Disability Rights California’s New Art Mural for Sacramento’s Wide Open Walls Festival

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Featuring artist Raphael Delgado.

Disability Rights California is excited to join Sacramento, California’s Wide Open Walls mural festival.  This festival was founded in 2016 “bringing underserved neighborhoods public art that encourages a sense of pride and identity,” the festival organization says.

Wide Open Walls believes, “Art is an integral part of the human experience, and can empower, inspire and transform lives.” You can learn more about it here: https://www.wideopenwalls.com/about/history/

Disability Justice is About All of Us

Disability Rights California worked with Raphael Delgado to design and create a mural representative of the disability community.

We are excited to have this mural outside our Sacramento office and grateful to Raphael, who was mindful in his creation and inspired by representing how disability justice is about all of us. He created this piece inspired by Lady Justice, who is a personification of the moral force in the judicial systems, sometimes also referred to as Blind Justice as she is often depicted wearing a blindfold.

Of his mural on the L Street side of DRC’s Midtown Sacramento building, Raphael shared that he wanted to create a “monument to justice and to disability rights.”

Raphael’s mural depicts a personification of Blind Justice, but, as he states, “this time we’ve interpreted it differently.” The figure, whom he says also has nonbinary elements, uses a prosthesis in the form of a sword in place of one of their legs, and one of their arms is replaced by a wing, “meant to uplift and protect,” says Raphael. A wing and a sword – perfect symbols for DRC as a P&A, or Protection and Advocacy organization.

“There’s beauty, there’s power,” says Raphael. “I wanted to make [the figure] feel solid and strong,” but, he continues, “There’s delicate balance – it’s delicate and strong at the same time.” The colors Raphael used will also be one of the first things to catch a passerby’s eye, as Raphael made a point of selecting bright pigments full of vitality and energy.

The Coyote Adaptive Off-Road Vehicle

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Outrider USA’s new Coyote is an adaptive, electric off-road vehicle suitable for wheelchair users who enjoy hunting, fishing or exploring the backcountry. The Coyote has four wheels, semi-recumbent seating and hand controls, and comes standard with a 2,000-watt, two-wheel drive power train with independent suspension. It can be upgraded to a 3,000-watt, two-wheel drive power train with live axle for sport applications and heavier riders. For those looking for a machine capable of managing everything from rocky streambeds to steep mountain trails, a 5,000-watt, four-wheel drive model with independent suspension is available.

The Coyote comes with lithium-ion battery with a top range of 35 miles. You can add up to three additional battery packs for a maximum range of 140 miles. The Coyote has a maximum speed of 22 mph and is virtually silent and scent-free — ideal for hunters.  It can be outfitted with a variety of adaptive options for users with disabilities, including hand controls with tri-pin adapters, harnesses, seatbelts and other postural support options.

Outrider makes each Coyote to order and they ship worldwide. The base model of the Coyote costs $13,985. Financing options are available. For more information about the Coyote, please visit opens in a new windowOutrider USA.  

Google makes Android more accessible than ever with Sound Amplifier and Lookout upgrades

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We’re only a couple of days into June, but Google saw it fit to roll out a brand new Android Feature Drop for users everywhere. On top of enhancements to Gboard, Emoji Kitchen, and Play Points, the company is also bringing improvements to some much-loved accessibility apps. Sound Amplifier and Lookout are both featured in this month’s Feature Drop, complete with new features and a design overhaul.

Sound Amplifier is getting a Material You-esque redesign, and while it might be months late to the party, it looks pretty good. While that new coat of paint might look awfully shiny, some under-the-hood changes make it worthy of inclusion in this month’s Feature drop. Google touts improved background noise reduction, which should make it easier for the app to actually pick up the noise you’re trying to boost. Today’s announcement also boasts about “faster and more accurate sound,” and as vague as that might sound, it should make a big difference in day-to-day use.

Lookout isn’t quite as well known as Sound Amplifier — and it isn’t getting a redesign today — but that doesn’t mean Google’s ignoring it altogether. A new Images mode uses machine learn models to understand photos on your device, reading out a description of whatever Lookout detects automatically. Google says it works in any app on your phone, perfect for assisting when a Twitter user forgets to add alt text to their tweet.

It’s not the only change to the service. In addition to improvements to Text, Documents, Food Label, and Explore modes — all of which, Google says, are more accurate — Lookout now works without an internet connection.

Hockey is for Everyone

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We are over a month into the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals, and the competition is getting heated. Unfortunately, none of California’s hockey teams remain in the running, with the LA Kings having faced off against the Edmonton Oilers and exiting in the first round.

As sad as that news is, it’s not the end of the story for California’s current hockey culture. Over two decades ago, the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Diversity Task Force created the “Hockey is for Everyone™” campaign, since then, it has blossomed into a yearlong initiative that “…uses the game of hockey – and the League’s global influence – to drive positive social change and foster more inclusive communities.” Their website continues on to state that “[They] support any teammate, coach or fan who brings heart, energy and passion to the rink. [They] believe all hockey programs – from professionals to youth organizations – should provide a safe, positive and inclusive environment for players and families regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, disability, sexual orientation and socio-economic status.”