Vicki Leeper

FROM THE EDITOR

You may notice a new look to the newsletter this month. No one I know would call me “techie.” In fact I didn’t really do anything with computers until a decade ago. But necessity requires it today. Some of it makes a lot of sense. By creating content for social media that is ...

A NEW SERVICE ANIMAL VIDEO IS COMPLETE!

This past summer, an opportunity to prepare a video on the importance of service dogs helping those with PTSD presented itself. We brought in veterans Louis Belluomini and Naithan McKinney to hear their stories of how a service dog changed their life, and the importance of ...

NEWS FROM DAC NW

When Troop 460 called and said they could use DAC’s expertise in helping with their merit badge we jumped at the chance. Working with today’s youth assures a continued interest in Independent Living for the future. A complicated subject to really cover in a short time, it ...

NEWS FROM NW ADA CENTER – IDAHO

As the subject of disability inclusion in the workforce becomes more prevalent, let’s take a closer look at some of the myths surrounding the hiring of people with disabilities. 1. Cost to accommodate is too exorbitant. According to national research on this topic, most ...

NEWS FROM LIFE INC

By Chris Walters   You can find dozens of “long-term disability vs short-term disability” pages on the web, but most of them are about as exciting as watching bread bake. The problem is that disability insurance, like every other financial product, can be fine ...

Technology for Independent Living

Digital Accelerator Ring Enjoy driving with both hands! DARIOS has a solution for hand controls for paraplegic drivers. A digital accelerator ring and the main hand brake allows the driver to keep both hands on the wheel. These can be installed on most vehicles with ...

LINKS WORTH SHARING

How to tie shoes one-handed using the “Ian Knot:” There are various methods of tying shoelaces with one hand. This video features a technique of pulling two loops through each other. While the one handed variation is not as fast as the two handed know, it’s hopefully ...

TIDBITS

    Quotes to make you think! “Inequality is exclusion. Exclusion is disabling, not the disability itself!” ~ Tiffany Yu     Microsoft’s speech recognition system is now as good as a human Microsoft’s speech recognition has finally reached an error ...

Vicki Leeper

From the Editor

A new study from Job Accommodation Network (JAN) shows that the benefits employers receive from making workplace accommodations far outweigh the low cost. They are able to retain valuable employees, improve productivity and morale, reduce workers comp costs, and improve ...

Why it Matters To You

An increasing number of companies are opting to try out their driverless vehicles in retirement communities on specific routes, rather than our on regular roads that are busier and faster, and present more hazards. And “Autonomous shuttles” was one of the top responses in a ...