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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

Do you feel you are never allowed to complain or describe the ways disability is adversely affecting your life?

We, at New Horizons Un-Limited, value the individual and focus on strengths and weaknesses that make the whole person. As parents, family members, caregivers and individuals we try to focus on positive energy and independence. Although, once in a while, wouldn’t you like to complain when disability in your life is not going well for … Continue reading

Why in the past decade and a half has there been a significant increase in the number of children exhibiting Developmental Disabilities?

Why in the past decade and a half has there been a significant increase in the number of children exhibiting Developmental Disabilities, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Vision Impairment, Hearing Impairment, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disability, and Cerebral Palsy with resulting motor disabilities and developmental delays? How much do we not know about the causes of … Continue reading

Nothing about us without us…

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” ~ Alice Walker Here at New Horizons Un-Limited, a recent meeting turned to the overwhelming obstacles we face as disability advocates. It was a difficult and emotional conversation, particularly considering our recent defeat here in Wisconsin, when our elected … Continue reading

Why are we still unable to prevent Developmental Disabilities?

New Horizons Un-Limited’s mission in writing this article is to support the collection of data related to birth, in the hope of developing research to determine preventable causes of Developmental Disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Cerebral Palsy (CP). When a child is diagnosed with a Developmental Disability, the first thing we ask is, … Continue reading

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