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Celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act by Raising Awareness!
How Has the ADA Helped You!
Share Your ADA Story!
 
   At New Horizons Un-Limited we honor the activism and effort of the committee and volunteers 
   Who Designed and Built the First Accessible Camping Cabins in the Wisconsin State Parks! 1990-1991
   Mirror Lake State Park!
 
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 Giving to others in small or large ways will return to us 10 fold.

When we give of ourselves, we inevitably find ourselves on the receiving end as well.
This relationship allows us to enjoy one another's company, another's amazing thought processes, morality, wellness of spirit and overall goodness. 
Giving something of yourself to family and friends or to your caregiver can also give much more back in return. 
Asking your friend most sincerely, "How is Your day going?" allows you to show you care.

Care about someone else, more than you do yourself and You stop thinking about your own life and hear about others.
 It opens yourself to new possibilities, new experiences.

Volunteering may not be something you can even imagine doing yet, but there are many ways to share our time and talents with others in our community; we help make our planet a better, happier place and make life easier for all.

You can make a difference when someone or something needs help!

If you would like to join our NHU Volunteer Network, check out the many ways you can help others in the NHU community.
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Autism Parenting Magazine is offering a free issue of the magazine on their website.

Visit the following link if you are interested:
https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/
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Education / Re: Scholarships for students with disabilities
« Last post by NHU Community Friend on May 31, 2017, 08:35:16 AM »
The following were shared by Alana,

Financial Aid for College Students with Disabilities from Learn How to Become offers a comprehensive list of scholarships for students with autism, learning disability and ADHD as well as other financial aid resources and advice.


Graduate School Success For Students with Disabilities by Go Grad, lists scholarships categorized by disability, navigating graduate school with a disability and other funding resources.
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Education / Re: Share a great Education resource
« Last post by NHU Community Friend on May 31, 2017, 06:51:09 AM »
Thank you to Alana for sharing the following education resources:

Thanks so much for getting back to me! I think it's great what your
organization is doing. I revisited your site today and reflected on
which resources would be a good fit for you and the folks who use your
site.  Here's what I came up with:
 
Financial Aid and College Resources:
http://www.gograd.org/resources/students-with-disabilities/
http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/college/financial-aid-for-students-with-disabilities/
 
Schools:
http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/college/
http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/affordable-colleges-with-high-returns/
http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/affordable-colleges-for-students-with-disabilities/
 
Understanding the ADA:
https://www.moneygeek.com/careers/resources/workers-with-disabilities-and-ada/
 
Support for Teens:
http://www.uwec.edu/Counsel/pubs/selfhelp/selfesteem.htm
http://www.lighthouseguild.org/programs-services/education/support-for-parents-of-children-with-visual-impairments/tele-support-groups-teens/
 
I included the pages about colleges and remote learning opportunity
because individuals with disabilities may find it attractive to attend a
school that's flexible -- whether partially online, or wholly so. One of
the sites, Learn How to Become, has a really good page with financial
aid resources for students with disabilities. Because the cost of
college can be a major concern, I included a couple pages with lists of
affordable colleges, followed by a college guide for students with
disabilities.
 
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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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