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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Snoopy Supports Tech Expo 2015, Santa Rosa, CA

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Centers for Independent Living

The term “center for independent living” has been inverted throughout the course of its existence so that some have come to know it as “independent living center.” The fact remains, the two are one in the same, where both are endowed with their respective acronyms CIL and ILC. The Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) website provides a textbook definition, informing us that “the term ‘center for independent living’ means a consumer‑controlled, community‑based, cross‑disability, nonresidential private nonprofit agency that is designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities and provides an array of independent living services” (Source). To put the matter more simply, a CIL/ILC is a place where persons with disabilities can go to gain independent living skills, to get help with learning how to live independently.

And while knowing what a CIL/ILC is and can do is important, it is from the center in Berkeley that we get a brief history: “The Center for Independent Living, Inc. (CIL) emerged from the independent living movement of the 1960’s as a powerful social catalyst on the University of California at Berkeley campus. There Ed Roberts, Hale Zukas, and Jan McEwan Brown joined forces to lead a movement that made the full academic and social life of the college accessible to all. In 1972, these students along with community members formally incorporated as the Center for Independent Living, Inc.” (Source). As seen in the previous post and here, the Ed Roberts center is a tribute to the work of these individuals.

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Since then, and in addition to this incredible campus, CIL/ILCs have turned up all over America, with a screen shot of their locations in Northern California revealing their prominence in our state alone:

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By clicking the ILRU Projects link from their website, you can find a guide to CIL/ILCs wherever in the United States, by clicking any state from the map:

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Disability Services & Legal Center (DSLC) is proud to be a part of the vast number of CIL/ILCs that have sprung up around the country, going so far as to not only embrace its status as a center for disabled individuals, but by offering free legal services to those who come up against the barriers that still haunt the disabled community.

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To learn more about DSLC, you can visit the website at any time, and you can drop by for one of our orientations, Mondays at 1:30pm. And if you’re interested in learning about our services and meeting the staff in person, you’ll have a chance when you come to visit Tech Expo 2015. We hope to see you there!

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