James Pickard

GUEST EDITOR

     Hello Americans and others from around the world, tis I, the one armed bandit burning up the keyboard from deep in the heart of Moscow, Id, gateway to the Idaho panhandle. I know it’s been a while since my last article, but I’ve been busy with other tasks. Yea…I know ...

2018 GERBER BABY

 This year’s Gerber baby is a young boy with Down Syndrome. The iconic baby food company has chosen Lucas Warren, 18 months, as its “spokesbaby.” The Dalton, GA boy was chosen from more than 140,000 entries. Lucas is the first child with a disability to receive the Gerber ...

NEWS FROM DAC

A NOVICE DECIPHERS BRAILLE By Miriam Hertz      A while back our Executive Director ask, “What do our DAC Brailed business cards really say?” We knew what they should say.  We also knew that Braille is composed of raised dots in a 6-cell format that can be read by some blind ...

NEWS FROM THE NW ADA CENTER – IDAHO

  Aging is the demographic shift that is without a doubt the strongest, least cyclical and most important trend in the market. The global population of people aged 60 and older was 962 million last year. Those numbers are projected to increase to 2.1 billion by 2050. Most ...

NEWS FROM LIFE INC

The RespectAbility Guide to Inclusion in the Entertainment Industry While one-in-five people have a disability, fewer than two percent of scripted television characters (15 people) have disabilities. And most are played by actors without disabilities. With Hollywood striving ...

NEWS FROM LINC

How I Became an Independent Youth by Aerius Franklin      When you’re a young adult, you can feel like you don’t relate to anything. We hear “you are too young” or “you haven’t experienced life yet.” It used to be very unsettling to me, because how could my elders and ...

TECHNOLOGY FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING

Meet the Smartchairs    Autonomous vehicle technology. Self-compensating drive control. Predictive maintenance apps. A virtual seating coach. All of these things are happening now in wheelchair technology and they are transforming our mobility, health and independence. These ...

Technology Transforms Lives of Seniors with Disabilities

    Over 25 percent of American seniors aged between 65 and 75, and 50 percent of over 75s, live with some form of a disability. People with disabilities experience all kinds of barriers every day, but this can become even more apparent the older we get. Technology, however, ...

LINKS WORTH SHARING

Cinco de Mayo is observed on May 5 and celebrates the defeat of the French Army during the Battle of Puebla in Mexico on May 5, 1862. It is not actually Mexico’s Independence Day. It is a day to celebrate the culture, achievements and experiences of people with a Mexican ...

Tips for Making Extra Income While In Recovery

     Parents who struggle with substance abuse problems often find themselves caught between the need to get treatment for addiction and the need to provide for their children. Parental responsibilities can hinder getting the help you need. Above all, you need to focus on ...