May Interstate Connections Newsletter

MAY IS FOR MENTAL HEALTH Giving compassion with passion. Showing and receiving compassion can look and feel different from person to person.  One thing is for certain; compassion is contagious! Let’s offer compassion widely, to our neighbors and to ourselves, with passion.

From the Editor

Gardening for Mental Health May is Mental Health Awareness month and one of the things that works best for me is gardening. Turns out there is science behind it. It’s a Mycobacterium vaccae bacteria found in the soil that humans ingest or inhale when they spend time in ...

News from DAC NW

Accessible Community Garden A lot of communities have a community garden space for locals to rent and grow their own food. But many are not accessible to someone with a physical disability. We know that a healthy lifestyle includes fresh fruits and vegetables, activity in ...

News from LINC

Partnering with Local Business Over the past several years, LINC has participated in the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Boise (LB) program. We send a member of our staff to Leadership Boise to learn more about our business community and make new connections. As a ...

News from INDEx

SELF-DETERMINATION AND THE DIGNITY OF RISK By Erin Zerba Self-determination and dignity of risk play an important part in living an independent life, but what do these concepts mean? Having self-determination means making your decisions about what happens in your own life, ...

News from LIFE, Inc

HOMEFRONT PROGRAM Homefront is an evidence-based NAMI Family-to-Family program designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends of active duty military service members and veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) ...

News from NW ADA Center – Idaho

More than ever, now, during, and as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is vital that employers understand their obligations under the ADA to provide reasonable accommodations to any employee that might have a disability. A disability can be a physical condition or a ...

News from Self-Directed PAS Care

Making the Bathroom a Safer Place The bathroom is where the majority of falls- many of which cause serious injury that require a trip to the hospital – occur. Most people with disabilities could benefit from equipment that helps them bathe and use the toilet safely. ...

News fro Idaho SILC

Independent living can be considered a movement, a philosophy, or specific programs. In the context of ACL, independent living programs are supported through funding authorized by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (The Act). Title VII, chapter 1 of the Act states ...

Mental Health Benefits of Independence for People with Disabilities

Many people with disabilities (PWDs) struggle to manage all their affairs independently. They rely on the support of family members, friends, or caregivers to help them complete household chores, personal care, employment, social interactions, and community participation. ...