UNDERNEATH IT ALL

Recent enforcement of a longtime Medicaid policy in Idaho has loved ones and caregivers of some disabled individuals up in arms. For years, a flaw in the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s electronic Medicaid claims processing system allowed pull-up protective ...

Troy man has a passion for people with disabilities

Steve Corr is a big man with a big dog and a big love for the Denver Broncos. His office manifests those things he loves; sprinklings of orange and blue point to his home state, a map of Ireland symbolizes the family bloodline. He has even tracked the royal lineage of his ...

Service Dog Star a “Shining” Example

Louis Belluomini’s life changed when he was paired with a spirited, sandy-colored service dog named Star. Sixteen months later, he’s working to change the lives of fellow veterans, medics, husbands and dads who are toughing through the effects of post-traumatic stress ...

Disability Pride

About 23 years ago, in early 1994, Lillian Gonzales Brown and I created the Institute on Disability Culture. Our mission statement, vision and purpose all fit in this statement, “Promoting pride in the history, activities, and cultural identity of individuals with ...

COAST ride service has record-breaking year

Reprinted from Moscow-Pullman Daily News By Scott Jackson Daily News staff writer Jan 18, 2018 Updated Jan 18, 2018 COAST, a public transportation service for the elderly and disabled, had a banner year in 2017, officials say. The service is the transportation division of ...

Ramp Installation in Julietta

A fairly complicated ramp was installed for a home owner in Julietta in January.  An 8′ ramp came off the porch and onto a 5’x5′ landing. The next 8′ ramp went from the platform through an ivy-draped trellis to a second 5’x5′ platform. And ...

Life with a Disability

Everybody keeps asking me what my future holds and what I plan on doing with myself and this life. As much as I try to come up with some socially acceptable answer, all I can say is I don’t know. I don’t know what’s next and I don’t know how I’m going to get there. […]

The Process of Getting a New….Leg!

   Today I thought I’d write for you about something I get asked about a lot; what happens when I need a new prosthetic leg. An appointment day starts by getting in to a patient transport ambulance provided by my local council for disabled people to get to and from hospital ...

Volunteers install ramps

Residents were given a chance to have more accessible homes, as well as a more convenient way to the outside world, with free ramp installments throughout the community. The Disability Action Center NW received a $17,500 grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation ...

Grant allows residents to receive ramps for no charge

By Kara McMurray, Daily News staff writer Oct 14, 2017 Betty Westergreen sat in the corner of her back door entry Friday, smiling as she watched volunteers install a ramp leading off her back porch and into her driveway. “It’s going to be really nice, I ...