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CPUC, Senator Beall, and Partners Host Open House for iPad Loan Program iPad Voice Options demonstration on Friday, April 7th at 11am. All are welcome to attend the Open House! March 30th, 2017

San Francisco, CA – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose), the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC), and the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC) are hosting an Open House in San Jose to celebrate and give a demonstration of Voice Options, which offers iPads with speech applications at no-cost to people with speech disabilities.

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All are welcome to attend the Open House! Light refreshments served.

WHEN: April 7, 2017, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

WHERE: Silicon Valley Independent Living Center: 2202 N. 1st St., San Jose, CA 95131

WHAT: Voice Options is a pilot program of the CPUC associated with Assembly Bill 136 (Beall, 2011) and administrated by CFILC. The program loans iPads with speech applications to Californians who are not able to speak, or who have difficulty speaking, so they can determine if using an iPad increases their ability to communicate.

• Opening remarks by Senator Beall, CPUC Commissioner Clifford Rechtschaffen, and SVILC
• Demonstration of the iPads and apps in action by CFILC; attendees will also have the opportunity to use the iPads to see how the apps work

All program iPads are equipped with the following 5 speech apps:

• Go Talk NOW Plus
• LAMP words for Life
• Predictable
• Proloquo4Text
• TouchChat

Individuals may borrow an iPad at no cost for up to 30 days to determine if using a speech app increases their ability to communicate. If the user determines a speech app on the iPad works well for them, they may apply for a long-term loan of the device and their favorite speech app. Long-term loans require a verification of disability status by a designated professional.

Individuals can participate in this program by visiting one of 10 Demonstration Centers operated by CFILC in the following cities: Anaheim, Grass Valley, Los Angeles, Redding, Sacramento, Salinas, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Jose, and Santa Ana, or by visiting http://VoiceOptions.org, or calling toll-free (800) 390-2699, or emailing info@voiceoptions.org.

California Phones from the Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program of the CPUC will have California Telephone Access Program (CTAP) equipment on display and staff available to discuss CTAP.

For more information about the CFILC, please visit http://cfilc.org.
For more information about the CPUC, please visit http://cpuc.ca.gov.

• Terrie Prosper, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), 415.703.1366, news@cpuc.ca.gov
• Kyla Aquino Irving, California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) 916.995.1658, kyla@cfilc.org,

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