Brain Injury Awareness Month – TBI by the Numbers

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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

DAC in the News

DAC & The Forum – This episode of The Forum features groups who are giving opportunities to people with disabilities. Pete Carr talks about the founding of the Challenger Little League, and how rewarding it is for those children to play on a team.

Disability Action Center follows with our Redding consumer Specialists Teresa Evans and Pam Thomason. They share about their programs to help people of all ages and abilities.

Thanks Giving

DAC_logo_iconTo all those who make a difference in the lives of others; thank you.  To all those who donate their time and energy into Disability Action Center; thank you.  To all those who bring in supplies and equipment to recycle that is given back out to others in our communities; thank you.

Rockets & Robots at the Mini-Maker Faire in Redding November 12, 2016

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The mission of the Rockets & Robots Club is to develop and encourage the natural ability of children on the autism spectrum for the purposes of preparing them for a science-related career and enhancing their enjoyment of life in an environment that is sensitive to their needs.

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Some of the club topics will be:

  • Model Rockets
  • Robotics
  • Computer Programming
  • Legos
  • Natural Science

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These are some of the images from the Mini-Maker Faire.  Children enjoying the faire, and booth at the Civic Center on Saturday with Violet.

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A robot that follows lines showcased by Russ.

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If you are interested in more information, or having your child join R&R, please contact Russ.  Email-> russ@actionctr.org

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Help With Voting

Your vote matters! If you need voter education materials on audio tape, CD, in large print or plain language, or downloads to listen to or read with a screen reader…be sure to order these alternate formats today, so that they show up in plenty of time for Election Day. Contact your County Elections Office or CA Secretary of State’s website at http://www.sos.ca.gov/…/voting-resources/voters-disabilities.

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Additional food for thought and this graphic is available at:  https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/voting/applause/voting-via-atm-network-

Thank you to Banner Buzz

Disability Action Center, along with Rockets & Robots Science Club for Kids with Autism would like to thank the generous donation of a banner from Banner Buzz.

The banner will be displayed at the upcoming Mini-Maker’s Faire on November 12, 2016 at the Redding Civic Auditorium.  If you would like to see more work from Banner Buzz, please feel free to visit their website at http://www.bannerbuzz.com/  Thank you!

AT for Gardening

Check out the new selection of gardening equipment in DAC’s Device Lending Library!  Just in time for Fall planting.

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Potted Plant Mover with 2 Wheels           Item Number 160872

Ergonomic Steel Bulb Auger                        Item Number 161162

Walnut and Pecan Picker Upper                Item Number 160908

Snappy Grip Ergonomic Handles                Item Number 160915

Thermoskins Arthritis Gloves                      Item Number 160877

Ergo Mates Strapping Cushion for Shoes Item Number 161031

 

Deborah Uhl

AT Coordinator

Disability Action Center

1600 West Street

Redding, CA  96001

(530)242-8550

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Halloween is October 31st. This event is Saturday October 29th.

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