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What Is The Maximum Social Security Disability Benefit Amount An Insured Can Receive?

When a health problem results in a disability that affects your ability to earn income through employment or self-employment, it can be difficult, if not impossible, to pay your bills. Approval of your request for monthly Social Security disability benefits can provide much-needed financial assistance. Disability advocates at London Disability understand that the rules and regulations that control how Social Security determines how much you can receive each month through Social Security disability are confusing due to their complexity. Until you have a chance to speak to the London Disability SSD Specialist to find out more about the benefit that… Read More »What Is The Maximum Social Security Disability Benefit Amount An Insured Can Receive?

What Happens To My SSDI When My Child Turns 18?

If you have a disability and receive benefits from the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, your children may also be eligible for SSD benefits.. In fact, Social Security paid nearly $ 3 billion in benefits to four million children last year because they had at least one disabled, deceased or retired parent. When you qualify for SSDI, Children’s Benefits provide financial stability with money to pay for necessities and allow your children to complete high school. A common concern for a parent of a teenager is the effect that turning 18 will have on the parent’s SSDI benefits. Consulting an… Read More »What Happens To My SSDI When My Child Turns 18?

President’s Path Out of the Pandemic Adds Hurdles for Employers

Courtney M. Malveaux is the manager of the Richmond, Virginia office of Jackson Lewis. PC He co-leads the firm’s Occupational Safety and Health practice group and the firm’s construction industry group. His practice focuses on the representation of employers cited by Occupational Safety and … Courtney M. Malveaux is the manager of the Richmond, Virginia office of Jackson Lewis. PC He co-leads the firm’s Occupational Safety and Health practice group and the firm’s construction industry group. His practice focuses on representing employers named by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other regulatory bodies, often following catastrophic incidents. Mr. Malveaux… Read More »President’s Path Out of the Pandemic Adds Hurdles for Employers

How to Handle Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act Leave Periods Spanning Between 2021-2022

Changes to the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act (CTFMLA) will come into effect on January 1, 2022, and employees will be entitled to 12 weeks of leave over a 12-month period, instead of the current 16 weeks of leave over a 12-month period. 24-month period. (The changes also provide that employees may be entitled to an additional two weeks if they suffer from a serious and disabling health condition related to pregnancy on or after January 1.) Employers should be prepared to approach employees requesting 16 weeks of continued Connecticut FMLA departs by the end of 2021, as the… Read More »How to Handle Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act Leave Periods Spanning Between 2021-2022

Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Enacts Paid Sick Leave with New Ordinance

On September 14, 2021, Allegheny County Council unanimously approved a new Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (the “County Ordinance”) requiring employers with 26 or more employees to provide sick leave paid to their employees. The county ordinance follows a nearly identical paid sick leave law that was vetoed in March this year. It does not apply to independent contractors, state and federal employees, or certain seasonal employees. County ordinance requires employees to accumulate one (1) hour of paid sick leave for every 35 hours worked within the geographic boundaries of Allegheny County, unless the employer provides a faster accrual rate .… Read More »Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Enacts Paid Sick Leave with New Ordinance

Massachusetts Extends COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave to April 2022

The Massachusetts COVID-19 Temporary Emergency Paid Sick Leave (MA EPSL) has been extended to April 1, 2022. In the spring of 2021, Massachusetts established a statewide mandate for employers to temporarily provide employees with up to 40 hours of MA EPSL when they are unable to work for specific qualification reasons related to the job. pandemic. The law was due to expire on September 30, 2021, but a legislative amendment extended the law until April 1, 2022. In addition, the new law extends the coverage of the MA EPSL to allow leave to care for family members vaccinated or recovering… Read More »Massachusetts Extends COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave to April 2022

OCR Speaks to HIPAA, COVID-19 Vaccinations, Privacy, and the Workplace

When the use or disclosure of an individual’s health information or medical records is at issue, the assumption seems to be, far more often than not, that HIPAA privacy and security rules apply. This was certainly the case during the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, it is true that in most healthcare facilities, HIPAA is the primary law governing the use and disclosure of individually identifiable health information. However, HIPAA is often poorly enforced in workplaces. Recently, in an effort to clarify some of these questions regarding COVID-19 vaccination data, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the agency responsible for enforcing… Read More »OCR Speaks to HIPAA, COVID-19 Vaccinations, Privacy, and the Workplace

Michigan vaccination priorities include people with IDD living with their families or in their own homes

Michigan has extended vaccine eligibility to all people over 65, as it continues to immunize people in the highest risk categories. This includes people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) living at home with their families or in their own homes, as well as residents of long-term care facilities and their caregivers. My two sons live in a licensed group home which is a long term care facility under immunization guidelines. The six residents of the group home received their second injection over a week ago. None experienced significant side effects. They are all fine. When people with IDD live… Read More »Michigan vaccination priorities include people with IDD living with their families or in their own homes

Michigan Expands access to COVID vaccines

Tuesday March 9, 2021 From the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services: Following the announcement of an increased effort by the Biden administration to produce enough doses to immunize 300 million Americans by the end of May, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced that it expanded eligibility for vaccination from 3/8/21: “The MDHHS is moving forward with immunization of Michiganders aged 50 and over with health problems or disabilities and family members of caregivers and guardians who care for children with special needs in health care. Starting Monday, March 22, vaccine eligibility will be further… Read More »Michigan Expands access to COVID vaccines

COVID-19 and people with Down syndrome

According to a USA Today article, “COVID-19 is particularly deadly for adults with Down’s syndrome, but many cannot get the vaccine,” by Marc Ramirez, 3/8/21, Families and advocacy groups for people with Down’s syndrome The syndrome grows local, state and federal agencies to prioritize people with Down syndrome for Covid-19 vaccinations. Increased vulnerability “Recent studies indicate that adults with Down syndrome, especially those 40 and older, are three to ten times more likely to die from COVID-19 than the general population. The results confirmed what many already suspected – that people with the genetic disease, already prone to respiratory problems,… Read More »COVID-19 and people with Down syndrome

The great St. Patrick’s Day weekend ice storm of 1997

The recent extreme weather event in Texas, where the entire power grid almost shut down, reminded me of a similar (but much less threatening) ice storm that occurred in Michigan in 1997. I thought of caption this “Little house on the meadow with wheelchairs”. I’m sure there were a lot of Texans who had a similar experience, trying to survive with disabled or medically fragile family members who kept on needing care and support just because everything what depended on electricity stopped working. Here’s how the National Weather Service described the 1997 ice storm: “… From Detroit and Ann Arbor… Read More »The great St. Patrick’s Day weekend ice storm of 1997

The DD News Blog: March 2021: COVID-19 Update

The best place to follow Michigan’s COVID-19 numbers is the online magazine “Bridge Michigan, Michigan’s Non-Partisan, Nonprofit News Source.” The Bridge’s “Michigan Coronavirus Dashboard: Vaccines, Cases, Deaths, and Maps” uses clear graphics and maps to explain where the virus is most prevalent, vaccination rates, and other statistics that help assess the effects it has on our population. As of March 23, 2021, “Michigan is seeing a sharp increase in weekly cases, which have tripled in one month. The state has the fourth highest rate of new confirmed or probable cases per 100,000 in the country. “On Tuesday, the state reported… Read More »The DD News Blog: March 2021: COVID-19 Update

National Council on Severe Autism 2021 Webinar Program

National Council on Severe Autism (NCSA) Sponsors Free Webinar Seriess. My sons are not autistic – they have profound intellectual and developmental disabilities (I / DD). However, there are many similarities between families like mine and NCSA families and the topics covered should be of interest to a wider audience. For example, yesterday’s webinar (3/25/21), the NCSA Policy Summit, included an hour-long discussion with Melissa Harris from the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services who clarified aspects of the rule of home and community-based settings that have been misinterpreted. The rule is not as restrictive as to the acceptable… Read More »National Council on Severe Autism 2021 Webinar Program

The DD News Blog: Free Conference on Rare Epilepsy Syndromes, 5/7

Join the Epilepsy Foundations of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Greater Chicago for the Virtual Conference on Rare Epilepsies in the Upper Midwest May 7-8, 2021. Hear from leading physicians from across the Upper Midwest present topics such as research, therapies and approaches to living with rare epilepsy, as well as support and planning for the future. With 3.4 million people diagnosed with epilepsy in the United States and 1 in 26 people developing the disorder in their lifetime, it’s fair to say that epilepsy is relatively common. However, it is not that simple. There are many types of epilepsy, and… Read More »The DD News Blog: Free Conference on Rare Epilepsy Syndromes, 5/7

Comments on the proposed Home and Community Based Services Access Act of 2021

The Home and Community Based Services Access Act of 2021 (HCBS Access Act) has been drafted for the purpose of seeking comments on various aspects of Mediciad-funded care and services. It would provide more funding to HCBS in community settings and eliminate waiting lists for services and much more, but, as always, the devil is in the details. Comments were due on 4/26/2021, but there should be more opportunities to comment as the proposal moves toward becoming legislation in the US House and Senate. My Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, who represents Michigan’s 12th Congressional District, is among those sponsoring this legislation.… Read More »Comments on the proposed Home and Community Based Services Access Act of 2021

Misuse of CDC data on vaccine side-effects fuels unjustified fears of COVID vaccination

Some resistance to obtaining the COVID vaccine is motivated by terrifying, but above all misleading and inaccurate rumors circulated on social networks. First the good news: The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were relatively harmless apart from a few temporary side effects that many people experience. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been very effective in vaccinated seniors 65 years of age and older. “In a multi-state network of US hospitals from January to March 2021, receipt of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines was 94% effective against COVID-19… Read More »Misuse of CDC data on vaccine side-effects fuels unjustified fears of COVID vaccination

Service provider’s plea to Michigan to maintain increased wages for direct care workers

the magazine of the bridge “,Michigan’s non-partisan, nonprofit news source, “published an opinion piece by Darren Hodgdon, the CEO of Beacon Specialized Living, a caregiver serving people with disabilities and mental health needs at more than 80 locations across Michigan. The article, “Michigan Must Retain Wage Supplement for Direct Care Workers,” 4/27/21, Urges State to Make Temporary Additional Pay Rise of $ 2.25 / hour Permanent for Direct Care Workers Who Work with people with disabilities, mentally ill, the elderly, and other people with disabilities. The Covid has exacerbated a problem that already existed: “While the additional salary increase of… Read More »Service provider’s plea to Michigan to maintain increased wages for direct care workers

Proposed Redistricting Maps from the Independent Commission

The Detroit Free Press, in an article by Clara Hendrickson and Todd Spangler, “Michigan’s draft redistricting maps approved, will be to public next,” 12/10/21, reports on maps proposed by the new Independent Redistricting Commission establishing Congress and State House and Senate districts based on the 2020 census. It’s complicated but important for the political future of the state. So far, the commission is offering three sets of maps for public comment later this month to unravel “the gerrymandered borders put in place by a legislature and a Republican state governor a decade ago, when new lines were drawn after the… Read More »Proposed Redistricting Maps from the Independent Commission

Let’s not pretend disability simulation works and is okay! – My life kerry’s way

Wheels in effervescence. Last week my eyes were in disbelief at what I was reading and I was not alone! Have you heard of “A Day In My Wheels Challenge” TV presenter Lorraine Keane and a 25-person group of celebrities, businessmen and politicians took part in the 24 Hour Challenge – Keane wanted to live a day first hand, the challenges wheelchair users face. “I’m just counting my blessings that I’m just doing for 24 hours. It won’t be an easy day ”. By Lorraine Keane The One Day in My Wheels campaign was started by a person with a… Read More »Let’s not pretend disability simulation works and is okay! – My life kerry’s way

“Build Back Better”, but don’t ignore the needs of our family members with the most severe intellectual and developmental disabilities

VOR (a voice of reason) held their annual legislative initiative last week, not in person in Washington, DC as is usually done, but virtually with Zoom meetings, emails, and good phone calls to the Ancient. The message was clear and easy to understand: The ideology that “everyone does better in the community” is not universally supported within the disability community and it is not the reality that VOR families live when residential programs and options are undermined or eliminated in the name of integration and inclusion. The following is taken from the VOR weekly update for May 21, 2021. *******************************… Read More »“Build Back Better”, but don’t ignore the needs of our family members with the most severe intellectual and developmental disabilities

VOR opposes part of the Raise the Wage Act that would eliminate work opportunities for the most severely disabled

Legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $ 15 / hour was originally part of the US bailout, a massive bill that was passed by Congress and signed by President Biden on March 11, 2021. It was scrapped. before the bill is voted on. , but proposals to raise the federal minimum wage continue as stand-alone bills in Congress. The Raise the Wage Act of 2021 has the most support at the moment and will likely be considered in the future. Although the increase in the federal minimum wage is supported by a majority of Americans, the Raise the… Read More »VOR opposes part of the Raise the Wage Act that would eliminate work opportunities for the most severely disabled

Myths and Facts about Vocational Work Centers

The Raise the Wage Act of 2021 would raise the federal minimum wage to $ 15 an hour, a move supported by a majority of Americans. However, the bill would also result in the elimination of employment opportunities for thousands of severely disabled workers. By eliminating the use of wage certificates below the minimum permitted by Section 14 (c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, companies that operate work centers that make special accommodations for severely disabled workers would most likely be unable to continue to operate. Here are the myths and facts about work centers from VOR (a voice… Read More »Myths and Facts about Vocational Work Centers

Michigan businesses and organizations that hold special subminimum wage certificates for people with disabilities

Section 14 (c) of the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act allows for the issuance of special wage certificates to employers of workers with disabilities unable to successfully work in competitive workplaces for competitive salaries. Special certificates of less than the minimum wage have been used in particular for vocational training centers which cater for severely disabled people who would otherwise not be employed. Professional work centers often offer additional social services and specialist care for people with serious medical or behavioral problems. There are other resources available through state vocational rehabilitation departments to help with competitive employment opportunities. No one… Read More »Michigan businesses and organizations that hold special subminimum wage certificates for people with disabilities

The DD News Blog: COVID-19

COVID-19 is still with us and likely will be for quite a while. Our family is fully vaccinated, including our two boys who have multiple disabilities and live in a group home [they are 36 and 44 years old but I’m their mother and I get to call them “boys”] . None of us have had significant side effects, although we have friends and acquaintances who have had mild to quite severe side effects such as fever, chills, body aches and pains. None of these effects lasted more than a day or two. We have had one death in extended… Read More »The DD News Blog: COVID-19

Washtenaw County Commisioners seek citizen volunteers

Monday, October 4, 2021 Here’s some news from the Washtenaw County League of Voters: Washtenaw County Council of Commissioners Seeking Citizen Volunteers The Washtenaw County Council of Commissioners is seeking citizens to volunteer for a list of positions on various boards, committees and commissions. The Council of Commissioners will make these appointments at its next meeting on December 1, 2021 at 6:45 p.m. held virtually via Zoom due to the Covid-19 pandemic. THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 29. Those interested in applying should submit a Letter of Interest and Resume, including a personal address, to the Washtenaw County Clerk’s Office,… Read More »Washtenaw County Commisioners seek citizen volunteers

Call to dismantle barriers to developing autism friendly affordable housing

When more than three or four people with disabilities live together, whether out of friendship or to share resources with people with common interests and needs, some disability rights advocates condemn the practice and compare it to living in a living environment. institutions of more than fifty years ago. Whether it’s a group home or a larger intentional community or a public or private facility, they are all bad according to these advocates. Visiting a 21-housing complex for people with disabilities in Gilroy, Calif., Jill Escher describes how collective housing for people with autism and other developmental disabilities is needed… Read More »Call to dismantle barriers to developing autism friendly affordable housing

ACT Now for Severe Autism Campaign from Together For Choice

Organizations supporting Act Now for Severe Autism: Voice Of Reason (VOR), National Council on Severe Autism (NCSA), ICF Advocates for Choice, Together For Choice (TFC), Autism Science Foundation (ASF), EASI Foundation, The Council of Autism Service Providers (CASP), RCPA Group warns of escalating health and safety crisis in I / DD community Post a video to raise awarenessCalls to end single policy solutions [This video is extremely hard to watch, but it is real. I have known many families who have gone through this special kind of Hell. Not only do they face a daily struggle to keep their child… Read More »ACT Now for Severe Autism Campaign from Together For Choice

National Disability Strategy – does and will it make difference? – My life kerry’s way

It has been almost two weeks since the launch of the National Strategy on Disability – the long-awaited strategy, called by the Prime Minister “the most ambitious effort on disability in a generation”. How has this long-awaited supposed ‘game changer’ been greeted with a low-key response from charities and other organizations that represent the interests of 14.1 million people with disabilities in the UK, the Disappointment has even been expressed by many members of the disability community, including myself. A “down payment” to “rebuild better and fairer, for all our disabled people”. Boris Johnson’s words Despite government claims, many of… Read More »National Disability Strategy – does and will it make difference? – My life kerry’s way

And being disabled – My life kerry’s way

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored article. All views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blogger’s own. ‘Stays‘boomed this year. With hotels, caravan parks and cottage rentals booked for months, and why not the UK has some amazing places to visit. Expedia has seen a 75% increase in interest in UK summer holidays “in hot spots such as Devon, Cornwall, Hampshire, the Lake District and Bournemouth”. Staycation: Staying in place can sometimes be the best option. Finding the right trip when you have a disability can present additional challenges, you quickly learn the art of becoming a master… Read More »And being disabled – My life kerry’s way

Calling on all Local Authorities. – My life kerry’s way

Disclaimer: All views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blogger’s own. “Lifestyle change” Do these two words automatically come to mind when you think of or talk about the toilet? I guess that’s probably not the case and why would they – the “call of the wild” is a natural bodily function that occurs several times a day, it’s just a normal thing, but what happens. happens when the call of nature becomes an inconvenience or a huge anxiety it stops you from enjoying and living your life! For myself and for 250,000,000 people with disabilities and… Read More »Calling on all Local Authorities. – My life kerry’s way

Leaving a legacy – My life kerry’s way

Leaving a legacy ‘is this something you have thought about? Because for me, it’s not something I can say that has ever crossed my mind. Until now! I would even go so far as to say. I probably would have told you that I have no children and that I do not choose to have children, so I will not leave an inheritance! In a way, thinking about it now is a very naive thing to say, just because I don’t have or won’t have children, why would that automatically think that this is the only one ” legacy ”that… Read More »Leaving a legacy – My life kerry’s way

To Care is to share! – My life kerry’s way

The best way to care about someone or something is to share knowledge with or about them. This is only one of the reasons I started writing. However, before I move forward, I need to review the day I was diagnosed. I was diagnosed with a mutation in the FHL1 gene, a rare form of muscular dystrophy in the myopathy family in the early 2000s. I remember receiving a letter in the mail for an appointment to attend a clinic in my area. local hospital to meet with a neurologist who would “explain” my results with me. I already knew… Read More »To Care is to share! – My life kerry’s way

Why It’s Important to Give Yourself resting time With Muscular Dystrophy – My life kerry’s way

You might have noticed the last time last week I didn’t post – I poked my nose into the side of my bed one morning two weeks ago, and even though I was beaten and bruised , and that I took a little trip to A&E, I felt very bad, and I knew that I had to rest as much as possible because I also have muscular dystrophy, I always judged myself for not working and not not be able to fulfill the obligations that I had agreed to do. I hate feeling like I’m letting people down! I’ve always… Read More »Why It’s Important to Give Yourself resting time With Muscular Dystrophy – My life kerry’s way

A real sh*ty reminder – My life kerry’s way

Disclaimer: All views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blogger’s own. Several times over the past few weeks I can safely say that I have had a real slap in the toilet, remember why having access to a crazy thing like a “toilet” is so vital. As an activist, you have the impression that you are repeatedly blocked or that no one hears your calls for help! I have rare form of muscular dystrophy, progressive muscular atrophy, I spend a lot of time seeing specialist for various reasons like dentists, doctors and occupational therapists. As the world… Read More »A real sh*ty reminder – My life kerry’s way

The Effects of Guilt on My Body and Mind – My life kerry’s way

Would it surprise you if I told you that the most basic emotions related to muscular dystrophy (MD) and other chronic diseases were Guilt. We all know that Guilt occurs when a person feels regret or shame in response to their actions (or inactions) in a particular situation. The feeling that they went against a moral standard. The common cause of guilt centers around feelings of responsibility or burden, physical or financial. This may be true for people with the disease or for the caregiver (s). For example, a parent may feel guilty for giving birth to a disabled child.… Read More »The Effects of Guilt on My Body and Mind – My life kerry’s way

Is Disability Inclusion On Your Company’s Agenda?

They say big changes don’t happen if businesses don’t get involved. We have seen this with many global initiatives such as recycling, reducing poverty, improving access to education and increasing diversity. This week we will be celebrating the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and while there is a lot to celebrate, it’s surprising that companies are still reluctant to embrace disability as part of their programs. of diversity. An incredible 96% of global companies say they have diversity on their agenda, but only 4% have disability on their agenda. If you haven’t seen the video Diversified… Read More »Is Disability Inclusion On Your Company’s Agenda?

ULTA Beauty Makes Disability Matter

Recently I saw a Facebook post from a mom whose young daughter is in a wheelchair. The post included a photo of her daughter looking at an ad window of a handsome model who is also a wheelchair user, as they walked into their local ULTA store. Mum’s message read: “Well, Ulta Beauty, you absolutely stopped my daughter in her tracks tonight. It was fascinating to see her stop, turn around and look at this poster. So thanks. “ Unsurprisingly, the Facebook post went viral. The mom’s photo and remarks really capture the essence of what we often say: Representation… Read More »ULTA Beauty Makes Disability Matter

Top 5 Do’s & Don’ts

It’s that time of year when the days are shorter, the nights a little longer, and there is an undeniable chill in the air. Autumn is here. It also means that October is fast approaching. And, October is one of the most important months in the disability inclusion space as it is the time when we celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). NDEAM began 31 years ago, in 1988, as a month dedicated to training, raising awareness and educating businesses on the capabilities of people with disabilities and the need to diversify their workforce to include those with disabilities.… Read More »Top 5 Do’s & Don’ts

What is Disability Inclusion?

We have a new client. I admit it, I love new customers. They are generally energetic, eager and enthusiastic to understand the principles of disability inclusion and how they can make changes in their business practices to better include people with disabilities. This client is no different. It is a progressive and innovative global company in its products and services. They are also very proud of what they do in the area of ​​diversity and inclusion. Their annual report features many highlights on the success of their diversity programs and the diversity awards they have received. But they are far… Read More »What is Disability Inclusion?

Celebrates 30 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The first in a six-part series as we prepare for the ADA anniversary. Good year! It’s not just a new year, but a new decade! As usual, at this time of year everyone is focused on improving, what we want to do less, more and how we can improve our lives and the lives of those around us. Conversations aren’t just about what you want to accomplish this year, but over the next decade. (No pressure!) In 2020, we will also be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the ADA. We will take the time to celebrate the barriers we have… Read More »Celebrates 30 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

30 Awesome Things to Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act

Au cours des prochains mois, nous allons passer beaucoup de temps à parler et à célébrer le 30e anniversaire de l’Americans with Disabilities Act, qui est 26 juillet 2020. Beaucoup de nos clients ont commencé à demander, « Que pouvons-nous faire pour reconnaître et célébrer l’anniversaire de l’ADA ? » Nous avons donc dressé une liste de 30 choses – certaines sont de petites activités faciles qui peuvent être effectuées rapidement, d’autres nécessiteront des efforts et une planification, nous vous encourageons donc à commencer tôt. Choisissez ce qui fonctionne pour vous et votre entreprise et n’ayez pas peur d’être innovant et de proposer… Read More »30 Awesome Things to Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act

Info & Resources to Assist People With Disabilities

It is clear that with the Covid19 pandemic affecting almost every corner of our world, we are living in unprecedented times. Many of us find ourselves changing our lives, watching our loved ones, gathering supplies and following the news to try to better understand what lies ahead, our families, our jobs and our communities. But sadly what we don’t hear much about is how to help people with disabilities during this global crisis. The term “people with underlying health conditions” is often used, almost as a side note and not as a group to worry too much about. Those with… Read More »Info & Resources to Assist People With Disabilities

5 Tips to Take Action

Just a few months ago, in February, when we were just starting to hear about Covid-19, we were also experiencing record unemployment and a booming economy. As we enter the second week of May, the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction and we are now experiencing the highest unemployment rate since the Great Depression. Times are uncertain and for people with disabilities the impact is even greater. In April, the unemployment rate jumped 10% for people with and without disabilities, bringing the April unemployment rate for people without disabilities to 14.3% and to 18.9% for people with disabilities, as… Read More »5 Tips to Take Action

Inclusion. Use Your Privilege.

Inclusion: starts with you It has been an extremely difficult week. The world reacts to the brutal deaths of three black Americans Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. Black Lives Matter protests have taken place in all 50 states and 18 countries, making it the largest civil rights movement the world has ever seen. The senseless killings have forced us to face our views and perceptions about race, opportunity, injustice, education, participation, access, equity and inclusion. It can lead to uncomfortable and emotional conversations – but we MUST have them. Over the past 20 years, almost every company in… Read More »Inclusion. Use Your Privilege.

The ADA Turned 30: So, What’s Next?

And after? On Sunday July 26, we celebrated the milestone of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In the most basic terms, the ADA is civil rights law that eliminates discrimination and increases access and opportunities for people with disabilities. The past 30 years have provided our nation with major achievements in access and inclusion. But as we celebrate this anniversary, we have to see it for what it is: an anniversary, a milestone, a time to reflect and set new goals. It is not a finish line. Let’s take a look at the three main… Read More »The ADA Turned 30: So, What’s Next?

Disability Representation: It Matters

Work inclusion Representation issues. I say it all the time. So, I thought it was important to discuss this in this month’s blog. 1. First of all, we need to have an authentic portrayal of people and their lives. We can no longer tolerate stories that portray people by their color, abilities or cultural stereotypes. 2. Second, if you see someone “like you” in a position that you aspire to, you begin to believe that you can achieve it. You will be less likely to believe the voices that say you don’t belong. We can all agree that 2020 has… Read More »Disability Representation: It Matters

What Are You Doing for Disability Employment Awareness Month?

Handicap IS Diversity Next week our calendars will move to October. October marks the end of summer and reminds us that winter is on the way. Considering the challenges that 2020 has brought, it also reminds us that the end of the year is not so far away. And I think it’s safe to say that everyone is looking forward to a New Year. But October is also one of the most exciting times of the year for disability inclusion, as October is National Disability Employment Month (NDEAM). This year’s theme is “Increasing Access and Opportunity”. But as with everything… Read More »What Are You Doing for Disability Employment Awareness Month?

American Airlines: Reverses Disability Discriminatory Policy

An open letter to Doug Parker, CEO of American Airlines American Airlines admits a mistake Dear Mr. Parker, Over the past few weeks, there has been a lot of buzz (not in a good way) about American Airlines (AA) policy to eliminate travel options for power wheelchair users. I first learned of this policy from renowned travel blogger John Morris of www.wheelchairtravel.org when he reported that AA made the decision to ban electric wheelchairs on approximately 130 of its routes. regional flights. I must admit that I am completely shocked by the creation of such a policy. As Morris points… Read More »American Airlines: Reverses Disability Discriminatory Policy

Note Taking for Students with Learning Disabilities

Note taking and higher education Note taking made easy Taking course notes is an integral part of the college experience. After all, this is how lessons and studies are traditionally structured – the teacher speaks, the student takes notes. But despite the centrality of this study skill to learning, it can create fundamental obstacles for some learners. Note taking requires cognitive functions affected by conditions such as ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning disabilities. As such, students with these requirements are eligible for note-taking accommodations. Students receiving this support often receive notes from a peer, eliminating the need to take them… Read More »Note Taking for Students with Learning Disabilities

The Vaccine Roll Out, What a Long Strange Trip its Been.

The year of the vaccine Who knew the 1977 Grateful Dead classic would be the perfect description for 2020, probably most of 2021, and maybe even part of 2022. 2020 was the year of the pandemic, lockdown, remote work, remote school and a new appreciation for frontline workers, especially healthcare workers and grocery store workers and delivery. They have enabled the world to move forward in a time of great turmoil and uncertainty. Once again, I say thank you! 2021 is the year of vaccine and variants. The race is on to get as many people vaccinated as possible before… Read More »The Vaccine Roll Out, What a Long Strange Trip its Been.

Smart Job Search Tips for Applicants with Disabilities

While waiting to hear – You are hired! Finding a job can be difficult in today’s economic climate. But it can also be intimidating if you have a disability, whether or not it is visible to potential employers and colleagues. There are ways to increase your chances of getting a job and showcase your talents. Check out these job search tips and start applying for jobs with confidence! Form a professional network Networking is often seen as the best way to get into a new job. Through link with others in your industry or those with the same skills, you… Read More »Smart Job Search Tips for Applicants with Disabilities

Preparing for Work & Events: Post Covid-19

We never thought that over a year and a half ago the world would come to an abrupt end. Everything changed in our personal and professional lives. However, it seems that the world of work has adapted quickly and remote working has become the norm. Daily video calls: the new normal Video conferencing (which was available before Covid!) But now things are slowly reopening, travel is starting to happen more and more, and face-to-face meetings are a reality. We all can’t wait to put 2020 behind us, but let’s not leave out the lessons of accessibility and inclusion. What have… Read More »Preparing for Work & Events: Post Covid-19

31 Amazing Things to Do for the ADA Anniversary!

Pride of disability means celebrating all experiences of disability It is July, the anniversary of the ADA and what is now called Disability Pride Month. If you are unfamiliar with Disability Pride Month, click this great article on Ally which provides more details. Basically, we are in a month-long celebration that recognizes the passage of civil rights legislation creating greater access, equity and inclusion for people with disabilities. All over the world, companies are taking this opportunity to discuss and learn about disability inclusion. It is one of our busiest times of the year. Last year I wrote a blog… Read More »31 Amazing Things to Do for the ADA Anniversary!

We Remember. But Are We Ready?

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the deadly terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. The attacks on America were unprecedented and to this day they remain the deadliest terrorist attacks in world history. 2,977 Americans have died, 25,000 people have been injured, and countless have experienced long-term health complications. The attacks reverberated around the world and triggered a global economic recession. In the days following September 11, we heard the harrowing stories of evacuations, near misses and first responders who saved countless lives as they entered burning buildings. These stories included heroic efforts to… Read More »We Remember. But Are We Ready?

A is for Access!

It’s all about access. Access to buildings, events, online, movies, jobs and of course inclusion. Don’t doubt it, every day, all day, this is about Access – can you come in? Can you participate? Can you help? In July, I created a social media image that was posted on our various platforms. It said, “DCI lacks the letter A. A is for access, and you can’t have diversity, equity and inclusion if you don’t have access to it. ” This image seems to have resonated with people as I’ve seen it rephrased several times and even one of our subscribers… Read More »A is for Access!

Can I Collect Workers’ Compensation And Disability Benefits?

Injury and illness can leave you with long-term disabilities. Where and why they occur are relevant questions to answer when claiming compensation for your lost wages. If it is related to your work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Find out how these interact with your rights to Social Security disability benefits and any long term disability (LTD) insurance policies you have in place. Protections against lost wages due to long-term disability There are three common types of insurance that can protect you against lost wages in the event that an injury, illness or chronic health condition results… Read More »Can I Collect Workers’ Compensation And Disability Benefits?

Am I Eligible For Long Term Disability Benefits Due To COVID-19

With businesses fully reopened, mask warrants largely gone, and a vaccine readily available, most of us are anxious to get back to normal and put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us. Unfortunately, some may find it more difficult to move on as they still have a hard time recovering from the lingering side effects. Depending on the specific circumstances, these may entitle you to long-term disability benefits. Post-COVID conditions and long-term disability benefits During the COVID-19 pandemic, Florida Department of Health (DOH) records show more than 2.3 million confirmed cases have been reported statewide. While some people suffered only minor symptoms… Read More »Am I Eligible For Long Term Disability Benefits Due To COVID-19

Common Exclusions In Long Term Disability Policies

Long-term disability insurance provided by your employer can help compensate for lost income in the event that an injury, illness or chronic health problem prevents you from working. Unfortunately, these policies often contain exclusions that can either prevent you from getting benefits or limit the amount you receive. Learn about common exclusions that may be included in your long-term disability insurance policy. Common exclusions from employer-provided long-term disability benefits As part of your overall compensation, your employer is likely to include long term disability (LTD) insurance. In addition to the other benefits to which you are entitled, these can help… Read More »Common Exclusions In Long Term Disability Policies

Can You Be Fired From Your Job While Collecting Long-Term Disability Benefits?

Being unable to work due to a long-term disability is one of the most stressful situations you could face. In addition to being worried about your health and meeting your immediate financial needs, you may eventually hope to return to work but have job security concerns. Can an employer fire you while you are on long term disability benefits? Despite laws designed to protect you, your job could still be in danger. Federal protections for workers with long-term disabilities Long Term Disability (LTD) benefits protect you if an injury, illness or chronic health problem prevents you from working for a… Read More »Can You Be Fired From Your Job While Collecting Long-Term Disability Benefits?

Northwest Center Celebrates 55 Years of Inclusion Revolution

A page from founder Janet Taggart’s album of the Northwest Center dedication ceremony on September 14, 1965. One of the Northwest Center’s first students, Debra Walruff, with naval officers on the day the center opened. Our first facility was previously owned by the US Navy. A group of students and teachers from one of the first classes at Northwest Center. Did you know Northwest Center was founded by four Seattle moms? That these women then drafted the very first laws in the land to ensure education for children with disabilities? Since the 1960s, the “basement schools” that pioneered the Northwest… Read More »Northwest Center Celebrates 55 Years of Inclusion Revolution

How Drug And Alcohol Addiction Factor Into Social Security Disability Benefits

One of the most difficult situations to deal with is suffering from an injury, illness or chronic health problem that prevents you from working. Between the painful symptoms that people in this position often experience and the loneliness, frustration and isolation they experience, it is not uncommon for them to turn to alcohol or drugs for relief. If you suffer from alcohol or drug abuse in addition to or resulting in disability, find out how it could impact your entitlement to Social Security disability benefits. Substance abuse and medical problems Drug and alcohol abuse can wreak havoc in all areas… Read More »How Drug And Alcohol Addiction Factor Into Social Security Disability Benefits

Ways To Stretch Your Money When Receiving Social Security Benefits

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can be a lifeline if you have long-term disabilities that prevent you from working. However, since these benefits only cover a portion of your previous salary, making ends meet can still be difficult. The following tips are designed to help you stretch your money while enjoying the SSDI benefits. How To Get The Most From Your Social Security Disability Benefits According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), about one in four 20-year-olds will become disabled before reaching retirement age. Depending on the type of illness you have, your work history, and your previous income, you… Read More »Ways To Stretch Your Money When Receiving Social Security Benefits

Social Security Disability Claim Investigations

Social Security disability benefits can provide you with a stable income if you can’t work, but getting approved can be a challenge. Investigating your injury, illness or chronic condition, its impact on your ability to work, and other important details surrounding the situation are an integral part of the process. Find out when disability inquiries are conducted and what they are likely to look at in your particular case. Social Security Disability Investigations and Claims Review Process If you have worked at a job that is deducted from Social Security and have accumulated enough work credits, you may be entitled… Read More »Social Security Disability Claim Investigations

Denied Long-Term Disability Benefits? Take These Five Steps

Have you been denied Long Term Disability (LTD) benefits despite an injury, illness or chronic health condition that prevents you from working? Unfortunately, this is a common problem. Our Florida LTD appeals lawyer recommends taking the following five steps to protect your rights in a claim. Your first steps in processing denied LTD benefits If you are denied long-term disability benefits, it is important to know that you have the right to appeal the insurer’s decision. To walk you through what is often a complex process and to help ensure the best possible outcome in your case, contact our experienced… Read More »Denied Long-Term Disability Benefits? Take These Five Steps

The Role Human Resources Plays In Your Disability Benefits

People who work in human resources play a vital role in managing employee needs and administering employee benefit programs offered by employers. When you have long-term disabilities, their actions can make it easier or more difficult. Communication delays, problems obtaining police documents, and disputes over eligibility and benefit coverage are all common problems. Learn more about the role human resources play in long-term disability benefits and their obligations under federal law. ERISA: duties of administrators of long-term disability plans The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) is federal law that governs employee benefit programs provided by the employer.… Read More »The Role Human Resources Plays In Your Disability Benefits

Catching Up with Preston – Northwest Center

If Preston sounds familiar to you, we’re not surprised. You might be one of the thousands of community members he has come to know as a Hospitality Hostess at a local QFC store. Or you may have seen it on TV: Five years ago, as Northwest Center celebrated our 50th anniversary, Preston starred in a TV commercial that explained how an inclusive workplace isn’t just good for him, good for all of us. As we celebrate our 55th anniversary, Northwest Center has learned about Preston’s current situation. Although he was unable to work due to COVID-19, Preston is still checking… Read More »Catching Up with Preston – Northwest Center

Bridging Generations: With Northwest Center Early Intervention and the Seattle Developmental Bridge Program, both Parent and Child get the Support they Need

Illustration by Anna Nelson It is difficult for any parent to seek help for a child with special needs. It was even harder for Sandra, whose deep mistrust of programs for children with disabilities dates back decades. When Sandra was a child in a special needs program in Seattle, she felt marginalized both for her cognitive difficulties and because she was black. The teachers spoke too fast or used terms she was unfamiliar with, making her feel that her understanding didn’t matter as much to them as that of her white classmates. When Sandra had her first child, the cycle… Read More »Bridging Generations: With Northwest Center Early Intervention and the Seattle Developmental Bridge Program, both Parent and Child get the Support they Need

She’s Got This! Catching Up with Onna, from NWC Kids to Fully Included Third-Grader

Onna captured hearts in 2015 during Northwest Center’s 50th anniversary. With her little pink coat and mischievous smile, the “Dancing Iron Baby” (a nickname of her parents, inspired by Onna’s joy and strength) was featured in Northwest Center’s birthday ad campaigns. Five years later, Northwest Center is celebrating our 55th birthday, and Onna is now in her third grade where she is fully integrated with children of all abilities, and continues to “dance for life,” according to her mother Marija. Here is what Marija had to say: Q: Do you still call Onna the Dancing Iron Baby? A: Oh no,… Read More »She’s Got This! Catching Up with Onna, from NWC Kids to Fully Included Third-Grader

Job Coach and Employment Specialist Debra Tan Wins 2020 Governor’s Employer Award for Direct Support Professional

Debra tan Northwest Center could not be more proud to announce that Coach and Employment Specialist Debra Tan is the winner of the 2020 Governor’s Employer Award for Direct Support Professional from the Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and employment! This award recognizes someone who has made meaningful inclusive employment opportunities a reality for people with disabilities. Deb could not be more worthy of this honor. In fact, it was members of Deb’s team at North West Central Employment Services who nominated her for this award with passionate endorsements of her work. “It takes a special person to devote 25… Read More »Job Coach and Employment Specialist Debra Tan Wins 2020 Governor’s Employer Award for Direct Support Professional

Northwest Center Disability Blog – Northwest Center

Ryan Newell, Regional Director of North West Central Employment Services Northwest Center Employment Services is now operating in the state of Idaho, an expansion that will allow us to begin helping people with disabilities find employment opportunities in Kootenai, Shoshone, Benewah, Bonner and Boundary counties. Northwest Center Employment Services serves both youth and adults at every stage of their careers, and our consultants will also work with businesses to find solutions – and the consultation is free! “Northwest Center is proud and excited to expand its employment services in the state of Idaho,” said Ryan Newell, regional manager. “With Idaho’s… Read More »Northwest Center Disability Blog – Northwest Center

Northwest Center Disability Blog – Northwest Center

Once again, Northwest Center is heading for a remarkable anniversary. May 25, 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of Bill 90, “Education for All,” the Washington State law written by our founders to ensure public education for children with disabilities. HB 90 led directly to the Disability Education Act (IDEA), which impacted all zip codes in the United States. We are delighted to celebrate this important milestone. But we also recognize how much further we need to go. As of this writing, Washington’s public school systems are under federal scrutiny for reports that students with disabilities have not… Read More »Northwest Center Disability Blog – Northwest Center

Four Types Of Information Needed For Your Social Security Disability Interview

If you suffer from an injury or illness that prevents you from working, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. These can help make up for any lost income you suffer, helping you meet your monthly bills and living expenses. Taxes deducted from your paycheck help fund the SSDI program. Some of the requirements you must meet to get disability benefits include having a stable income in previous years and an eligibility requirement that will prevent you from working for a year or more. You will also need to submit the appropriate forms and complete a… Read More »Four Types Of Information Needed For Your Social Security Disability Interview

Northwest Center Disability Blog – Northwest Center

Artwork by mixed media artist Eileen Schofield at Art Enables studio in Washington DC. From the very beginning, Northwest Center has led the inclusion revolution. In the early 1960s, four Seattle mothers opened their own schools where children with disabilities could learn and grow. Their aim was to provide education for children excluded from public schools. It didn’t take long for other parents to join us, and in 1965 the Northwest Center officially opened its doors to disabled students in Seattle. Our Founding Mothers spent the rest of their careers advocating for a future where people of all abilities can… Read More »Northwest Center Disability Blog – Northwest Center

World Autism Awareness Day – Northwest Center

This article was written by Trevor Pacelli, NWC Communications Intern and Integrated Facility Services Employee. Trevor is a self-advocate who wrote several books about his experiences with autism. On December 18, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly named April 2 World Autism Awareness Day, which every year since has launched World Autism Awareness Month. Days like this are needed because, according to estimates by the National Autistic Society, around six million people mistakenly believe that autism has a potential cure. Despite how far we have come in learning compared to 30 years ago, there is still a long way to… Read More »World Autism Awareness Day – Northwest Center

Northwest Center Disability Blog – Northwest Center

‘What if, rather than seeing a person disabled, we focused on the abilities that each person brings? ‘ Spend 10 minutes immersed in an inclusive world and love every minute. “All Abilities,” a Northwest Center short film created by Seattle Pacific University (SPU) and Untamed Pictures, is part of the SPU Faith & Co. film series featuring companies that don’t just “make mistakes. business”. The film captures the benefits of inclusion at the Northwest Center, from more efficient workplaces to the joy of befriending people who see the world in a different way. You will meet a family whose little… Read More »Northwest Center Disability Blog – Northwest Center

Northwest Center Disability Blog – Northwest Center

Alex works at Bean Box with Kathy Tuan, Ecommerce Execution Manager. It’s an average working day at Bean Box for Alex. At a long row of tables, he packs samples of fragrant coffee in boxes to mail to subscribers. He talks to employees who come to drop off supplies. He joins his colleagues in the lunch break area. The fact that this day is so average is what makes it so important, explains Larisa, Alex’s mother. Because until very recently, she wasn’t sure that would happen at all. Alex, who was diagnosed with autism as a child, has spent much… Read More »Northwest Center Disability Blog – Northwest Center

Northwest Center Disability Blog – Northwest Center

It’s hard to imagine a more difficult start. Or a brighter future. Juana didn’t meet the son she gave birth until she was ten days old. It was in the summer of 2017. She was five months pregnant. When the weather got extremely hot, it made her asthma worse. “The air quality was bad”, Juana (pronounced JAAN-uh) says. “I kept coming and going to the hospital saying I couldn’t breathe.” Once in a hospital room, Juana went into cardiac arrest. To save Juana and her baby, doctors placed her in a induced coma and delivered Terrance by Caesarean section at… Read More »Northwest Center Disability Blog – Northwest Center

Northwest Center Disability Blog – Northwest Center

We are living an extraordinary moment in time. But what gives me hope is our equally extraordinary commitment to serving our community. When COVID-19 first struck, Northwest Center’s priority was to continue caring for our employees and fulfilling our mission for our children, families and customers. We knew we had to work harder than ever to connect with the communities we serve. As the effects of the pandemic continue to wreak havoc, I couldn’t be more proud of this organization for our ability to adapt and innovate so that we can continue to serve a community that needs us more… Read More »Northwest Center Disability Blog – Northwest Center

Northwest Center Disability Blog – Northwest Center

In 1967, nearly 200,000 severely disabled people lived in public institutions. Before the passage of the Disabled Persons Act (IDEA) of 1975, people with disabilities were likely to have unfair opportunities in life. State institutions provided only a minimum of clothing, food and shelter; furthermore, people with disabilities were simply accommodated rather than assessed and educated.The Persons with Disabilities Act guarantees that all children with disabilities have the right to adequate and free public education to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, work and independent living. Before IDEA, over 4 million children with disabilities were denied… Read More »Northwest Center Disability Blog – Northwest Center

Not Feeling Guilty When Needing To Rest

It has been a struggle for me the past few weeks. I did not open my laptop, I barely looked at it, put it on the floor of my living room, because the thought of writing, of trying to write filled me with dread. Not only that, but I had zero energy. It’s been almost three weeks since I posted anything here. For some it’s probably nothing, but for me, a writer, someone who likes to spill words on a page, it has been torture. It was a mixture of anxiety, pain, procrastination and fatigue. I have suffered so much… Read More »Not Feeling Guilty When Needing To Rest

Northwest Center Disability Blog – Northwest Center

Join us as we mark a milestone for civil rights: the 50th anniversary of the passage of Washington State House Bill 90 – Education for All. This virtual conversation, featuring prominent voices in disability rights and education, will examine the history of revolutionary law and discuss what is needed for the future of inclusive education. You can register here. Below, meet our panel of advocates, educators and professionals dedicated to equity, justice and inclusion for people within the disability community. Meet the panelists: Daniel “Dan” Evans Former Washington Governor Dan Evans enacted HB90 in 1971. After government, he served as… Read More »Northwest Center Disability Blog – Northwest Center

Northwest Center Disability Blog – Northwest Center

A baby sits on a mother’s lap, looking at the camera with bright blue eyes. King County’s Best Starts for Kids (BSK) tax, due to be renewed by voters on August 3, funds two important Northwest Center programs: Our IMPACT (Inclusion Mentoring Program to Increase Access to Child Care Team) program, which has enabled inclusive learning for young children since its launch in 2018, was created and funded through a grant from BSK. Northwest Center’s Early Supports program, which provides therapy and services to children with delays in the critical period from birth to age 3, is also funded in… Read More »Northwest Center Disability Blog – Northwest Center

Northwest Center Disability Blog – Northwest Center

Volker “VW” Wellmann Northwest Center is pleased to welcome Volker “VW” Wellmann as Senior Vice President of Northwest Center Integrated Facility Services (IFS). In this role, Wellmann will lead the IFS division of Northwest Center providing a range of janitorial and building maintenance services to organizations across the United States, spanning the commercial, retail, institutional, industrial and distribution sectors. , governmental and external. Wellman was previously vice president of Kellermeyer Bergenson Services (KBS), where he led the operations leadership teams in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. Previously, he spent eight years at Ecolab, a Fortune 200 service company, as Assistant Vice… Read More »Northwest Center Disability Blog – Northwest Center

Northwest Center Disability Blog – Northwest Center

Jenn Ramirez Robson Northwest Center is pleased to welcome Jenn Ramirez Robson as Vice President of Northwest Center Employment Services (ES). In this role, Ramirez Robson will lead the Northwest Center’s Individualized Employment Services for People with Disabilities in Washington State and northern Idaho. These services include training and instruction for people with disabilities in order to acquire professional and social skills to prepare for employment, professional integration services, including preparation for employment, placement, ‘professional support and skills development for people leaving school, and support for people with disabilities to obtain and thrive in rewarding careers. Prior to joining Northwest… Read More »Northwest Center Disability Blog – Northwest Center

Northwest Center Disability Blog – Northwest Center

Laura Kneedler, M.Ed. The Northwest Center is pleased to announce the promotion of Laura Kneedler, M.Ed., to the position of Chef de Mission. Kneedler, who joined the Northwest Center in 2013 as director of early learning, has served as vice president of education and therapy services on the Northwest Center leadership team since 2016. As Head of Mission, Kneedler will guide the strategic plan for all Northwest Center mission services provided through Northwest Center Kids and Northwest Center Employment Services. These include Early Supports for ages 0 to 3, the two inclusive early learning centers at Northwest Center in downtown… Read More »Northwest Center Disability Blog – Northwest Center

From Sarah Lex: The Chronic Illness Diaries: Fatigue, Fatigue, Fatigue

Sleeping is a funny thing; sometimes I don’t do it at all, other times I do it too much and sometimes it’s a mix of the two, resulting in a very zombie Sarah. Living with CFS / ME is difficult, it’s not just about being tired. I could sleep fifteen years and still be tired; my sleep is not restful, I do not wake up refreshed and ready to face the day, I usually need to take a nap an hour after waking up. Often times I don’t sleep at night, often I am wide awake, tired, exhausted to the… Read More »From Sarah Lex: The Chronic Illness Diaries: Fatigue, Fatigue, Fatigue

My Biggest Insecurity As A Child

Have you ever thought about things that worried you as a kid and wondered why you wasted so much time thinking about them? Things that kept you awake at night? Things you made a big deal out of? Things that were so small that you don’t even think about now? My weight only became a “problem” for me in my early teens, but before that my main worry, and I mean, it made me feel like an alien was those red dots on the top. of my arm and my shoulder. I had never seen another child with these weird… Read More »My Biggest Insecurity As A Child

From Sarah Lex: Teddy Pupdate: One Year On

The end of May was Teddy’s Gotcha Day and I sure am late to update, but better late than never, right? I can’t believe we’ve had this lovely ginger nugget in our lives for an entire year; I feel like he’s always been with us and I absolutely couldn’t imagine life without him. He is my child, my furbaby, my true love. I absolutely adore him, and anyone who knows me and Ian personally will tell you that we are obsessed with him. He is such a sweet and happy dog ​​that really hasn’t met a person or a dog… Read More »From Sarah Lex: Teddy Pupdate: One Year On

Why I Decided on Quick-Step Laminate Flooring as a Wheelchair User

It’s like we moved a long time ago, but we only lived in our new bungalow for a few months and the decor is still going on. There is currently only the room that is full; or so my boyfriend will tell you, I still need mirrors and hanging art though, and then it will be ready. But, the walls are finished and the floor is down, so technically it’s just the extra extras that need to be done. As soon as we got the keys to our new two bedroom bungalow, I knew I wanted laminate flooring for the… Read More »Why I Decided on Quick-Step Laminate Flooring as a Wheelchair User

From Sarah Lex: Meet Our New Addition: George the Cockapoo

My darling little teddy bear has a little brother; say ‘hello’ to our gorgeous, George. George is currently 14 weeks old (we brought him home when he was 8 weeks old), a chocolate and white Cockapoo F1. He was born on June 10, 2019 and we got him from the wonderful guys at Lawford Doodles. Little G is one of the five boys, and he’s so adorable. We met him when he was six weeks old; we had the choice of the whole litter and he stood out for us because he was super loving, confident and playful. The other… Read More »From Sarah Lex: Meet Our New Addition: George the Cockapoo

From Sarah Lex: Accessibility: Captioning Your Instagram Story

If you use Instagram Story and don’t add captions when you mention it, why? Yes, it takes a little longer. Yes, you have to watch your clips a few times, but ultimately Instagram and all aspects of social media and the internet should be accessible to everyone. Captions on Instagram Story might not be something you need, but have you ever wondered how many of your followers are deaf or hard of hearing? And how much would these people benefit from engaging with your content? We all want to please ourselves by seeing how people live their lives; I mean,… Read More »From Sarah Lex: Accessibility: Captioning Your Instagram Story

Northwest Center Disability Blog – Northwest Center

​Washington State House Bill 90 – Education for All was authored by the four Seattle mothers who founded Northwest Center – Janet Taggart and the late Katie Dolan, Evelyn Chapman, and Cecile Lindquist – with assistance from then-law students William “Bill” Dussault and the late George Edensword-Breck. Before H.B. 90 was passed, children with disabilities were either kept at home or placed in institutions. Back then, the common belief was that people with disabilities could not learn, and children with disabilities were barred from schools. Education for All was the first U.S. law to grant children with disabilities the right… Read More »Northwest Center Disability Blog – Northwest Center

From Sarah Lex: My Dream Accessible Bathroom

* Disclaimer: This article is commissioned by Bathing Solutions to provide my opinion on what I’m looking for in an accessible bathroom We moved at the end of April and love our accessible bungalow; it’s really big, lots of room for my wheelchair, lots of storage space and just amazing. However, whoever lived here before us really (and I mean REALLY) loved pink. The whole house was pink and flowery, not at all to my taste. Ian has made his way through a few rooms and we’re more modern, but our bathroom is hideous. I’m not even exaggerating, it’s so… Read More »From Sarah Lex: My Dream Accessible Bathroom

From Sarah Lex: Christmas Eve Nostalgia

I haven’t felt Christmas in recent years; I know, I know, blasphemous, but it’s the truth. Just call me the Grinch. I am 32 years old, I have no children and I am no longer excited, it is a strange feeling. However, I won’t bore you all or complain about the holidays, instead I will take you back in time and share a few things that made my past Christmases unforgettable and truly special. From the age of five, my younger brother, my mother and I all lived with my grandmother and my grandmother. Ma Nan loved Christmas, it was… Read More »From Sarah Lex: Christmas Eve Nostalgia

Don’t Bring Fatphobia into 2020

TW: Discussion on eating, eating disorders I realize it’s mid-January, but still… The “new year, new me” bullshit has started. The boom in diet culture and fat memes are polluting social media sites, and it’s disgusting. Frankly, I’m tired of logging into Facebook and seeing “friends” sharing such damaging and hateful images of overeating over the holiday season and putting on the dreaded two pounds. Stopped. It’s comments and memes like this shared that reinforce the idea that being fat is bad. Being fat is ugly, it’s bad, it’s disgusting. This reinforcement which being thin is superior is ridiculous. We… Read More »Don’t Bring Fatphobia into 2020

Making Friends as an Adult is Hard

Making friends as an adult is difficult. Making friends as an adult with a disability is really hard. I’m in my early thirties, I spend a lot of time at home because of my health and it gets really isolating. Remember as a kid you would go to another kid, ask them to be your friend and BOOM you would be instant friends and play together in the park all day? … Apparently that is not acceptable as as an adult! As adults, we are much more critical; we know what we want, we want a certain type of friend.… Read More »Making Friends as an Adult is Hard

From Sarah Lex: Four Ways to Style Truffle Shuffle T-shirts: Plus Size Edit

I’m a big fan of a T-shirt; slogan t-shirts, band t-shirts, movie / tv t-shirts – they’re my jam. They’re easy to wear, can be dressed up or down, and they’re just plain comfy. As a wheelchair user, I don’t like clothes that are too tight because I don’t move around a lot, so I want to wear clothes that I don’t have to think about. I have a lot of clothes from the men’s section and much prefer the relaxed fit of t-shirts designed for men. They don’t fit tight and don’t have little armholes so it’s always a… Read More »From Sarah Lex: Four Ways to Style Truffle Shuffle T-shirts: Plus Size Edit

A Scary Trip to the Emergency Vet with our Puppy

Last weekend did not go as planned. Life in confinement is stressful enough, but on Saturday night my 11 month old puppy George scared both me and Ian. I even think Teddy knew there was something wrong because he wouldn’t leave Georgie. Let me give you a bit of the backstory. Both of my dogs get off the leash once they’re in a secluded field so they can chase each other, explore, and get tired. They are both great at rappelling, so come back to us as soon as they’re called. And if Ted (who likes to hang out), takes… Read More »A Scary Trip to the Emergency Vet with our Puppy

From Sarah Lex: Wall Art With Desenio

* Disclaimer: AD. This article is sponsored Initially this post was going to show my finished bedroom, with the gorgeous wall art that I took hours to choose from Desenio, but with COVID-19 taking the world by storm, my last pieces that I needed to finish our bedroom have been postponed. I’m still waiting for my plush gray carpet and king-size bed with a lovely upholstered headboard – don’t know when they’ll arrive but I couldn’t wait to show you my footprints! If you know me, you know I spend a lot of time in my room; having a chronic… Read More »From Sarah Lex: Wall Art With Desenio

Ha Ha, Hee Hee: Laughter Therapy, Laughter Yoga

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Are you feeling stressed out? With all that’s going on in the world — pandemic, civil unrest, job loss, hurricanes, wild fires — it’s difficult to avoid stress. Laughter therapy, or laughter yoga, might help alleviate some of the stress. It’s free. It offers numerous mental and physical health benefits. And it’s fun. In the field of psychoneuroimmunology, laughter has been studied and found to lower blood pressure, strengthen cardiovascular function, improve circulation, boost immune function, trigger the release of endorphins, and produce a sense of well-being. You’ll meet Annie Goglia, a… Read More »Ha Ha, Hee Hee: Laughter Therapy, Laughter Yoga