Community Resources

Second Annual Fitness Fair – June 7

Fitness and disability are not mutually exclusive.  Come to the Second Annual Fitness Fair and discover fun fitness exercises that can work with your individual body’s needs.  Most people who came last year were surprised at how much they could do! Or you can just watch.  Either way it will be fun. Sponsored by the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program ...

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Accessible Home Ownership Seminar

If you tend to think you’ll never be able to afford to own a home or that you couldn’t find a home that meets your accessibility needs, this free seminar is for you.  Come learn how to find an accessible home AND be able to afford it. This accessible home ownership seminar will be presented by two experts in their respective fields: ...

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Safety and Self-Defense Workshop

Berkeley’s Center for Independent Living (CIL) is hosting a workshop on Safety and Self-Defense for seniors and people with disabilities.  Participants will be taught how to: Assess situations and respond quickly Project awareness and confidence Stop unwanted attention Use voice as a safety tool Deal effectively with verbal aggression Get help – and persist until you get it The workshop ...

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Chatterbox

Through the Looking Glass (TLG), a nationally-recognized center for families with disabilities, is offering a new free program, called Chatterbox, for parents with learning difficulties or intellectual disabilities and their young children. TLG describes the program this way:  Chatterbox is a parent-child interactional therapeutic play/care group designed to give parents with intellectual disabilities or learning difficulties the tools to encourage language skills ...

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“A Better Mousetrap” for the Jobs Market

There’s something new afoot in the jobs market.  A better mousetrap, so to speak.  Venturocket.com is offering a completely new way for job seekers and employers to connect with each other that eliminates the worst part of the process for both parties. For the job seeker there’s no more endless, stressful hours of searching, tweaking resumes, writing cover letters and filling out forms.  With ...

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The Dangers of Sitting

Recent scientific studies have shown that sitting for long periods, even for two hours, is unhealthy.   According to the Mayo Clinic, any extended sitting–whether behind a desk at work, in front of a TV or in a wheelchair–can be linked with a number of health concerns, including obesity and metabolic syndrome, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and ...

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Know Your Employment Rights (in ASL)

The Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center has created six “know your rights” videos in American Sign Language (ASL) with English captioning.  These videos, the first of their kind in the nation, provide critical legal information on a variety of employment issues in a format that’s accessible to deaf and hard of hearing workers.  The video titles are: Discrimination in the Workplace ...

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Housing Workshop 101

If finding suitable housing is a concern of yours, you should know about the Housing Workshop 101 offered by the Center for Independent Living (CIL).  Conducted by Housing Consultant Max Dolan, some of the topics covered include: Housing subsidy information Updated housing leads Roommate registry Project-based Section 8 listings Housing search skills Senior resources While Max specializes in housing in ...

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What’s Your Favorite Recipe?

Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase, “You are what you eat.”  If you think about it, it does make sense–after all, our body components are built from and maintained by the nutrients we take in.  What we eat is very important to our health and well being. With this in mind, the World Institute on Disability (WID) is putting out a ...

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Free Cell Phone and Service!

California residents who receive Supplemental Security Income, food stamps (SNAP), MediCal or other public assistance, or who meet certain income guidelines, can receive free cell phones through the federal Lifeline* program provided by Assurance Wireless.  Roughly 4.6 million California households could be eligible. Those who qualify for Assurance Wireless will get a basic cell phone, plus 250 free minutes and 250 text ...

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