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January 2016 Blog Posts (12)

"I am hearing impaired, not mentally retarded."

First off, let me start by saying I know “mentally retarded” is a bad phrase to use. The appropriate term is “intellectually disabled,” and the reason I chose to use the former phrase is this:…


Added by Becki L. Grainger on January 28, 2016 at 5:41pm — No Comments

Buying Your First House or maybe your child’s first house

IF you thinking about taking the step into accessible home ownership check out this video.
Mark Boarman shares every step, from choosing the right property to renovation and modification tips.
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Added by Jane Gay on January 27, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

Let's talk Biz Ability

Let’s talk about Biz Ability (click to follow to the webpage) , a community-driven resource for business owners with disabilities and entrepreneurs to find the accessible tools they need to build and run their business effectively.  Running their own business can be possible and even the best option for your student.  This webpage as a good presentation from the CSUN 2015 Conference:  …


Added by Jane Gay on January 20, 2016 at 5:30am — No Comments

Braille Tablet

In the 1950s, about half of blind children learned to read Braille, according to the National Federation of the Blind. Today, that number is just 10 percent. Yet 80 percent of blind people who are employed know Braille. Those numbers don’t tell the whole story, as definitions and health outcomes have evolved over the years. But the trend they suggest is real, the researchers say.

“When you’re…


Added by Nicole Hill on January 19, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

New Track Chair Options

New Mobility has a nice article about track chairs.  Want to go along a beach with family and friends?Want to go on a terrain that is a little rougher??  Check out this article:…


Added by Jane Gay on January 13, 2016 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Interesting name don’t you think? 

This is a new comprehensive resource that covers financial planning advice for all stages of life, including college financial planning. I thought you might also be interested in looking at the “ Guide on How to Get Scholarships and Grants for Students with Disabilities”.

You can view the guide here:…


Added by Jane Gay on January 12, 2016 at 9:15am — No Comments

New Year’s Resolution: Clean out basement, attic and garage

 If this is your resolution and your find used AT devices in good or excellent condition>> consider donating it to Easter Seals Iowa AT Center.  They will clean it up and provide it to persons who could not otherwise afford it.  This would include devices from you, your child or even your parents and friends.

Devices most requested:

  • power chairs and scooters
  • bath chairs and benches
  • walkers with seats and hand…

Added by Jane Gay on January 11, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

FIND Staff
Happy New Year!

We hope your 2016 is off to a great start. The FIND Support staff is looking forward a productive, exciting year ahead! We hope to have a year of sharing and making connections right here on FIND. As always, if you have questions or comments,do not hesitate to contact us via private message…


Added by FIND Support on January 8, 2016 at 1:35pm — No Comments

ASAP kit available to purchase at discounted cost at UI Safety Store

When accidents happen, it’s important that first responders have the information they need to help you quickly. This can be challenging if you, your child or a loved has a serious medical condition or disability and can’t communicate. The A.S.A.P. kit can help provided the answers they need.

 The University of Iowa Children’s Hospital Safety Store (S421 GH) is now selling The Alert for Special Assistance Program (A.S.A.P.) car and home kits. Included in each kit is a…


Added by Jane Gay on January 8, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

MYTH: IF my child goes to work he will lose Medicaid.

As your child starts the transition process, take the time to talk with a WIPA Community Work Incentives Coordinator.

  WIPA is a grant funded program sponsored by the Social Security Administration.  In Iowa, Disability Rights IOWA (DRI) staff members called Community Work Incentives Coordinators (CWICs) will help you. They focus on your child, your child’s choices, your child’s future, and especially your child’s work goals. They especially want to work with your child so they can…


Added by Jane Gay on January 6, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

The Olmstead Consumer Taskforce is currently accepting applications for Taskforce membership.

The Taskforce works to promote implementation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1999 Olmstead decision in public policies and programs at the state and local level, and to raise awareness of what this means for Iowans with disabilities and mental illness. The Taskforce seeks diverse membership from around the state, including adults with disabilities, family members of people with disabilities, and others who are strong advocates for the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities into…


Added by Jane Gay on January 5, 2016 at 11:32am — No Comments

Survey about vending machine access by persons who are blind or low vision

University of Waikato law student Sankey-O'Dwyer still needs more people to complete a survey about vending machine use.

 Jayne Sankey-O'Dwyer is blind, and that experience gave her the idea of creating machines that were easy for people…


Added by Jane Gay on January 5, 2016 at 10:55am — No Comments

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