Technicity Times
    Issue 1 • November 2002


Exploring the Future Now—Building Community Online and Off
Friday, November 1st 1:00-4:30 p.m.
University of California Los Angeles
UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research, Room 2355

The Westside Center for Independent Living and the UCLA Advanced Policy Institute are pleased to invite you to the first LILA User Conference, "Exploring the Future Now — Building Community Online and Off". The conference will be held at the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research on Friday, November 1 from 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. LILA is a unique online partnership designed to use information technologies to enhance independent, self-directed living for more than a million people living with disabilities in Los Angeles County.

The 2002 LILA User Conference will bring together some of the thousands of LILA users with representatives of their many different agencies and organizations to explore possible uses of information and communications technology to build relationships, share knowledge, support advocacy, direct public resources, promote businesses and much more.

The keynote speaker is Diane Littlefield, Executive Director of the Center for Collaborative Planning, a training center of the Public Health Institute in Sacramento. Her work focuses on promoting health and social justice through leadership development, asset-based community development, participatory strategic planning and community organizing.

The 2002 LILA User Conference is free, but participation is limited due to the size of the room. Please register online at: To register by phone, call John Whitbread at (310) 390-3611 (Voice) or (310) 398-9204 (TDD).

Latinos & Technology Conference

Thursday, November 7th, 2002 8:30a.m.-5:30p.m.
The Los Angeles Convention Center

The conference will feature five concurrent workshop tracks — business, education, public policy, youth and nonprofit community-based organizations, which will include panel discussions or presentations on: Doing Business with the Government (procurement), What is eBusiness and What Can It Do For Your Business, How to Use the Internet for Your Business, Education & Technology Issues at Various Government Levels, Best Practices and Model Educational Technology Programs, Digital Divide: Overview of Efforts at State and Federal Level, Universal Service and the Digital Divide, State Level Policy Change and How to Get There, Community Technology Center Development, Internet Tools, Funding Roundtable, Empowering Our Youth and Road Map to College, and Women In Technology.

For more information, see

Santa's Little Helper: Games, Games & Assistive Technology
Wednesday, November 20th 6-9 p.m.
Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center, Berendo Main Conference Room, 7th Floor
3303 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. RVSP (213) 383-1300, ext. 730

Games are what capture the interest and attention of children. They provide a range of recreation, competition, role-playing, critical thinking skills and yes — even education. Current computer and home entertainment game systems present both unique challenges and opportunities for young (and not-so-young) people with disabilities. This workshop takes a look at old favorites, new challengers and some of the hottest games in development just in time for holiday shopping madness. Garik G. will showcase his best picks as well as sharing a few trade secrets.

Recommended for anyone who enjoys games and wants more. Seating is limited to the first 50 reservations.

CTOC 3rd Annual Holiday Gathering
Thursday, December 5th
Save the date for the Computer Technology Organizing Consortium's 3rd Annual Holiday Gathering. Come share some holiday cheer and reconnect with colleagues in Community Technology at this networking event. For information, see or contact