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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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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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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 / 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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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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"Our greatest glory consists not in never falling,
 but in the rising every time we may fall."

           -- O. Goldsmith

If you don't try you will never succeed. Some of the greatest people have failed many times, but have continued to try. The more you try the more likely you are to fail, but this is not failure. Failure is in not trying something else.
Some people are not sure what they want out of life or what they want to do with their life. If you continue to try you will find many answers and gain strength with every downturn and success in life. And yes, you can have multiple things go right in your life, but you must try.

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"Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the
soul and sings the tune without the words, and
never stops at all....." 

                Emily Dickinson  (1830-1886)


Hope, we don't think about it much, but where would we be without hope when things in life overwhelm us or we are going through a tough time. It is hope for a better future that can keep us trying and give our lives meaning until we finally succeed.
Without hope what would we have? No one's life is perfect and everyone needs hope to keep us above water. With hope and effort comes success and a better future.

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"My mission in this world is to try to ensure that all people, including people with disabilities, have greater choices in and control over their lives. I believe that achieving this mission will make the world a slightly better place than it was before I got here. p. xvii"
From Wisdom From a Chair by

Andrew ("Drew") I. Batavia (June 15, 1957
Visit http://www.new-horizons.org/adfhst.html#Batavia

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"Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear,
  but around in awareness."

     --James Thurber
As one becomes more aware of others, we develop more understanding.Make the world a better place, volunteer to assist others, help each other in our daily lives.

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"To try when there is little hope is to risk failure;
  not to try at all is to guarantee it."

            --Anonymous
10 things the world can learn from people with disabilities


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tiffiny-carlson/lessonspeople-with-disabilities-_b_4577337.html

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"I believe there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright."

 -Henry David Thoreau (Author, Naturalist, on the therapeutic effects of Nature)
   
New! Accessible! Nature Explore Classroom!

We are excited to announce this week's groundbreaking for the Richard Bong State Recreation Area,
(Kenosha County, WI) and the Bong Naturalist Association (BNA),
who are raising funds to install a Nature Explore Classroom (NEC).
Hoping to disconnect kids from electronics and grant opportunities
that may not otherwise be available, the NEC will assist kids to develop
an appreciation of nature, science, art and music and a lifelong passion for nature activities.

There is growing evidence children's mental and emotional health is enhanced through nature.
Unstructured outdoor play helps children develop gross and fine motor skills, spatial, logical,
focused thinking and problem-solving skills, which help children of all ages, abilities and
sensitivities.

Do you know an individual or group that would benefit from the Nature Explore Classroom? 
Please let them know about this new accessible nature opportunity!

The BNA is still looking for help and donations. Workdays will be held this spring.
A fundraising Open House will be held on Saturday, June 2 from 10am-Noon.
Do you know a scout group, class group or others who might like to get involved with the project? 
For more information, visit the bongnaturalistassociation.org


Read More about Accessible Outdoor Resources, visit new-horizons.org/prrc18.html.

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