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“We want to help bring Gardening Therapy and Art Therapy to rehabilitation facilities, and we urge them to contact us at if they desire assistance in doing so.” is a website that helps promote gardening accessibility for both gardeners and the people who visit them.  Gardening has been called the most popular hobby, and often not enough attention is paid to it in rehab programs and in helping people resume working in their gardens while at the same time living with new disabilities.

The site includes plans for raised bed gardens, articles about assistive gardening tools, general gardening articles, and reprints from other interesting gardening sites. contains curated lists of a variety of resources from non GMO (genetically modified organisms) seed catalogs to other sites that write about accessible gardening.  The site also has a unique collection of “coloring books” with anatomically correct outline drawings of hundreds of plants.  The color books can be used in art therapy for people of all ages and abilities.  Click here and here to view the color books.

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Spotlight on Canine Companions for Independence

Logo art for Canine Companions for Independance showing a simple drawing of a dog touchinh the knee of a person in a wheelchairCanine Companions for Independence was founded in Santa Rosa, California in 1975. The National Headquarters and Northwest Training Center are located on the Jean and Charles Schulz Campus in Santa Rosa, California. The Schulz Campus, named after generous supporters Jean and Charles Schulz, opened in 1996. The Northwest Region serves people in Northern California, Northern Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Alaska. Schulz Campus tours are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10am and 2pm. Please come by to see our beautiful campus, or join us for a graduation. We hope to see you soon!

The concept of assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities began with Canine Companions for Independence in 1975 in a home office and a garage. In the more than 40 years since, thanks to the unparalleled generosity and dedication of our supporters, we’ve grown tremendously.

The finest assistance dog instructors staff six Canine Companions training centers across the country. These professionals possess hundreds of years of cumulative experience in both assistance dog training and instruction to people with over 60 different types of disabilities.

Canine Companions is the largest provider of assistance dogs in the world and all follow-up support is provided free of charge to recipients. Demand for our highly trained assistance dogs is ongoing and growing.

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Sonoma County Spinal Cord Injury Support Group June 2017 Meeting

Sonoma County SCI Peer support group logo, showing 4 blue icons with white stick drawings of a person in a wheelchairSonoma County
         Support Group


June Meeting
Date: Monday, June19, 2017
Time: 4:00-5:30 pm (new time)
Where: The Clubhouse at the Azure Apartment Complex
7 Indigo Drive – Petaluma, CA

After stimulating discussion at our May meeting, and a welcome to a
new member, the June meeting will continue our discussion and include
planning for future events. One idea that is being considered is to host
periodic meetings of our group at individual members’ houses to get
acquainted with how we live, structural changes we have made, and the
equipment we use. Besides, we just enjoy being together!

Two developments at the national level deserve special attention:
Legislation has been introduced in Congress to scale back protections
for people with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
For more information see

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SCI Connections Jun-15-17: How To Get The Help You Need To Remain Safely In Your Home

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In-Home Supportive Services:
How To Get The Help You Need To Remain Safely In Your Home
Angelica Galang, Attorney

In-Home Supportive Services, or IHSS, is the largest publicly funded program that helps disabled, blind, or elderly individuals to remain safely in their own homes and avoid out-of-home care such as nursing homes or board and care facilities. The IHSS Program can help pay for services for individuals who are not able to fully care for themselves or perform routine household tasks. This 60 minute presentation, will explain the eligibility requirements for IHSS, the application process, the different types of services the program pays for, how counties notify consumers of their decisions, and how to appeal if you disagree with a decision.

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Save the Date: BORP Revolution Ride & Festival on 9/23/17

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Now in its 15th year, the BORP Revolution Ride & Festival fundraiser brings people of all ages and abilities together for a day of cycling, celebration, and fun. The 15th Annual Revolution Ride will take place on September 23, 2017 in the beautiful California wine country of Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley. Please help support the adaptive sports and recreation programs of Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program (BORP) by donating or joining the REV Ride today.

All participants who will be riding, rolling or strolling in the REV, as well as guests attending only the Festival, must register and sign a participant liability waiver, either online during registration or prior to the event if someone else registers for them.

Got a question?  Read more on the event registration web page.

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