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Watch our short film “Everyone Can Communicate”

One in six Americans has or will have a communication disability in their lifetime. So why don’t we know more about these disabilities and hear more about them?

Everyone Can Communicate, a short film from Ability Central Philanthropy, is a conversation with people with communication disabilities. As the only funder working exclusively to address all communications disabilities, Ability Central highlights the fundamental rights to access that are often violated, and the work being done to create awareness and action.

Everyone Can Communicate premiered at Exponent Philanthropy’s Outsized Impact Film Festival in October of 2022.…

Access:Ability January 2024 Newsletter

The January 2024 edition of the Ability Central monthly e-newsletter, Access:Ability.

Ability Central Philanthropy

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Ability Central Awards Grants to 12 Organizations Working with Disability Communities

$1 million awarded for healthcare training, leadership and career development, and digital access initiatives.

Oakland, California – January 9, 2024 – Ability Central has awarded more than $1 million to 12 nonprofit organizations in California working to expand communication access for Deaf, disabled, and neurodivergent communities. Recipient organizations offer a diverse array of support and services to these communities. The funding priorities for this grant cycle focus on healthcare training, leadership and career development for …

Ability Central Awards Grants to 12 Organizations Working with Disability Communities

$1 million awarded for healthcare training, leadership and career development, and digital access initiatives.

Oakland, California – January 9, 2024 – Ability Central has awarded more than $1 million to 12 nonprofit organizations in California working to expand communication access for Deaf, disabled, and neurodivergent communities. Recipient organizations offer a diverse array of support and services to these communities. The funding priorities for this grant cycle focus on healthcare training, leadership and career development for people with disabilities within nonprofit organizations, and digital accessibility initiatives.

Eleven of the grants awarded were given to empower organizations to develop or expand their …

Access:Ability December 2023 Newsletter

The December 2023 edition of the Ability Central monthly e-newsletter, Access:Ability.

Community Event

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Replay: Ability Central at the Outsized Impact Film Festival

Virtual Event | December 14th, 2023 at 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET

Join Ability Central Program Officer Jessie Galloway at a replay of the short film we created for Exponent Philanthropy’s Outsized Impact Film Festival last year.

Exponent Philanthropy hosts the film festival at their Annual Conference, highlighting the work that foundations do. Join us online on December 14th to replay two short films from a past festival, including our submission Everyone Can Communicate.

In this short film, …

Access:Ability November 2023 Newsletter

The November 2023 edition of the Ability Central monthly e-newsletter, Access:Ability.

Grantee Highlight

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Disability Cultural Competence Training with Painted Brain

Virtual Event | November 29th and December 6th, 2023

Join Ability Central grantee Painted Brain for a free cultural competency training. The new training promotes understanding and skills for creating welcoming environments for people with disabilities and is open to all behavioral and mental health service providers in California.

It covers:

  • The definition of disability cultural competency.
  • How to recognize different disabilities and their unique requirements.
  • How to appreciate the role of culture in the disability

Access:Ability October 2023 Newsletter

The October 2023 edition of the Ability Central monthly e-newsletter, Access:Ability.

Grantee Highlight

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Experience Experiments in Art, Access & Technology from Leonardo

New exhibition from Ability Central grantee showcases artistic innovations in accessible technology.

Leonardo is excited to share a groundbreaking exhibition, Experiments in Art, Access, and Technology (E.A.A.T.), showcasing the work of the CripTech Incubator, funded in part by Ability Central. Leonardo’s CripTech Incubator is an art and technology fellowship for disability innovation to engage and remake creative technologies through the lens of accessibility.

The E.A.A.T. exhibition features work by Meesh Fradkin, Carmen Papalia, Josephine Sales, Andy …

Access:Ability September 2023 Newsletter

The September 2023 edition of the Ability Central monthly e-newsletter, Access:Ability.

Grantee Highlight: Upcoming Event

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Thursday October 26th, 2023 | 10:00AM – 12:00PM

Mental Health Services and the I/DD Population

Join Ability Central grantee Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area (DSCBA) for a free online symposium from their Mental Health Alliance program. This event features trainings from two experts and will provide clinicians with:

  • An overview of the challenges that individuals who experience I/DDs (Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities) continue to have in accessing needed mental health care/treatment,
  • The therapeutic process for people with I/DD and mental health conditions, with

Access:Ability August 2023 Newsletter

The August 2023 edition of the Ability Central monthly e-newsletter, Access:Ability.

Feature in Focus

Learn More About the Mobile Device Finder on the Ability Central Portal

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Struggling to make a smart device accessible or easily usable? Finding it hard to know what accessibility features your mobile phone or tablet has? We have a free tool that can help!

One of the key features of the Ability Central Portal is the Device Finder, a comprehensive database that provides accessibility information for every mobile smart device available to buy. Developed and regularly updated using data from the Global Access Reporting Initiative …

Access:Ability July 2023 Newsletter

The July 2023 edition of the Ability Central monthly e-newsletter, Access:Ability.

Disability Pride Month 2023

Celebrating Disability Pride Month 2023

This July, Ability Central celebrates Disability Pride Month, in recognition of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. This landmark legislation prohibits discrimination and guarantees full and equitable participation in all aspects of society for people with disabilities.

2023 marks the 33rd anniversary of the ADA being signed into law, and while many advancements in inclusion have been made, people with disabilities continue to face exclusion and disadvantage in the United States and around the world. …

Ability Central Announces Second Year of Rapid Response Grants

Up to $5,000 available to enhance accessibility for individuals with communication disabilities

Oakland, California – June 30, 2023 – Ability Central, a foundation working to expand inclusion and accessibility for individuals with communication disabilities, today announced the availability of Rapid Response Access Improvement Grants. These grants, offered on a rolling basis from July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024, aim to support California-based organizations and projects focused on serving people with communication disabilities.

The mini grants, first offered in 2022, range from $1,000 to $5,000, and provide short-term funding with an expedited turnaround of approximately one month from application receipt. Access Improvement …