Brain Injury Awareness Month – TBI by the Numbers


Traumatic Brain Injury Program Support Group

The upcoming meeting is Thursday March 2, 2017 at 10am to 12pm.



Voice Options Pilot Program

We are excited to be part of the Voice Options Pilot Program. Mary Nagashima in the Redding office will be providing these services to consumers. If you have any questions please contact Mary at extension 211.

Introducing the Voice Options Pilot Project California Speech Technology Program.

We are excited to announce the launch Voice Options, California Speech Technology Program. Voice Options is a statewide pilot program offering iPads with speech applications to people with disabilities for demonstration, short and long-term loan via 10 demonstration centers throughout the state.

The project is funded by the California Public Utilities Commission and administered by the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers.

Using an iPad with a speech application may make being understood easier and allow people with speech language disabilities to speak independently. Speech applications designed for iPads will allow users to control an alternative voice. Users enter what they want to say on the iPad, and it is voiced through speakers.

Who qualifies for a demonstration
and short-term loan?

Californians who are not able to speak or have difficulty speaking may borrow iPads with speech applications to determine if using an iPad increases their ability to communicate. All Voice Options iPads are equipped with the following speech apps:

Individuals may borrow an iPad for up to 30 days to determine if using a speech app increases their ability to communicate. If the user determines a speech app on the iPad works well for them, they may apply for a long-term loan of the device with their favorite speech app. Long-term loans require a verification of disability status by a designated professional.

Individuals can participate in this program by visiting one of 10 Demonstration Centers in the following cities: Redding, Sacramento, Grass Valley, San Jose, Salinas, Los Angeles, Anaheim, Santa Ana, San Bernardino and San Diego, or by visiting:

VoiceOptions.org (800) 390-2699 / (800) 900-0706 TTY info@voiceoptions.org

Voice Options Pilot Program

DAC Redding is implementing the Voice Options Pilot Program, which connects Californians who have difficulty speaking

or are not able to speak, to iPads with speech apps. These speech apps can speak for you. It may make being understood

easier and allow you to speak independently. This pilot program allows people who have difficulty speaking to borrow an

iPad with communication apps for a short term loan. We will provide assistance in learning how to use the apps.

If the apps are helpful to you, you may apply for a long-term loan.

Please see the Voice Options  Website VoiceOptions.org for specific information. Call the Redding Disability Action Center,

530-242-8550, ext 211 and ask for Mary Nagashima to set up a demonstration or to ask questions about the program. We are

Also available to present our program to interested groups. We’d like to reach out to everyone who might benefit from this


Amazon Smile

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.


How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.


Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?

Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.


How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

Forum Interview Video


Live Storytelling at DAC

Hey, friends in Chico and surrounding areas – Disability Action Center is presenting our first in a series of live storytelling events at DAC on Dec 29, 2016. With funding and support provided by AT&T, our event is called Speak Easy Live.  It’s in the tradition of “The Moth” Podcast and other well-known storytelling projects. It should be great fun and I’m sure we’ll hear some powerful stories. Check out the attached flyer and call Tamara or me at DAC 530-893-8527 for more info. We are offering a workshop on Dec 22 for those interested in developing your ideas into 10 to 15-minute performance pieces. All levels of experience – beginning at “none” – are welcome. This is going to be lots of fun! Be a part of it!Speak Easy Live Flyer 12-29-16