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5 Tips for House Hunters Looking for an Accessible Home

by Patrick Young from ableusa.info

Looking for an accessible home when you are living with a disability or health issue can be frustrating and overwhelming, especially if you aren’t sure of how to get started. When I began my search five years ago, I was ill-prepared and only really knew that I needed something to fit my budget; the rest was a learning experience.

Fortunately, finding an accessible home that meets all your needs doesn’t have to be stressful. If you sit down and map out a plan before you get started, you’ll have won half the battle already! Whether you need a living space that gives you plenty of room to maneuver equipment or just one that makes life a little easier, it’s important to write down your must-haves and do some research to get familiar with price ranges in your area.

For some helpful tips on how to get started with your house-hunt, keep reading.

Think About Your Needs

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Boomers to Hit the Road in 2018

According to the 2018 AARP Travel Trends survey, this year will be a big year of travel for boomers. Many say they want to travel to relax and rejuvenate…and not bring work along on the trip.

Older Americans are almost twice as likely to feel free, both financially and otherwise, to travel in the coming year as they were a year ago. Nearly half say they have an urge to “get away from it all”.The average amount budgeted for travel in this population for next year is $6,400.00. About half plan to travel within the United States, with Florida and California listed as the top destinations. The other half want to go abroad, with Caribbean and European trips identified most often.

The majority of Boomers stay in hotels or motels once they’ve landed.The survey shows 62% choose this option over renting private homes because they prefer the amenities such as the concierge and room service. A cruise ship cabin is the second-most popular accommodation as cruises make up over one third of international travel. Cruise ships are also know to be wonderfully accessible and easy for those with mobility disabilities.

Will you be traveling in 2018? We would love to hear about your trips!

 

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Best Ways to Help Fire Victims in Northern California

Fire crews are making headway in California, but they still have work to do. Since the onset of the fires, there’s been an outpouring of donations via money, volunteers and items. Organizations from all over continue to receive a “generous” amount of donations, according to Pam Nold, executive assistant at United Way of the Wine Country. Due to the large number of donated items, numerous organizations stress that financial assistance is the best way to help out at the moment.

Below is a list of major organiztions to which you can donate to help those impacted by the wildfires in Northern California:

Napa Valley Community Foundation
American Red Cross (The organization is also accepting monetary donations via phone by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999)
The Salvation Army

Evacuation centers across Sonoma County are accepting cash donations

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Where to Donate for Hurricane Maria Victims in Puerto Rico

Below is a list of charities focused on helping hurricane victims in Puerto Rico:

Americares is providing medicine and medical supplies, and responding to recovery needs as they arise.
Catholic Relief Services is partnering with local organizations and working to provide “shelter, water and critical supplies, including tarps, tents, and hygiene and kitchen kits to families affected by these disasters.”
Convoy of Hope, another faith-based organization, provides food, water, and emergency supplies.

GlobalGiving is a global crowdfunding network (with a four-star rating from Charity Navigator). Their fund for hurricane recovery in the Caribbean encompasses emergency supplies and long-term recovery and rebuilding, channeling donations to vetted local organizations.
Hispanic Federation launched Unidos, a disaster-relief fund for Puerto Rico and Mexico.

International Medical Corps

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Programs For Schools: Making Minds Handicap Accessible

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Since 2010 Mike Berkson and Tim Wambach have toured the United States with Handicap This!, a two man stage show with a message of tolerance and inclusion. Mike is a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy; Tim has served as Mike’s aide for over 14 years. The pair have captivated and motivated educators and students with their motto: “Improvise. Adapt. Overcome.”

At a time when bullying is under increased scrutiny, Handicap This! brought a dimly lit auditorium of 9th-, 10th-, 11th-graders from a sympathetic quiet to laughter and applause of encouragement, all while sharing a message of acceptance, understanding, and tolerance.

– Newsday

To date, nearly 100,000 people have seen Mike and Tim LIVE on stage. They’ve received standing ovations and rave reviews across the country. Making Minds Handicap Accessible: The Digital Classroom Experience is a revolutionary educational product that promotes Social Emotional Learning and creates inclusion and acceptance one school at a time.

 This Unique Academic Experience will enable your students to:

  • Understand the Power and Benefit of Community Service
  • Appreciate Differences Within Others and Themselves
  • Tap into their own Abilities and Strengths

The Middle School – Junior High Experience:

  • The complete Handicap This! show with full-access for 1 school year
  • Pre & post discussion ideas
  • Downloadable forms
  • Google hangout with Mike and Tim*

Click Here for Middle School Product Info

The High School Experience:

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Resources and Support for Caregivers

Paralysis Community, a resource of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, is a safe and secure online social networking site with a robust discussion area on many areas of paralysis, including caregiving.
Caregiver Action Network educates, supports and empowers families who care for chronically ill, aged or disabled loved ones
National Alliance for Caregiving is a coalition of national groups that supports family caregivers and the professionals who help them.

The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving

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