you!accessible-tub-blog

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April 2015 Recipient of Keep the Wheels Rolling Repair Fund


The Keep the Wheels Rolling Repair Fund through Ability Tools provides small grants for the purchase of parts and/or repairs needed to refurbish a wheelchair or scooter so it may be reassigned to a low-income Californian with a disability for free. This month the recipient of Disability Action Centers refurbished chair was Lee from Redding California.




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Featured Item for April 2015

Aumed Aukey Portable Video Magnifier


The Aukey is one of the first truly portable pocket video magnifiers with features and quality of units costing twice as much. Small enough to fit in your pocket but with its 3.5 inch screen, large enough to magnify documents, newspapers, mobile phone screens, medicine labels, price tags etc up to 17x!


The Aukey is ideal for anyone requiring more magnification than is possible from an optical magnifying glass. The Aukey offers a magnifcation range from 1.5x to 17x, which can be fully adjusted using both digital zoom steps and altering the Aukey’s height from the target. Weighing just 120g (4.2 ounces) and lasting two and a half hours on a single charge, the Aukey can be with you at all times. Aumed’s patented Anti-Blur technology also means you can read much faster than with other pocket video magnifiers as the image stays clear and sharp when moving the Aukey across your document, with no flickering or blurring.


Key Features


Patented Aumed Anti-Blur technology means the Aukey provides clear, smooth and bright images even when reading at high speeds.

3.5 inch wide-screen, high contrast TFT LCD

1.5x to 17x magnification

Full colour, black on white and reverse

Freeze Frame – ideal for phone numbers or prices on shelves

Just 3 buttons – so easy to use

2.5 hours battery life (rechargeable)

Weighs just 4.2 ounces (120g)

Dimensions: 4.1 x 2.8 x 0.7 inches (105 x 72 x 17 mm)

Carry case included

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