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"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you can help them become what they are capable of becoming."

--Johann Von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

This quote reminds me to pay-it-forward.  Today I was short a few cents to buy a bottle of cold-brewed green tea and someone graciously gave me some more change so I could purchase the tea.  I felt a little embarrrassed, but I also felt great that a stranger would help someone out of a jam.

I feel so good that I am almost going out of my way to continue to pay-it-forward. Doing the good deed for someone can make you feel great and it makes the world a better place.

It may seem like it takes a lot of time and effort to pay-it-forward, but as can be seen with my situation, it does not take much time.  With little effort you can pay-it-forward. Keep a conscious eye on the world and look to make it a better place with big or little contributions to humanity.

"Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.  You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees & other stars; you have a right to be here..."

-- Desiderata-- Found in Old Saint Paul's Church, Baltimore, Dated 1692

When life has thrown you a curveball and things are not going well don't be hard on yourself.  All of us have setbacks.  Remember, you belong and have a purpose on this earth.

Do small tasks that you feel can help you meet your goals.  Take classes in an area you are trying to get a job in or read a book to improve yourself.  Keep yourself busy and if you do think about your situation, dream a little about where you will be in the future.  Life is full of ups and downs, and keeping a positive attitude can go a long way in relationships and all your life goals.

Look at life as the stock market.  Individual stocks go up and down over time, but in the long run, the stock market always goes up.  Losses can happen to people just like individual stocks can plummet, but remember when your stock goes down there will always be a new start-up that can take you higher then you imagined.

Hard things are put in our way, not to stop us, but to call out our courage and strength.

By: Unknown

Everyone has, or at one time had, a dream.  Whether it is a career goal, personal goal, or anything that is out there that is still out of reach.  Some people reach their dreams just to set new ones. The reason for reaching your goals and not being happy is that accepting where you are in life, and what you have in life, is what will make you happy. Without accepting yourself and your achievements happiness will be hard to find, so make sure you know what you want and that your goals are achievable.

Dreams are not met for a variety of reasons. Whatever the reason, it is like a stone put in the path of life. It can make it hard to travel down your chosen path, and some stones are larger than others, but with help and perseverance we all can make it beyond the stone.

People with disabilities are no different, as they have found a rock in their path and need some help to navigate around it. Just as we should "pay-it-forward" and try to help others even if it is through small actions, we should all try and help each other, even those with disabilities, on their path in life.

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.

"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.

Adaptive Technology / Re: Share a resource.
« on: July 02, 2019, 10:02:23 AM »
Medical Alert Devices - Important for Kids and People with Disabilities. Not Just Seniors is a guide
by Joan Pabon, Sep 21, 2017 of Consumer Advocate.  Medical alert devices can help those with disabilities that live alone but are still at risk for falls or assistance for medical help.  Medical alert systems generally
come with a remote device. This can be worn around the neck or as a bracelet. This 'emergency button'
is easy to push for children, teenagers, and adults. That is given that the disabled individual in question
is not cognitively or physically impaired to the extent that they cannot push it.
Your average system offers a range sufficient enough to cover most houses, say 600-1,000 feet from where the base station is installed. If the loved one is able to leave the house, then there are also GPS-enabled medical alert systems that will work anywhere.  This guide also links to
Best Medical Alerts Based on In-Depth Reviews of 2019

Communication / Re: Communication Disorders
« on: June 27, 2019, 09:59:31 AM »
Everything You Need to Know about Communication Disorders
Communication disorders affect nearly 1 in 10 people, and almost 6 million children
have a speech or language disorder.  If you, your child, or someone you know, has been diagnosed with a communication disorder you likely have some questions.
Frankly, navigating the world of communication disorders can be pretty confusing.
This guide will help answer some of the most pressing questions associated with the disorders,
common symptoms, and common treatments.

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

When a disable child is young the parent sees their responsibility to have a protective instinct.This begins a dependency on parent. 
Parent must encourage the child to break free in small steps.  Make social contact. 
Does it help to have siblings.
If there is routine, how does one handle disruption.Believe in your kids.  What motivates you.If independence is daunting, what have you done to make it fun, an adventure, a way to overcome anxiety.Why do parent of ikids with disabilities tell them they can't be independent.

Dr. Eli Leibowitz of the Yale Child Study Center presented "The Role of Parents in childhood Anxiety" as part of a recent Grand Rounds educational sesion for providers in Hartford.  Research supports the connection between parenting styles and childhood anxiety disorders.  The suggestion is to be more supportive and encouraging  for the child to accept anxiety but learn how to cope without stepping through a minefield of reliance on parents.  Try changes in the way the parent accommodates and help the child take on new challenges.
For more visit

 David Buys Houses Florida has sent this very comprehensive guide for buying a home for people with disabilities!
This is a must see if you would like to buy a house.

The Fully Accessible Guide To Buying a Home For Disabled Homebuyers in 2019
is designed to be the one stop shop for everything you need to know.
You will find information on your rights, resources to aid the homebuying process,
instructions on how to file suit if your homebuyer rights are infringed, and accessibility features
to look for in a home. Additionally, they cover advice for overcoming the challenge of finding a home that fits your needs, no matter what they may be.

"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.

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.

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.

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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