Tech Expo 2015: Success!

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.

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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.

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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!

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But if it’s a connection with animals that you’re looking for, Tech Expo had that covered as well. Meet Buddy the Pony!

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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.

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Buckelew

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.

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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!

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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.

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We even had a representative show up from the ever-increasingly popular Whill Incorporation, whose power chair designs offer the supreme latest in mobility.

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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.

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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.

THANK YOU!

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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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