December 2016

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Vicki Leeper

Letter From the Editor

I have helped with Career Mentoring Day for several years now. This year was particularly enjoyable. Personally, I got to help the day feel special for our youth, you know, cool name tags, fun giveaways, nice décor, flashy certificates. And then I receive my assignment of ...

Yes It’s Hard to Give Up Your Guide Dog Puppy

Every guide dog puppy raiser gets asked, “Is it hard to give them up?” The answer is an emphatic yes! Guide dog puppy raiser Amie Chapman says that after 12 years and 15 puppies, it doesn’t get any easier. Her recent pup, Patrick, was one of the hardest goodbyes to do. But ...

News From DAC NW

By Guest Editor Davi Kallman “What do we want? Independence. When do we want it? NOW!” These are the words that could be heard throughout the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. The synchronous chant could be heard between the slot machines and card tables, it was ...

News From LIFE Inc.

U.S. ‘Not There Yet’ on Mental Health Parity Millions of people who suffer from mental illness or addiction are not getting the treatment they need. It is more difficult for Americans to find psychiatrists and mental health therapists who participate in their health ...

News from the Northwest ADA Center – Idaho

The Justice Department today announced an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title III regulation to further clarify a public accommodation’s obligation to provide appropriate auxiliary aids and services for people with disabilities.  The final rule provides that public ...

3 Great Resources for Disability Friendly Home Improvements

   Modifying your home to accommodate a disability can range wildly in price. Anything from $200 to $20,000 can be the cost for these improvements. With a range like that, it can be difficult to budget for the necessary modifications. It takes plenty of research to ...

Little-Known Job Options for Seniors with Disabilities

Retirement can be a great time for relaxing, trying something new, and spending time with friends and family. But for many seniors living on a fixed income, it can also mean finding a part-time job, and that can be difficult for people of a certain age, especially if they ...

Technology for Independent Living

Apple’s new Accessibility Website uses video to show assistive technology in action The new redesigned website shows Apple’s assistive tech in action with short 30-second videos. This technology is changing the lives of people with disabilities around the globe, enhancing ...

Links Worth Sharing

  Advances in technology have allowed for many new driving controls to become available. If you’re ready to get back behind the wheel, there are many conversion kits that get you on the road safely. Check out Ride Away Mobility.   Many people with disabilities are ...

TIDBITS

  Toy Store for Children with Autism Spectrum Toy Store recently opened for business in Chicago, IL. Owned by a behavior therapist with a master’s degree in Special Education, Jamilah Rahim saw a need for this kind of toy store. In addition to selling sensory toys, ...