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 If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else.

It will spread into your work and into your life.

There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there,

you must go beyond them.

                                                                      ---------------Bruce Lee

 How open are you to starting something new? 
How often do you try something and then decide you never want to do it again? 

Staying open to new possibilities both mentally and physically gives us strength to overcome the difficulties in life. 
We can adapt, we can change.  You will be able to imagine your self expanding beyond your present limits.
No matter the time of year, be ready to try a new physical or mental activity in each new season.  Take a class, read a new book or be more adventurous  such as camping, hiking, golf, fishing, sailing, skiing, painting, knitting, learning a new language, learning sign language or just about anything that interests you the most. 

If you think you may need some assistance, there are many adaptive sports and arts programs to help you get started.
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 Gratitude, a first step towards happiness
Being grateful may seem simple to some of us, but to others it can seem like a chore. 

We might go an entire day, or week, or maybe even a month or more, focusing on all that's "wrong" and forget to take stock of what's "right."
 
The idea of being and feeling grateful is something for the long run. 

According to an article in a special mindfulness issue of Time Magazine, gratefulness can make you happier and healthier,
 help you have better relationships and be nicer, and in general, just make the world a better place.

And, there's plenty of evidence supporting this.  Just listen to the science behind gratefulness...

To READ MORE, visit our blog written by Scott U., Edited by Lori P. at https://newhorizonsunlimited.wordpress.com/2017/04/05/gratitude-a-first-step-towards-happiness/

I've recognized that being grateful means finding the best in every situation, looking for the good in life,
and focusing on what you can control.

There is no trickery or voodoo magic with being grateful, it is just a changing of your attitude toward life.
There is no shortcut to take, but the process is easy and the results are a positive attitude and a happy life....

Will you give gratitude a try today?
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Thought for the Month! / March 2017 - The Quest for Independence!
« Last post by NHU Community Friend on April 06, 2017, 08:59:00 AM »
 
Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage.
The human spirit grows strong by conflict.

Disability provides enough difficulties to discourage and therein is the problem, when difficulties are overwhelming. 
Parents' responsibility and protective instincts and a child's dependency can lead to a struggle for the child to develop self and self-determination.
If changes are difficult or fearful, changing and evolving toward adulthood or independence may need a person cenered approach and planning to get reach independence

For the parent/caregiver and child:
Frequently reevaluate your child's progress and ask questions about their ability to be independent.
What can you do to make their everyday tasks independent from you? 

Together set some next reachable goals.
 For the person with the disability:
As a person with a disability, try to do as much as you can on your own;

being independent is good for you and you will be able to help others find a way to be independent. 
Asking for help does not mean you are dependent.  When you need help, do not be afraid to ask for help! 

Managing when you need help and when you do not is when you become independent and the teacher,

you teach others the etiquette of disability.
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Signs and Symptoms of Mental Health Issues in African-American Youth:   A Guide for Parents is an article from iAddiction on Mental Health Issues in Youth. 
"One in ten youth has a serious mental health problem severe enough to impair functioning at home, school, and in the community. African American children in particular often face special circumstances that put them at increased risk for mental health issues. This guide is for parents of African American children who worry their child may be in a mental health crisis, or for those who simply want to be as informed as possible to prevent potential issues.  It will discuss why African American children are at increased risk, what issues they're likely to encounter and symptoms of problems, as well as ways you can help your child overcome what he's going through.  Though this can serve as a helpful starting point, it should never be used to replace professional care."
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ADD/ADHD / Several good resources on ADHD
« Last post by NHU Community Friend on February 23, 2017, 01:25:19 PM »
Hello there,
As the parent of a child living with ADHD, I am well aware of the challenges parents and children face when dealing with this type of health issue.  And while I am grateful for the resources I have found, I know many people don't have the time or ability to get the vital information they need to help parent a child with ADHD.
All the best,
Jenny
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Share a good resource for others with ADD/ADHD or for parents and caregivers
Please understand that there are many individuals that may be experiencing similar circumstances as you. Each of you may know of a resource that may help others work out solutions to their problems and questions.

Please SHARE a great  resource, whether it be an adaptive device, company, or community organization, so that everyone in the NHU Community may benefit. If each person would take a little and each person would give a little, the collective sharing of knowledge would make a significant difference for all of us.
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For links to support groups, on-line communities, information, research, books, guides, articles, news, community and internet resources and more on this disability,
visit our NHU page at ADD/ADHD  :)
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Why Long-Term Care Programs Give Me My Arms, Legs, and So Much More.
To Read More of this article click on the above title.

"Right now, with the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), legislation is being proposed to introduce Medicaid block grants. These block grants could mean cuts to programs like the ones I use to live my day to day life, as well as many other programs that so many of us rely on.

(To learn more about block grants and what it could mean for you, click here.)

If you know me, you know I'm not one to get very loud about advocacy, but now is the time to act!  Contact your representatives, share your voice, share your story.  This isn't just about budgets and taxes, this is about humanity and the right-my right-to live my life how I want and need to.  This isn't just a job, it's my life.
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You are a Citizen!

I am only one, but still I am one;
I cannot do everything, but still I can do something;
and because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do something that I can do.
- Edward E. Hale

Citizen - You are a citizen.  You have rights, the same as anyone else in the United States of America:  Life, Liberty and  the Pursuit of Happiness.
Learn your rights.  Read the laws related to disability issues.  There are laws to protect our rights to vote, to obtain education and health care, to obtain and keep employment and housing, to be able to report and find justice for abuse or obstruction,
to be able to access buildings, services and even the Internet, safely and securely.
 
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 too 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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