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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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Disability is a natural part of the human existence and in no way diminishes the right of persons with developmental disabilities to live independently, enjoy self-determination, make choices, contribute to society, and experience full integration and inclusion in the economic, political, social, cultural, and educational mainstream of American society.

- The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act Amendment of 1993

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The Madison Chapter of Fishing Has No Boundaries was started in July of 1995. Since that time, the event has been held annually on the 2nd full weekend in July at Governor Nelson State Park. The park is located off County Highway M on the southwest shore of beautiful Lake Mendota. 70 boats and pontoons and approximately 300 volunteers are available to provide a quality on-the-water fishing experience for anglers with disabilities.
All food and beverages are provided for the two day event, including a fish fry on Saturday night provided by Yahara Fishing Club. Entertainment is provided by a seven piece band for dancing, toe tapping, and listening.
Please register early because a strict 100 participant limit is imposed. We have ample fishing equipment for disabled anglers and welcome any and all disabilities.
 Email: fhnbmadison@gmail.com

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Adaptive Technology / Adaptive Fishing
« on: October 05, 2017, 09:12:14 AM »
Share Adaptive Fishing equipment or ideas or visit

http://www.new-horizons.org/adprec.html

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"No person is handicapped if he has the right job."

            --Michael Supa (blind psychologist hired by IBM in 1941)

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Raise awareness to the needs of people with disability for employment opportunities and the
great contributions individuals make as employees!
Visit our Press Release - 
Supporting Opportunities for People with Disabilities via Employment Training and Work Experience
Are you an employer?  Find out the advantages of hiring people with disabilities, this article debunks the negative myths.

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September is Emergency Preparedness Month

We have two guides -

 How to Prepare for an Emergency or Disaster for People with Disabilities and How to Get Help in the Aftermath
Are you prepared for emergencies?  This guide will help walk you through and plan for what your needs will be in an emergency.  There is also help for how to get help during and after a disaster.

and

How to Donate or Provide Disaster Relief Assistance for People with Disabilities
Want to help but don't know what to do?
After Katrina, relief efforts  learned what assistance is actually helpful and what assistance becomes a wasted effort and actually blocks relief efforts.   This guide offers how to give to reach people with disabilities after a disaster.

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If you Google the word "ableism" the first result to come up is: "discrimination in favor of able-bodied people (emphasis added.)"

This is much different from the definition of an other discrimination such as racism or sexism.  These are defined as prejudice, discrimination , or antagonism directed against people of said group; feeling as though you are superior to them. 
Ableist acts are often more passive and most prevalent in our day to day lives.

Read More at:  Ableism: It Starts with Your Perception

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Art / Easter Seals Art Contest
« on: September 27, 2017, 07:12:44 AM »
Easter Seals 2018 Art Contest - Deadline July 7, 2017

Objective: To secure beautiful original lily art work from which Easterseals can select six pieces that will become the 2017 Easterseals seal stamps.

http://www.easterseals.com/who-we-are/news/seals-competition.html

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Safety / Safety in the Home
« on: September 26, 2017, 10:58:48 AM »
For resources on safety in the home visit the following NHU resource pages:

 - http://www.new-horizons.org/indsaf.html - Safety in the Home, Workplace and Community
and
http://www.new-horizons.org/guisaf.html - Safety Guides

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