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Coming Home by Rachael Thompson

My family has a strong group of military personnel in it. My father was in the Army reserves, my uncle was a Marine in Vietnam, my grandfather was in Germany during World War 2 with the Navy and 7 of my father’s cousins were in the military as well. So it was not really a [...]

By | May 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Coming Home by Rachael Thompson

From Apple Trees to Fairy Doors

It’s never dull at PILR; last week the excitement happened in my office. Debbie came to talk to me about something and suddenly asks, “How long has that door been in your office?” Now I am seriously confused. The only door I know of is the one she walked through to enter my office. She [...]

By | April 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on From Apple Trees to Fairy Doors

Understanding Life in a Wheelchair By Janice Talyor

When we were out in the public, I started noticing disturbing reactions from some people. Most people were helpful and opened doors for me or let us pass first. But sometimes people would bump into me when passing; they never stopped to apologize. They didn’t seem to have much patience if I was in front [...]

By | April 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Understanding Life in a Wheelchair By Janice Talyor

Post-Secondary programs more inclusive for people with disabilities.

Every year for the past 17 years, PILR has been proud to host Disability Mentoring Day. It’s a day for local youth with disabilities and employers to get together and learn from each other. It shows the employers how much the youth have to offer and shows the youth how many wonderful jobs are open [...]

By | April 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Post-Secondary programs more inclusive for people with disabilities.

Life hacks for all of us.

We see them on every form of social media almost daily. They get sent to our emails and they even show up on the news, these so called Life Hacks are everywhere. They take almost anything and show us neat ways to make life easier, but are they really useful? Are they good for everyone? [...]

By | March 29th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Life hacks for all of us.

“Neurodiversity” new buzz word or new Autism movement?

There’s a new word floating around that is being used to help describe people on the Autism spectrum. Neurodiversity is being pushed to describe developmental differences in children and adults. The hope is that by relabeling those on the Autism spectrum it will level the playing field and create a wider range of acceptance further [...]

By | March 22nd, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on “Neurodiversity” new buzz word or new Autism movement?

Barbie branching out.

For 60 years the Barbie brand has been creating toys for girls. Amid controversy and backlash, Barbie has thrived as the world’s leading doll maker. Over the years dolls of every shape, age, size, nationality, gender and hair type have emerged. Now, the doll company is branching out yet again. For the first time, the [...]

By | March 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Barbie branching out.

Labels, are they more harmful than helpful?

I remember being a teenager in the 90’s, the fight to end labels. Being a teen with ADD I was active in that fight. What I have is not who I am and we didn’t want to be tagged with something that would change the rest of our lives. Now in 2019, the younger generation [...]

By | March 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Labels, are they more harmful than helpful?

Equal pay for equal work

There is a big debate that has been going on for years about raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $15 per hour. This sounds really good for those that are making minimum wage. Did you know there are a lot of people who work every day and get mere cents on [...]

By | February 22nd, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Equal pay for equal work

Inclusive emojis.

Emojis of people using wheelchairs, service dogs, hearing aids and more will be coming to your iPhone late 2019. Apple submitted a proposal to the Unicode Consortium — the non-profit that reviews requests for new emojis. Apple’s request includes a total of 13 new emojis. The emojis fall into four categories, deaf and hard of hearing, blind [...]

By | February 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Inclusive emojis.