324 Hope Dr. Winchester,Va
"Promoting Independent Living"
The Vision of Access Independence is a barrier-free community for all individuals to achieve their greatest potential.
We live our values; We are people with disabilities empowering people with disabilities; We believe in being ethical and having integrity; We believe in treating people with respect and dignity; We believe in the principles of equal rights, access, and opportunities for all.
Mission: Access Independence’s mission is to promote independent living by providing services that enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities living in Virginia’s Northern Shenandoah Valley.
The Rollin' RNs
A bit of humor for today. 😁
Perspective is paramount to Ms. Wheelchair Virginia
At first glance, the tattoo on Vicki Varner’s forearm looks like a mishmash of capital letters, arranged in no particular order.
"With the 2020 Paralympics just around the corner, brands will soon start to plan and develop disability-inclusive campaigns. But are conversations about employing people with disabilities also top of mind among those agencies and other advertisers?"
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“Little Chef Ivy” Continues to Break Barriers as MasterChef Franchise Gives Chefs with Disabilities Opportunities to Showcase Their Skills - Respect Ability
Los Angeles, California, April 18 – Halfway through the seventh season of MasterChef Junior, some of the contestants are proving they are worthy contenders. One such young chef is 11-year-old Ivy, a Little Person who has achondroplasia, which causes an average sized torso with short limbs due to t...
Myths and Facts about People with Disabilities !!
Myth 1: People with disabilities are brave and courageous.
Fact: Adjusting to a disability requires adapting to a lifestyle, not bravery and courage.
Myth 2: Wheelchair use is confining; people who use wheelchairs are “wheelchair-bound.”
Fact: A wheelchair, like a bicycle or an automobile, is a personal assistive device that enables someone to get around.
Myth 3: All persons with hearing disabilities can read lips, and people who are blind acquire a “sixth sense.”
Fact: Lip-reading skills vary among people who use them and are never entirely reliable. Although most people who are blind develop their remaining senses more fully, they do not have a “sixth sense.”
Myth 4: People with disabilities are more comfortable with “their own kind.”
Fact: In the past, grouping people with disabilities in separate schools and institutions reinforced this misconception. Today, many people with disabilities take advantage of new opportunities to join mainstream society.
Myth 5: Non-disabled people are obligated to “take care of” people with disabilities.
Fact: Anyone may offer assistance, but most people with disabilities prefer to be responsible for themselves
Disability Awareness Facts #1-Did you know in 2018 that 56 million Americans live with a disability? Being Disabled is something many read or hear about happening to others, but no one thinks that it will happen to them !
Wow just Wow
If you use a wheelchair and need help finding your seat or carrying a drink at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, there’s a chance that you’ll have a robot assisting you. On March
Somewhere over the Rainbow
Gauge the 6-year-old golden retriever serves as a mobility dog for Erin Bischoff
I got to say this is the photo of the week - it really puts life in perspective when you see one’s belongings in a shopping cart with their lovely beautiful friendly dog - and yes this wonderful pup is well cared for and taken care of - they have a friend they stay with when super cold out - even for CCAP Clients we get donations of dog food, cat food and at times kitty litter - May the Lord watch over all of our homeless friends .
Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD)
“Be careful of judging what your child is capable of,” he said. “You have to watch your child and give him every opportunity to see how they respond. Let your child decide what his limitations are.”
Gary Sinise, best known for his role as Lieutenant Dan in “Forrest Gump,” was visiting the Virginia Home, a private, nonprofit facility near Richmond’s Byrd Park that cares for people with disabilities, as part of the organization’s ninth annual Stories of Courage & Grace fundraising event. He would later speak at The Jefferson Hotel to attendees of the sold-out fundraiser."
Image description: Gary Sinise shakes hand with Bruce Abbott, who is wearing a black US Army polo with the crest and a matching cap.
On the Early Web, People With Disabilities Found Community and Autonomy
Growing up in rural Oregon, Erin Lauridsen didn’t have a lot of contact with blind people like herself. She recalls there being one other blind person in her town, but they were much older and, unlike Lauridsen, had lost their vision later in life. So when her family got dial-up internet during he...
Former Colorado Governor and current candidate for President John W. Hickenlooper is a person with a disability with a proven record of fighting for the disability community. Learn more about him at the RespectAbility Report!
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Due to an overwhelming response, registration for this clinic is now officially closed.
If you would like to be placed on the waiting list and notified if there are any cancellations, please register below.
Another Social Security clinic is planned for June and further details will be posted when available.
[ORIGINAL POST] Struggling with getting or keeping your Social Security Disability benefits?
dLCV is here to help! Sign up for a “FREE” private consultation with our Social Security Advocate.
***Space is limited to only five (5) registrants and is first come, first served!***
The consultation can take place in-person at dLCV or face-to-face online from your computer or smartphone.
• Applying for benefits
• Appealing a denial
• Keeping your benefits in place
Register here | https://www.dlcv.org/social-security-disability-clinic
Mark your calendars now! CCAP is having a HUGE FREE giveaway on Saturday, April 6th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM-
Clothes, shoes, linens and much more! Please share this post with your friends! Rain or Shine! Items Outside abs Inside!
Looking for a way to help others for Easter ?
Looking for a way to help others celebrate Easter?
CCAP is in need of filled Easter Baskets for our Easter give-away on Saturday, April 13 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 noon. Please bring the Easter Baskets to our CCAP location at 112 South Kent Street, Winchester during the week of April 8th-April 12th for the week-end distribution . Our hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30 to 2:30, Friday 8:30 to 11:30.
We recommend individually wrapped candies , spring outdoor toys like sidewalk chalk, kites, kickballs, footballs, soccer balls, basketballs, books and bubbles . Coloring books/crayons are a staple. Five below gift cards in the basket are always a hit
We encourage you to be creative . All Baskets must be in cellophane wrappers. We welcome tracts from your church. Thank you everyone for your generosity as we try to meet the community’s needs for Easter Baskets.
Our Health, Inc.
Hey partner volunteers. Have you picked up your National Volunteer Week discount card? If not, stop by or call Our Health at 540-536-1600 so that you can enjoy up to 15% off food and retail purchases on the Old Town Mall. More than 40 awesome businesses are participating so when you use your card, let them know how much we appreciate them !! A special shout out to Roma's Italian Restaurant, Incredible Flying Objects, the George Washington Hotel, and Village Square Restaurant - four more businesses that said YES!
April 17-18 and May 1-3 in Winchester Va.
The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) and VDOE are pleased to announce their next round of trainings! They will be offering free training opportunities for families and professionals. This is an excellent chance for parents and professionals to learn, network and even RELAX.
“Ongoing research shows… Students with involved parents or other caregivers earn higher grades and test scores, have better social skills, and show improved behavior.”
When parents are involved with their children’s education, we all win—especially the children!
Visit the website for more information and to RSVP -http://www.peatc.org/newsmanager/news_article.cgi?news_id=935&no_popup=0
No Rides For Wheelchairs
Lyft is facing a federal lawsuit for allegedly excluding persons with mobility disabilities who need wheelchair-accessible vehicles (WAVs).
Voters With Disabilities Engagement Expo
The Voters with Disabilities Engagement Expo is a pilot program developed by the Virginia Department of Elections (ELECT) to promote awareness about the wide variety of resources available to assist members of the disability community with the voting process. The goal of the event is to connect even...
Why companies who hire people with disabilities outperformed their peers
Companies that offered the most inclusive working environment for disabled employees achieved an average of 28% higher revenue. Here’s why.
"Then again, how often do you see a puppet who sits in a wheelchair? Or carries a cane?
The 16 students sat patiently on the classroom floor as they were introduced to Mark, who has cerebral palsy, and Renaldo, who is visually impaired. The pair were talking about going camping, an activity they both love."
Image description: 16 first-grade students at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in Indianapolis, IN, watching a puppet show done by eighth graders (dressed in black).
Mac's Roller Rink
We are so thankful for The Arc of Northern Shenandoah Valley for their generous donation of these skate walkers today! We are so proud to have your support. So far these walkers are getting tons of use and it allows each and every one of our customers to fully enjoy and experience all the fun and joy that roller skating can bring!❤️
Breaking Through Autism
#ThursdayThoughts Be kind! A little effort goes a long way!
#BreakingThrough #Autism #AutismLove #AutismStrong #AutismHope #AutismFamily #AutismCommunity #AutismParents #AutismKidsRock #AutismJourney #AutismMom #AutismDad #AutismSpectrum
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Your characters may battle depression, PTSD and addiction, as well as enemy combatants in upcoming online video game 'Destiny's Sword.'
April is Autism Awareness Month
Sesame Street has brought to life Julia's family in its initiative to reduce the stigma of autism.
Stop In, Say Hi, Get some FREE Ice Cream !!
Autism Awareness America
From Pepsi to Polaris, Talent with Disabilities Gets Results
Hiring 1,400 workers for the food & beverage company's ACT program is just one success story.
"I think it’s good for people to actually experience people with disabilities along with the treats and people understand better what it’s doing and what it’s going towards.”
The disability-run company Finley's Bakery in MN goes to the dogs!
Image description: Store employees in wheelchairs and uniforms (Navy blue t-shirts with the store logo) talk about their experience with FOX 9.
".....Amanda reveals that Spock struggled with a learning disability as a child. The Vulcan condition has symptoms like those of dyslexia in humans. The condition is rare in Vulcans, and Spock’s case was blamed on his human mother."
Image description: Spock as played by Ethan Peck
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Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia Northern VA
Post your purple pics here!
Rock Your Socks
National Association of the Deaf - Region II
Celebrate Deaf History Month with facts!
Virginia Tech therapy dog Moose named 2019 Animal Hero
Moose, a therapy dog at Virginia Tech, was selected as the 2019 Animal Hero by the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association.
If you got the $$$$$, Check this Out !! 🤪♿🤩
The campers boast wheelchair lifts, roll-in showers, and wider hallways.
Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center Foundation
At the WWRC Foundation, #inclusion is one of our core values. We believe all individuals have the right to employment and independence, regardless of their disability. This belief translates into compassion for WWRC clients and a commitment to our work.
#DDAwareness19 #WWRCF #education #virginia #inclusionworks #diversibility
"The 2018 unemployment rate for persons with a disability was 8 percent, a decline from the previous year’s 9.2 percent jobless rate for the disabled, but still more than twice as high as unemployment in the non-disabled population."
"This one, 'W-H– WHEELCHAIR P-L– PLANET,' is actually very heavy on them. JJ’s film is a Twilight Zone-style tale set in a world where disabled people are the norm, and the one man who can walk is mocked and hunted as a freak."
Image description: Micah Fowler on set of SPEECHLESS
Now You Know !!
June 22nd 2019
324 Hope Dr
Access Independence Inc. (AI) is a Center for Independent Living (CIL) serving the counties of Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Shenandoah and the city of Winchester. We are a consumer controlled, community based, cross disability, non-residential, private, non-profit organization that is designed and operated within our local region by individuals with disabilities.
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