What are you doing on Wednesday, May 21st?
If you can make it to Sacramento, come join the disability community for the 11th annual Disability Capitol Action Day (DCAD). DCAD is one of the nation’s largest and most diverse cross-disability annual days of unity. Recognizing the important issues facing people with disabilities and their allies in 2014, DCAD's theme is “The Time Is Now.” People from every corner of California will come to march in solidarity, share resources, and listen to passionate speakers. We will also discuss important issues like the In-Home Supportive Services, building accessible communities for all and the potential of the disability vote in the 2014 elections.
For over a decade now DCAD has continue to grow. Last year we welcomed over 2500 people and the Disability Resource Fair had more than 45 exhibitors there, sharing accessible resources, educational tools and products.
The Disability Resource Fair has some very exciting new exhibitors this year, including Innovations Health Devices, WHILL, Inc., Saltillo and the Prentke Romich Company, just to name a few.
Innovations Health Devices will be demonstrating the exciting JACO. JACO is an assistive robotic device that gives you the power and the freedom to do for yourself. Check out this video of this robotic arm in action!
Innovations Health Devices will also have a wheelchair accessory, the Wijit, that improves mobility and reduces injury.
Also at DCAD will be a demo of the WHILL - a personal mobility device that traverses over sand, snow, gravel, and woodchips, and has a sleek and narrow design. Read our blog about the amazing WHILL by clicking here.
Both the Prentke Romich Company and Saltillo Corporation will be at DCAD to demo the latest and greatest in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices. AAC is a term that is used to describe various methods of communication that can help people who are unable to use verbal speech to communicate. AAC can benefit a wide range of individuals, from a beginning communicator to a more sophisticated communicator who generates his own messages.
Be a part of the DCAD 2014 team on social media! You can like us on FACEBOOK, follow us on TWITTER or share your DCAD story on TUMBLR and YOUTUBE. On all of our social media outlets we will be asking disability community members to complete this personal advocacy statement: “The time is now for …”
DCAD is for everyone who shares our common goal of increasing access and equality for people with disabilities. Please invite your friends, family, neighbors, colleagues and caregivers…and don’t delay, the time is now to join us today!