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"Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment sparkling like a star in our hand --melting like a snowflake."


--Sir Francis Bacon, 1561-1626


Life is short. If you have a passion for something, put aside time to do it whenever you can. Don't neglect the chores of life, because they will only make you appreciate your passion more. This will be accomplished by allowing you to see how great a joy it is to get away from the chores and do something you care about.

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"The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own."


--Benjamin Disraeli


Life's riches can come in many forms. The best of them don't cost a penny, but can be easily overlooked. Remember to appreciate and cherish all the small positives in your life and you will be happier and richer than any billionaire in the world. In fact, you could call yourself a billionaire with wealth beyond many that are purely rich by monetary means.

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Visit our NHU Blog - Diane Gillan shares her story of "Focus on ABLE within Disability."

"When disclosing that I'm disabled with having Multiple Sclerosis, I've tried to concentrate on the word "ABLE" within the term "disability."  I haven't had enough energy to continue working full-time since 2005, but I'm quite "ABLE" to work part-time as a professional writer/public relations specialist who is determined to keep challenging myself while trying to make a meaningful contribution to the world in some way. 

I'm a whole person inclusing being a part-time worker - I'm not my disease."
Read more...https://newhorizonsunlimited.wordpress.com/2021/02/26/focus-on-able-within-disability/#more-1880

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Visit our NHU Blog - Diane Gillan shares her story of "Focus on ABLE within Disability."

"When disclosing that I'm disabled with having Multiple Sclerosis, I've tried to concentrate on the word "ABLE" within the term "disability."  I haven't had enough energy to continue working full-time since 2005, but I'm quite "ABLE" to work part-time as a professional writer/public relations specialist who is determined to keep challenging myself while trying to make a meaningful contribution to the world in some way. 

I'm a whole person inclusing being a part-time worker - I'm not my disease."
Read more...https://newhorizonsunlimited.wordpress.com/2021/02/26/focus-on-able-within-disability/#more-1880

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Amanda Gordon, a 22 year old poet phenom, was invited by Jill Biden to write a poem on uniting the country for the 2021 Presidential Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at the U.S. Capitol.  Gordon,the youngest inaugural poet in US history, stole the show with her poem, "The Hill We Climb."  Gordon was encouraged to write at a young age to overcome a speech impediment.  She has done much more than overcoming, she has created a graceful and powerful message.  In her poem, she tells of her dreams and reflects the courage and strength, will and determination that she has learned to overcome barriers and offers her wisdom to our nation. Here are some excerpts from her speech.
 "We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president only to find herself reciting for one."
 "Scripture tells us to envision that 'everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree and no one shall make them afraid.'  If we're to live up to our own time, then victory won't lie in the blade but in all the bridges we've made."
 "That is the promise to glade, the hill we climb if only we dare it, because being American is more than a pride we inherit " it's the past we step into and how we repair it."
 "When day comes, we step out of the shade, aflame and unafraid. The new dawn blooms as we free it. For there is always light if only we're brave enough to see it, if only we're brave enough to be it."

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Let's Move Forward as a Nation!   We congratulate each and every one of you who voted this year!  You exercised your right to have your voice be heard,
 Issues that matter to you, do indeed matter!
Whether your candidate won or not, having the right to vote is a responsibility of freedom and democracy.

 Do YOU know what the nation voted for when Americans elected Biden for President?
 Visit 2020 Presidential Candidate Biden Plans on Disability Policies
 President Elect Biden will be open for discussion on these Disability Policies.
 Start Advocating for the policies that mean the most to you!
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  What did YOU VOTE for? COVID-19 relief and safety;
 Accessible, affordable healthcare;
 Good jobs in competitive, integrated employment;
 Affordable, accessible, and integrated housing;
 Accessible and affordable transportation and assistive technologies;
 Inclusive voting processes;
 Protection and support in emergencies such as pandemic, flood and fire;
 Needed long-term services and supports;
 A clean environment, clean air and water;
 An economy that works for everyone;
 Start Advocating for the policies that mean the most to you!

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Adaptive Technology / The Future of Assistive Technology
« on: March 08, 2021, 09:37:45 AM »
The Future of Assistive Technology

From the Future of Things website, this article defines the barriers people with disabilities
still face in a world with so much technological innovation.  We have a ways to go! 
But here are a few new technologies that still need the details worked out
but could go a long way to creating more independence for people. 
For those with visual impairments, the Internet of Things would use speech recognition through your smart phone to operate your washing machine, dishwasher
and otherwise button controlled household appliances. 
Dennis Hong is developing a car that can be driven by the blind!
A wheelchair is being developed with self-balancing technology, allowing you to travel up stairs.

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"The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon,
  but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable
  him to put the other somewhat higher."

                 --Thomas Henry Huxley--
Through grants of computers New Horizons Un-Limited provides the ladder for people with disabilities.We are very honored to enable people to reach upward and outward into the world.Visit our NHU Programs page to see more.

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"No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars,
  or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway
  for the human spirit."                 -Helen Keller-
Have you ever read more by Helen Keller?  Talk about opening a new doorway for the human spirit.She is often quoted and has such insight into advocacy for people with disabilities.
Visit more inspiration at https://www.goalcast.com/2019/01/31/helen-keller-quotes/

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"We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take
us or spare us."            --Marcel Proust
Unfortunately, this is especially true of chronic health problems.  Our unique situations, our unique bodies and reactions to medicine and other health remedies makes it difficult for each and every one of us to find solutions to our health needs. 
We can get stuck, we can ignore recommendations for one reason or another. 
Evaluate your situation, research and ask questions of doctors, set goals, try new ideas if they seem reasonable.  Measure progress over time and re-evaluate, but most of all keep moving forward toward a healthy goal.

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 October 2020 - United States Postal Service recommends the following- If you plan to vote by mail be sure to read this statement, vote as early as you can, and contact your local election officials to make sure your vote is counted! The Postal Service recommends that voters mail their ballots before Election Day and at least one week prior to their state deadline. It's also recommended that overseas voters return their ballots using a level of service that, based on the information available, should result in the ballot being received by the applicable state deadline. We strongly advise election officials to factor into their planned mailings the time it will take to both send and receive Election Mail based on the Postal Service's delivery standards.
See more at NHU news

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 2020 - Encourage or call 3 people you know to remind them to register today! Do you know someone who may need help registering? Assist others with disabilities to register today!
Do you know someone who may need help requesting an absentee ballot?Do you know someone who may need your help delivering their mail in ballot to their voter drop box.Encourage or call 3 people today to register or make a plan to vote!
 Share the American Association for People with Disabilities (AAPD)'s Rev Up Campaign at aapd.com/advocacy/voting/
 The future is ours, but only if we work for it!
 Do not sit back and squander your vote and the right of citizenship!
 
 Do not surrender!!!

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Your Benefits are not guaranteed!  Do you know what the candidates have to say on disability issues?
 2020 Presidential Candidates - Disability Plans  The purpose of this Presidential Candidate Resource is to make information on the 2020 presidential candidates available to disabled voters and disability activists.  This is a single page where you can find basic information on each Joe Biden's and Donald Trump's disability platforms in alphabetical order.

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Your Benefits are not guaranteed!  Do you know what the candidates have to say on disability issues?
 2020 Presidential Candidates - Disability Plans  The purpose of this Presidential Candidate Resource is to make information on the 2020 presidential candidates available to disabled voters and disability activists.  This is a single page where you can find basic information on each Joe Biden's and Donald Trump's disability platforms in alphabetical order.

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How to Vote by Mail - Your Safety Matters! Make Your Plan on How YOU will vote! Plan to Vote as Early as YOU Can! 
Find out how you can still vote by mail or deliver your vote by mail safely to your voter election office.
Because of the pandemic, many voting rules have changed, making it harder than usual to figure out how to cast your ballot.
Do not rely on the deadlines though. 
If you requested a mail in ballot, Check with your municipality to find out when your ballot will be mailed. 

Here are three interactive tools to help you-

Vote Save America  -The site can verify your registration status and walk you through your specific state and county application process for an absentee ballot.
The New York Times: 2020-How to Vote  -This on-line tool will provide the information you need to Vote by mail, vote early, vote in-person early or on election day.
NBC News: PLAN YOUR VOTE: How to vote by mail offers graphics to show what states require.

For more voting information visit NHU National Advocacy Alerts!

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