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    Our Lives Are Worth Living

    Our own Jessie Lorenz had a powerful op-ed piece in the SF Examiner.  What are your feelings about the state of healthcare access in the the USA, as it relates to people with disabilities? We'd love to hear your story and, if you're involved in any kind of advocacy related to healthcare access, tell us about it. Advocacy by the disability community has been a huge success story of 2017, … [Read more...]

    Seeking Volunteers to Participate in Election Observation

    The Secretary of State is once again conducting Election Day Observation for the General Election and hopes to observe in all 58 California counties.  Election Observation is a vital part of the election services that the Secretary of State provides to the citizens of California.  With the November 8, 2016 General Election upon us, we are seeking volunteers to serve as Observers in counties … [Read more...]

    Technology Matters – In Memory of Nick Feldman

    Nick Feldman was a good friend to ILRCSF, and to the disability community, as a whole. ILRCSF's Nick Feldman Device Lending Library is more than just named in his honor. It stands for his ideals regarding technology and independent living and, through it, ILRCSF is able to carry out the work of helping people with disabilities access the tools they need to do the things they want to do, and live … [Read more...]

    Do you Use Twitter and a Screen Reader?

    The Paciello Group (TPG), a specialist digital accessibility consultancy, is working with Twitter on an exciting research study, and we’re looking for participants who use screen readers and Twitter, and who are available in the San Francisco area between the 2nd and 4th August, to take part. Participants will be invited to take part in an individual discussion lasting 60 minutes, located at … [Read more...]

    WWDC 2016 Accessibility Highlights

    Apple’s worldwide developer conference, held each June in San Francisco, provides a preview of what we can expect in upcoming software updates for iOS, watchOS, and macOS platforms. Apple has long been known for their inclusive product design and accessibility features, and this year’s keynote did not disappoint. Read on to find out what good things are coming for Apple consumers with … [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...]

    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...]

    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...]

    An Up And Coming Tech Gadget with Big Assistive Technology Potential

    ILRC’s assistive Technology department includes our Nick Feldman Device Lending Library where you can try out existing assistive technologies to find out if they fit your lifestyle. Additionally, we keep pace with developments in the tech world that have the potential to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Here is one example of an upcoming product we’re eagerly watching for its … [Read more...]