News from DAC NW

Grocery shopping can be a problem when you have to push the car and your wheelchair at the same time, especially if your hands don’t grip very well. Hand baskets don’t seem to carry much at all. So that led DAC employees to do some searching for an accessible way to get ...

News from LINC

The YAC is youth driven and will provide opportunities to have young voices heard. Youth are an important part of removing barriers and creating lasting impact for Idaho today, tomorrow and for generations to come. Make a DIFFERENCE!!! They are looking for new members, ages ...

News from NW ADA Center – Idaho

There is still plenty of confusion over the subject of service animals. The most popular questions I get asked are: What qualifies as a service animal? Only dogs are recognized as service animals under titles II and III of the ADA. They must be trained to do work or perform ...

Access to Outdoors Helps Parks Become Accessible

Elsie Lake boulder reset It was official last June that the Elsie Lake restroom in Shoshone County was made fully accessible. Sometimes it’s just the simplest things that become barriers. Previously large boulders were placed around the restroom to protect it from ...

Technology for Independent Living

The Dring Smart Cane This might strike you as a rather kooky item and perhaps part of the things that don’t need to be smart. But this isn’t a step tracker that syncs with your smart phone – it’s a safety device. People who use canes are, naturally, often physically ...

Links Worth Sharing

  Scuba diving has shown numerous advantages as a social and physical rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities, allowing them to interact in a near weightless state, where barriers that exist on land disappear in water when given the right equipment and training. ...

A.T. SPOTLIGHT

As many may know, Assistive Technology (AT) can be invaluable to people with disabilities. Unfortunately, AT is sometimes too expensive, not covered by insurance or the wait is too long to obtain the items. Because of this, several programs statewide offer equipment loaner ...

TIDBITS

QUOTES TO MAKE YOU THINK! “Bathrooms are simply not designed for any but the extremely fit and stable. While most bathtubs are comfortable enough once inside, the getting in and out is always extremely difficult. And for 20 years I have never complained or thought I had the ...

Vicki Leeper

Letter from the Editor

A few years ago I came across the virtual exhibit put together by the Smithsonian Institute about the history of people with disabilities in America. A product of the public school system in California in the 60’s and 70’s, I can’t say I had much exposure to disability. In ...

News from LIFE, Inc.

People with Disabilities Vulnerable to Abuse Abuse is a serious threat to many individuals with disabilities. Research in the area of abuse against persons with disabilities is alarming as researchers document that individuals with disabilities are more likely to be abused ...