Free Online Computer Information

GCF Learn Free

http://www.gcflearnfree.org/

They also have a mobile app

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.gcflearnfree.projects

And free online classes with homework etc.

http://classes.gcflearnfree.org/

And a Spanish site

http://www.gcfaprendelibre.org/index.do

 

Teach and Old Dog New Tricks

Free Computer Training Videos Available 24/7/365

http://www.teachanolddognewtricks.com/computers_101-2011.htm

All kinds of videos including computer science

http://www.learnerstv.com/index.php

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

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/creating-accessible-word-documents-HA101999993.aspx

This one is Create your first presentation

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/powerpoint-help/create-your-first-presentation-RZ001129842.aspx

 

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

http://seniorplanet.org/how-do-i-download-a-file-from-an-email-to-my-computer/

http://seniorplanet.org/more-fun-with-emoticons-how-to-makes-faces-and-more-with-your-keyboard/

http://seniorplanet.org/how-to-use-keyboard-shortcuts-to-make-your-life-easier/

http://seniorplanet.org/how-can-i-search-better-on-google/

 

Computer Hope-Free computer help and information

http://www.computerhope.com/tips/

SF Connect has a lot of info and some videos

http://sfconnected.org/2013/11/22/check-out-3-new-videos-in-our-library/

 

Good50

http://www.good50.com/about.html

  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 www.Youtube.com

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

 

Success Story – Assistive Technology & Reuse Program

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Today Jacob received an Invacare Pronto M91 power wheelchair from ILSNC Reuse program. The power wheelchair was donated last month in need of two new batteries. Through the AT Networks (Now Ability Tools), Keep the Wheels Rolling Repair Fund, supported by a grant from Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, ILSNC was able to purchase new batteries for the power wheelchair.

1 In 2 With Disabilities Physically Inactive

By Michelle Diament ~ disabilityscoop.com

A new CDC report finds that most adults with disabilities are not getting the recommended level of regular physical activity. The federal agency says health professionals and community leaders need to work with those with disabilities to help them overcome barriers to fitness and recreation. In what federal health officials say is a call to action, a new study finds that nearly half of adults with disabilities are physically inactive putting their health in serious jeopardy. Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 47 percent of those with disabilities ages 18 to 64 get no aerobic physical activity. Another 22 percent exercise some but not enough. The significant number of individuals with disabilities who are inactive is particularly alarming, researchers said, because they found this group is 50 percent more likely to report having a chronic condition like cancer, diabetes, stroke or heart disease. “Physical activity is the closest thing we have to a wonder drug,” said Tom Frieden, director of the CDC. “Unfortunately, many adults with disabilities don’t get regular physical activity.” The findings are based on interviews with over 83,000 adults across the country including more than 10,000 with disabilities conducted as part of the National Health Interview Survey between 2009 and 2012. Individuals were considered to have a disability if they reported having serious difficulty with walking or climbing stairs, hearing, seeing, or concentrating, remembering or decision making. Adults with disabilities are 82 percent more likely to be physically active if their doctor recommends it, the study found. However, just 44 percent of those who visited a doctor in the last year said they received such advice. The CDC recommends that adults get at least two-and-half hours of moderate intensity physical activity each week. Most people with disabilities can exercise, researchers said, though they acknowledged that there are many known barriers unique to this group including accessibility concerns, difficulty finding appropriate exercise programs and a lack of knowledge among fitness professionals about working with those who have special needs. “The key message is that some activity is better than none,” said Dianna Carroll, an epidemiologist with CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities who led the study. Carroll said that people with disabilities, their advocates and health professionals all have a role to play in ensuring that those with special needs become active in a way that’s most appropriate for them. The CDC is launching a page on its website dedicated to helping doctors and health professionals understand how to encourage greater physical activity among their patients with disabilities. “Everybody can benefit from physical activity,” Carroll said.

An Advocate’s Guide to New Consumer Rights in Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services

New federal Medicaid rules, for the first time, set standards to ensure that Medicaid-funded home and community-based services (HCBS) are provided in settings that are non-institutional in nature.  These standards, which took effect in March 2014, apply to residential settings, such as houses, apartments, and residential care facilities like assisted living facilities.  The standards also apply to non-residential settings, such as adult day health care programs.

The National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC) has developed a guide to the new rules, entitled Just Like Home: An Advocate’s Guide to Consumer Rights in Medicaid HCBS. The Guide’s discussion and analysis include the rules themselves, along with commentary and subsequently-issued guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and will be updated as further information becomes available.

Importantly, many details remain to be determined by individual states, subject to review and approval by the federal government.  Stakeholder involvement and advocacy will be critical as state Medicaid programs transition through implementation of the new rules.  Throughout the transition process, both the states and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) must accept and consider recommendations from consumers and other stakeholders.

NSCLC is available to assist consumer advocates in thinking through the issues and developing state-specific recommendations.  Under Medicaid law, HCBS funding exists to give consumers the ability to receive necessary long-term services and supports without moving into a nursing home or other healthcare institution.  The value of the HCBS alternative would be destroyed or diluted if HCBS were provided in institution-like settings.

Download the guide here.

Featured DLL Item for May 2014

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Amplicom Amplified Answering Machine with Tone, Volume & Speed Control

 With the Amplicom AB900 Amplified Answering Machine you can play your phone messages back at a slower speed with up to 40dB amplification plus tone control for maximum clarity, so you won’t miss a word. It has a 3.5mm jack to plug in a neckloop (not included) and can be operated remotely, so you can check your messages while you’re away. It’s the perfect answering machine for the hard of hearing user.

Base Function:

  •  Adjustable volume amplified up to max 40dB
  • Rotary frequency tone control
  • Rotary play back speed control
  • 24 minutes of digital recording with flash memory
  • Set up available in 6 languages
  • One-touch playback with pause feature
  • Skip, repeat or erase messages (Single erase or All erase)
  • Two digit LED display message counter
  • 3.5mm jack for headset or neckloop (sold separately)
  • Remote Operation:
  •  3 digit remote code (factory pre-set)
  • Turn on/off
  • Change outgoing message
  • Skip or repeat message
  • Play all or new messages
  • Erase all or single message
  • Remote memo recording
  • Room monitoring

For people with a hearing disability, contact our Assistive Technology pros Deborah Uhl (in Redding) or Nick Wessel (in Chico) to see if this device is right for you.  Call (530) 893-8527

Number of Poor Seniors would increase under Ryan budget

 

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In a April 23, 2014 Huffington Post blog, NSCLC Executive Director Kevin Prindiville writes that the House-passed budget resolution “leaves the country’s older adults to struggle with less food, income housing, and care.”

“By cutting essential programs that often make life manageable for those with limited income and resources, the Ryan budget will lead to poverty numbers among seniors the nation hasn’t seen since the Depression.”

Please feel free to shae the blog widely. You can also find the blog on the NSCLC website.

Support our Seniors

Reneto Wilkins, a senior living in Washington, D.C., nearly became homeless when he lost his Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for two months. Why was he cut off? He was trying to save for a winter coat and exceeded the unrealistically low asset limit to receive benefits. This was a life-threatening event for Reneto who lives with several chronic illnesses and relies entirely on his SSI income to survive.

Earlier this month, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown took a stand for Reneto and millions of our country’s low-income older adults and introduced the Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act of 2014 (S. 2089). Join forces with NSCLC and Senators Warren and Brown by supporting our continued advocacy to improve SSI.

“SSI is a critical program that helps millions of our poorest and most vulnerable citizens keep their heads above water,” said Senator Warren.

The Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act of 2014 (S. 2089) is a bill that will provide much needed updates to the SSI program – such as increasing the asset limit from $2,000 to $10,000 – that would allow seniors like Reneto to save for emergencies like a home or car repair and make it easier for all low-income seniors to get the support and assistance they desperately need.  A version of the bill was introduced in the House of Representatives (H.R. 1601) by Representative Raul Grijalva last year.

“Millions of vulnerable Americans who struggle just to get by depend on Supplemental Security Income to help take care of their families, but inflation has significantly decreased the ability to qualify for SSI benefits, hurting seniors,” said Senator Brown.

Please support NSCLC’s advocacy with an online donation today. Your contribution will allow us to continue to work with Senators Warren and Brown and Representative Grijalva to get Congress to improve the SSI program.

Standing together, we can improve the economic security of millions of poor seniors.

Sincerely,

Kevin Prindiville

Executive Director

National Senior Citizens Law Center 1444 Eye Street, NW Washington, DC 20005

NSCLC staff are available to help advocates with answers to questions about program rules and requirements, reviewing and analyzing pleadings, commenting on proposed litigation, assisting in the formulation of strategies, drafting opinion letters and providing memoranda, articles and other written materials. NSCLC is a member of the National Legal Resource Center that provides legal support to the Aging Advocacy Network.