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Thought for the Month! / July 2019 - Heroes take journeys ...
« on: July 09, 2019, 01:40:26 PM »
"Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the
  treasures of their true selves."



Life is a journey and much of life is not dealing with the external challenges, it is the internal turmoil. Once you accept life and stop beating yourself up and gain some confidence you can enjoy life. By being content and happy with yourself and your life is when great things can occur. You may reach a dream or meet someone that can help you reach a dream and wants to help you reach that dream. The key point is that you must be happy and content in your life in order for people to want to be around you, this is when the greatness occurs.

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"The notion that any one person is the single cause of any significant social change-that Abraham Lincoln alone freed the slaves-is a devastating stereotype which robs individuals of responsibility and credit, and actually inhibits social change.  You can be a revolution of one. In your living room, in your family, in your community."

Justin Dart, 1998.


We all share a responsibility to a greater good and a better social conscience. A leader or influencer can't change all of us, but they may have the means to influence more people than we do. We may look up to leaders or some other social influencers, but in the end, it is up to all of us to create change.

One person can change one person's voice, heart, and mind. In the end, it is up to us to educate ourselves, feel for others and strangers as we feel about those close to us, and find the right views to better society. This entails empathy for others and possibly putting ourselves in someone's social or economic position, and constantly reevaluating our views and responsibilities to our society.

Education and empathy are a strong combination, and has the power to create justice, and see through the misinformation that has permeated our world. Now is the time for change and this will only happen if we try and see the world through the eyes of others and not just our own. I hope positive change happens and listen to everyone even those whose voice is small and not easily heard since we all have something to say and knowledge to pass on. You may learn more than you think.

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Communication / Communication Disorders
« on: June 27, 2019, 09:53:54 AM »
Share information n Communication disorders

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"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that 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 that nature offers.  When we can look far out to a horizon our eyes can relax, when we breathe in the 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--

It can be easy to lower your head and feel sorry for yourself if you are having a bad day. You need to remember that everyone and that includes yourself, is important to this life we are given and live in. When things look their worst you need to hold your head high and this will allow for a change in perspective.

You need to believe in yourself for things in your life to change for the best. You are the key to change in your life. People want to be around nice, positive, friendly people and these people will help you when you need it if you believe in yourself. It may not be easy, but the help you need will be drawn to you if you let it.

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


  --Anne Frank--

It is not hard to find the bad in the world, just watch or read the news each day. The world is full of despair, but it is also full of good, kindness, and positive actions by others.

Answer me this: If people are basically bad, how can there be any good in the world? We are the world and there definitely is good and a fight for good that happens every day. People have different views and that creates conflict and people take sides over sensibility. If we all look at both sides and learn the other sides view, we can learn empathy for the other side and compromise.

If you need the motivation to do this remember that the best way to counter the bad view is to learn why people have that view. When you know their argument, you can counter it with logic and passion to help fight for the good in the world.

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

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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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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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