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Hey, non-voter, I’m talking to you!

  Did you know that in a typical mid-term election only 40% of eligible voters (even less for voters with disabilities) cast their ballot? Wow America, that’s a solid “F!” Are you among the 60% of voters that sit out midterm elections? If so, here’s some food for thought… ALL 435 seats in the US … Continue reading

Will your voice count in the 2018 Election?

Federal and local Midterm Elections are mere months away. Have you been paying attention? Do you know what is at stake?  If you haven’t, and if you don’t, then it’s time to get to work…because your life may very well depend on it. If you have a disability, a chronic illness or a pre-existing condition, … Continue reading

Words Matter

A few days ago, the President of the United States got up in front of media, and medal winning Paralympic Athletes, and told them that they were “inspiring” but “a little tough to watch too much.” Let me say that a different way. He stood up in front of our nation and told WORLD CLASS … Continue reading

A Story of Being Human: The Key to All Things

“It’s been almost two years since graduation. Now that I’m not in college, nothing is grounded in a reliable sense. Now I’m in the real world, where I should have a job, a wife, kids, a home. I know I’m behind in everything. My goal right now, is to be independent. But, everything is just … Continue reading

A Story of Being Human: Persuasion in Persistence

This is an installment from our storytelling photography project entitled A Story Of Being Human. To learn more, check out our introductory post here. “I had a coworker tell me the other day, “You’re very persistent, you don’t really let things go.” I said, “No, you’re right, I don’t. I like to get things done.” … Continue reading

A Story of Being Human: Advocacy Through Connection

This is an installment from our storytelling photography project entitled A Story Of Being Human. To learn more, check out our introductory post here. “I am a therapist with the Department of Corrections. I love my job. I’m a huge fan of connecting with people, and a huge believer in building rapport and establishing shared … Continue reading

Life in a bubble – The consequences of silence during an election year

Imagine if a century and a half ago, Susan B Anthony sat silent, watching as women endured the injustices of inequality, of being treated as less than human. Imagine, if half a century ago Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sat silent, watching as African Americans endured the injustices of inequality, of being treated as less than … Continue reading

Are We Doing Everything We Can Do to Collect the Data of Birth for Research to Find Causes of Developmental Disabilities?

  We must ask ourselves, are we doing everything we can do to collect the data of birth for research, are we doing the research to find the cause? Where is the data of birth injury? Where is the data to determine the cause? We agree with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) … Continue reading

New Book: Enabling Acts: The Hidden Story of How the Americans with Disabilities Act Gave the Largest US Minority Its Rights

We would like to kick off our NHU Book Club with this new book out this year about the history of behind the scenes of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Enabling Acts:  The Hidden Story of How the Americans with Disabilities Act Gave the Largest U.S. Minority Its Rights – by Lennard … Continue reading

Developmental Disabilities are a great cost to our children, families and society; they are a critical public health issue that deeply impacts the lives of millions of Americans. (1)

Each year approximately 120,000 children are diagnosed with a lifelong Developmental Disability. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has estimated the lifetime cost of care for each individual citizen with Intellectual Disability and Cerebral Palsy is nearly $1 million (in 2003 dollars), approximately one half that figure for those with Vision or Hearing Impairments. (Caregiver, … Continue reading

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