Saturday, October 13, 2018

Getting ready for cold weather

It’s time to prepare your home for cold winter weather. Consider the following steps.
  • Have your heating system inspected by a qualified contractor. This should be done annually to ensure your safety.
  • Change batteries in both carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. (Get some and put them up if you don’t have them already!)
  • Look for spaces inside and outside where cold air can enter. Check around windows, doors, electrical outlets, and wall penetrations for cables and phone lines. Caulk holes or replace worn weather stripping.
  • Add storm windows or attach plastic film on the inside to keep out cold air if windows are drafty.
  • If possible, replace old models of electric space heaters with newer ones which have automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing heating elements.
  • Be sure space heaters are at least 3 feet away from flammable fabrics such as upholstered furniture or curtains.
  • Check fire extinguishers to be sure they are charged. Make sure all family members know the proper way to use a fire extinguisher.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Upcoming! IDRAC 2018

Virtual Ability, Inc.® will present the 7th annual International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference (IDRAC), on October 5-6, 2018. This is an annual professional conference held online, that is free and open to the public. The conference will take place in Second Life® at The Sojourner Auditorium on Virtual Ability island.
This year's theme is "Taking Care of Us" This theme is broad and open to interpretation by the presenters we invited to this year's event. If past conferences are any indication, we look forward to lively discussions and information sharing among presenters and our very interested and interactive audience.
Below is an at-a-glance schedule of the presenters who will share their observations of the progress, benefits and challenges in disability rights in different parts of the world as applied to the current theme. We will provide more information about the speakers and their presentations as it becomes available. Note: All times are listed in US Pacific Daylight Time.

Friday October 5
Lusha Huang, a graduate student at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, will present "Enhancing Visually Impaired People’s Traveling Experience through Mobile Applications"
Coomara Pyaneandee, the Vice-Chairperson of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, will talk about the CRPD
Debbie Engelen-Eigles, who teaches Sociology and Gender Studies at Century College, will discuss "Learning from Korean Women with Disabilities: Lessons from the Field"
Emmy winner Jason DaSilva will discuss "Documenting Disability & Looking Towards the Future"
Lauren Bruno (Post-doctoral researcher, University of Iowa) and Cassandra Willis (Graduate student, Virginia Commonwealth University), will present "A Survey of Alternative and Traditional Special Education Teachers’ Perception of Preparedness"

Saturday October 6
Patrick McKearney, University of Cambridge, presents "Care and Visibility: Modes of Agency in L’Arche"
An Interview with Peter Catapano
Rev. Olutayo Shodipo, a Baptist minister from Nigeria, will discuss "Spirituality, Disability and Coping Strategy – Its Implication for Faith Communities"
Amra Mohammed, from the University of Jeddah, will talk about creating policies to support twice-exceptional students in Saudi Arabia

More session confirmations expected shortly. Please stay tuned!