Resident & Home Wish List Veterans Home of California – Redding


1.  Lap Top Computers/Digital Camera/Kindles

2.  Food Gift Cards (In-n-Out, McDonalds, Wendy’s, Carl Jr.) for Resident Outings

3.  Newspaper subscriptions for the home (2-USA Today’s)

4.  Magazine subscriptions for the home (People, Sports Illustrated, etc.)

5.  Cascade Theatre or River Front Play House tickets

6.  Movie Passes (CINEMARK gift card)

7.  Sponsor Bingo prizes for a month

8.  Personal Hygiene Items (please call for details)

9.  Wal-Mart Gift Cards

10.  Portable DVD and CD players

11.  Summer and Fall holiday décor or plants to living areas

12.  CD’s: Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra

13.  Sponsor shows and entertainment to come to Veterans home

14.  Musical equipment: Electric or digital piano, guitar, silent drumming kit

15.  Large print books and activity books

16.  Dishes and coffee cups for kitchenettes

17.  Décor for the living spaces (artificial plants, knick knacks, pictures)

18.  Thank You and Birthday cards

19.  Fishing Poles

For more information, contact Veteran’s Home 224-2829

Falling Back into School – Not Falling through the Cracks

It is the time of the year where summer is fading and many are falling back into school.  Many educational budgets have been cut over the years and each year brings some changes to our schools, colleges, and universities.  The programs may have different names, or perhaps there is no official resource person at the school, but the accessibility of education is of paramount importance.  Often when we think of accessibility we think of a ramp on a sidewalk or into a building, or widened doorways, or the parking spots that are situated in some way closer to a building.  These are all important, but when we gear up for accessible education it expands into what that student needs for education or a specific class.  Colleges and Universities have disability services that can make educational accessibility more relevant.  It can be a device, or it can be a fellow student taking good notes and sharing it, or something I cannot even think of yet.  This starts by a student applying for disability services and an accommodation can be made with a teacher or instructor that makes the learning environment more hospitable and accessible for that student.  For schools in the area, SELPA or special education services can be requested that make learning more accessible.  If you feel there is a barrier to your learning consider speaking to people that can connect you with disability services to make education more accessible to you, or to your child.

Free Online Computer Information

GCF Learn Free

They also have a mobile app

And free online classes with homework etc.

And a Spanish site


Teach and Old Dog New Tricks

Free Computer Training Videos Available 24/7/365

All kinds of videos including computer science

Microsoft has many videos; this one is on creating accessible documents

This one is Create your first presentation


Senior Planet has all kinds of tech Tips, every week they have someone answer one question about digital technology and they are all archived.


Computer Hope-Free computer help and information

SF Connect has a lot of info and some videos



  1. Good50 is the world’s most readable search engine.

Our default search results are preset to be at a slightly larger font size than normal for easy reading. Also, Good50 has a high contrast version for people with low vision.

Larger Search Box: Designed with the public’s health in mind, Good50 has pre-set the search box font to a larger size. When typing in a search term, you can strain your eyes trying to distinguish between similar looking letters and symbols, but with a larger search box, it’s no problem. Here’s an example:

There are also tons of

If you google -youtube computer basic videos tons come up and they have more than just basics too.


Using Twitter as Assistive Technology

Using Twitter as Assistive Technology
Posted: 18 Aug 2014 10:00 AM PDT
The following short closed captioned video provides a great, simple and easy AT idea for executive function or episodic memory loss.
The idea? Use Twitter – a free program/app – to tweet to yourself about your daily activities. Then, you can search them easily if you don’t remember something that you did or what happened in previous days. You don’t have to make your tweets public, you can just store all of your tweets to yourself!
The following video explains how to set up a Twitter account and do this – so even someone that is not familiar with social media channels should not feel intimidated by this idea. The instructions are very easy to follow.
One thing to note, Emily mentions that, when going back to your tweets to find a word or phrase you can type Command + F on a Mac, and, for the record, on a PC you can do the same thing by using the Control + F button.
Here is the official description of the video. Enjoy!
Temple University Occupational Therapy student Emily Wishnick interviews Tom Dixon about the use of Twitter to help with episodic memory loss due to a Traumatic Brain Injury. Created with Megan Webb.

To learn more about Tom Dixon and his story you can view Parts 1, 2, & 3 of his talk:
Traumatic Brain Injury? Technologically Beyond it!
Part I:
Part II:
Part III:

Michael O’Connell will be at PiratePALOOZA October 10th!



Michael O’Connell will be showcasing his work during PiratePALOOZA event on October 10, 2014 between 7pm-10pm.  Here is picture and background information courtesy of his biographical website

Born in Sacramento, California, Michael O’Connell was diagnosed at 2 1/2 years old with Muscular Dystrophy. While able to walk in his youth, he eventually, due to the degenerative disease, had to start using a wheelchair full-time.

A career auto claims insurance adjuster, he found himself suddenly out of a job in 2009. After over a year of unemployment, an old friend called him with an out-of-the-blue idea: just for kicks, why didn’t they go to a comedy open mic night and try doing some stand-up, just to see what it was like?

Never having attempted comedy before, Michael took the stage that night. And he won the competition. And he never looked back.


He began appearing in comedy clubs and rooms all over Sacramento, had a story written on him in the Sacramento Bee, and competed in the Tommy T’s Talent Search Finals, finishing second overall in the championship round. He also ended up doing a comedy show with the legendary Bobby Slayton. All this within his first five months in comedy. wrote, “Michael O’Connell is taking the comedy scene by storm. His recent successes have been the talk of the town.”


Several Hollywood celebrities viewed his YouTube videos and began corresponding with him, and self-help guru Tony Robbins, after reading an interview with O’Connell in Quest Magazine, invited him to be his guest at one of his seminars in L.A. Michael began to work other cities, from L.A. to San Diego to San Francisco to Portland to Seattle, both in club performances and corporate shows.


He went on to co-found The Comedians with Disabilities Act, a comedy troupe made up all disabled comics, who after their first sold-out show got booked in such famed venues as San Francisco’s Punch Line and the Laugh Factory in Hollywood. He also founded Ramp Up Productions and began producing comedy shows, including “Smokin’ & Jokin’“, a regular cigar lounge comedy event, and “The Mikes“, a tour featuring a group of comedians all named Mike.


Both in his solo performing and when touring with the Comedians with Disabilities Act or The Mikes, Michael turns what some would call tragedy into what he sees as comedy, finding the funny in all his challenges and inviting delighted audiences into the “secret world of wheelchair living”, telling hilarious stories from his everyday life and poking fun at the “abled”. Whether performing for grownups in comedy clubs or speaking to disabled teens at MDA camps, he mixes laughter and inspiration into an unforgettable entertainment experience.


“You killed it!” — Dan Finnerty, The Dan Band


“You’re going to love this guy.” —


“Michael O’Connell, the self-described ‘wheelchair comedian’, has exploded onto Sacramento’s comedy scene in the past year, quickly earning himself a reputation as a thoughtful and hilarious comic.” —


“Michael O’Connell is a comedy ninja!” — Brian Crall, owner, Sacramento Comedy Spot


“I ****ing LOVE that guy!” — Bobby Slayton


“The funniest man on wheels.” — Ellis Rodriguez


“You’re an inspiring man!” — Tony Robbins


“Bravo!” — Adam Baldwin