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March 2017 - Thanks to everyone who participated in our 15th Annual NHU Benefit Raffle & Silent Auction
Our 2017 event was held at the US Bank Center, downtown Milwaukee, March 29 and 30th. NHU Salutes Our
2017 Raffle and Auction Donors and to you, our supporters, our NHU Benefit Spring fundraiser was a great success!
March 29-30, 2017 - 15th Annual NHU Benefit Raffle & Silent Auction
Learn More About Our 15th Annual Benefit Raffle and Silent Auction
to purchase raffle tickets and contribute donations.
March 30, 2017
US Bank Center Galleria, Downtown Milwaukee
Need Not Be Present To Win
$2 each, 3 for $5, 7 for $10 or 20 for $20
Other prizes include restaurant certificates, hotel stays, festival and museum tickets, sporting event tickets and more. Our 2017 Raffle List is in development. Check back often as we update our complete list of prizes before the drawing.
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February 2017 - Disability Awareness: A Movie, a Television Series, and a Book
Check out the movie - The Fundamentals of Caring on Netflix. In this inspirational buddy comedy, a young shut-in and his caregiver take a road trip in search of landmarks, but end up finding hope and friendship, starring: Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, and Selena Gomez. You might have some issues with this movie, but all in all a good film to bring disability awareness.
Check out the Television Series - Speechless on ABC - Maya DiMeo (Minnie Driver) is a mom on a mission who will do anything for her husband Jimmy, her kids Ray, Dylan, and JJ, her eldest son with cerebral palsy. As Maya fights injustices both real and imagined, the family works to make a new home for themselves, and searches for just the right person to give JJ his "voice." Speechless stars Minnie Driver as Maya DiMeo, John Ross Bowie as Jimmy DiMeo, Mason Cook as Ray DiMeo, Micah Fowler as JJ DiMeo, Kyla Kennedy as Dylan DiMeo and Cedric Yarbrough as Kenneth. Disability and parent advocacy awareness.
Check out a new book for children, Six Dots, by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Boris Kulikov, about young Louis Braille, who became blind and used French military code to invent an alphabet system for those with visual impairment. A system so ingenious that it is still used by people today!
February 6, 2017 - Consumer Reports Urges FDA to Keep Ban on Off-Label Drug Promotion at Hearing
Check out this article for more information on the Consumer Reports' Survey of Americans that favor maintaining the current ban for manufacturers to promote off-label uses of precription drugs by a large margin. "Consumer Reports advises patients to ask their doctor or pharmacist whether a drug is being prescribed for an approved use. You can also check for this information on the National Institute of Health's website http://www.dailymed.nlm.nih.gov where you can search any drug and learn more about its approved uses by clicking on "Indications & Usage."
"Be sure to ask your healthcare provider if a drug is being prescribed for and unapproved use, whether the use is supported by studies or if and why it is better than approved drugs. Ask for the risks and benefits, as well as other options for any prescribed medication."
NHU cares enough NOW, to ensure our collective futures by offering the opportunity to our community members with disabilities the information, tools and experiences for lifelong learning. We believe that fulfillment can be achieved in many different ways and at every stage of life. We encourage volunteering and teaching others to enable people to be confident, contributing citizens. Our communities’ citizens accept the challenge to invest in themselves!
NHU holds a spotlight on our efforts to open gateways to full participation and opportunity with another personal journey from our programs, Arlene's Journey. Learn what your contributions to NHU have meant to affect change toward a brighter future for individuals. Help NHU reach more individuals this year by giving to NHU and participating in our fundraisers.
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December 3rd 2016 - United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD)
Did you know that the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been celebrated annually on the 3rd of December around the world since 1992. This year’s objective is “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want”. This theme notes the recent adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of these goals in building a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities.
December 13, 2016 --- 10th Anniversary of the United Nations adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. (U.S. Congress, yet to ratify)
This is the 10th Anniversary of the U.N. adoption of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Over 100 countries have signed this Disabilities treaty. (Unfortunately the U.S. Congress has yet to ratify this Disabilities treaty, although it had non-partisan support in 2013 and 2015.) Continue to press your U.S. Congressman to take up and ratify this treaty and the right to serve, study, work and travel abroad.
There are 51 million Americans that would benefit from the U.S. taking leadership on this issue. Although ratifying would not change one thing in American law or add a penny to our budget, the treaty was not ratified by the U.S. Congress sending a disassociation message to Americans with disabilities. We salute John Kerry and the many members of Congress who agreed with him. For more of his inspiring message, visit People Making a Difference Secretary of State, John Kerry - Testimony Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Disabilities Treaty
November 2016 - National Family Caregiver Month!
We wish to recognize the extraordinary contributions of the countless family members who are caregivers for people with disabilities throughout the world. You are the unsung hero of your family and we thank you for your commitment and sacrifice! November 2016 - Presidential Proclamation: National Family Caregivers Month
If you have a story of caregiving, we would love to find out how you cope! Please send us YOUR story, whether you caregive a little or a lot; share your caregiving tip, complain to us or share a caregiver resource.
Be sure to check out our Guide for Caregivers of People with Disabilities which includes tips on How to Be a Caregiver, Training for Caregivers, How to Take Care of You the Caregiver, Help in Caregiving and much more!
Join the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and the National Alliance for Caregiving for a month-long social media discussion for family caregivers on brain health and memory. If you’ve been noticing changes in an adult in your life, it may be time to talk about brain health. Perhaps the person you care for is having a hard time remembering things. They may act differently or struggle with everyday activities.
Talking about brain health does not have to be scary. Use their guide, the #Talk Brain Health Tool Kit, or participate in their webinar, Webinar: Friday, December 9th at 3pm ET
Register at: Talk Brin Health Webinar to learn about how to start a conversation with your loved one about these changes.
November 2016 - "Until every American with a disability... - President Obama
“Until every American with a disability can learn in their local public school in the manner best
for them, until they can apply for a job without fear of discrimination, and live and work
independently in their communities if that's what they choose, we've got more work to do. As
long as we as a people still too easily succumb to casual discrimination or fear of the unfamiliar,
we've still got more work to do.”" - President Barack Obama, July 26, 2010
What are some of the most important protections and opportunities President Obama has accomplished for us as citizens with disability in this great country.
Visit this press release and youtube video at WhiteHouse: Issues: Disabilities
"The President is committed to nurturing a society that values the contributions of all of our citizens and residents, including the approximately 50 million people in this country living with disabilities .....
Today, 19 percent of Americans (56.7 million people) live with disabilities. President Obama and his Administration are dedicated to ensuring that people with disabilities have the same access to the American Dream as every other citizen.
That's why his Administration has worked to toughen the protections against disability-based discrimination, increase accessibility in our communities, expand employment opportunities and increase financial independence for people with disabilities."
Have you had a chance to thank President Obama? - Do you have a story to tell President Obama, for protecting those with disability against discrimination and expanding opportunity for those with disabilities.
Write the President at Contact the WhiteHouse
LIving in a democracy is a great privilege.
True independence can only be achieved in a democracy where you have choice.
Making a choice requires access to information.
Access to information is not possible without freedom of information.
Ultimately, our right to independence is only achievable
if we all make our voices heard
by exercising our right to VOTE!
Advocacy Alert! November 2016: Get Out and Vote!
Get Out and VOTE!
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. NHU holds a spotlight on our efforts to open gateways to full participation and opportunity with two personal journeys from our programs. Learn what your contributions to NHU have meant to affect change toward a brighter future for each of these individuals, Emily and Charlotte. For more information on What YOU Can Do? as an Employer or as a potential Employee with a disability, visit our NHU Press Release: Commitment to Provide Opportunities for People with Disabilities to Participate
October 2016 - National Disability Employment Awareness Month
U.S. Department of Labor's, reflects on the important role disability plays in workforce diversity,
this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme is "#InclusionWorks."
Observed each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a diverse workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.
To view more, visit the national campaign: What Can You Do? Campaign
2016 - Get the Facts about Zika, CDC has concluded Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause fetal brain defects
Zika and Pregnancy (Infographic)
this infographic will launch in your pdf application. Protect yourself, your pregnancy, and your baby. CDC scientists announced that enough evidence has accumulated to conclude that Zika virus infection during pregnancy is a cause of microcephaly (a condition where a baby’s head is much smaller than expected) and other severe fetal brain defects. Find out more about the Zika virus from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Find out how the Zika virus spreads to humans, what the symptoms are for Zika Virus infections, what you want to do before pregnancy, what to do if you are pregnant, and mosquito bite prevention.
2016 - September is National Preparedness Month
Are you prepared for emergencies? Have you done a safety assessment of your home? Do you have a plan for emergencies or an evacuation plan if necessary?
People with disabilities are very vulnerable in an emergency. Check out our resources and guides on our NHU section on Safety
September - Did you miss the Paralympics? Catch all the great athletes on Yahoo!
If you missed the Paralympics 2016 in Rio this month, 176 countries' athletes participated in 23 sports, 528 events. Visit the following for the Schedule and Results Click on the event in the schedule and the link will take you to the results of each event that day, click on the event and it will take you to more information like the athletes with images about the final. Did you miss the games? Catch the athletes at the games or watch your favorite event again, visit this awesome video gallery of many of the events on Yahoo Paralympic Games 2016
No one has ever won both an Olympic and a Paralympic Medal according to the Guardian article, "Can disabled athletes outcompete ablebodied athletes?.
Algeria’s Abdellatif Baka won the men’s 1,500m T13 final at the Rio Paralympics and set a world record for the Paralympics, beating the time of the Olympic gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz’s run in August by 1.71 seconds. 3 others also beat Centrowitz's time in Parlympic final. All four men have a visual impairment and did not use any prosthetic or other device. Do not be surprised if we see more athletes with visual impairments competing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics!
August 31, 2016 - New Horizons Un-Limited Publishes New "Guide for Hiring Personal Care Assistants (PCA)"
New Horizons Un-Limited staff member has written a guide to provide information on How to Hire a Personal Care Assistant. This guide is intended for those who want to find and hire their own personal care assistants. There is a great benefit in being in control of who assists you with your personal care, and selecting someone that compliments your lifestyle. Also, see the blog article, How I Became a Boss (Like a Boss): Hiring My Own Personal Care Assistants which will encourage you to try the challenge of hiring your own PCA with tips on how to write an advertisement for PCA's.
August 25-28 National Park Service 100th Anniversary - Free Days in the National Parks
The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and we want everyone to join the party! All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.
Mark your calendar for these remaining entrance fee–free dates in 2016:
August 25 through 28: National Park Service Birthday,
September 24: National Public Lands Day,
November 11: Veterans Day
July through October 15th, 2016 - NHU's Annual Flower Bulb Sale is Underway!
Our organization needs your help. For every purchase made on our Flower Power fundraising site Flower Power Fundraising will give 50% back to New Horizons Un-Limited. Plant fall Flower Bulbs for spring and summer flowers to beautify your yard!
Visit our 2016 NHU Flower Bulb Campaign at this link or type this address in your Internet browser's address box: http://goo.gl/nwVKoX
May 25, 2016 - Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are!
Visit this Ted Talk by Amy Cuddy!
Did you know that how you stand and sit and interact with others can impact how you feel about yourself? It's true! It's Science! This TED Talk discusses how your body language not only impacts others' perceptions of you, but also your own perception of you.
Amy Cuddy survived a terrible car accident which eliminated 2/3 of her cognitive ability. She had to work very hard and it took her 8 years to finish a college degree, something the doctors would never have believed could happen. She learned a great deal on how to gain self esteem and confidence. Her study is in body language and how you can increase your confidence, assertiveness by expanding your body, arms and legs rather than folding in on oneself. In studies this exercise actually raised testosterone and lowered cortisol.
Want to feel more confident? Practice Power Posing and then "Not only fake it 'til you make it, fake it 'til you become it." This talk is worth your 20 minutes!
2016 Student Scholarships available - NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship
hanks to a generous contribution from NBCUniversal, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is proud offer eight (8) NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarships in 2016.
The NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship is available to 2nd year associate students; undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors; and graduate students with disabilities with an interest in the entertainment, media, or communications industries. Each recipient will receive $5,625 to help cover the cost of education at their college or university.
This scholarship has been named in honor of Tony Coelho, a former United States Representative from California and the primary author and sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
For more information please visit the AAPD website. Deadline July 1, 2016 - 5pm ET
May 3, 2016 - First 3D Printed Designed Wheelchair
See this article at De Zeen Magazine "Benjamin Hubert's Layer designs "world's first" 3-D printed consumer wheelchair" The chair is designed from the consumer's "made to measure seat and foot bay." Check it out!
March 2016 - Federal panel decides not to endorse universal screening for Autism in young children who show no prior symptoms
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force decided it doesn't have enough research to endorse universal screening for Autism in young children who show no prior symptoms so it will be up to the physician to decide to include the screening in a child's wellness exam. American Academy of Pediatrics, recommends that kids undergo developmental screening at each well-child visit and all children be screened for autism at 18 and 24 months and that children benefit from early detection. Could this lead to parents and doctors missing signs, insurance companies dropping coverage of the screening, and children facing more difficult symptoms later in development?
March 2016 - Robert DeNiro Pulls Film from Tribeca Film Festival
DeNiro had included the film as he has a child, who has Autism and he was hoping the film would generate conversation about the topic, but had to pull the film as there were certain things in the film that he didn't feel they could include in the festival.
Controversy continues to plague the group trying to get heard that would like to see the pharmaceutical companies and doctors who administer vaccines to look at the possibility that some children are adversley affected. Whether it is the vaccine or the schedule of vaccinations, the inherent sensitivity of the child receiving the vaccine or other reasons, they feel the conversation at the least should be aired and considered to find a solution. The controversy comes from those who think the argument is about whether to be vaccinated and this is not what they are saying. They claim they are proponents of vaccinations.
March 2016 - Thanks to everyone who participated in our 14th Annual NHU Benefit Raffle & Silent Auction
Our 2016 event was held at the US Bank Center, downtown Milwaukee, March 23 and 24th. Thanks to our Raffle and Silent Auction Donors and to you, our supporters, our NHU Benefit Spring fundraiser was a great success!
March 23-24, 2016 - 14th Annual NHU Benefit Raffle & Silent Auction
Learn More About Our 14th Annual Benefit Raffle and Silent Auction
To purchase raffle tickets and contribute donations,
14th Annual Benefit Raffle and Silent Auction Ticket Order Form
Grand Prize :
iPad Mini 2
March 24, 2016
US Bank Center Galleria, Downtown Milwaukee
Need Not Be Present To Win
$2 each, 3 for $5, 7 for $10 or 20 for $20
Other prizes include restaurant certificates, hotel stays, festival and museum tickets, sporting event tickets and more. Our 2016 Raffle List is in development. Check back often as we update our complete list of prizes before the drawing.
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March 2016 - Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program Mobile App Provides Assistive Technology Resources
The Department of Defense's Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) has released a free app now available in the iTunes App Store and Google Play. The app provides information about the services and resources that CAP offers to federal employees and service members who need assistive technology and other accommodations to perform their jobs successfully. Features include news and tips on the latest assistive technology, the ability to download CAP event presentations and materials, videos to learn about assistive technology, easy ways to contact CAP, and more. For those who are not federal employees or service members, the CAP app is a valuable starting place to learn more about assistive technology for use on the job.
• Learn about the CAP app
February 2016- The World Health Organization (WHO) 2015 Report on Disability and Health
Over a billion people, about 15% of the world's population, have some form of disability.
Between 110 million and 190 million adults have significant difficulties in functioning.
Rates of disability are increasing due to population ageing and increases in chronic health conditions, among other causes.
People with disabilities have less access to health care services and therefore experience unmet health care needs.
Visit this report on WHO: Disability and Health which identifies the barriers to health care experienced by people with disabilities world wide and offers suggestions to address the barriers through policy and legislation, financing, services delivery, human resources, data and research.
January 2016 - The National Disability Institute offers free information about Tax Preparation Resources
Visit this website for Tax Preparation Resources including Frequently Asked Questions about Taxes and SSA Disability Benefit Programs and Seven Tax Tips for Disabled Taxpayers.
January 15, 2016 - Applications for the 2016 AAPD Summer Internship Program are due this Friday, January 15th!
AAPD's Summer Internship Program places college students, graduate students, law students, and recent graduates with all types of disabilities in paid 10-week summer internships in Congressional offices, federal agencies, non-profits, and for-profit organizations in the Washington, DC area. Each intern is matched with a mentor who will assist them their career goals. AAPD provides the interns with a stipend, transportation to and from Washington, DC, and fully-accessible housing.
for an 2016 Summer Internship Program Application, visit AAPD's Internship Program website.
Please submit all documents to firstname.lastname@example.org
by Friday, January 15th at 5:00pm, Eastern Standard Time
January 11, 2016 - “Autism in Love” gives hopeful ideas for adults with ASD to follow their hearts
Directed by Matt Fuller. Autism in Love follows the story of four adults with autism spectrum disorders as they search for and manage romantic relationships. Film will air on PBS on Jan. 11 at 10 p.m. ET.
The filmmakers have written the following about their movie
"Unfortunately, when it comes to romantic relationships, people with autism have a distinct disadvantage. Being plagued by this developmental disorder jeopardizes the core characteristics of a relationship - communication and social interaction. Ostensibly it seems that some may never truly experience romantic love, or at least love by a typical definition. However, we know this to be false. We have innumerable instances of people with autism falling in love and having meaningful romantic relationships.
AUTISM IN LOVE has captured those yet unexplored experiences. We've harnessed the power of cinema to reveal the truths of this otherwise marginalized community, and we're presenting a personal and critical perspective on the most important aspect of the human condition... love.
Autism in Love People with Autism say if you have Autism and are looking for love you must make yourself socialize, and that interaction gets easier with practice. We hope this encourages you to follow your heart!
January 10, 2016 - Wisconsin State Parks accept Accessible Cabin reservations
Wisconsin State Parks will begin accepting Accessible Cabin reservations on January 10, 2016 for the 2016 camping season. There are eight accessible cabins currently available in the Wisconsin State Park System. The cabins are available for use exclusively by people whose physical disability makes use of traditional camping facilities very difficult or unlikely.
Accessible modern cabins are available at Wisconsin's Harrington Beach, Kohler-Andrae, Mirror Lake, Buckhorn, High Cliff, and Potowatami state parks, Richard Bong State Recreation Area and Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit. Rustic accessible cabins are available at Copper Falls and Blue Mound state park.
For more information visit: January 2016 - Wisconsin State Parks accept Accessible Cabin reservations
December 2015 - Let us introduce you to the San Bernardino Inland Regional Center and the people who did the good work of the center
We wish to honor the people who lost their lives or were injured at the San Bernardino Inland Regional Center. Let us introduce you to the largest Regional Center in California. In 1969, a group of parents concerned with overcrowded institutions and limited service options available for individuals with developmental disabilities sought to pass legislation to improve services. As a result, this California Regional Center was established in 1972 after the passage of the California Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act was drafted and passed, which provides the entitlement program in California for people with an intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, and other conditions that are similar to that of an intellectual disability. This act put in place a state-wide system of regional centers. The Inland Regional Center was the 13th of 21 regional centers to open its doors in contract with the California Department of Developmental Services and began accepting cases to provide the highest quality of comprehensive case management services to individuals with developmental disabilities. With 116 consumers, nine employees, and a budget of $199,000 in 1972, Inland Regional Center has grown to have nearly 600 employees serving more than 30,000 consumers today.
Their mission is to provide "generic services to normalize the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families by working to include them in the everyday routines and life rhythms of the community and by facilitating needed supports for them."
Read the article about the caring individuals whose lives and work were cut short from this tragedy San Bernardino shooting: Who were the Victims? from WJAC TV.
December 2015 - Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the shooting tragedy in San Bernardino this week
On Wednesday December 2nd, two people opened fire in San Bernardino, California on the Inland Regional Center, a social services center, killing 14 people and injurying more. We send our condolences to the many families affected by this loss and our best wishes for fast healing for the injured. As an organization for people with disabilities, our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this shooting tragedy.
October 2015 - Rutgers University plans to offer adults with autism vocational and housing opportunities on its campus
Rutgers University will open it's new Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services. The University will house and provide employment for about 60 people with developmental disabilities as well as offer life skills training and recreational activities. Individuals with autism ages 21 and over will be eligible for the program and Rutgers believes it will be a good pilot program to show how Universities can assist in finding education and work for this demographic of young people. For more see this article at Disability Scoop
October 2015 - New Book! The Out of Reach Peach, by Lauren Oh.
We found a great new book that we just have to share with you!
The Out Of Reach Peach is a children's book about Leon the Owl, who has uniquely small wings. Leon doesn't let that stop him from going on adventures with his friends, and conquering challenges along the way!
The author, Lauren Oh, is a woman living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy in Wisconsin!
If you'd like to check out this lovely little story about diversity, friendship, and cooperation, feel free to visit The Out of Reach Peach on Facebook or check it out on Amazon.
October 2015 - New statistics in - Although the nation's economy has seen growth, jobless rate for people with disabilities has almost remained the same.
U.S. Department of Labor, even as the nation’s economy sees further growth.
The jobless rate for those with disabilities hit 10.5 percent in October. That’s up just slightly from the 10.4 percent rate reported the month prior.
August 2015 - HUD announces new affordable housing app
Are you looking for affordable housing? The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) new Resource Locator mobile application (app) for smartphones and tablets can help you get answers to your housing-related questions. The app connects you with building managers, public housing authorities and property management companies to learn about available HUD housing, including affordable housing for people with disabilities and seniors. The HUD Resource Locator, available via the web or your smart mobile device, provides Instant access to hundreds of affordable housing listings in your city. Check it out online or head over to Apple iTunes or Google Play Marketplace and search for HUD Resource Locator.
2015 - July through October 15th - NHU's Annual Flower Bulb Sale is Underway!
If you count down the days until your spring garden is in full bloom, our Fundraising with Flowers Sale has your name written all over it! There is a superb selection of Tulips, Daffodils, Irises and more available!
We are now accepting orders online.
Orders will be shipped to your door in time for fall planting.
Visit NHU'S Fundraising with Flowers Webpage
to check out this year's selection of bulbs
and to support NHU with your order.
July 8, 2015 - Art Miller, Founder of New Horizons Un-Limited spoke at the Dedication Ceremony for the Opening of the Harrington Beach State Park Accessible Camping Cabin
Friends of the Friends of Group of Harrington Beach State Park, Belgium, Wisconsin, representatives from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, including the regional and park rangers and engineers, construction volunteers, workers, contractors, engineers, and donors including family members of Jim Schendel (who in memoriam inspired the construction of this cabin) were on site at the dedication ceremony of the opening of the Harrington Beach State Park Accessible Camping Cabin, July 8th, 2015. The cabin was built in one of the campground sites and views Puckett's pond and surrounding prairie woodlands. Art Miller founder of New Horizons Un-Limited and an engineer who designed the first accessible cabin for the Wisconsin State parks in 1990 as well as this cabin, spoke at the ceremony, explaining to everyone how much the cabin can mean to people with disabilities," You have no idea what this means to the families who face each day with the challenge of disability and how much the respite in the out of doors can mean to a family and the family member with disabilities. It gives them Hope for tomorrow to begin again!" Read more...
Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics published results of research that recommends children that are diagnosed with Apraxia should also be screened for Autism
The research involved children with communication delays who were referred to both a developmental pediatrician and a speech and language pathologist for an Apraxia and Autism evaluation. The results of the research revealed that 63.6% of children initially diagnosed with Autism also had Apraxia, 36.8% of children initially diagnosed with Apraxia also had Autism. Researchers recommended that children diagnosed with Apraxia should also be screened for Autism and visa versa. Check out the abstract at How Valid is the Checklist for Autism Spectrum Disorders?
May 2015 - May is Mental Health Month
See Disability.gov's Disability Connection Newsletter, 10 Things You Need to Know about Mental Health
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, making this a good time to check up on yourself and gauge your overall mental health. There are many different types of mental health conditions and it’s important to learn the warning signs of each to start the path to better mental health. Many organizations are working to prevent the stigma associated with these conditions so that more people are comfortable speaking about their experiences and seeking treatment.
April 2015 - Disability movement loses advocate
This past weekend the disability movement lost a dedicated advocate. In the early 1970s, Alberta Lessard challenged the system on mental health commitment laws and changed, through the US Supreme Court, the laws across the country to provide more protection for individual patients such as rights to legal representation, a timely hearing, a jury trial and cross-examination of witnesses. Alberta is absolute proof that one person can make a difference. She was an awesome, loving, caring, forgiving, special friend of one of the active members of New Horizons Un-Limited. She will be missed.
March 25, 26 - 13th Annual Benefit Raffle & Silent Auction was a Great Success!
Thanks to our Raffle and Silent Auction Donors and to you, our supporters, our NHU Benefit Spring fundraiser was a great success.
Check out our generous 2015 NHU Benefit Spring Raffle and Silent Auction Donors.
March 25-26, 2015 -
13th Annual Benefit Raffle & Silent Auction
Learn More About Our 13th Annual Benefit Raffle and Silent Auction
To purchase raffle tickets and contribute donations,
13th Annual Benefit Raffle and Silent Auction Ticket Order Form
Grand Prize :
Two Roundtrip Airfare on Southwest Airlines ( Up to an $800 Value)
March 26, 2015
US Bank Center Galleria, Downtown Milwaukee
Need Not Be Present To Win
$3 each, 2 for $5, 5 for $10 or 15 for $20
Other prizes include restaurant certificates, hotel stays, festival and museum tickets, sporting event tickets and more. Our 2015 Raffle List is in development. Check back often as we update our complete list of prizes before the drawing.
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February 2015 - EEOC Joins Federal Partners to Produce Resource Guide for Employers
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced a new guide for employers on hiring people with disabilities. The resource guide, Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting People with Disabilities, provides employers with plain language technical assistance tools in an easy-to-use question-and-answer format. The guide was produced by the Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative -- a federal interagency effort working to increase equal employment opportunities and financial independence for people with disabilities.
February 2015 - See Science article "Obama precision medicine plan would create huge U.S. genetic biobank"
President Obama's precision health plan includes plans to create a huge genetic biobank from verious existing studies from U.S. agencies to include the genetic characteristics of over one million people to look at prevention of disabilities such as epilepsy and ALS.
"A similar U.S. biobank has long been on the wish list of National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins, who led the effort to sequence the human genome as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)." To find out more, visit the article at Obama proposed biobank plan
January 2015 - Baltimore Healthy Start Program Offers Support at Each Stage of Childbearing, Leading to Fewer Low Birthweight Babies which is a factor in preventing Developmental Disabilities
We at NHU would like to advocate for the unborn; we have a vision of not one more child to be born with a developmental disability. A risk factor for Developmental Disabilities is being born premature or premature and low or very low birthweight. The Baltimore Healthy Start Program is proving that giving prenatal care to childbearing parents through a comprehensive program can have a significant effect on babies surviving and thriving. Check out this article from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Urban Healthy Start Program Offers Support at Each Stage of Childbearing Cycle, Leading to Fewer Low- and Very Low–Birthweight Babies
January 2015 - Parents should be aware that being born very premature can lead to an increased risk of mental health problems such as bipolar disorder or depression
No one wants to worry parents, but being born preterm does have an "increased vulnerability to a variety of psychiatric conditions." If their child is born premature, parents should be aware and watch for early signs of mental health issues as their child develops. A study in Sweden from 1973 to 1985 shows the occurrence of people who sought medical assistance for psychiatric disorders was double or triple the number for persons who were born prematurely. The study warns that there have been a lot of advances in the care of preterm infants in more recent years, but researchers still consider prematurity a risk factor for disrupted brain development and disabilities. See the BBC article at Premature birth linked to worse mental health.
January 2015 - NHU Advocates for Prevention of Developmental Disabilities - Advocate for a quality standard of health and care for newborns to ensure a safe entrance to life
Given the rise in prevalence of lifelong, incurable, developmental disabilities, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders and Cerebral Palsy, the great cost and devastation to our children, families, and society, the inability to find definitive causes, the consideration that a significant percent may be preventable, and the need to broaden research which we know as a nation we must now pursue to find the causes to prevent them, we are advocating to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to take action to update the collection of data before, during and after birth on the U.S. Standard Certificate of Live Birth, in accordance with medical research needs to determine ways to prevent these disabilities in the U.S.
We must all, including government representatives, researchers, the medical community and parents take more responsibility to record data, advocate for more awareness, train for more education for a quality standard of health and care for parents and newborns to ensure, at the very minimum, a safe entrance to life for each and every child born, allowing that during their lifetime, each child may realize their maximum potential without unnecessary devastating limitations from disabilities.
Why should we fund the unborn when we have other political priorities?
Children are not an expendable part of our community, a group we think we can neglect as we believe they owe us their future. Preventing Developmental Disabilities means we care enough, now, to ensure our collective futures by attending to the protection of our children.
A far greater effort must be made without delay so we may identify the causes and ways to prevent developmental disability from one more child, one more family! If disability has not happened to you or your family, with these odds, disability can very well happen to your children or grandchildren, your nieces or your nephews.
Every week we delay 12700 more children and their families are impacted. The time to act is today!
2015 NHU Wishlist
NHU can only continue to provide our many services including information and referral with your support!!!
Our informative website and our computer grant program are just some of the ways we are working together to improve the lives of community members with disabilities!
Following, are numerous ways in which you may contribute towards the improvement of the lives of our community members with disabilities.
Please take a moment to review our 2015 NHU Wish List and our Donate link for various ways to contribute to NHU.
2015 - Thank you to everyone who assisted in promoting and contributing to our 2015 NHU Annual Appeal!
Our Annual Appeal is important in acquiring sustaining funds for NHU programs for opportunity for people with disabilities! Remember to speak to family and friends throughout the year to remember us and the benefits of end-of-year giving.
If you have not already given, please consider a donation to NHU in 2015. Click on NHU Annual Appeal.
Click on the following for more information on Benefits of End-of-Year Giving and Planned Giving.
December 2014 - New Horizons Un-Limited Celebrates Our 20th Anniversary!
Since 1994 we have been providing our community members with disabilities the information, tools, and experiences that enable them to become confident contributing citizens!
Thank you for being part of our 20 year journey!
You have helped us to grow beyond our humble beginnings into a full service organization that has trained and supported hundreds of motivated individuals.
We have seen our clients become advocates, earn their GEDs, graduate for college, find jobs, start businesses.. all because they were given the tools and the ongoning support they needed to succeed.
You support made that possible! Join us for the next 20! See our Winter NHU Outlook Newsletter
December 16th, 2014 - the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014 by a vote of 76 to 16. - Important Legislation for people with disabilities and their families, for the option to save up to $14,000 in a tax free savings account, without losing public assistance.
Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act will allow people with disabilities (with an age of onset up to 26 years old) and their families the opportunity to create a tax-exempt savings account that can be used for maintaining health, independence and quality of life. In the past if you were born with Cerebral Palsy or Spina Bifida you were only allowed to keep $2000 to maintain eligibility for public assistance. Your parents could not save for costs related to raising a child with significant disabilities or a
working age adult with disabilities. The ABLE savings account will allow individuals to supplement that which assistance will not cover for accessible housing and
transportation, personal assistance services, assistive technology and
health care not covered by insurance, Medicaid or Medicare. You will have the option to save up to $14,000 in a tax-free savings account,
eliminating the $2,000
asset cap SSI and SSDI beneficiaries face. This could finally mean
financial freedom!! Individual states will need to set up an ABLE program and hopefully you will be able to set up an account by the end of 2015. See the National Disability Institute's article on the passage of this bill.
November 9, 2014 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports "Newborn screening reforms have instant impact – Baby’s life saved days after switch to overnight test delivery”
This article by Ellen Gabler reports that hospitals are realizing that sending newborn blood tests to state labs is causing too much of a delay to diagnose certain birth defects causing infant death or brain damage resulting in permanent disabilities. Some hospitals have figured out how to get results to and from the lab expedited as timing after birth is crucial to prevention of disability or possibly death. Parents are advocating to be aware of what your state and hospital will include for newborn screening tests and whether your hospital has a plan to get results from the lab back to your doctor within a 24-48 hour window. When doctor's get the results, care can be provided that will prevent, literally stop a child from lifelong disability or infant mortality.
October 2014 - Upon retirement, Senator Tom Harkin will leave lasting disability rights legacy
If you are an American with a disability, you should surely join us in thanking Tom Harkin for his 40-plus years of public service. Just about every piece of contemporary disability legislation has Senator Harkin’s mark on it. He is OUR advocate! He has championed our cause, fighting for our rights in education, employment, housing, community inclusion, independent living, and health care. He stood up for us not because it was popular, but because it was right. Because, including people with disabilities is good for America! Though we still have a long way to go, we have come this far, thanks in large part to Senator Harkin’s passion for, and commitment to equality.
Here is just a small summary of all that Senator Harkin has accomplished on behalf of Americans with disabilities:
Authored the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – the civil rights act for people with disabilities that expanded access to education, employment, and the community at large
Authored the Television Decoder Circuitry Act of 1990 - required all TVs to be capable of providing closed captioning
Co-sponsored the 1997 and 2004 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) - ensured that early childhood special education services were available to children starting at age 3
Authored the Community First Choice (CFC) Option within the Affordable Care Act – allowed states to create programs that care for people in their homes and apartments instead of nursing homes
Advocated for increased employment opportunities for people with disabilities during twelve hearings and four HELP Committee reports between 2010 and 2014
Led the passage of the 2014 reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act – designed to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities in competitive integrated settings
Though he is retiring from the public sector, Senator Harkin will continue to work on behalf of marginalized Americans via the Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement at Drake University.
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