Efforts underway to address direct care worker shortage

Providers of direct care services are mobilizing to address a concerning, and challenging, shortage of Idaho workers. Direct care workers assist the elderly and those who have physical or mental disabilities — and qualify to reside in an institution or assisted living ...

Leeper: ‘Medically exempt’ doesn’t outweigh risk

By Garrett Cabeza, Daily News staff writer, Feb 10, 2021 Some people are medically exempt from wearing a face covering, but the Americans with Disabilities Act does not require businesses to provide customers full access to their establishment if he or she poses a direct ...

Disability Action Center joins statewide advocacy

Disability Action Center NW, based in Moscow, is joining a statewide advocacy promotion for Fred Riggers Day at the Idaho State Capitol. This year the promotion is virtual and will last three months. Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Tuesday read a Disability Awareness Day ...

A helping hand for college students with autism

UI’s Raven Scholars Project continues to be key resource during pandemic, migration to online learning. Fluorescent lights and computers buzz like wasps. Every scratch of a pencil, every scrape of a chair against the floor, every click of a mouse, adds another level of ...

Moscow nonprofit joins lawsuit against state Legislature

By Garrett Cabeza, Daily News staff writer     Jan 16, 2021 Updated Jan 16, 2021 Disability Action Center Northwest in Moscow joined a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court against the Idaho Legislature, House Speaker Scott Bedke and Senate Pro Tempore Chuck Winder over ...

Disability center named outstanding nonprofit

ELIZA CALLIS, Evergreen reporter November 19, 2020 Mark Leeper has dedicated the last three decades of his life to helping people with disabilities as the executive director of Disability Action Center Northwest (DAC NW). The Idaho Nonprofit Center awarded DAC NW the ...

Honoring those who help the helpers

Interlink Volunteers is known for helping seniors and disabled folks live independently in their own homes. But the local nonprofit recently singled out David Troy of Troy Insurance as one of its biggest helpers. Troy was one of several honorees from north central Idaho to ...

First-time voter at 77

Sierra McIver is an American Sign Language translator and outreach coordinator for the Idaho Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Although being an interpreter wasn’t her first career choice, it was always her fallback go to. “That was my Plan B — but I never found my ...