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Training and Events

Advocating in our world is what we do. Before we can organize in our community, we must become organized ourselves. The members of CFILC collaborate together to help put on a number of trainings and events throughout the year. Our trainings are informative and empowering, and our events can be fun and make a direct impact to those around us.

All Training and Events

Ability Tools June 2017 Northern California In-Person Meeting Logo of Ability Tools June 2017 Northern California In-Person Meeting

Date: June 1st, 2017 • 10:00am (PST)

Type: In-Person Training
Location: California Foundation for Independent Living Centers • 1000 G Street Suite 100, • Sacramento, CA 95814

I. 10:00 - 10:15AM - Welcome / Introductions / Updates from Ability Tools

II. 10:15 - 11:30PM - Presentation by Alexander Jensen of Be My Eyes- Be My Eyes is an app that connects blind and visually impaired with sighted helpers from around the world via live video connection.

III. 11:30 - 1:00PM - Lunch (on your own)

IV. 1:00pm - 2:00pm - Presentation by Michael Parker of Access Ingenuity: Access Ingenuity is the Premier distributor for Freedom Scientifics' line of assistive technology for individual who are blind or visually impaired. Access Ingenuity also provides services related to creating accessible PDFs as well as testing websites for accessibility.

V. 2:00pm - 3:00pm - AT Problem Solving Session: This time is an opportunity for individuals to voice their AT questions or concerns and start a conversation with others involved in the AT community.

Visit the abilitytools.org website for more information on Ability Tools June 2017 Northern California In-Person Meeting…
Ability Tools June 2017 Southern California In-Person Meeting Logo of Ability Tools June 2017 Southern California In-Person Meeting

Date: June 1st, 2017 • 10:00am (PST)

Type: In-Person Training
Location: Center for Healthy Communities - The California Endowment - Room Tahoe • 1000 N. Alameda Street • Los Angeles, CA 90012

Please note: Outside food and drinks are not allowed. Free parking is located at Alameda and Bauchet Street. Continue to TCE parking lot and inform the parking booth attendant that you are there for the Ability Tools In-Person Meeting.

I. 10:00 - 10:30AM - Welcome / Introductions

II. 10:30 - 11:45AM - Demo Presentation by Joseph McDaniel, VFO

VFO is the world's leading assistive technology provider for the visually impaired. On their own, their brands Ai Squared, Freedom Scientific and Optelec have a long history of developing and providing innovative solutions for blind and low vision individuals, helping them to reach their full potential. Join us to learn about their latest devices shown from the CSUN 2017 Assistive Technology Conference!

III. 11:45 - 1:00PM - Networking lunch on your own.

IV. 1:15 - 2:30PM - Demo Presentation by Michelle Ranae Wild, Brain Education Strategies and Technology (BEST)

Brain Education, Strategies, and Technology's mission is to develop, research and disseminate the best practices for teaching strategies and technologies for the benefit of people with conditions that affect the brain.

V. 2:30 - 3:00PM - Regional Group Discusion and Updates.

VI. 3:00PM - Meeting adjourned. Thank you for your participation!

Visit the abilitytools.org website for more information on Ability Tools June 2017 Southern California In-Person Meeting…
Disaster Planning for the Whole Community: Southern California Logo of Disaster Planning for the Whole Community: Southern California

Date: June 6th, 2017 • 8:00am (PST)

Hosted By: Getting it Right California
Location: Hilton Irvine • 18800 MacArthur Blvd • Monarch Ballroom • Irvine, CA
Price: $95.00

Featuring speakers from: Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies, the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, FEMA, the Pacific ADA Center, the American Red Cross, disability rights stakeholders, and survivors and responders from the Butte/Valley Fires.

Forge community partnerships for future disaster planning by learning about disability rights and emergency management responsibilities and promising practices, with a joint Table Top exercise to bring it all together.

Register by May 31st


There are a limited number of scholarships available. Scholarship requests will be considered after receipt of a completed scholarship application form.

If you require reasonable accommodations to attend this event, or if your organization is seeking a group rate, please contact Jessica Justus at (301) 412-2346 or via email Jessica@disasterstrategies.org

Visit the disabilityorganizing.net website for more information on Disaster Planning for the Whole Community: Southern California…
New Technologies and Solutions for an Aging Society Logo of New Technologies and Solutions for an Aging Society

Date: June 7th, 2017 • 10:30am (PST)

Training Type: Webinar
Location: Online Webinar Platform

Presented by Sheila Zinck, IBM and Stephen Ewell, CTA Foundation

Join us to learn about Outthink Aging, a new report from IBM and the Consumer Technology Foundation (CTA), offers new research on solutions addressing the accessibility needs of older adults.

Visit the AbilityTools.org website for more information on New Technologies and Solutions for an Aging Society…
Disaster Planning for the Whole Community: Northern California Logo of Disaster Planning for the Whole Community: Northern California

Date: June 8th, 2017 • 8:00am (PST)

Hosted By: Getting it Right California
Location: Doubletree by Hilton • 2001 Point W. Way • Sacramento, CA
Price: $95.00

Featuring speakers from: Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies, the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, FEMA, the Pacific ADA Center, the American Red Cross, disability rights stakeholders, and survivors and responders from the Butte/Valley Fires.

Forge community partnerships for future disaster planning by learning about disability rights and emergency management responsibilities and promising practices, with a joint Table Top exercise to bring it all together.

Visit our website to Register www.disasterstrategies.org Register by May 31st

There are a limited number of scholarships available. Scholarship requests will be considered after receipt of a completed scholarship application form.

If you require reasonable accommodations to attend this event, or if your organization is seeking a group rate, please contact Jessica Justus at (301) 412-2346 or via email Jessica@disasterstrategies.org

Visit the disabilityorganizing.net website for more information on Disaster Planning for the Whole Community: Northern California…
2017 Independent Living Conference - Leading the Charge Logo of 2017 Independent Living Conference - Leading the Charge

Date: June 12th, 2017 (PST)

The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers is excited to announce its first statewide Independent Living: Leading the Charge Conference. Join us at the Sacramento Convention Center on June 12, 2017. This gathering is intended to bring together Independent Living Center staff, boards and volunteers from across California and the western region to learn and share best practices related to Independent Living Center core services, innovations and partnerships.

Visit the CFILC.org website for more information on 2017 Independent Living Conference - Leading the Charge…
Disability Capitol Action Day Logo of Disability Capitol Action Day

Date: June 13th, 2017 (PST)

Disability Capitol Action Day (DCAD) is one of the nation's largest and most diverse yearly day of cross disability and unity. Thousands of people with disabilities and their allies came together to celebrate coalition at the State Capitol. People come together in unity for our day at the Capitol. Participants will have the chance to honor the champions of the disability rights movement and motivate our future leaders with disabilities.

Visit the DisabilityActionCoalition.org website for more information on Disability Capitol Action Day…
Evaluation of Wheelchair Tie Downs for In-Cabin Use on Transport Planes Logo of Evaluation of Wheelchair Tie Downs for In-Cabin Use on Transport Planes

Date: June 20th, 2017 • 2:30am (PST)

Training Type: Webinar
Location: Online Webinar Platform

Presented by Michele Erwin and Tara Andrea, All Wheels Up

Join us to learn about All Wheels Up, a Crash Testing Wheelchair tie downs at a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) accredited test facility to one day provide a wheelchair spot on planes.

Visit the AbilityTools.org website for more information on Evaluation of Wheelchair Tie Downs for In-Cabin Use on Transport Planes…