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"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strengththat will endure as long as life lasts."   ----Rachel Carson (Nature Author, Conservationist)
You and your family should free yourselves from life's stresses and take in the physical and mental healing thatnature offers.  When we can look far out to a horizon our eyes can relax,when we breath in fresh air and discover trees and beauty in nature, we can allow ourselves to think, problem solve and focus on other abilities and sensitivities.Visit our NHU Outlook Summer 2019 Newsletter for more ideas to visit the outdoors this summer.

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Thought for the Month! / April 2019 - Never bend your head....
« on: May 13, 2019, 12:10:04 PM »
Never bend your head.
   Always hold it high,
       Look the world
   straight in the eye.


       --Helen Keller--

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In spite of everything,
I still believe that
people are really
good at heart.


  --Anne Frank--

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This is a thought from 2014 that has meaning again this year!

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.
- Swedish Proverb

The Groundhog comes out of his burrow once a year to check out the situation.  If he see his shadow, the 
prediction is there will be six more weeks of winter!  Ugh! 

As winter toils on for six more weeks this winter, we are all rather tired.  It is sapping our strength and robbing us of our optimism.  This is what constant worry can do to us too!

And worry unchecked can make more worries and just like winter lead us to depression and debilitation.
Certainly, if you are consumed with worry, take time to see a therapist.
Don't let worry make more worries.

Here are some self-help tips to keep worries like winter at bay!

Determine if your worry is truly 'real.'  Is there a true threat to you or are there many ifs to your worry?
What can you accomplish by worrying? Will time be able to change this worry?

What can you do right now to alleviate this worry?  The longer you take to take action, the more time you may spend worrying.
Talk your worry over with a trusted family member,  friend or professional.  People may be able to help you see what to do or how to handle your situation.

Write down your worry and your strategy to act.  Journaling or putting your thoughts into words may clarify your situation.

Last of all, try to look on the bright side of any situation, no matter how difficult.  For instance, our attitude toward winter can go along way to help us through it.  Thinking about how we might enjoy the cooler temperatures or the beauty of the snow,  rather than the burden of it, can lift our spirits in the winter.

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow,  it only saps today of its joy.  - Leo Buscaglia

Keep your Worries in Perspective,  Find Joy in Your Living and Stay Warm!

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Terrific Ways Theater Can Help Kids with Autism Communicate:
from Autism Parenting Magazine

"The word theatre comes from the Greeks.  It means the seeing place. 
It is the place people come to see the truth aobut life and the social situation.
The theatre is a spiritual and social X-ray of its time."  - Stella Adler
https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/help-kids-with-autism-communicate/

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Autism / Arts and Autism
« on: March 07, 2019, 08:09:58 AM »
Using the Arts to learn social skills.

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Autism / Re: Autism and Driving
« on: March 04, 2019, 02:28:32 PM »
Autism and Driving - Everything You Need to Know at https://www.educateddriver.org/autism-and-driving/
This article covers Safety Concerns with Autism and Driving,  Legal questions about driving with Autism,Research about Autism and Driving 

Also see Helping Drivers Make the Best Choices:  Assessing Cognitive impairment to ensure safe driving
https://www.bidmc.org/centers-and-departments/neurology/programs-and-services/cognitive-neurology/programs/drivewise-and-driveadvise


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Find Help / Finding Help is just a phone call away - Dial 211 for resources
« on: February 28, 2019, 09:26:13 AM »
Did you know help is just a phone call away. Dial 211 and get connected to much needed resources in your area. Housing, food, employment, health care, and so much more. http://www.211.org/

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What's New at NHU / March - NHU Benefit Raffle and Silent Auction
« on: February 28, 2019, 08:09:29 AM »
Our  Annual New Horizons Un-Limited Benefit Raffle & Silent Auction is planned for March  in the public galleria of the US Bank Center Galleria Level downtown Milwaukee. 

Our highly anticipated spring raffle and silent auction draws hundreds of participants from within the US Bank Center and surrounding professional buildings in downtown Milwaukee. 

Visit our past year's event at  NHU Raffle and Silent Auction

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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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Do you like to write?  New Horizons Un-Limited is looking for volunteers to Research and Write on Disability Resources, Personal Experiences, or Hobbies.  Go to our NHU Volunteer Network at http://www.new-horizons.org/volnet.html

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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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Treat people with respect for their common humanity.  How ever you interpret their social standing, treat people as equals. 

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