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    Disability Organization Collecting Stories on Telephone Affordability and Accessibility

    The Center for Accessible Technology(CforAT) is working on a project to keep affordable telecommunications services (landline, wireless and internet) available for people with disabilities in California – and they need your help. Over the next few weeks, they will be collecting stories about how people with disabilities use and pay for telecommunications services, including wire-line phones … [Read more...]

    Pilot Program for SF Paratransit Consumers- Volunteers Needed

    The following came to us from SFMTA. We urge anyone who is qualified and interested to pursue this opportunity. It's vital that people with disabilities who use SF Paratransit be the ones to test this out, and have meaningful input regarding any changes or enhancements that need to be made: For some time now and particularly at the past few PCC meetings, we have discussed two new projects that … [Read more...]

    The Department of Justice Wants Your Feedback about the SF Police Department

      The Department of Justice (DOJ) is coming to San Francisco to hear the community’s experience, concerns, and suggestions about their interactions with the San Francisco Police Department. The experience of people with mental health or other disabilities interacting with the police is a perspective that we need to make sure gets included! Your feedback will help guide DOJ's efforts to … [Read more...]

    Take the Survey: Voters with Disabilities

    The UC Davis California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) is partnering with the Disability Organizing Network (DOnetwork) to  conduct a research study to examine the experience of voters in California. This research will be an important detailed examination of how voters engage in the electoral process, providing needed data on how voters make their ballot choices. A key part of this research … [Read more...]

    Advocacy at the California Building Standards Commission

    The disability community was well represented at the CA Building Standards Commission  meeting  last week. Over sixty people from the community were present in the room to demonstrate our solidarity, strength and determination to not allow our civil rights to be taken away.  About 25 - 30 testified during the two-day meeting. The commission voted against passing two very damaging proposed … [Read more...]

    Super Bowl 2016: What It Means to San Franciscans

    You are probably all aware that on Sunday, February 7th, the Bay Area will host the Super Bowl. While the game, itself, will not be held in San Francisco, the majority of Super Bowl events will, in fact, take place right in Downtown SF. If you live or work in the Powell, Montgomery, or Embarcadero areas, you will almost certainly be aware that some street closures have already gone into effect, as … [Read more...]

    Youth International Development and Foreign Affairs internship program

    Apply by January 12, 2016, to participate in the summer 2016 Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs Internship! The United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD)  is seeking talented U.S. citizen  who are graduate students, recent graduates, or rising college juniors and seniors with disabilities to come to Washington, DC, for an exciting hands-on nine-week … [Read more...]

    Volunteer Advocate Opportunity with ILRCSF

    Volunteer Advocate Position Description  ILRCSF is seeking a Volunteer Advocate to attend Paratransit Coordinating Council ( PCC)meetings on behalf of ILRCSF. This is a chance to learn advocacy skills and help make ParaTransit more accessible. The PCC is an advisory body for riders, service providers, social service agency representatives and others to provide input into the Paratransit … [Read more...]

    Can Artificial Intelligence And an iPhone Camera Become a Useful Assistive Technology?

    This morning, the eagerly anticipated AiPoly app was made available in the iOS app store. This app uses artificial intelligence to identify objects through the iPhone’s camera. While several object recognition services exist already, AiPoly uses a live video stream to capture data, and processes images on the phone itself, rather than sending data to a web based service. This means that object … [Read more...]

    2015 – ILRCSF’s Year in Review

    Darnell* was born with multiple physical disabilities which didn't stop him from living an independent life and becoming a successful engineer. At 53, the physical effects of his disabilities began to escalate. The pain, coupled with a rapid loss of mobility forced him to give up the career he'd loved. He applied for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and, to his surprise, he was turned … [Read more...]