And by Santa Rosa, CA (The Blazers)
“The Phoenix exoskeleton is the world’s lightest and most advanced exoskeleton designed to help people with mobility disorders to be upright and mobile. In the clinic, at home, and in the workplace Phoenix has successfully enabled many individuals to stand up, walk about, and speak to peers eye-to-eye” (Source).
“Ekso Bionics helps survivors of stroke, spinal cord injury and other forms of lower extremity weakness to walk again. The Ekso GT™ robotic exoskeleton has changed the course of recovery in gait training and neurorehabilitation by augmenting not only the individual’s strength, but the therapist’s ability to work with their patients” (Source).
“ReWalk is a wearable robotic exoskeleton that provides powered hip and knee motion to enable individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) to stand upright, walk, turn, and climb and descend stairs*. ReWalk is the only FDA cleared exoskeleton for rehabilitation and personal use in the United States” (Source).
“REX® is the world’s first hands-free, self-supporting, independently controlled robotic walking device. No frames, no crutches, no stress. All the benefits of standing and walking, but with minimal impact on the shoulders and leaving the hands free. We understand that, for wheelchair users, protecting the health of their shoulders is important, as is the ability to use their hands, which is why REX is designed to allow hands-free standing and walking. Working, painting, cooking, or hugging; hands-free” (Source).
How much does Team Expo love Tank Chair!
Tank Chair Does Mud
Thanks to our wonderful exhibitors and sponsors, DSLC is chalking up Tech Expo 2015 as one of our best events to date. We had modified vehicles, rehabilitation ponies, mental health professionals and, of course, a range of assistive technologies on display. And the weather couldn’t have been better for such devoted individuals as they presented their products and services.
Accessible Mobility Center‘s crew got there early in the morning, getting things ready for the crowd. Once their amazing products were set up for display, staff was on-the-ready to answer questions.
The moments were never dull for our friends at the AT Network. In an age when technology is reaching further and further into the realms of helping people with disabilities, the AT Network is ever ready to help people find the tools they need. Thanks Gals!
But if it’s a connection with animals that you’re looking for, Tech Expo had that covered as well. Meet Buddy the Pony!
To help those who’ve encountered problems with their vision, representatives from the Earle Baum Center were there to help, a factor that enriched Tech Expo a thousandfold.
Buckelew Programs is equipped with a staff that is ready to help people who are in need, from mental health services to pretty much anything you can think of to help you get on your feet in the world. We are so grateful they showed up to share what they have to offer.
Friends from Aurora Hospital were there as well, to let us know about the quality mental health services they provide. Thank you for being there Aurora Hospital!
At the general level, Tech Expo grew full of interested visitors the second the doors opened, making this year’s Tech Expo definitely something to remember.
We even had a representative show up from the ever-increasingly popular Whill Incorporation, whose power chair designs offer the supreme latest in mobility.
And what Tech Expo post would be proper without a glimpse of DLSC’s fearless leader as he shakes hands with our friends from Destinations Mobility.
Thank you to everyone who participated in Tech Expo 2015. And thank you to our sponsors whose contributions allowed for Tech Expo to take place, a list of both of which can be found at the top of the page.
Thanks to the modern age in which we live, a quick internet search can turn up information on just about anything we can think of. And when we perform a search on our beloved assistance dogs, we learn from Morieka Johnson that they can “accomplish pretty amazing feats on a daily basis. Bethe Bennett’s miniature schnauzer nudged her back to consciousness after a fall. The trained service dog also retrieved an emergency phone list so Bennett could call neighbors for assistance. A pooch named Mr. Gibbs totes Alida Knobloch’s oxygen tank so the 2-year-old can dash around with other children. Mr. Gibbs even braves playground slides with Alida…[and] Sandra Leavitt also relies on a service dog to help battle her rare seizure disorder” (Source).
The statistics tell us: “According to the University of Arizona, 0.9% of persons with disabilities are partnered with service dogs. In 1990, Congress found that there were 43 million Americans with disabilities, suggesting there are approximately 387,000 service dogs across the US” (Source). The times have progressed since 1990, and we certainly hope that the stats have progressed as well. Fact is, for the number of disabled persons existent in America, the amount of them who could use an assistance dog is probably vast.
At the Tech Expo in Sonoma County, our friends from Canine Companions for Independence help us to challenge those stats by bringing their wonderful animals for everyone to get to know.
From their website, we can learn a lot about this amazing company: “Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA, Canine Companions is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs, and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. The result is a life full of increased independence and loving companionship” (Source).
Maybe you’d like to see about getting an assistance dog for yourself, or maybe you know someone who could really benefit from the skills a companion like this could provide. Or maybe you’re interested in learning more about the people who train these remarkable animals, or maybe you’re just in need of some serious dog loving.
Whatever the case, DSLC’s Tech Expo 2015 is the place to go and learn more about assistance dogs and the dedicated people who bring them into our society.
How can you possibly resist?
Join us for Tech Expo 2015!
DSLC’s Tech Expo, held yearly at the fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, CA, is an all-day effort, a full-scale campaign to promote awareness as to the products and services that are available to both the disabled and the greater community at large. But its mission could not be accomplished without the hard work put forth by the people who stand behind the principle. The people you see at a Tech Expo are there to provide information to the people who need to know that information, people who otherwise may not have known about a particular kind of assistive technology, or a certain service that can increase independence.
Tech Expo exhibitors are the backbone of this incredible event. They are the ones who take the time to show up, and they are the ones who explain. Tech Expo exhibitors are the ones who’ve spent their lives immersed in the technology and services they know so well, and the Tech Expo is their chance to reach out, to speak to the public about the ways in which they can help others.
The Tech Expo is a place of exploration for visitors, where the size and scope increases each year the event is held, testament to the demand for an event like this to occur. The Tech Expo is, in essence, a critical opportunity to educate and inform, where the chances stand that if even one life has been touched, then the event becomes more than worth the effort.
This year’s Tech Expo celebrates two occasions: the tenth time it has been put on, meaning that DSLC’s Tech Expo has been running for an entire DECADE! And the anniversary of the ADA — The Americans with Disability Act — a groundbreaking law that was passed in 1990, resulting in life-enhancing, society-altering changes that affected millions. Our exhibitors will be working with DSLC to commemorate these occasions, to make the magic happen, and they’ll be waiting and eager to see and speak with you as you arrive with any questions you might have.
Not doing anything on October 9th this coming fall? Why not drop by and see what’s going on? Drop by even if you are, because you never know what you might find; something may be there that might be important to the life of someone you know.
Join us for Tech Expo 2015!