Spokane dedicates new ballfield for kids with disabilities

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26, 2016, 6 P.M. By Thomas Clouse tomc@spokesman.com(509) 459-5495 A dream to honor the late father of Major League great Cal Ripken Jr. converged Wednesday with the legacy of Otto Zehm as Spokane officials gathered in the rain to dedicate a new baseball ...

Quality Care No Matter Where

Freedom means a person should be able to live where they want and choose what they want to do and when they want to do it. Simple enough description but for many it is a fight, and one they are in danger of losing. For Lewiston resident Bill Rybarczyk, these are the ...

Wheelchair users find navigating Lewiston’s streets hazardous to health

On an all-too-regular basis, John Tribe puts his life in the hands of others. Two years ago, the 59-year-old Lewiston Orchards resident found himself needing to use a wheelchair due to foot problems brought on by diabetes. The experience has been difficult. But it’s ...

DAC Receives Grant from Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

MOSCOW, ID – Disability Action Center NW received a $17,500.00 grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for providing access to ramps in the Palouse region. This Quality of Life grant will help to support the Ramp Up WA-Idaho program in collaboration with ...

Paving the Way for Better Access

Woman makes most of being a chair user by raising awareness for those with disabilities By BRIAN WALKER/Staff Writer POST FALLS — To see the world through Jessica Workman’s eyes, you’d have to be in a wheelchair navigating broken-up sidewalks, dodging spray from ...

SPD Honored for Helping Disabled Veteran

People are people, and when someone, like Sandpoint Police Chief Corey Coon and City Administrator Jennifer Stapleton, step up to ensure that is the case, they deserve to be recognized, said Mark Leeper, executive director of Disability Action Center NW. In recognition of ...

Disabled Vet Secures New Chance for Guide Dog

A local veteran is closer than ever to a positive outcome thanks to the help of Sandpoint resident and advocate, Cecelia Myers. She and Bill Yeager, a disabled vet in desperate need of a service dog, recently received confirmation from Leader Dogs for the Blind of Rochester ...

Nationwide Caregiver Shortage Felt Here

 A new federal labor rule that was heralded as a victory for home health workers has aggravated a severe shortage of caregivers, disrupting care for our most vulnerable residents. Agencies that employ home care workers have to limit hours to avoid paying overtime, because ...

Mobile home park resident encounters surprise costs of moving

Virgil Edwards has labored to make his manufactured home comfortable and attractive. He put long hours into the landscaping and whimsical decor, and figured it was worth something – a few thousand dollars, at least – as he prepared to move on. But Edwards, 66, was ...

Advocates Pursue Guide Dog for Blind Veteran

Although veteran Bill Yeager is still walking solo with the help of his white cane, he may have another chance for a guide dog if advocates Cecilia and Don Myers, and the City of Sandpoint have any say in the matter. In April, Yeager, who is legally blind after suffering a ...