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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
« Last post by NHU Community Friend 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?
« Last post by NHU Community Friend 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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Finances / How many of us plan for disability in our lives?
« Last post by NHU Community Friend 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 / Re: How to Make the World Safer for People with Disabilities
« Last post by NHU Community Friend on December 17, 2018, 06:59:52 AM »
Check on neighbors and friends with disabilities on a regular basis. 

If they are shut-in, offer to pick up items they may need before heading out to a store or pharmacy.

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Safety / Re: How to Make the World Safer for People with Disabilities
« Last post by NHU Community Friend on December 16, 2018, 09:14:23 PM »
Prevent abuse and bullying of people with disabilities.


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Safety / Re: How to Make the World Safer for People with Disabilities
« Last post by NHU Community Friend on December 16, 2018, 09:12:52 PM »
Teach disability etiquette to the next generation.
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