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New Horizons Un-Limited is proud to work towards a future in which all the doors are open to equal opportunity, full participation, independence, inclusion and economic self-sufficiency for persons with disabilities, guaranteeing the same opportunities as everyone to participate in the mainstream of American life.
"Disability is a subject you may 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 become disabled. This is an area where Social Security becomes valuable to each of us. " (Citation from Social Security: https://www.ssa.gov/planners/disability/index.html)
Whether you are born with a disability or meet with an accident or disease that will strip you of abilities, you will find yourself having to readjust to try to live your life and find new solutions to everyday living.
Would you want to stay in your home? Of course, you would. Would you want to find a job that capitalizes on your abilities? Of course, you want to be able to find your purpose in life despite disability whether with a job or another way, contributing to family, friends or volunteering for the greater good. Would you want to be able to go with friends to a neighborhood restaurant, maybe go camping again? Would you like to fulfill your dreams? Maybe you always wanted to learn to ski, go to college, teach children, learn about gardening, or visit the Grand Canyon. Would you like to live independently, make your own decisions? Wouldn’t it be great even in rough times if life always held possibilities and opportunities?
NHU is “Planting Seeds of Hope" by working to make society more inclusive for people with disabilities. Have you heard the saying, "we really don’t know how another person lives or can judge them until we walk a mile in their shoes?" When we focus on differences, we isolate people and leave them out. Isolation doesn’t achieve anything, and disregards human potential. To be more inclusive, as humans we must try to understand each other.NHU is featuring people with disabilities and their stories in our project, "A Story of Being Human," so we do not forget that people with disabilities are human. In this, we are all the same; we share, as humans, the same desires, talents, skills, success, problems, inabilities, failures, sadness and loss.
Each of the persons in our blog, "A Story of Being Human," shows our tenacity to keep trying to live our lives as full as we hope. All of us need support from time to time as a part of our society. To read the stories visit https://newhorizonsunlimited.wordpress.com/category/a-story-of-being-human/. The following excerpts offer insight into the philosophy of life.
"Obviously every day is not roses, we’ve had our share of rough times. Not everything is happy and wonderful, but if you get dragged down in that part you’ll never make it. You just have to remember the positive things…. Just love life, and love living it. You don’t know what’s going to happen or what tomorrow is going to bring. You could just not wake up. So why not love today, and live for today…"
"As much as we think we know, we don’t know the half of it. We need to try to keep listening and genuinely understand where people are coming from in their life. We need to stay humble."
"Live and let live, realize that you never really know what other people are going through. And people’s differences are what makes life interesting."
"It’s just seeing people for people and really getting on their level and helping people understand that we’re all human," with the same needs and dreams.
If we keep looking at the safety nets in our society as something for someone else, not us, or someone who doesn’t deserve it, we miss out on the great good that each of us contributes. Each of us contributes as a member of a family, as a friend to others, as a person who has skills, as a person who can give as much as one gets, as a consumer a part of the economic force of our nation. We should not cast out people from our nation. We are after all each of us a citizen, each of us human, and have rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
"Although our circumstances may change (Any one of us could become disabled tomorrow) our rights and opportunities must never change." ---John Kerry, on asking the Senate to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
This year as you decide on your giving, remember NHU needs your help to reach more people! Remember what your continued support has offered and continues to offer people with disabilities, not just the opportunity to overcome barriers to all that life can offer, but also assist them with the tools to face their disability armed with self-esteem and hope.
Help NHU provide more of our community members with disabilities the tools, training and encouragement they need to move forward in their lives! Please share our story and fill out our donation form with two individuals who may be interested in NHU.
You can print more copies of this donation form from our website at new-horizons.org/pdf/appl17.pdf .
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