Via e-mail our NHU Advocacy Alerts! Newsletters, 650 citizens with disabilities are directly connected to important National and Wisconsin disability-related advocacy action items and legislative opportunities and events as they become current.
Access Technology Initiative: Improving Computer Literacy and Access
Via our NHU Access Technology Initiative, we work to improve access for people with disabilities to otherwise unaffordable computer technology and training, thereby providing access to information, a means of communication, and many other opportunites, such as improving employment skills.
Via our NHU Computer Grant Program, over 700 individuals have received refurbished computers since 2004 and continue to receive support and computer equipment as needed or upgraded.
Over the past 10 years, we have remained in contact with more than 60 percent of our computer recipients, providing ongoing upgraded computers as needed and Help Desk phone and/or hands on technical support to every recipient, as well as, information and support via our bi-annual newsletter, Access Tech Tips, to ensure our clients may use their computers to their maximum potential. We are proud to support our Computer Grant Program recipients in our community with this ongoing commitment.
Since our program launch, we have Refurbished or Recycled over 5000 computer components extending their useful life and diverting them from landfills which benefits our natural world for future generations.
Via our NHU Employment Access program we have provided meaningful volunteer hands-on experience and training to dozens of aspiring entry - level Information Technology, Office Administration, and Marketing professionals. Students have come from local colleges, technical schools, universities, and Wisconsin Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) provider, Adonai Employment, to find experience and training.
We have provided volunteer experience and training in research and writing to dozens of on-line students aspiring to become Research or Writing professionals, as well as those interested in researching more about their disability through our Disability Research Assistant Program.
Access Information Initiative: Improving Access to Information and Support
Information and Referral
Via our NHU website and E-mail requests, we provide Information and Referral on helpful resources to people with disabilities and their families throughout the United States and abroad.
Our website offers a multitude of Disability Resources, covering such topics as disability, adaptive products and services, accessible arts, housing, employment, education, financial assistance, independent living, community support groups, accessible recreation and sports, research, transportation and safety. This global website receives more than 3 million views from several hundred thousand visitors on an annual basis.
Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and Answers receives over 10,000 visits a year assisting visitors with disabilities, their families and caregivers to find answers and solutions to their questions on various disability topics.
Via our NHU Access Arts, Culture, Recreation and Respite Initiative, we provide individuals with disabilities and their families/caregivers opportunities to experience arts, culture and recreation to enhance their lives and provide respite.
In 1990, Arthur Miller, founder of New Horizons Un-Limited, became involved with the design of the first accessible camping cabin for people with disabilities for the Wisconsin State Parks at Mirror Lake State Park, Wisconsin Dells. What followed has been two decades of designing and promoting Accessible Camping Cabins in the Wisconsin State Parks, including the concept design plans in 2001 and the last four cabins in the last decade for a total of 8 cabins. The Wisconsin Accessible Camping Cabins are filled to capacity throughout the camping season and more are needed. The opportunity to respite in the outdoors offers family members to bond in ways that may otherwise be more difficult, offers good nature therapy from life’s stresses and helps individuals with disabilities and their families to become reinvigorated, “It gives them hope for tomorrow to begin again!"
For the whole story and a list of all eight of the Accessible Camping Cabins in the Wisconsin State Parks, ... Read more.
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