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"Together, we must remove the physical barriers we have created and the social barriers that we have accepted. For ours will never be a truly prosperous nation until all within it prosper."

--President H.W. Bush at the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act


Former President H.W. Bush is right. Our country is built on all, young and old, from any background or nationality having a chance at the American dream. This includes those with disabilities of any kind.

Knowingly or not we have made it difficult for those with disabilities to prosper in our great nation. The measure of prosperity should not be how rich the few are, but how happy, and prosperous our many citizens are at any given time.

Breaking down social barriers is difficult and can take time and understanding. We as a nation must try and must prevail over the injustices this nation has in front of us. This is not a small task. We must find common ground and do what is right by all of the nation and help each other become prosperous in our lives and endeavors.

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Awareness / 10 things the world can learn from people with disabilities
« on: December 17, 2018, 08:19:33 AM »
10 things the world can learn from  people with disabilitiesRead this article from Huffington Post at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tiffiny-carlson/lessonspeople-with-disabilities-_b_4577337.html

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People have worked hard to ensure that people with disabilities are not discriminated against in life. 
Liberty or Freedom has a price, the price is Responsibility.

You  can be a part of this awareness and advocacy, in simple ways and larger.
 
Each time we ask another for a common courtesy, or explain to someone how we wish to be treated because of a disability,
each time we ask for respect, request an accessible way into a venue, we are teaching awareness about disability. 

When we use an accessible venue over an inaccessible one, when we purchase assistive and adaptive technology,
when we file a complaint, tell our story to an organization or a legislator, participate in a legislation day or protest,
we are advocating for people with disabilities.

If you do not share, we will not be heard. 

Together we can find a common voice for all those with disabilities and their families. 

Make it a part of your life to do what you can do!

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Do you like to write?  New Horizons Un-Limited is looking for volunteers to Research and Write on Disability Resources, Personal Experiences, or Hobbies.  Go to our NHU Volunteer Network at http://www.new-horizons.org/volnet.html

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Employment / Have you considered volunteering?
« on: December 17, 2018, 07:52:58 AM »
Not all of us will find employment.  Have you considered volunteering?
It may be that your disability requires too much from you and you are unable to be consistent with the time needs of a job.  Consider volunteering for a local non-profit organization, church or synagogue or tutor or mentor children at a local school.

If you know of a job that you want and you have requested an interview but have not been able to get an interview or a chance to show what you can do, ask the company if they will consider allowing you to volunteer or to do a volunteer workshop. 



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Treat people with respect for their common humanity.  How ever you interpret their social standing, treat people as equals. 

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Finances / How many of us plan for disability in our lives?
« on: December 17, 2018, 07:20:10 AM »
Disability is a subject you many read about in the newspaper, but not think of as something that might actually happen to you, but your chances of becoming disabled are probably greater than you realize.  Studies show that just over 1 in 4 of today's 20 year-olds will become disabled before reaching age 67.
While we spend a great deal of time working to succeed in our jobs and careers, few of us think about ensuring that we have a safety net to fall back on should we or a family member become disabled.  We need to be more aware that this is threat to long term financial well being.  Do you have a financial plan for disability your life?

This is an are where Social Security becomes valuable to each of us.  (Citation from Social Security:  https://www.ssa.gov/planners/disability/index.html

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Safety / Re: How to Make the World Safer for People with Disabilities
« on: December 17, 2018, 06:59:52 AM »
Check on neighbors and friends with disabilities on a regular basis. 

If they are shut-in, offer to pick up items they may need before heading out to a store or pharmacy.


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Safety / Re: How to Make the World Safer for People with Disabilities
« on: December 16, 2018, 09:14:23 PM »
Prevent abuse and bullying of people with disabilities.



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Safety / Re: How to Make the World Safer for People with Disabilities
« on: December 16, 2018, 09:12:52 PM »
Teach disability etiquette to the next generation.

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Safety / How to Make the World Safer for People with Disabilities
« on: December 16, 2018, 09:11:15 PM »
Ensure access for people with disabilities. 

Remove barriers both structural and societal to people with disabilities.

Encourage access by providing more than information but extend a welcome to people with disabilities.

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Awareness / Re: Building awareness-Disability Etiquette
« on: December 16, 2018, 08:59:55 PM »
Disability Awareness - teach people and children disability etiquette, teach the next generation how to see past disability
to the person.
Visit Disability Etiquette on Disabled World at https://www.disabled-world.com/disability/awareness/disability-etiquette.php

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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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