Abilities Expo Workshops, Oct 28

Abilities Expo is underway at the San Mateo County Fairground. Here are today’s workshops:

11:45am – 12:45pm Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy 101
Presented by: Shannon Kenitz, Executive Director, International Hyperbarics Association; Giuseppina Benincasa-Feingold, MD; and Kenneth Stoller, MD
Location: Workshop #1

1:00pm – 2:00pm Access the World: Tips for Traveling with a Disability
Presented by: Debra Kerper, Easy Access Travel
Location: Workshop #1

2:30pm – 3:30pm How to Select the Right Accessible Vehicle for You
Presented by: Mark Twilleager, Area Sales Manager – Western Region, BraunAbility
Location: Workshop #1

3:45pm – 4:45pm Medical Marijuana: Benefits and Legalization
Presented by: Deidra Bagdasarian, Owner/Operator, Bliss Edibles; Edibles Professor, Oaksterdam University
Location: Workshop #1

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Abilities Expo Workshops, October 27

Abilities Expo is underway at the San Mateo County Fairground. Here are today’s workshops:

11:45am – 12:45pm Open Your World With Accessible Travel
Presented by: John Morris, Founder, WheelchairTravel.org
Location: Workshop #1

1:00pm – 2:00pm Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities
Presented by: L. Vance Taylor, Chief, Office of Access and Functional Needs, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and Shannon M. Mulhall, NIC, ACTCP, Certified Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator, Council Liaison to Public Works Department, City of Fresno
Location: Workshop #1

2:30pm – 3:30pm Maximizing Wellbeing Through Self-Care
Presented by: Regina Rosenthal, PT, MA, Author, The Heart of Healing: Discovering the Secrets of Self-Care, Advanced Certified Process Acupressure Practitioner and Instructor
Location: Workshop #1

3:45pm – 4:45pm Making Intimacy Accessible
Presented by: Rafe Eric Biggs, PhD, Founder and Ligia Andrade-Zuniga, MA, Co-Director, Sexability
Location: Workshop #1

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Northern Bay Area Fire News

Here are some updates from the fire ravaged areas:

From Stan at the Sonoma County SCI Peer Support Group

Today’s (10/16/17) meeting of the Sonoma County SCI Peer Support group has been canceled. The next meeting will be on November 20th


Read Christina Burke’s moving tribute to Christina Hanson, who lost her life in the wine country wildfires.

Greg Milano from BORP writes:  Several BORP community members have offered accessible rooms in their homes for evacuees in need of homes. Please email me if you know of anyone in need and I will connect them to you.

From Inga at the DSLC in Santa Rosa:

Dear DSLC Friends,
We wanted to let you know that Disability Services & Legal Center is open and will continue to provide assistance at our regular hours Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm. We also continue to have staff working with the County Emergency Operation Center to coordinate services to our local residents with disabilities.

We have our information table at the Local Assistance Center at the Press Democrat building.

From Paul Mundell, CEO, Canine Companions for Independence

Dear members of the Canine Companions community,

I’m writing to update you on the effects that the wildfires in Northern California are having on Canine Companions and our Northwest Region Training Center. To begin, it is important to note that the Schulz campus remains safe and is in an area of Santa Rosa that is not currently threatened by the fires. However, due to the deterioration in the air quality to unhealthy levels, a forecast calling for higher winds, and an increasing number of staff who have been personally affected by the fire and subject to evacuation, we made the decision to evacuate the dogs and puppies to areas further from the fire and suspended a Team Training placement class. Click here to continue reading about status of the CCI campus.

The Sacramento Spinal Foundation is presenting a webinar on “Emergency Preparation For People w/ Disabilities”

Date Time: Nov 1, 2017 1:30 PM Pacific Standard Time (US and Canada)

Presenter : Gina Biter-Mundt, M.A. of Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center

Click here to register to participate in the webinar


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Northern California Wildfires

Dear PNP subscribers,

2017 Statewide Fire Map

As you all undoubtedly know, wildfires are still burning out of control in Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties. After a short break in the weather, dry windy conditions are expected to return later tonight.

If you live in one of the affected areas, you can sign up for evacuation and other emergency messages by visiting www.nixle.com. At that site, you can sign up to receive text messages alerts. You can also sign up for mobile alerts by texting your ZIP CODE to 888777 from your cell phone. You can chose English or Spanish alerts.

As of this moment, all of Calistoga and Geyserville are under a mandatory evacuation order. A list of known evacuation shelters can be found at this evacuation center link.

Those looking for missing people in Sonoma County can call (707) 565-3856.

Watch a FEMA video about the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program to help disabled disaster evacuees find a temporary hotel/motel during a disaster in American Sign Language (ASL).

Preparing for evacuation: Tonight, high winds are expected to resume. Though not as bad as what was observed Sunday night and early Monday morning, peak gusts of up to 40 mph are forecast for the region. It’s not too late to take steps that might save your life. Here are some tips:

  • Be ready to evacuate on short notice. As a point of reference, I’m a fully dependent quad and it took at least 15 minutes to get me out of bed and into my power wheelchair. If the fire had blown our way, we would not have had 20 minutes.
  • Locate a flashlight and an AM/FM radio, the wind has been knocking down trees and power lines. Test your batteries and replace if necessary.
  • Pack clothes, toiletry supplies, medication, and other medical necessities now.
  • Be sure to charge cell phones and wheelchairs now, and pack chargers.
  • Identify two routes out of your location.
  • Don’t forget to pack for your pets, including portable kennels, small pet carriers, leashes, and pet food.

If you’d like to help, please consider donating to organizations that are on the ground working tirelessly to support those affected. Some include:

Napa Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) Disaster Relief Fund

Redwood Credit Union (RCU) Community Fund

100% of your donations will go directly to assist those affected by the fires.

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DSLC Tech Expo Postponed

The DSLC Tech Expo, has been postponed from it’s scheduled date of Oct 13th. The venue is currently being used as a shelter for people displaced by the many fires burning in Northern California. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone impacted by the fires.

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