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September is Emergency Preparedness Month

We have two guides -

 How to Prepare for an Emergency or Disaster for People with Disabilities and How to Get Help in the Aftermath
Are you prepared for emergencies?  This guide will help walk you through and plan for what your needs will be in an emergency.  There is also help for how to get help during and after a disaster.


How to Donate or Provide Disaster Relief Assistance for People with Disabilities
Want to help but don't know what to do?
After Katrina, relief efforts  learned what assistance is actually helpful and what assistance becomes a wasted effort and actually blocks relief efforts.   This guide offers how to give to reach people with disabilities after a disaster.

If you Google the word "ableism" the first result to come up is: "discrimination in favor of able-bodied people (emphasis added.)"

This is much different from the definition of an other discrimination such as racism or sexism.  These are defined as prejudice, discrimination , or antagonism directed against people of said group; feeling as though you are superior to them. 
Ableist acts are often more passive and most prevalent in our day to day lives.

Read More at:  Ableism: It Starts with Your Perception

Art / Easter Seals Art Contest
« on: September 27, 2017, 07:12:44 AM »
Easter Seals 2018 Art Contest - Deadline July 7, 2017

Objective: To secure beautiful original lily art work from which Easterseals can select six pieces that will become the 2017 Easterseals seal stamps.

Art / Re: Rare Artist art contest and exhibit
« on: September 27, 2017, 07:06:04 AM »
Offices of Fenwick and West, LLP
 555 California Street, 12th Floor
 San Francisco, CA 94104
Rare Artist will begin accepting entries in  June.
Artists from around the world will be telling their stories of the triumphs and struggles of living each day
 with a rare disease.
If you wish to enter visit the following page after June -
For more information visit them on Facebook:

Safety / Re: Safety in the Home
« on: September 26, 2017, 10:59:38 AM »
My name is Debbie and I'm writing because I came across your page while searching for information on how to take care of an aging grandparent at home for a student of mine. The resources you have are very helpful and I just wanted to thank you because it's made this process a lot easier.
 I also found this: and I think it would be a good resource to include on your page. Thought I'd pass it along. What do you think?
 Thanks again!

Safety / Safety in the Home
« on: September 26, 2017, 10:58:48 AM »
For resources on safety in the home visit the following NHU resource pages:

 - - Safety in the Home, Workplace and Community
and - Safety Guides

Health and Care / Care for Adult Children with Disabilities
« on: September 25, 2017, 01:20:22 PM »
Elderly parents who care for their adult children with disabilities eventually face the inevitable.

Who will care for our disabled adult child as we age or become unable to take care of them?

Is there anywhere in the U.S. where quality care and housing is available for disabled adults (other than nursing homes)?

From comes an article on How to select a Home Care Company

Health and Care / Senior Care Directory
« on: September 25, 2017, 01:16:15 PM »
From comes a directory across the U.s. for senior housing, home health care, long term care and more

Health and Care / Re: Information/funding for a live-in aide
« on: September 25, 2017, 01:07:53 PM »
Find Home health care agencies across the U.S.

Health and Care / Skilled Nursing Home Care
« on: September 25, 2017, 01:06:21 PM »
Skilled nursing offers this directory to find nursing home facilities across the U.S.

The eagerly awaited 2017 edition of this valuable reference work  State of the States in Intellectual and Developmental Disability is now available! Order your copy today.
The new edition you have been asking for! With up-to-date information and extensive analyses of each state's performance over 40 years.

News / Re: Assist people with disabilities affected by Hurricane Harvey
« on: September 25, 2017, 11:37:31 AM »

From the Past President of the AAIDD (American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities,
You may have already reached out to help the rescue and recovery efforts from all over the country to assist multiple thousands of people and families. Thank you! The level of response by other Texans, the Cajun Navy from Louisiana, and so many more has been amazing.
The Board of Directors would like to encourage all AAIDD members to help in ways which they feel appropriate. If you are interested in supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, The Arc of Texas- in collaboration with an inter-agency coalition in the Houston area-has set up the following website:
This is also an excellent time for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to join in Harvey responses in their own communities around the country. They may want to know how to help as well. As has been evident, these are times that bring communities together.
Let's hope that AAIDD President Elect  doesn't have to write the same kind of letter following Irma. But for now, from Texas, thank you.

Do you want to assist people with disabilities who have survived the Hurricanes of 2017 but do not know how.

Check out our guide and read the tips before you give! 

How to Donate or Provide Disaster Relief Assistance for People with Disabilities

Recreation and Sports / Re: Share your favorite Recreation resource - Skiing
« on: September 25, 2017, 11:08:12 AM »

Adaptive Skiing Resource [] - This adaptive skiing resource provides people with disabilities the opportunity enjoy snow sports at the most adaptive-friendly ski resorts throughout North America.  This resource informs adaptive skiers of all levels how they can access and enjoy programs at many of the major resorts in the US and Canada.

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