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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 (cforat.org) 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"

A variety of AAC devices.

Recently, Jennifer McDonald Peltier, ATP at the Center for Accessible Technology, presented a webinar on how to best teach a communication device to a child so it becomes their voice in all situations. We need to do the same thing for children/students using communication devices. I'd like to share some of the highlights of this webinar. You can also take a look at the archived recording to learn more.
...continue reading "Teaching a Child How to Use their Communication Device"

Empty wheelchair in an empty room

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 was a major step forward in the struggle for the rights of disabled persons. The ADA prohibits discrimination based on disability and mandates that reasonable accommodations must be made for government employees with disabilities. It also imposes accessibility requirements on public buildings. Thus, in one stroke, the 101st U.S. Congress undid generations of injustice against disabled Americans. However, the housing market still hasn’t quite caught up yet with improvements made at the public/government level.
...continue reading "Finding the House of Your Dreams: A Tip List for Buyers Seeking Accessible Homes"