Rolling Start Inc. Blog

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

11th Anniversary

Thursday, May 19, 2022, marks the 11th Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion and people with different disabilities or impairments. 

It is estimated that 15 per cent of the world’s population has a disability, which means that more than one billion people could face daily challenges when using digital devices. With digital technology now playing a key role in our lives, it’s crucial that everyone has the same user experience.
Here are some basic things we can all use to make sure digital spaces are inclusive:
– Plain Language
– Alt-Text on Images
– Captions on Videos
[ID: Image with icons for sign language, blind, deaf, and wheelchair with text, “Celebrate GAAD Global Accessibility Awareness Day”]

Office Opening to the Public Soon!

Plans set to reopen our offices in June!

Since the Covid lockdown in March 2020, our offices have been closed to the public. Finally, our hopes are to return to indoor meetings in our offices next month in June! However, thanks to covid lockdowns stimulating our growth of online progress, we are happy to announce that we will continue with a hybrid approach to our meetings, classes, and groups! So if you are unable to travel to our offices or are still uncomfortable being in enclosed public spaces post-pandemic, you are still free to participate through our hybrid meetings remotely from home.

If you’d like to discuss the future of our hybrid classes/meetings/activities at Rolling Start and within the local community, we welcome you to join our Virtual Coed Support Group tomorrow (Thursday, May 5th), ONLINE, at 1pm. Meet our new staff member, Cynthia Robles, and discuss what sort of meet ups you would like to attend when we open our offices next month. 

[ID: A graphic with the text, “Rolling Start Inc. Virtual Coed Support Group. Introduction to staff and discussing ideas for our meetings (in office) coming in June 2022. May 5th, 1pm – 2:30pm”]

Older Americans Month

Age My Way!

Every May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads the nation’s observance of Older Americans Month (OAM). In 2022, ACL will be focusing on aging in place – how older adults can plan to stay in their homes and live independently in their communities for as long as possible. The 2022 theme is Age My Way, an opportunity for all of us to explore the many ways older adults can remain in and be involved with their communities.

Historically, Older Americans Month has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our country, in particular those who defended our country. Every President since Kennedy has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking that the entire nation pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities. See the President’s Proclamation here. Older Americans Month is celebrated across the country through ceremonies, events, fairs, and other such activities.

If you would like to see the ACL’s list of activity ideas click the logo below to go to their activity idea page! 

[ID: ACL OAM logo. “Age My Way: May 2022” Click logo to go to the ACL Activity Ideas Page]


[ID: A poster from acl.gov/oam showing several graphics of older americans doing various activities like reading, writing, playing music, gardening traveling, etc. with the text, “Age my way!”]

May 2022

The May calendar is here!

Go to our calendar and click the event to register!

Autism Awareness Month

“Inclusive Quality Education For All”

Every April is World Autism Month, beginning with United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. Throughout the month, we focus on sharing stories and providing opportunities to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism, fostering worldwide support. This year, we are committed to creating a world where all people with autism can reach their full potential.

In celebration of Autism Awareness Month, we honor the contribution of people with autism and the autistic community, recognizing the needs of people on the autism spectrum and their families. Recognizing the need for supporting, understanding, accepting, including, and empowering people with autism.

Each year, World Autism Awareness Day has a different and unique theme and this year’s theme for the day is “Inclusive Quality Education For All”.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools were shut down and classes were held online. This had a disproportionate impact on students with autism. This theme aims to highlight what more can be done to provide inclusive and quality education for people with autism.

Happy Earth Day!

EarthDay2022partners

“Meeting the needs of today without depleting the resources of tomorrow.”

April 22nd is Earth Day! It is a time to unify everyone to celebrate our planet and to demonstrate support for environmental protection. This year’s theme is to “Invest in our planet,” to help combat climate change as global warming and its effects continue to harm the environment.

This year is also the launch of the first Accessible Earth Campaign through the collaborative efforts of Ability Tools, the Disability Organizing (DO) Network, and the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) to make environmental conservation efforts accessible for all, including those with disabilities.

Click this link to learn more about #AccessibleEarth

The Disability community has only recently been more visible in the discussion of sustainability. The California Assistive Technology Reuse Coalition (CATRC) is helping to meet the needs of Californians with disabilities by providing previously-owned equipment at little or no cost. In doing so, CATRC is also helping to reduce harm to the environment by:

  • Preventing additional waste in landfills;
  • And reducing the need for additional manufacturing, which contributes to a carbon footprint.

 

We here at Rolling Start Inc. also have reusable AT like canes, walkers, wheelchairs, etc. completely FREE! Give us a call to learn how to get these items from our AT department.
San Bernardino: (909)890-9516
Victorville: (760)949-7626