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 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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Modified Vehicles

Exactly what is a modified vehicle?

A modified vehicle is any mode of transportation that has been uniquely engineered to aid persons with disabilities, so they can gain independence in the world of which they live. Generally speaking, modifications are often found in vans for accessibility:

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Bicycles can be modified too:

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But who says modifying a vehicle has to be about accessibility alone? Can’t we have a little fun? Here we have access to NASCAR!

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DSLC’s Tech Expo 2015 will be displaying modified vehicles for you…

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…and did you know that our friends at Accessible Mobility Center will be there to help you make decisions about products?

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Join us for Tech Expo 2015 for modified vehicles and much more!

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And THANK YOU to everyone who has been visiting, liking, and following our blog!

Assistive Technology Awareness

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The Assistive Technology Industry Association‘s webpage sums up the meaning of assistive technology with great clarity, telling us that assistive technology (often abbreviated as AT) is any item, piece of equipment, software or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.

AT can be low tech like communication boards made of cardboard or fuzzy felt.
AT can be high tech such as special purpose computers.
AT can be hardware such as prosthetics, attachment devices (mounting systems), and positioning devices.
AT can be computer hardware, like special switches, keyboards, and pointing devices.
AT can be computer software such as screen-readers or communication software.
AT can be inclusive or specialized learning materials and curriculum aids.
AT can be specialized curricular software.
AT can be much more, including electronic devices, wheel chairs, walkers, braces, educational software, power lifts, pencil holders, eye-gaze, and head trackers.
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If there’s any one thing the Tech Expo 2015 will focus on, you can rest assured, it will be Assistive Technology.

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What’s to See at a Tech Expo?

The year is 2006 and Disability Services & Legal Center (DSLC) in Santa Rosa decides to conduct its first technology exposition for the disabled. With the idea of reaching out to the community with technologies and services, the effort proved to be a huge success, and the tradition of the Tech Expo is born.

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Here one of our exhibitors presents a small host of phone technologies.

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We had some buses show up to showcase how they assist their patrons with lifts when necessary.

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DSLC’s first Tech Expo also saw the presentation of an I-Bot…

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…and quite the assortment of modified vehicles.

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Ten years have past and the tradition of the Tech Expo is rolling stronger than ever. Stay tuned for more information and photographs, and if you or someone you know would like to participate in this year’s event, feel free to contact us via the information in our flyer:

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