New Horizons Un-Limited

             Outlook


 

  Summer 2015                                                                              Volume 12,  Edition  2


 

NHU Outlook Newsletter is published quarterly by New Horizons Un-Limited Inc. (NHU), a 501(c)3 tax exempt non-profit organization based in Milwaukee with a mission to make information and life experiences more accessible to people with lifelong disabilities, their families and caregivers.  Our programs are made possible through the generous contributions of our community partners, member and donor families and many in-kind donors.  To contribute to New Horizons Un-Limited, see page 4.   

To learn more about NHU, visit our website at www.new-horizons.org or send us an e-mail at horizons@new-horizons.org    

 

 

“We should all be concerned with the future because we will have to spend

the rest of our lives there.”  -     Charles F. Kettering

 

 


 


In this newsletter:

 

NHU  - Please Join Us to

·      Support  the 8th Accessible    Cabin – Harrington Beach

 

NHU 2015 

     Volunteer Opportunities!

·      Join Us for Our June 3rd

      NHU Benefit Golf Outing!

 

·      Golf Tee Sponsors Needed!

       

·      Spring Raffle /Silent Auction Donor Appreciation Flyer!

 

·      May Gift Card Orders!

 

·         Like us on Facebook!

       Share on our Forums!

       Visit our Blog!

       Follow on Twitter!

 

·      Simple Ways to Give!

 

NHU Disability Advocacy Alert

·      Support Long Term Care supports until DHS can

evaluate impact of changes on citizens with disabilities

 

 

NHU Outlook Newsletter

published quarterly by:

 

New Horizons Un-Limited Inc.

811 E. Wisconsin Avenue,

Suite 937

Milwaukee, WI   53202

(414) 299-0124

www.new-horizons.org

horizons@new-horizons.org

 

NHU Supports the Building of the Wheelchair Accessible Cabin for People with Disabilities at Harrington Beach State Park. 

 

The opportunity to respite in the outdoors helps individuals with disabilities and their families to become reinvigorated and helps us feel more alive, free and happy.  Outdoor adventures offer family members to bond in ways that may otherwise be more difficult and it is well known that nature offers good therapy from life’s stresses.  A camping cabin offers a low cost option for enjoying the outdoors for people with physical disabilities who require accessible amenities.

 

This Season Plan to Enjoy the Outdoors  with Your Family and Respite at a Wheelchair Accessible Cabin in the Wisconsin State Parks

 

If you or a family member has a physical disability and are in need of a break, book a stay at one of Wisconsin State Parks’ seven fully accessible cabins. Make reservations early; accessible cabins fill up fast.  For information and reservations, visit dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/camping/cabin.html

 

For more information on more accessible outdoor opportunities, visit our website:

·         For Accessible Accommodations, visit www.new-horizons.org/recacc.html

·         For Outdoor and Wilderness, visit www.new-horizons.org/recout.html

·         For Parks and Forests, visit www.new-horizons.org/recprk.html

 

 

 

The Friends of Harrington Beach State Park plan to OPEN the

8th Wisconsin State Park Accessible Camping Cabin this summer!

 

Come celebrate, support and help realize this next cabin!

 

Sunday, June 7, 2015 - Wisconsin State Parks - FREE ADMISSION DAY

 

Enjoy a FREE Breakfast in the Park at the Welcome Center from 8am – Noon

Pancakes, sausages, applesauce and beverages will be available without charge.

 

Donations are welcome! The Friends Group is still accepting and in need of donations to finalize the Harrington Beach State Park Accessible Camping 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 www.friendsofharrington.org/accessible-cabin

 


 

 



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May – June – July       NHU Volunteer Opportunities!!

 

To sign up for volunteer opportunities, call (414) 299-0124 or e-mail horizons@new-horizons.org

NHU volunteers are reimbursed up to $16.00 per month for your parking or transportation.

Report your volunteer hours to NHU on-line www.new-horizons.org/volnet.html



 

Join the Celebration!

 

 

12th Annual NHU Benefit Golf Outing

June 3, 2015

Hawk’s View Golf Club

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

 

View our on-line registration form at:

www.new-horizons.org/golfrg.html

 

Golf Outing Sponsors Needed!

Believe in all the good You can provide our

community members with disabilities via your sponsorship participation of our golf outing.

 

Advertise Your Company by Becoming a Tee Sponsor for our NHU Golf Outing!

Your logo and company name will be advertised in our event program, Tee location, NHU newsletters and website.

 

Market Your Company, Offer a Golfer Gift

Provide a golfer gift with your company logo/name

for our 120 participants.  Hats, towels, pens, cups, cozies, etc. are some of the many ideas.  Please contact us two weeks in advance to arrange your donation.

 

Donate to Our Raffle or Silent Auction

We are always looking for unique items.  Your contribution will be acknowledged in our digital presentation, a table sign and event program.  Please call us at least one week in advance.

 

For sponsorship details see our golf brochure at:

www.new-horizons.org/pdf/golf15.pdf

 

Questions?    horizons@new-horizons.org

 

 

Purchase Scrip Gift Certificates from NHU

Are you planning purchases for Father’s Day, the lucky graduate, summer lawn and garden supplies? Groceries, gas, movies, fast food, restaurants, and retailers are available.  

 

Scrip orders are due:  Thursday, May 21, 2015

 

Purchase scrip gift cards thru NHU, redeemable for the exact amount you pay for them.  The retailer passes the discount savings (percentage listed next to each retailer on the order form) to NHU.  We deliver your order to you in 10 days.  Printable NHU Scrip order form at new-horizons.org/pdf/scripf.pdf 

 

Fill out and send your order form and your check or money order to NHU.

 

 

 

Follow NHU……

 

  Like us, NHU on Facebook!

people, news, events

facebook.com/NewHorizonsUn-Limited

 

   Share on our NHU Forum!

experiences, ideas, solutions

new-horizons.org/forum

 

Join the Family Forum on Disability!

conversation for life’s challenges

facebook.com/groups/ittakesonetoknowone

 

    Visit our NHU Blog!

everyday advocacy and inspiration

newhorizonsunlimited.wordpress.com

 

   Follow NHU on Twitter!

new opportunities, new hope, new horizons twitter.com/newhorizonsmke

 

We would like to hear from you!

Please-e-mail us at horizons@new-horizons.org

 

 

 


 


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  Advocacy Alert!  Wisconsin

Have you ever used Family Care, IRIS or an Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) for yourself or to assist a family member with a disability

or an elderly family member to find care resources in the state of Wisconsin?

 


If you have had the need to use these programs either for yourself or a family member, you know of the thousands of elderly citizens and citizens with disabilities across the state that have benefitted from these programs; who have been able to get support to stay in their own homes, make independent decisions about who cares for them and live and work in their own communities rather than being placed in nursing homes.

 

The 2015-17 Biennial Budget of the Wisconsin State Legislature replaces this community support model with a private Health Care Management Insurance Company.  Unfortunately their plan has not been shared with the public, so families do not know what will happen to their present ability to live, work, or go to day care.

 

Families do not know if they will be able to care for their loved ones in their own homes or hire strangers or worse institutionalize them.

 

We congratulate Wisconsin State Representative Mark Born for his leadership for making a motion to remove the changes to IRIS, Family Care and the ADRC’s until DHS and stakeholders have some input into what will happen to them, their families, communities and the state under this new management.

 

If you were a young man with a severe disability, living in your own apartment, working in your community, you would not want to wake up one morning to find your caregivers who come just 3 times a day to assist you, will no longer help you get into your wheelchair so you can go to work and you will have to live in a nursing home. 

 

If you were an elderly woman, who no longer had a hip and used a wheelchair, you and your family would not want to learn that the person you interviewed, hired and now trust would no longer be able to care for you twice a day so you can stay in your own home, but you would have to go live in a nursing home.

 

These existing Wisconsin Long Term Care (LTC) programs were developed under the Governor Thompson administration.  With the input of legislators, care service providers, the DHS, and stakeholders, they were planned to remove 14,000 people off wait lists, out of nursing homes and allow them to live in their own homes, with community supports, in an effort to reduce the cost of LTC in Wisconsin and to alleviate the extra burden on families to research services and programs, the ADRC’s were designed for families to have a one stop place to assist them in finding and connecting them to the resources available in their communities.

 

These programs save the state millions of dollars by not having to build, maintain and care for people in LTC Facilities, no longer in existence and with the ADRC’s counseling 75-80% of people who call do not end up using LTC services, but find support in their communities.  Why are we changing a system that works well for more bureaucracy?

 

There are too many unknowns and questions to move forward with these drastic changes to Long Term Care. 

 

What will happen to those who wish to get community support and live in their own homes and work in their communities rather than living in nursing homes?  

 

The ADRC’s contract with local private entities.  Will people be able to keep their same doctors, medical professionals and other services?  What will happen to provider businesses and workers in the state? 

 

Who will audit the private insurance company?  If there is a safety concern, who will handle adult protective services and other questions as the ADRC’s do now? 

 

Please write your Representatives and Joint Finance Committee members, that you are concerned how these changes to Family Care, IRIS and the ADRC’s will affect you, your family and your community.  For more information and links, visit new-horizons.org/wnlgwi.html/#LTCBorn

 

 

Breaking News!!! Removing Proposed Wisconsin Budget reductions to Long Term Care Programs

After we had published our article on the proposed Wisconsin Budget reductions to the long term care programs of IRIS, Family Care and the ADRC services, the Wisconsin Legislature has issued an announcement that the Republican leaders on the Joint Finance Committee rejected Governor Walker's proposed long term care changes, although pursuing limited reforms with strong legislative oversight. See the May 14, 2015 Wisconsin Legislature Announcement.

As the Survival Coaltion of Wisconsin Disabilitiy Organizations states, Wisconsin families and citizens with disabilities can be relieved that the plan the Joint Finance Committee is implementing will require public and stakeholder input before any changes are made, but they are concerned as the proposal does not guarantee that the current highly rated Family Care and IRIS programs will remain in place. These programs have saved hundreds of millions of dollars for the state over the past decade and will continue to do so in the next. - See the Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations letter of May 15, 2015


Giving back to your community…

has never been easier!

 

 

Here are some simple ways to give back to NHU!



 

Volunteers reach out and make a world of difference!!     For more information on volunteering,

  visit: new-horizons.org/volnet.html

 

NHU Wish List

Visit: new-horizons.org/wshlst.html  Make an in-kind donation of used equipment or make a donation for purchase of:

Make a secure on-line credit card donation via PayPal.  It’s free, secure and so easy!  Visit new-horizons.org/donnow.html and click the Donate icon.  Complete the online form to give back to your community!

 

Make a donation to NHU.  Fill out the form included on the back page of this newsletter.

 

Visit new-horizons.org/donate.html

 

Call NHU at (414) 299-0124

 




 

 

 

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Thank you to everyone who contributed to our 2015 Raffle and Silent Auction!

 

To check out our event donors, visit new-horizons.org/rfdn15.html

 


 


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