As we enter the winter months, it looks like we’re going to have more than snow and ice to worry about. Based on current data, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is predicting a hard flu season. Just last week, they shared:
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It’s November, which means you might be planning holiday travel. As with everything else, COVID has disrupted the travel industry so it’s even more important to plan ahead.
The Centers For Disease Control shares these general tips:
People with disabilities want and deserve jobs just as much as anyone else. And employers benefit from hiring people with disabilities. This all seems pretty obvious, but since there is a whole month devoted to it we’re going to talk about the importance of disability employment awareness.
October is also officially Blindness Awareness Month, which is officially designated to “bring a heightened focus on the blind and visually impaired community and the realities of living without sight.”
The National Federation of the Blind has taken that a step further, designating October as Blind Equity Achievement Month, which is designed to, “Remember history, advance equality and celebrate accomplishments.”
White Pine High School senior Autumn Cavender says her teachers generally follow IEP guidelines, but for her (and presumably other IEP students), they need more individualized accommodations to help them succeed.
Autumn has been diagnosed with dyslexia and Irlen Syndrome, a problem with the brain’s ability to process visual information. Irlen Syndrome manifests differently for different people — in Autumn’s case, it causes light sensitivity which combined with dyslexia can make reading and processing information a big challenge.
We were very proud to co-promote Mark Wellman Adventure Day at Sparks Marina Park on June 5, when participants had the opportunity to explore adaptive equipment and experiences. In between, they were able to get free COVID-19 and/or flu vaccines from Immunize Nevada.
People flock to Nevada from all over the world to spend time in our amazing mountains, deserts, rivers and lakes. In addition to enjoying the beauty that surrounds us, there is plenty of evidence that being outside is good for our minds and bodies. Though this can be challenging for people with disabilities and older adults, there are resources available.
Mark Tadder has been hired as the Blindness Advocacy Resource Officer by the Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living (NNCIL). In this role, Tadder works with blind people or those with vision disabilities to give them information and resources to help them live more independent lives.
“Losing your vision can really affect your confidence and what you do,” he says. “Our program is designed to not only give people resources, but also peers they can spend time with and learn from.”