January 5th, 2013


This webinar was presented on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 by Hillary Sklar, Disability Rights California and covers obtaining customized wheelchairs for nursing facility residents typically requires advocacy by consumers and advocates.  This webinar will present effective advocacy strategies.   Topics to be discussed include:  1) the rights of nursing facility residents to customized wheelchair under thef federal Nursing Home Reform Act and Medi-Cal regulations, 2) the obligations of nursing facilities and Medi-Cal to provide medically needed wheelchairs, 3)common barriers to obtaining equipment and how to overcome them, 4) the elements of effective wheelchair evaluations, and 5) appeal rights. It can be found on Blackboard or YouTube.

January 5th, 2013

This YouTube video is from a webinar held on Thursday, November 29, 2012 and presented by Lisa Kodmur and Eddie Calles, Los Angeles Care Health Plan for the AT Network of California. "Learn more about how the move of people with disabilities and seniors from fee-for-service Medi-Cal to Medi-Cal managed care will affect their assistive technology coverage." It is captioned.

January 5th, 2013

Presented by the AT Network of California on Thursday, May 3, 2012 by Debby McBride, AAC TechConnect, Inc.

The introduction of the iPad has revolutionized options for AAC, or iPads with AAC  Apps to help people who need a communication device.   Learn about options provided by both traditional AAC devices and the new i-Devices and ways to pursue evaluation and funding to provide the best solution for communication. The archive is on Blackboard.

January 1st, 2013

The Belkin WeMo Home Automation Switch for Apple iPad, iPhone, iTouch is a switch that you plug into an outlet that allows you to turn it off and on, using a free app from your iDevice (Apple iPod touch, iPhone, iPad with iOS v5 or higher.) With a single switch (about $60) you could turn off your bedside light on command, or on a pre-set schedule. With multiple switches, you could automate the coffee maker, the radio, or other appliances. 

November 27th, 2012

An innovative new study exploring the potential of the iPad and other back-lighted digital tablet devices to increase the reading ability and reading speed of persons with low vision  was presented at the 2012 American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting.  

From the 2012 Annual Meeting archives: "Researchers found that all of the 100 participants gained at least 42 words-per-minute (WPM) when using the iPad™ tablet on the 18-point font setting, compared with reading a print book or newspaper. A more modest gain of 12 WPM, on average, was achieved by all subjects when using the Kindle™ tablet set to 18-point font."

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