Thursday, May 24, 2012

Disability Capitol Action Day 2012!

The AT Network will be one of 32 exhibitors at the upcoming Disability Resource Fair on Wednesday, May 30th , 2012 on the State Capitol grounds in Sacramento, CA.

This event coincides with the 9th annual Disability Capitol Action Day organized by the Disability Action Coalition. The DAC has planned a full day of great events, inspiring speakers, educational resources and interaction with policy-makers…all of which will remind Californians that there is nothing about US without US.

This year’s Disability Capitol Action Day will host a number of engaging speakers including California’s Secretary of State Debra Bowen, who will speak about the importance of voting in our democracy.

Join thousands of people with disabilities and our legislative sponsor Senator Ellen Corbett to change hearts and minds by registering today!

So far the forecast calls for sunny skies, so make sure to check the weather report for Sacramento and bring sunscreen if needed. 

Have you been to Disability Capitol Action Day or the Disability Resource Fair at the Capitol before? If so, what was your experience? 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Goodwill of Orange County's Accessible Fitness Center

Exterior photo of Goodwill building. Interior photo of exercise equipment.
Photo of Goodwill Fitness Center courtesy of
Goodwill of Orange County

By Rosemarie Punzalan, CFILC's Training Specialist

The $7 million Goodwill Fitness Center is operated by Goodwill of Orange County in Santa Ana, California. 
The state-of-the-art, 12,000 square-foot fitness center was designed for people with disabilities and features cardio and weight equipment including Cybex Total Access, SCIFIT and Star Trak brands. A group exercise room hosts a variety of exercise classes. Designed for independent use by wheelchair users and people with low vision, the gym opens up exercise to people who may not be able to exercise at a traditional health club. 

In order to be a member of the Goodwill Fitness Center, you must have proof of your disability diagnosis as well as a signed medical release form from a physician stating that you can participate in an exercise program. For additional information about the Goodwill Fitness Center and how to become a member, please go to or contact 1-888-OCFITCENTER (888-623-4823). 

Have you been to the Goodwill Fitness Center? Are there any accessible gyms in your area? If so, share the details in the comment space below.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Smartphone Accessibility shared a very interesting resource for folks in the market for smartphones. Click here to learn about accessibility features of the latest smartphones. You can also watch a 45 minute video on smartphone accessibility. You must have Adobe Flash downloaded on your computer to watch the captioned video. 

How accessible is your smartphone? 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

AT News from around the web

The AT Network staff did an Internet sweep and found links to exciting AT News from around the web:
  • Tools of the Trade wrote an interesting post on the Ablenet Blue2 Bluetooth switch that you can pair with iDevices. 
  • The Assistive Technology Blog discusses Steve Mahan's experience test driving Google's self-driving car. Oh, and Steve is blind.