June 2020

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Idaho Independent Living Newsletter – June

Accessibility matters because we, people with disabilities, want to use the web. Working towards an inclusive web helps us achieve that goal. It’s simply “good business”.

Mark Leeper - CEO

Guest Editor…

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) released an emphatic message of solidarity in support of people of color. DREDF is one of the oldest and most impactual disability rights organizations, was a major force behind the passage of the Americans with a ...

News from DAC NW

Maintaining Service Dog Training “Half the work of keeping a service dog trained is tricking them into thinking things are a certain way.”    This is what I tend to tell people after denying their request to pet my dog. It tends to get the best responses from the public and ...

News from Northwest ADA Center – Idaho

Do you or a loved one live in a nursing home or assisted living facility? Are you (or they) on Medicaid? If you said “yes” to both, please read on and prepare to get mad. Some facilities are trying to take the COVID relief stimulus payments intended for residents on ...

News from LINC

Meet with Us Virtually!     As we grow accustomed to our new reality, here at LINC we are making adjustments as well.  Our staff is continuing to find new ways to interact with consumers. We host Community Connections using Zoom and the telephone. We have different sessions ...

News From LIFE, Inc.

A fresh round of stimulus checks for people with disabilities are part of the new relief bill that faces an uncertain future. The bill known as the Heroes Act, or H.R. 6800, pass the U.S. House of Representatives May 12th and now is in the Senate. Although unlikely to be ...

Making Sense of Things when our Senses don’t make Sense

Have you ever met someone who seemed angered by the sound of your chewing? Have you ever been deeply irritated by the sound of someone’s breathing? Strong negative reactions to ordinary sounds that people make is called Misophonia. Misophonia is one of many conditions that ...

How Technology Can Help the Job Hunt

   Are you currently out of work or thinking about making a career move? Technology can assist people with disabilities when they are on the job hunt as well as after they land the job. Whether you have physical disabilities, hearing or vision impairment, or any number of ...

News From Self-Directed Personal Assistant Services

The devastating and disproportionate rates of COVID-19 cases and deaths in institutional settings continues to be a part of the national crisis. It’s estimated that more than one in four COVID related deaths occurred in such a setting. The thread puts people with ...

News From Idaho SILC

People with Developmental Disability Have a Civil Right to Mental Health Therapy   According to a report released last year from the ANCOR Foundation, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities want and deserve the same opportunities and quality of life as ...

Links Worth Sharing

For the visually impaired, viewing the stars is hard to do. But Harvard’s Astronomy Lab can help you see the light! A new accessibility device uses sound to allow you to envision the stars. They already produce tactile maps of star systems for people to explore with their ...

Technology for Independent Living

Adjustable Exam Table A better designed adjustable height exam table that is easier on both patients and staff. Transfers at the low height of 17” and powers up to a height of 33”. It has a fully powered backrest for sitting or reclining. Grab bars make transferring easy and ...

Timely Tidbits

Quotes to make you think! “Can you imagine living in the modern world and being afraid to use the telephone? ‘Hello’ used to be hard for me to say. Those were difficult times for me. In times of difficulty or defeat, it’s easy to think that we really have no choices. That we ...