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The United Nations was formed for Development, Human Rights, Peace and Security for all people aroundthe world.  One of the goals of the UN is to "Leave no one behind."  This is their goal for 2030 and to take the needed steps forward they have enacted the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. 

Each year on December 3rd the UN observes IDPD and has set as the theme for 2018:  "Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality."
The UN's goals are great! No one should be left behind and a day for persons with Disabilities is encouraging.  Every December 3rd we can reflect on what we have done and what we could do.  The theme for this year of Empowering, Inclusiveness, and Equality for those who have disabilities should bring attention to the problems those with disabilities go through.
People with and without a disability are the same, we just have different obstacles to deal with which means we should all help each other as equals and friends.
We are all on this planet together and we all should try and get along together.  Look for commonalities between all the people you come into contact with and maybe the UN's goal will be met.
Visit the UN Secretary-General's message on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities
More about the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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 We Must Find The Time To Stop And Thank The People Who Make A Difference In Our Lives.
...................................................................................by John F. Kennedy

Remember to think of others and go the extra step of saying and showing you appreciate them. Thinking of and acknowledging how even those who did little things for you during the year, is a big deal, and can make the world a better place.

Appreciation is a big word and should not be taken lightly. How many times we take things for granted, especially little things. A simple thank you to a co-worker or friend can make someone's day and turn a frown into a smile.

Just remember, the little things matter just as much as the big things, and with that, Thank you for reading this post.

Read our page- People Making a Difference! and People Who Have Made a Difference!

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Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

By: Helen Keller

This quote rings as true for life as it does for the work environment. Optimism, faith, hope and confidence are great for building a great work attitude. Remember, no one will believe in you unless you believe in yourself first. Believe in yourself and get others on board, while trying new things, old things, and learning life lessons along the way. This will all lead to achievements that no one, not even you, thought possible.

The U.S. Department of Labor is celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month"America's Workforce: Empowering All." Read More

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"Our greatest glory consists not in never falling,
 but in the rising every time we may fall."

           -- O. Goldsmith

If you don't try you will never succeed. Some of the greatest people have failed many times, but have continued to try. The more you try the more likely you are to fail, but this is not failure. Failure is in not trying something else.
Some people are not sure what they want out of life or what they want to do with their life. If you continue to try you will find many answers and gain strength with every downturn and success in life. And yes, you can have multiple things go right in your life, but you must try.

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"Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the
soul and sings the tune without the words, and
never stops at all....." 

                Emily Dickinson  (1830-1886)


Hope, we don't think about it much, but where would we be without hope when things in life overwhelm us or we are going through a tough time. It is hope for a better future that can keep us trying and give our lives meaning until we finally succeed.
Without hope what would we have? No one's life is perfect and everyone needs hope to keep us above water. With hope and effort comes success and a better future.

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"My mission in this world is to try to ensure that all people, including people with disabilities, have greater choices in and control over their lives. I believe that achieving this mission will make the world a slightly better place than it was before I got here. p. xvii"
From Wisdom From a Chair by

Andrew ("Drew") I. Batavia (June 15, 1957
Visit http://www.new-horizons.org/adfhst.html#Batavia

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"Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear,
  but around in awareness."

     --James Thurber
As one becomes more aware of others, we develop more understanding.Make the world a better place, volunteer to assist others, help each other in our daily lives.

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"To try when there is little hope is to risk failure;
  not to try at all is to guarantee it."

            --Anonymous
10 things the world can learn from people with disabilities


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tiffiny-carlson/lessonspeople-with-disabilities-_b_4577337.html

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"I believe there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright."

 -Henry David Thoreau (Author, Naturalist, on the therapeutic effects of Nature)
   
New! Accessible! Nature Explore Classroom!

We are excited to announce this week's groundbreaking for the Richard Bong State Recreation Area,
(Kenosha County, WI) and the Bong Naturalist Association (BNA),
who are raising funds to install a Nature Explore Classroom (NEC).
Hoping to disconnect kids from electronics and grant opportunities
that may not otherwise be available, the NEC will assist kids to develop
an appreciation of nature, science, art and music and a lifelong passion for nature activities.

There is growing evidence children's mental and emotional health is enhanced through nature.
Unstructured outdoor play helps children develop gross and fine motor skills, spatial, logical,
focused thinking and problem-solving skills, which help children of all ages, abilities and
sensitivities.

Do you know an individual or group that would benefit from the Nature Explore Classroom? 
Please let them know about this new accessible nature opportunity!

The BNA is still looking for help and donations. Workdays will be held this spring.
A fundraising Open House will be held on Saturday, June 2 from 10am-Noon.
Do you know a scout group, class group or others who might like to get involved with the project? 
For more information, visit the bongnaturalistassociation.org


Read More about Accessible Outdoor Resources, visit new-horizons.org/prrc18.html.

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'Obviously, because of my disability, I need assistance. But I have always tried to overcome the limitations of my condition and lead as full a life as possible. I have traveled the world, from the Antarctic to zero gravity." - Stephen Hawking,  1942-2018 -

We pay tribute to Stephen Hawking who passed away this month.  He was a British born theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and was Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge.

He did groundbreaking work in physics and cosmology and his books have helped to make science accessible to everyone.

Stephen was diagnosed with ALS, a form of Motor Neurone Disease, shortly after his 21st birthday.  He used  a computerized communication device and a wheelchair and continued his life with family, work, scientific discoveries and travel and public lectures.
He used humor often in his lectures and conversations and is quoted as saying,
"Keeping an active mind has been vital to my survival, as has been maintaining a sense of humor."

"My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn't prevent you doing well, and don't regret the things it interferes with. Don't be disabled in spirit as well as physically."

   
 

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This is a thought from 2014 that has meaning again this year!

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.
- Swedish Proverb

The Groundhog comes out of his burrow once a year to check out the situation.  If he see his shadow, the 
prediction is there will be six more weeks of winter!  Ugh! 

As winter toils on for six more weeks this winter, we are all rather tired.  It is sapping our strength and robbing us of our optimism.  This is what constant worry can do to us too!

And worry unchecked can make more worries and just like winter lead us to depression and debilitation.
Certainly, if you are consumed with worry, take time to see a therapist.
Don't let worry make more worries.

Here are some self-help tips to keep worries like winter at bay!

Determine if your worry is truly 'real.'  Is there a true threat to you or are there many ifs to your worry?
What can you accomplish by worrying? Will time be able to change this worry?

What can you do right now to alleviate this worry?  The longer you take to take action, the more time you may spend worrying.
Talk your worry over with a trusted family member,  friend or professional.  People may be able to help you see what to do or how to handle your situation.

Write down your worry and your strategy to act.  Journaling or putting your thoughts into words may clarify your situation.

Last of all, try to look on the bright side of any situation, no matter how difficult.  For instance, our attitude toward winter can go along way to help us through it.  Thinking about how we might enjoy the cooler temperatures or the beauty of the snow,  rather than the burden of it, can lift our spirits in the winter.

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow,  it only saps today of its joy.  - Leo Buscaglia

Keep your Worries in Perspective,  Find Joy in Your Living and Stay Warm!

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Housing / Adult Family Homes
« on: March 01, 2018, 02:19:31 PM »
Visit our NHU Resource page for Group Homes

Do you know of a great adult family home? We would like to hear from you!  Share your review that others may find assistance in their search for a great home.


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Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy!

"We must accept finite disappointment,
but never lose infinite hope."


"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."


-- Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World

We cannot stress enough  - Oppose discrimination and oppression!

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Alzheimer's Disease / News and Information on Alzheimer's Disease
« on: December 11, 2017, 09:28:00 AM »
For more Information and resources on Alzheimer's Disease visit our NHU page Information About Alzheimer's Disease

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"though our circumstances may change (Any one of us could become disabled tomorrow) our rights and opportunities must never change."  John Kerry, on asking the Senate to ratify the U.N. Convention
on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

We thought this was worth repeating in recognition of the U.N.  International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
Now we are faced in this country with the onslaught of the reduction of business tax incentives to create access and remove barriers and elimination of   tax credits for hiring people with disabilities, veterans and other groups.  These tax incentives and credits are good for business and create a free society.

We need people with disabilities in leadership roles and to make your voice heard!  Call your representatives and senators!  See our Advocacy Alerts!

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