February 2021

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Idaho Independent Living Newsletter – February 2021

Fred Riggers (1942-2016) was an avid hunter, snowmobiler and active in his community in Nez Perce in the Jaycees, Lions, and volunteer fire department. Fred’s life changed with the loss of his sight 25 years ago and a new chapter began. He moved to Boise and became an ...

From the Editor

Aging & Disability Adjusting to the ailments and disabilities that come with aging can be a difficult transition. It’s easy to obsess over what we have lost, and give in to the mind set of “Oh well, this is what it’s like getting older.” And although you can’t go back in ...

News from DAC NW

DAC NW offers Fun & Games Staying connected right now, meeting new friends, and interacting with your peers is difficult right now. DAC NW offers a number of opportunities each month for fun and games. Spokane Youth hosts a Virtual Game Night every month. They play a ...

News from NW ADA Center – Idaho

We enjoy a diversity of landscapes in Idaho. A trip around the state reveals a dizzying choice of recreation opportunities among forested mountains, urban parks and suburban greenways. Given these opportunities, it is not surprising that Idahoans want to get outdoors. ...

News from LINC, Inc

New Rules for Service Animals on Airplanes     On December 10, 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a final rule to amend the Department’s Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) regulation on the transport of service animals by air carriers. The effective date for ...

News from LIFE

COVID is 10 Times more Deadly for People with Down Syndrome While Covid-19 fills most people with dread, for those with Down syndrome (DS), it can make you especially vulnerable to respiratory viruses. They are dealing wit a stacked deck against them in terms of dealing with ...

My Dyslexia Story

   I was born and raised in Spokane and come from a family of 9 kids. I have an amazing husband of 36 years, two kids, and two grandkids. But the biggest thin I want you to know about me is I am a 59 year old who has struggled with dyslexia all my life. […]

The Right of Idaho Representatives to Accommodations

   On July 26, 1990, President George Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. An iconic image from that time shows a group of demonstrators abandoning their wheelchairs and crawling up the steps of the US Capitol. Their actions graphically demonstrate ...

News from Self-Directed Personal Assistant Services

Recognize and Stop Elder Abuse Elder abuse is a big problem in the United States that has escalated during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the National Council on Aging, as many as 5 million seniors are victims of abuse each year, but this crime is significantly ...

News from Idaho SILC

Economic Impact Payments Many American’s received the $600 Economic Impact Payment last month (or will be receiving it) and there is a possibility now of another check being sent out. While this may be a welcome relief to many, it can also be a source of stress for others ...

Technology for Independent Living

Tattoos for Health Scientists have developed a way to tattoo the skin with a fluid that changes color as certain properties in the blood spike or decline. The different dyes in the fluid react with elements in a person’s metabolic system. The tattoos change colors as the ...

Links Worth Sharing!

  Join us on February 9th as we celebrate National Pizza Day! It’s hard to imagine that before World War II, pizza was little known outside of Italy. This cheesy disc went from a niche cultural meal to the star of the show anywhere it turns up! Let’s hear it for pizza! ...

Timely Tidbits!

Quotes to make you think! “Inclusion is not a program. Inclusion is a mindset. It is the way we treat others and the way they treat us. Inclusion is the opportunity to learn together and from one another.” ~ Lisa Friedman, reporter NYT   Big News! Oscar winner Marlee ...