August 2020

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Idaho Independent Living Newsletter

Don’t assume you can freely assist someone with a disability. Ask permission before touching the person or their wheelchair. Treat a wheelchair as an extension of a person’s body. If you wouldn’t put your hand on that person’s shoulder, then don’t put your hand on their ...

Vicki Leeper

From the Editor

You are a person with a disability and you fall into a hole… Doctor: Can you keep a diary of your experience in the hole? Local Authority: sorry we don’t have enough money for a ladder. Charity: Here’s a form. Fill it out to get on a waiting list for a ladder. Family member: ...

News from DAC NW

DAC Celebrates with ADA Fun & Games! Staff at DAC NW offices have come up with some fun ways to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. You can contact your closest office to pick up a free mask for our Mask Up for the ADA decorating ...

News from Northwest ADA Center – Idaho

On July 26, 1990, under the hot summer sun on the South Lawn of the White House, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law, banning discrimination against millions of people and requiring reasonable accommodations in schools, on ...

News from LINC Idaho

PRISON BREAK How often have you heard people talking about our “new normal”? While I am sure the phrase has the best of intentions to help people adjust and feel more settled, for me, I cringe. I can’t imagine our current situation as stabilizing to “normal” for me. ...

News from Life, Inc

Mental Health Resources Because we are managing the tasks of daily life amidst a global health pandemic and a national crisis, it is imperative that we focus individually on our mental health, show ourselves grace and compassion, and admit that it’s ok to not be ok. We can ...

Struggling to find Accessible Homes

The United States has half the number of accessible homes as households that need them. Apartment hunting is stressful. But finding a place to live that is accessible is like searching for a needle in a haystack. If you use a wheelchair you need an elevator building or a ...

Accessibility BINGO!

If you are a young person with a disability, we invite you to play Accessibility BINGO!  This is a virtual Bingo game that runs until October of 2020. You can download the Bingo card to play along. We want to make people more aware of accessibility features in their ...

Hacks for Tired People

Often times, people with disabilities deal with chronic fatigue. Fatigue is not something someone can see like a broken ankle. It’s something people have to take your word for. If you have experience with fatigue, you can try  to find the underlying cause and work with diet ...

NEWS from Idaho SILC

What? You say you don’t have a plan? Fire season gives us striking sunsets and warm winds. It increases challenges for people with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and allergies. During the Coronavirus health emergency, it may increase anxiety and ...

LINKS WORTH SHARING

Need guidance for life with a disability: stories and facts, insights and encouragement? All Things Disability is a site that offers just that, conveniently organized into categories like Veterans, Health, How-Tos, and Inspiration. News articles and real life experiences ...

Technology for Independent Living

Healthsmart Talking Blood Pressure  Monitor Many individuals have to take their blood pressure every day and report it to their doctors. What do you do if you are blind or low vision and can’t read your reading? This talking blood pressure monitor is the solution! It is ...

Timely Tidbits

Quotes to make you think! “My emotional problems subside when I’m on the piano. When I’m working on a song, I shut my emotional depressions to the side for a while, until I’m done with piano. Then they come back a little bit. It just goes away when I go to the piano.” ~ ...