Options for disabled adventurers on rise in California

More than 200 parks in California to be revamped for disabled use by 2022

Disabled also enjoy wider access to rock climbing, water-skiing, off-roading

Trail improvements range from wheelchair access to blind-accessible websites

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/sports/outdoors/article30749373.html#storylink=cpy


Traumatic Brain Injury Report to Congress – March 2015

Traumatic Brain injuries affect millions every year.  Some prevention is possible.  Some not so possible.  These reports were created by the CDC for Congress and was presented recently in March 2015.  The statistics seem staggering.  For more information, please go to http://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/



Lyme Disease Awareness Survey Results!



On February 24th we asked 6 questions for Lyme Disease Awareness. 19 people responded. 1 diagnosed with Lyme Disease. The percentage for each question and overall knowledge of and about Lyme Disease was only 16%. Our Chico office has a Lyme Disease support group that meets each month. A lot of education and support is shared. Next support group is 6/15 between 2-4 pm on Monday.  If you wish details of the survey questions themselves, please respond to the post and we can post additional information.

Special Event – Rowell Family in Redding

Behavior Tools 101 Flyer Feb 28 2015

Special Event

Behavior Tools 101 Class

Rowell Family Empowerment

962 Maraglia St. Redding, CA

This beginner’s class on behavior management will be taught by Jesse Daniel, MA, BCBA.  You will learn about several commonly used behavioral tools and how to identify the different strategies that will be most effective. Cost $75 per person. Scholarships from RFENC and FNRC are available.  Call RDENC’s Redding office at (530) 226-5129 and ask for Wendy to sign-up!

RSVP 226-5129

Courtesy of Ability Tools – The WHILL

It’s Not a Wheelchair, It’s a Personal Mobility Device – The WHILL

Posted: 10 Feb 2015 01:14 PM PST

WHILL is a new personal mobility device – not called a wheelchair – that has a unique sleek design making it look like the future is here.  This design is purposeful, as the founders and creators of the WHILL wanted to invent a device that was functional and comfortable, but also modern, as the design of the basic wheelchair has not altered for years. Perhaps even more importantly, they wanted to change the perception people have of wheelchair users – as in the stigma that can exists.

“Our mission is to make technology that is minimalistic, functional and stylish. We intend to fundamentally change the attitudes of personal mobility users, as well as the general perceptions of personal mobility”.

Check out more about WHILL on their website at:  http://whill.us/home/.

Some of the other unique features of WHILL include:

§ All direction four wheel drive and minimal turning radius.

§ Unique and larger front wheels that can maneuver over rough terrains and steep hills as well as grass, dirt, gravel, wood-chips, and snow.

§ An “Acceleration Management System” that allows users to customize the speed and movement of their WHILL – can also do this via an app on your smart device.

§ The arms glide up to give the user more space to move and to sit at tables, desks, etc.

§ The seat glides forward and backwards, allowing for smoother transfers and table seating.

§ Choice of mouse-controller or ergonomic joystick controller – interchangeable for right and left-handed users.

§ Subtle hanger on the backrest holds a large bag/backpack so you can keep your belongings safe.

Check out this video (closed captioning available) with Scott McNealy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, on the future and importance of personal mobility devices: