This week we are eager to tell you about another Tech Expo & More exhibitor, Environmental Traveling Companions (ETC) , the organization that takes people with disabilities on memorable adventures.
ETC opens the beauty and challenge of the great outdoors to people with disabilities and under-resourced youth. Since 1972, ETC has shared outdoor adventures with disadvantaged youth and people with visual or hearing-impairments, physical or developmental disabilities, and life-threatening illnesses.
Every year, more than 3,000 people join ETC for whitewater rafting, ski alpine meadows, kayak the waters of the San Francisco Bay and Tomales Bay. In addition to enjoying outdoor adventures, youth can have an opportunity to build leadership skills.
Mission: ETC makes the joy and challenge of outdoor adventures accessible to people with disabilities and under-resourced youth, inspiring self-confidence, connection to nature, and stewardship of the environment.
Whether you, your family or your organization would like to go on an adventure, ETC will accommodate you and your group. ETC Volunteers are knowledgeable and trained to assist a person with disability. If you have a personal caregiver, ETC will waive the fee for your assistant. Prices depend on the trip, but if finances would prevent you from participating, ETC offers scholarships.
ETC invites you to join them for adventures:
Whitewater Rafting Program – you will experience the joy of whitewater rafting and camping in a beautiful river canyon on an accessible rafting trip. It’s located in the South Fork of the American River.
Trips are available in May – September.
Sea Kayaking Program – you will experience the joy of sea kayaking. ETC guides will train you in the use of stable and fun sea kayaks as you explore beautiful paddling destinations, learn about the local environment, and challenge yourself. The Kayak Program is mostly in the San Francisco Bay and Tomales Bay, and it’s available almost year-round. This program also has an overnight trip to Angel Island.
ETC also organizes trips kayaking in Monterey Bay, Southern California, Baja California, Mexico and other destinations that normally are hardly accessible for people with disabilities.
Our staff at Disability Services & Legal Center did kayaking with ETC, and it was an extraordinary adventure! Many of us, who have physical challenges, got to enjoy the kayaking in San Francisco Bay and it’s really a memorable experience.
Cross Country Skiing Program – Fun playing in the snow! With a team of ETC, you can go on a trip to Bear Valley to enjoy the weekend in the snow. ETC has adaptive skiing equipment, so you could experience skiing regardless of your physical challenge. Trips are made in Feb – March. Whether cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, exploring the giant sequoias, or sipping hot cocoa in the cozy cabin, your winter expedition will be filled with wonder and laughter.
Youth LEAD Program – provides life-changing outdoor experiences for diverse groups of youth from the San Francisco Bay Area. Youth LEAD offers immersive multi-week summer wilderness courses and a school-year long intern program for summer course alumni. Participants develop leadership skills; learn about local ecosystems and environmental justice issues; and gain expertise in sea kayaking, rafting, and backpacking.
No matter which trip you choose, ETC is committed to do everything they can to work with you to meet your needs and make it an incredible, memorable experience.
If you would like to go on adventure, please visit their website http://www.etctrips.org/
Among technology and services’ organizations, we are featuring exhibitors that promote the adaptive sports for those with physical challenges – “Blazers” wheelchair basketball, “No Limits” with Mark Wellman, a two-time Paralympian. An accomplished wheelchair athlete, Mark is best known for the first historic paraplegic ascents of El Capitan and Half Dome, in Yosemite National Park. En Garde Fencing will introduce wheelchair fencing and self-defense to those in wheelchairs.
FEATURED exhibitor is NorCal WCMX wheelchair skate organization in Santa Rosa. Winners of 2017 WCMX World Championship will showcase breathtaking wheelchair skating. Among them are Jamey Perry, the World Champion of WCMX Women’s Division, Blake Simson, 2nd in the World Champion of WCMX Men’s Division, Robert Thompkins, a professional chair skater and Troy McGuirk VP of Sales for Mike Box, SoCal WCMX founder.
In the picture: Blake Simson
In the picture: Robert Thompkins
DSLC Tech Expo & More exhibitor – Mobility Masters, is a place where you can find affordable quality solutions for all of your mobility and home access needs. The store offers a wide range of medical supplies and equipment to increase your mobility and independence. Mobility Masters services Northern California counties within a 60 mile radius of Santa Rosa. They service Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties.
Mobility Masters offers variety of wheelchairs, power wheelchairs, scooters, stair lifts, vehicle lifts, walking aids, ramps, hospital beds, bath safety products, cushions, patient lifts/slings and many other products that can be a solution for your mobility. Knowledgeable staff is there to recommend the product which will best fit your needs to regain your independence. The company has three delivery service options, which you can choose depending on your needs.
Home Access Equipment:
If you need a product like a ramp or a stair lift to increase your access at home, the Mobility Masters team will do home access assessment to see which products would work best for you. They provide quality equipment with installation by licensed contractors.
Mobility Masters offers repair services on all the products they sell. Trained technicians will diagnose a problem and find the right parts to get your equipment working again. They handle all warranty repairs on the equipment with the manufacturer, and offer 30 days free in-home service on all the new products they sell.
In addition to new equipment, the store has many used power wheelchairs, scooters and medical equipment for sale ranging from $500.00 – $1,500.00. All used equipment have been tested and cleaned up. They are in great condition for someone else to use.
Mobility Masters rents mobility and medical equipment on a daily, weekly or monthly basis depending on the equipment.
One of our Tech Expo & More exhibitors – the Earle Baum Center, the organization that offers a wide variety of programs and services to help all ages in adjusting to sight loss. The Earle Baum Center is a nonprofit regional community center in Santa Rosa, which serves people who have any degree of visual impairment. The organization serves people in Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino Counties.
Earle Baum Center’s mission is to provide opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired to improve and enrich their personal, social and economic lives. Following their mission, for over 18 years Earle Baum Center provides Low Vision Clinic support, counseling, core classes, enrichment programs and support groups.
Providing assistance depending on the individual’s degree of vision loss and his needs, the center’s staff helps people to embrace life again.
Earle Baum Center’s Core services:
Assistive Technology – Evaluates a person’s skills and needs, and offers individualized recommendations and training, including the use of assistive devices, adaptive computer and software that will enable an individual to perform variety of activities and maintain his independence.
They help with three types of assistive technology:
- Visual enhancement
- Screen reader
- Voice recognition
Independent Living Skills – Teaches skills and strategies to maintain a person’s independence: adaptive skills for cooking, hygiene, shopping, financial management, cleaning, clothing color matching, and more. The center has a house on campus, which has a kitchen, washer/dryer, vacuum cleaner and other, to teach people to perform activities of daily living.
Orientation & Mobility – Teaches the physical and communications skills required to travel independently, safely and confidently through one’s environment. If a person has a guide dog, the center’s staff will give instructions how to travel with the guide dog. The center has 17 acres of land where they have trails, so people can practice navigation with the instructor’s help.
Losing the sight requires emotional and psychological adjustment. Earle Baum has a psychologist on staff, who meets with people one-on-one and in group settings to help people emotionally with adjustments to the sight loss.
Every Wednesday, the center holds a Low Vision Clinic, which is one the first things people do when they come to the center. Dr. Janet Caddell, OD performs a 2-hour vision exam to those, who have some degree of vision loss, to find out what degree of vision the client has and how they are going to maximize that. After the exam, following Dr. Caddell’s report, the Earle Baum Center’s staff provides assistance.
The Center is committed to deliver any device and assist as much as they can to help the person adjust and maintain their independence for as long as possible.
In addition to the Core Services, the center has social and recreational opportunities as well. Every day they have activities where people can socialize and have fun.
If you would like to learn more about the Earle Baum Center, please visit their website http://www.earlebaum.org/
Freedom Mobility is there to assist you in selecting the right power or manual wheelchair for your individual needs.
Whether you or your client have been diagnosed with a congenital disorder, a progressive or degenerative neuromuscular disease, or functional capabilities have been limited due to an injury or trauma, Freedom Mobility Center can help with mobility. They offer the complex rehab technology expertise and customizable mobility products to meet both medical and functional needs.
Freedom Mobility has Assistive Technology Professionals (ATPs), who are RESNA-certified experts trained to evaluate patients in need of complex rehabilitative equipment. With each evaluation, they select the elements of a custom mobility device that will best suit the client’s individual needs and follow up after the service to make sure the equipment is serving its purpose.
In addition to customized mobility equipment, the company has a wide variety of standard power and manual wheelchairs, walkers, hospital beds, and other home Medical Equipment products.
Freedom Mobility also offers full-service repairs and maintenance. Even if you or your patient received the power or manual wheelchair from another company, Freedom Mobility can help.
Freedom Mobility offers an online catalog where you can view their wide selection of complex rehab technology solutions, mobility devices, and other home medical equipment products.
Transport Care is one of the primary Transportation resource in Sonoma County.
Transport Care provides professional, door-to-door non-emergency medical transportation to the elderly and disabled. The company also provides transportation for non-medical occasions. Specialized transportation includes, but is not limited to: individuals using wheelchairs, gurney, senior citizens and disabled people. They assist clients from time of pick-up to drop-off, making sure they arrive at their appointment, safely and on time.
Transport Care services are available to private citizens, hospitals, doctors, nursing or group homes, assisted living facilities and a host of other healthcare related entities.
Drivers are certified and professionally trained on loading and unloading wheelchair passengers safely. They serve the Sonoma County area providing quality transportation services.
If would like more information about this wonderful resource, please visit http://www.transportcare1.com/