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New Sign March 29-30, 2017 - 15th Annual NHU Benefit Raffle & Silent Auction

Raffle and Silent Auction

Learn More About Our 15th Annual Benefit Raffle and Silent Auction

to purchase raffle tickets and contribute donations.

Drawing:
March 30, 2017
US Bank Center Galleria, Downtown Milwaukee
Need Not Be Present To Win

Raffle Tickets:
$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 - This year plan a day or two away at Welcome H.O.M.E. in Newburg, Wisconsin!

The state parks only allow each visitor a 4 night stay so if you are looking to fill your week at another accessible venue consider this vacation alternative just a few miles from J.M. Kohler-Terry Andrae State Park near Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Welcome H.O.M.E (House of Modification Examples) is a Bed and Breakfast located in Newburg, Wisconsin, but it is not your ordinary B and B. Welcome H.O.M.E. was built to be visited and enjoyed by everyone, regardless of ability or disability. Equipped with varied adaptive devices and designed with accessibility in mind, all are encouraged to "come as you are." All public rooms, private guestrooms, bathrooms, and hiking trails throughout the 17 acre woodland are accessible. Experience the beauty of the great outdoors, leisurely explore numerous and varied accessible home design ideas and adaptive equipment and visit Riveredge Nature Center just a mile down the road. To arrange a visit to this unique wheelchair accessible country home, contact Welcome, H.O.M.E. at P.O. Box 333, 4260 West Hawthorne Drive (Hwy. Y), Newburg, Wisconsin 53060, call (262) 675-2525, or visit their website.


New Sign January 2017 - Wisconsin State Parks accept Accessible Cabin reservations

Harrington Beach State Park Accessible Cabin Wisconsin

Wisconsin State Parks will begin accepting Accessible Cabin reservations on January 10, 2017 for the 2017 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 2017 - Wisconsin State Parks accept Accessible Cabin reservations

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New Sign December 18, 2016 - Check out the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Watchdog Update: "Deadly Delays: States fail to meet newborn screening goals" by Ellen Gabler

Check out this article online as the author updates this issue through the new report released by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAB). From the report in 2013 by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigating infant death and permanent disability from screening delays by hospitals and state labs, President Barack Obama signed a bill in 2014 which authorized $20 million to support newborn screening systems across the states. Find out how the GAO arrived at their 2016 results that the states still fail to meet newborn screening goals, the progress that has been made and the work that must still be done to properly screen newborns, how screening varies from state to state and how the advisory committee has little authority to improve the performance of state public health labs.


New Sign December 2016 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Special Report, "The Price of Being Wrong" about who will pay for boy's care when state lab and doctor have missed a birth defect

Visit the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Special Report by Ellen Gabler, "The Price of Being Wrong" The report found that the lab "science can be flawed."

  • "A child’s life-threatening condition might be caught in one state but missed in another because there’s little uniformity in the policies, procedures and cutoffs used to screen disorders.
  • Babies with borderline results are most at risk. Yet state labs typically only report whether results are normal or abnormal
  • In each state, people with competing interests have a say in how newborn screening is done. Lawmakers, doctors, laboratory professionals and representatives from health departments, hospital associations and advisory groups all weigh in.
  • States say they can’t improve screening because they are constrained by costs, and lawmakers won’t approve more money to fund the state lab.
  • For years, a federal advisory committee has discussed trying to bring more uniformity to newborn screening. But little action has been taken to standardize the way screening is done despite known advances in science.
  • State governments are generally shielded from lawsuits under “sovereign immunity,” a principle from English common law meaning “the king can do no wrong.” The idea is that lawsuits could bankrupt the state and prevent it from providing services to the rest of the community. As a result, parents of injured children can’t recover money from the state to help care for their child’s lifelong disability, so they sue someone else — like a pediatrician, or others who may not be primarily at fault."
  • In this case, the parents sued the pediatrician and lost the suit. The lawyer pointed out the great cost of a life unable to be lived. The cost will be to the parents, the child and the state.

    "$3 million. Mel’s lost earning capacity. $7 million. The cost for him to live in a group home from 18 until he dies in old age. $6 million. His care if he lives at home with his parents, and then with one of his two little sisters after their parents die. "


    New Sign October 2016 - New Horizons Un-Limited Press Release - Supporting Personal Journeys Toward a Brighter Future

    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 in Employment


    2016 Go Vote

     

    Advocacy Alert! November 2016: Get Out and Vote! 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!

    Get Out and VOTE!


    August 2016 - Mirror Lake State Park Celebrates 25 Year Anniversary of the First Accessible Camping Cabin in Wisconsin State Parks

    It is hard to imagine that it has been 25 years since our founder was the designer on the first Accessible Camping Cabin in the Wisconsin State Parks. We at NHU have been involved with several of the parks' accessible cabins built since then, including High Cliff, Richard Bong, Koehler- Andrae and Harrington Beach State Recreation Area and Parks. For more information on the cabins, visit our page on Recreation: Parks and Forests.


    August 2016 - New Gardetto Family Community Dental Clinic for Adults with cognitive and physical disabilities

    New Gardetto Family Community Dental Clinic for Adults with cognitive and physical disabilities opens at St. Ann Centre for Intergenerational Care - Bucyrus Campus at 2450 W. North Avenue, Milwaukee, WIsconsin. For people with Parkinson's, or Cerebral Palsy getting dental care requires some form of sedation or assistance to hold his or her head steady. This clinic is funded through the Gardetto Family, WDHS, Delta Dental and Ziemann Foundation. For more information call (414) 210-2440 or email lcherek@stanncenter.org


    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

    June 2016 - We want to Thank our Sponsors, Donors, and Golfers for Making Our 13th Annual New Horizons Un-Limited Benefit Golf Outing a Great Success!

    Hawks View Golf Course

    We had a wonderful day at the Hawk's View Golf Course! Our Sponsors and Golfers make this event memorable. Visit our Facebook Photo Album of this year's exciting event!

    Thank you to our NHU Golf Outing Sponsors and Donors, who help to make our programs possible!

    To learn more how you or your company can participate next year, contact us today via e-mail at horizons@new-horizons.org


    Harrington Beach State Park Accessible Cabin Wisconsin

    June 5, 2016 - Come Celebrate and Support the efforts of The Friends of Harrington Beach State Park Accessible Camping Cabin construction at their FREE Pancake Breakfast!

    Come celebrate and support this accessible cabin in the Wisconsin State Parks!

    Sunday, June 5, 2016 - Wisconsin State Parks - FREE WISCONSIN PARKS ADMISSION DAY

    Enjoy a FREE Pancake Breakfast at the Welcome Center from 8am until Noon.

    Pancakes, sausages, applesauce and beverages will be available without charge. (Donations are welcome to support the Harrington Beach Accessible Cabin) After breakfast enjoy the beach, pond, hiking trails at this natural treasure. Directions: Take Interstate 43 from Milwaukee 40 miles north to the Belgium, Wisconsin exit and follow the signs to Harrington Beach State Park.

    Visit Friends of Harrington Beach Accessible Cabin Project


    Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - Save the Date! 13th Annual New Horizons Un-Limited Benefit Golf Outing- See our Golf Registration below.

    Hawks View Golf Course

    Our 13th Annual New Horizons Un-Limited Benefit Golf Outing, will be held Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at Hawk's View Golf Club in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

    With a best ball format and our unique Mulligan Package, you need not be an expert golfer to enjoy our outing. Plus, our after-round banquet offers a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and network with colleagues.

    Our outing offers a number of terrific promotional sponsorship opportunities in a variety of price ranges. Our golf outing draws more than 100 golfers from the Greater Milwaukee and Greater Chicago areas, offering an excellent opportunity to reach this audience.

    Visit our NHU Benefit Golf Outing Registration

    To learn more how you or your company can participate this year, contact us today via e-mail at horizons@new-horizons.org


    Dock at Discovery World

    May 28th, Milwaukee Lakefront - Summer Kickoff with the Sailing Vessel - Denis Sullivan - from 10am-4pm

    Need a change of scenery? Visit Milwaukee's own re-creation of a typical 19th century 3-masted Great Lakes schooner, the Sailing Vessel - Denis Sullivan, for FREE deck tours for the whole family. Explore the S/V Denis Sullivan without leaving the dock! Go to the outdoor Dock on Saturday, May 28th for a chance to hop aboard Wisconsin’s flagship. Meet the incredible crew, learn how the ship works, explore changes in sailing technology, and experience Milwaukee’s rich maritime history. Deck Tours are great for all ages!

    For more information, visit Sailing Vessel -Denis Sullivan


    NHU staff displaying event table at our event

    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

    Raffle and 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
  • Drawing:
    March 24, 2016
    US Bank Center Galleria, Downtown Milwaukee
    Need Not Be Present To Win

    Raffle Tickets:
    $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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    January 2016 - Wisconsin State Parks accept Accessible Cabin reservations

    Harrington Beach State Park Accessible Cabin Wisconsin

    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

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    2016: A New Behavioral Treatment Benefit to be Provided Under Wisconsin Medicaid and Other FowardHealth Programs

    There will be a new behavioral treatment benefit under Wisconsin Medicaid and the other Foward Health Programs. The New behavioral treatment benefit will be available beginning January 1, 2016, for the following groups:

    Children currently receiving autism treatment services under the CLTS Waiver Program;
    Children who have been diagnosed and are waiting for autism treatment services; and
    Children who receive health care coverage through BadgerCare Plus, Medicaid, or the Katie Beckett Program and who have a need for behavioral treatment.

    If you have a child with Autism and have not heard from the Wisconsin DHS, visit the Behavioral Treatment Benefit and Other Support Services for Children with Autism FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs) BY FAMILIES


    October 2015 - As we look at the past 25 years of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), we can imagine a bright future!

    Twenty-five years ago, through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), our nation committed itself to eliminating discrimination against people with disabilities; guaranteeing that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone to participate in the mainstream of American life -- to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services. New Horizons Un-Limited is proud to work towards a future in which all the doors are open to equal opportunity, full participation, independent living, integration and economic self-sufficiency for persons with disabilities. In honor of the 25th anniversary of the ADA, NHU holds a spotlight on our efforts that are opening gateways to full participation and opportunity for people with disabilities. We should all be concerned with the future, because we will have to spend the rest of our lives there. - ------ Charles F. Kettering, Inventor What are we doing NOW, to ensure a bright future for all of us? Visit our NHU press release.


    October 2015 - Dream Playground at Petzke Park in Kenosha, Wisconsin, an accessible playground, will open this Saturday, October 10th

    Dream Playground at Petzke Park in Kenosha, Wisconsin, an accessible playground, will open this Saturday, October 10th with a ribbon cutting ceremonty at 1p.m. This playground wa inspired by Amity Forsythe who has spina bifida and Amity's mom, Jaime Forsythe and Tammy Conforti, a special needs teacher, have been working to make this playground a reality. For more information, visit thekac.com/playground


    October 2015 - Kayla's Playground at Franklin Woods, Franklin, Wisconsin, an accessible playground, will open Saturday, October 10th

    Kayla's Playground at Franklin Woods, Franklin, Wisconsin is the mission of Kayla's Krew--the Krew that worked wholeheartedly with the City of Franklin in hopes to build an all-accessible, all-inclusive playground in Franklin to be inspiring and truly all-accessible for all children and families of any age and ability, in honor of Kayla Runte. This new accessible playground will open tonight at the ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:30 and stay open until 8:30. For more information about Kayla's story and how to park and shuttle, visit www.franklinwi.gov/Home/Departments/ParksRecreation/KaylasPlaygroundatFranklinWoods.htm


    August 2015 - Harrington Beach State Park, Belgium Wisconsin Accepting Reservations Now

    Harrington Beach State Park Accessible Cabin Wisconsin Harrington Beach State Park, Belgium, Wisconsin is accepting reservations for the new accessible cabin for the remainder of the 2015 camping season beginning August 1, 2015, with occupancy beginning August 10, 2015. Fax or mail your reservation to (FAX 262-285-7821) or Harrington Beach State Park, 531 County Road D, Belgium, WI 53004, ATTN Cabin Reservation.

    The Campsite Reservation Request for People with Disabilities form can be obtained at the park or on-line at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/camping/cabin.html. For more information, contact Harrington Beach State Park office at (262) 285-3015. Please check back on this website often for updates on the accessible cabin.


    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

    Art Miller, founder of NHU, at Harrington Beach State Park Accessible Cabin Wisconsin Dedication 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...


    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 - Come Celebrate and Support the Dedication and Open House of the Harrington Beach State Park Accessible Camping Cabin! -Belgium, Wisconsin

    Harrington Beach State Park Accessible Cabin Dedication WisconsinNHU Announces the Dedication and Open House of the Harrington Beach State Park Accessible Camping Cabin.

    The Department of Natural Resources, Southeast Region, Harrington Beach State Park and the Friends of Harrington Beach State Park will dedicate the Accessible Cabin, Wednesday, July 8 at 1:00pm, with an Open House and Public Tours, Social, Snacks, and Refreshments at Puckett's Pond Shelter to follow.

    Harrington Beach State Park, 531 County Road D, Belgium, Wisconsin. Park at the Puckett’s Park Shelter lot and walk the trail to the cabin. Contact the office for accessible details 262-285-3015.

    A Park Sticker is required. See DNR fees at Parks Admission Fees

    Directions: Harrington Beach is about 35 miles north of Milwaukee and 21 miles south of Sheboygan, WI via Interstate Highway 43. From I-43, take exit 107 (Belgium/Lake Church) and go east on County Highway D about one mile. The park entrance will be on your right. Geographic coordinates are 43° 29' 37.81" N, 87° 48' 8.13" W.

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    June 7, 2015 - Come Celebrate and Support the efforts of The Friends of Harrington Beach State Park Accessible Camping Cabin construction at their FREE Pancake Breakfast!

    Come celebrate, support and help realize this next accessible cabin in the Wisconsin State Parks!

    Sunday, June 7, 2014 - Wisconsin State Parks - FREE WISCONSIN PARKS ADMISSION DAY

    Enjoy a FREE Pancake Breakfast at the Welcome Center from 8am until Noon.

    Pancakes, sausages, applesauce and beverages will be available without charge. (Donations are welcome to support the Harrington Beach Accessible Cabin) After breakfast enjoy the beach, pond, hiking trails at this natural treasure. Directions: Take Interstate 43 from Milwaukee 40 miles north to the Belgium, Wisconsin exit and follow the signs to Harrington Beach State Park.

    Visit Friends of Harrington Beach Accessible Cabin Project


    Summer 2015 - NHU Announces The Friends of Harrington Beach State Park are finalizing construction of the 8th Wisconsin State Park Accessible Camping Cabin this summer!

    Harrington Beach State Park Wisconsin Accessible Cabin Kitchen Construction The Friends Group of Harrington Beach State Park will complete construction:

    Wisconsin’s 8th wheelchair accessible cabin for people with disabilities

    at the family campground of Harrington Beach State Park near Belgium, Wisconsin this summer!

    Congratulations to the Friends Group and their project manager, Neil Kraemer, for all the effort to make this next cabin a reality!

    Visit our NHU announcement for all the information about this exciting project at

    8th Wisconsin State Park Accessible Camping Cabin


    Hey Milwaukee County residents, did you know that you might be eligible for FREE bus rides in Milwaukee County?!

    If you have a "physical or mental impairment" or are 65 years of age or older you could qualify for a MCTS GO Pass. The application is linked below, check it out. MCTS Go Pass application


    Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 12th Annual New Horizons Un-Limited Benefit Golf Outing- See our Golf Brochure

    Hawks View Golf Course

    Our 12th Annual New Horizons Un-Limited Benefit Golf Outing, will be held Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at Hawk's View Golf Club in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

    With a best ball format and our unique Mulligan Package, you need not be an expert golfer to enjoy our outing. Plus, our after-round banquet offers a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and network with colleagues.

    Our outing offers a number of terrific promotional sponsorship opportunities in a variety of price ranges. Our golf outing draws more than 100 golfers from the Greater Milwaukee and Greater Chicago areas, offering an excellent opportunity to reach this audience.

    Our NHU Benefit Golf Outing

    Download the 2015 Golf Outing Brochure

    To learn more how you or your company can participate this year, contact us today via e-mail at horizons@new-horizons.org

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    May 23rd, Milwaukee - Summer Kickoff with the Sailing Vessel - Denis Sullivan

    Visit the Sailing Vessel Denis Sullivan at the lake front, for FREE deck tours from 10am-4pm, on May 23rd and enjoy FREE nauticle inspired fastival games for the whole family. Also get a chance to win 1 of 9 great nautical themed prizes in their raffle. For more information, visit the Sailing Vessel -Denis Sullivan


    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.

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    April 16th - Join us for Earth Day 2015! U.S. Bank downtown Milwaukee.

    We will be at Earth Day -2015 at the U.S. Bank Galleria Leve,l downtown Milwaukee from 10 - 2. Recycle your computer equipment through NHU. We refurbish used computer equipment and grant workstations with Windows 7 to community members with disabilities. Come join us and many other Earth Day exhibitors.


    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

    Raffle and 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)
  • Drawing:
    March 26, 2015
    US Bank Center Galleria, Downtown Milwaukee
    Need Not Be Present To Win

    Raffle Tickets:
    $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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    March 2015 - The Brain Injury Alliance of Wisconsin has proclaimed March, Brain Injury Awareness Month

    See the proclamation from the Governor's office from the State of Wisconsin at Brain Injury Awareness Month The organization is advocating for the prevention of brain injury and the full participation in life of individuals with brain injury. For more information on the prevention of brain injury, visit the Brain Injury Alliance of Wisconsin

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    January 2015 - This year plan a day or two away at Welcome H.O.M.E. in Newburg, Wisconsin!

    The state parks only allow each visitor a 4 night stay so if you are looking to fill your week at another accessible venue consider this vacation alternative just a few miles from J.M. Kohler-Terry Andrae State Park near Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Welcome H.O.M.E (House of Modification Examples) is a Bed and Breakfast located in Newburg, Wisconsin, but it is not your ordinary B and B. Welcome H.O.M.E. was built to be visited and enjoyed by everyone, regardless of ability or disability. Equipped with varied adaptive devices and designed with accessibility in mind, all are encouraged to "come as you are." All public rooms, private guestrooms, bathrooms, and hiking trails throughout the 17 acre woodland are accessible. Experience the beauty of the great outdoors, leisurely explore numerous and varied accessible home design ideas and adaptive equipment and visit Riveredge Nature Center just a mile down the road. To arrange a visit to this unique wheelchair accessible country home, contact Welcome, H.O.M.E. at P.O. Box 333, 4260 West Hawthorne Drive (Hwy. Y), Newburg, Wisconsin 53060, call (262) 675-2525, or visit their website.


    2015 Camping Season - Register now at the beginning of the year for the Wisconsin State Parks Accessible Cabins!

    Kohler-Terry Andrae State Parks Accessible Cabin
    J.M. Kohler-Terry Andrae State Parks Accessible Cabin!

    Richard Bong State Recreation Area Accessible Cabin
    Richard Bong State Recreation Area Accessible Cabin

    New Horizons Un-Limited collaborated with Miller Engineering Inc., Strass-Maguire and Associates Inc., architects, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and various Friends of Wisconsin State Parks groups to coordinate accessibility issues and the design with the State of Wisconsin for the Wisconsin State Parks accessible camping cabins for people with disabilities.

    The accessible cabins feature numerous accessible amenities, ensuring that all people with disabilities can freely use the cabin and the park's amenities without fear of hidden barriers. Features include a fully accessible bathroom and kitchen and an accessible sleeping porch. All rooms are large enough to allow for people in wheelchairs to move freely about the cabin from the entrance ramps, doorways, undercounter space and the roll-in shower. Furthermore, all fixtures and controls are accessible, including the faucets, toilet, door and cabinet handles and light switches.

    The Wisconsin State Parks are now taking reservations for the 2015 camping season for the Accessible Cabins! Plan now for your camping trip.

    For more information or a reservation application, call the individual parks that provide accessible cabins:


    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.

    Your support made that possible! Join us for the next 20! See our Winter NHU Outlook Newsletter


    December 2014 - Harrington State Park Accessible Cabin - progress on the construction of the 8th Cabin for Wisconsin State Parks!

    Harrington Beach State Park Accessible cabin progress Harrington Beach State Park Accessible cabin progressIn December, construction is progressing to build Wisconsin's 8th wheelchair accessible cabin at Harrington Beach State Park in Belgium, Wisconsin. The Friends Group is finishing the systems inside so they can insulate the new accessible cabin at campground site #114 at Harrington Beach State Park to get it closed ready for interior finishing work.

    If you haven't had a chance to contribute to this new cabin, contact Friends of Harrington Beach Accessible Cabin Project. The Friends Group of Harrington Beach State Park is planning a 2015 opening of the cabin. We will keep you posted when this new cabin will be ready for season reservations.

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