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Assistive Technology for those with mental health challenges is not often spoken about. In writing my blog post about Agnes Richards, RN (see Pioneers, Disability and the National Register of Historic Places) I felt I needed to learn more about this topic. I've only just begun my research but wanted to share what I've found. ...continue reading "Assistive Technology for Mental Health Challenges"

In March we observe National Women's History Month by looking at three National Parks honoring women who worked or lived in the world of disability.

1. Agnes Richards

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Agnes Richards, RN

Agnes Richards was a nurse who worked in sanitariums in the early twentieth century. After seeing the deplorable conditions that people with mental health challenges were subjected to she decided she could do better. She opened her own facility in Glendale. She named it Rockhaven. ...continue reading "Pioneers, Disability, and the National Register of Historic Places"


In 1995, a group of disability organizations joined together to find a way to commemorate Ed Roberts resulting in a universally designed, transit–oriented campus located at the Ashby BART Station in South Berkeley. The Ed Roberts Campus integrates accessibility and environmentally sustainable development into a beautiful and inviting environment that is a draw for architectural students from all over the world. ...continue reading "Honoring Ed. A New Trend in Architectural Design."

In January, his birth month, we celebrate and honor Ed V. Roberts, an American disability rights activist who forged new avenues of success at a time when doors were closed to people with disabilities.  ...continue reading "Ed V Roberts, Father of the Independent Living Movement"

The Google Chrome browser offers a rich web experience AND it has a large library of add-ons to support students that struggle with reading and writing. Jennifer McDonald-Peltier is an AT Specialist at the Center for Accessible Technology ( and a Presenter in the AT Coalition Online Classroom. Here's a list of Jen's Top 10 free Chrome tools that help make the writing process easier.
...continue reading "Jen’s Top 10 Chrome Tools for Supporting the Writing and Reading Process"