Ed Roberts' Wheelchair Records a Story of Obstacles Overcome
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SATURDAY, JUNE 13
11AM to 6PM
SAN MATEO CENTRAL PARK
Celebrate the diversity of our community
Behavioral Health & Recovery Services and Equity Council Presents:
STAND UP! for Mental Wellness
Sharing Stories of Hope and Inspiration for Recovery
Free and Open to the Public
Refreshments will be Served
When: Monday, May 4th from 6pm - 8pm
Where: Room 100, 225 37th Avenue, San Mateo
RSVP by April 28th to email@example.com or 650-573-2541
The research presentations addressed Working with Diverse Ethnic Populations; LGBT issues; Training Future Professionals in Aging; Skeletal & Joint Health; Mental Health of Older Veterans; and University/ Community partnerships to promote healthy aging in senior living communities. Poster presentation topics included cognitive functioning; physical activity; senior peer coaching; assistive devices; and alternative therapies (music, art, dance, and animal assisted therapies).
By Mario Sevilla Published: April 14, 2015, 8:41 pm
Updated: April 16, 2015, 9:06 am
Opening this weekend in Palo Alto is a truly magical, new playground which — so far as we know — is the first of its kind anywhere.
Located in Mitchell Park, Magical Bridge Playground is the nation’s most innovative-inclusive playground, designed and built for visitors of all abilities, according to the magicalbridge.org website.
Built with land and seed money from the city, and some $4 million dollars in private donations, the magical treehouse and several other play stations go well beyond what’s required by the Americans with Disability Act.
KRON’s Rob Fladeboe has a sneak preview of this amazing place, which is open to everybody.
The Magical Bridge Playground is located at 600 East Meadow Street in Palo Alto. The grand opening is at 10 a.m. this Saturday.
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Savannah Summers, Jwanna Yaqub and Amaya Santana, freshmen at d.tech, built an arm band that can sense the denomination of paper currency, to protect blind people from being scammed. The project is the product of a collaboration between d.tech and Oracle Education Foundation, designed to engage female students in technology and engineering. The team of students said the scanning band was inspired by a member of Summers’ family who is blind and struggles with sorting bills.
“We decided that we wanted to make a product that can help people,” said Summers. The band features a sensor that can detect the color difference between $1 and $5 bills when money is run across its surface, and then plays a tune declaring to its user the value.
Based on the success of the initial project design, Oracle has said it would be willing to fund the team building a more complete version of the product, said Summers. Yaqub said the experience has broadened her horizons regarding what she might be capable of through innovation and design. “It makes me really curious, I don’t know what to expect,” she said. “I created something to really help.” Summers agreed, and said the project could be the beginning of their budding career as entrepreneurs. “Who knows, maybe we’ll be successful,” she said. Santana said the project, and experience at d.tech, has encouraged her to consider pursuing a career in engineering or architecture.
The charter school offers students an opportunity to chart their own course through curriculum soaked in technology, innovation and engineering. Teachers set the standards that students must achieve, but students are allowed the agency to learn at their own pace.
My grandfather’s story is not unique; in fact, one of the significant challenges our country is facing today is that we are aging and consequently aging into disability. According to the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey, 70 percent of adults older than the age of 65 will need homecare supports in their lifetime. Since approximately 14 percent of our country’s population is older than 65, this means roughly 4.4 million Americans will need homecare in order to continue living independently in their communities.
My colleague, Alice Wong, wrote an excellent article published on Disability.gov’s blog, entitled “Consumer Directed Personal Care as a Human Right.” In her post, she describes the cost-effectiveness of personal care versus nursing home care and/or other medical institutions. As she notes, California spends three times more on nursing facility care ($32,406 per user) than home and community based services ($9,129 per user). She also discusses the value of consumer directed personal care programs like In-Home Support Services (IHSS) in California and describes the tremendous impact they have on keeping individuals with disabilities living and working in the community.
Unfortunately, there is still a gap in services for many people with disabilities, as not everyone has access to government care programs. To qualify for programs like In-Home Support Services, an individual must meet Medicaid eligibility criteria. Typically, this means having limited assets (less than $2,000 per individual) and a total income below Social Security’s Substantial Gainful Activity Level (currently $1,090).
To participate, you must:
Have a physical or mobility disability
Have given birth to a baby within the last ten (10) years
Be able to complete the survey in either English or Spanish
Your participation involves:
About 20 minutes of your time
Access to a computer and internet
Answering questions about your health care experiences during your most recent pregnancy
Privacy; the survey is anonymous, we will not ask you to provide any contact information
Visit the survey website and answer a few brief screening questions to make sure you are eligible.
If you prefer to complete the survey over the phone, please call to speak to the research staff:
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