Central Washington Disability Resources© Copyright 2019 by Central Washington Disability ResourcesSimplimation.comhttps://www.mycwdr.orgLatest news for Central Washington Disability ResourcesVoices for ChangeSun, 01 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700https://www.mycwdr.org/news/1/voices-for-change<div class="image"> <img src="https://www.mycwdr.org/uploads/news/images/full/ZNTTZEE6H7WG-voices-for-change.jpg?m=1556314989" alt="Voices for Change"/> </div> <p>As a person with a disability, have you ever felt that nobody is listening to you? Have you experienced actions or inactions by others that affected your quality of life? How can your voice be heard, and still make a difference?</p> <p>There are ways you can be heard and become part of the voices for change. For example, there are boards and councils at the federal, state, and local level advising governing bodies. These groups of stake holders hold regular meetings to discuss various subjects, including disability.</p> <p>Members of the Washington State Rehabilitation Council is one such group that promote ongoing improvement within the vocational rehabilitation service system.</p> <p>The mission of the Council is to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) leadership as they make decisions and insure that the DVR customer&#39;s perspective is never forgotten. The WSRC is mandated by the Federal Rehabilitation Act, and all members must be appointed by the Governor.</p> <p>In 2015, I was appointed by Governor Inslee to the WSRC, and I would like to share an opportunity with you to be a part of the voices for change. On April 19, the WSRC will be holding a public forum at our quarterly meeting, to be held at the Holiday Inn in Yakima from 3:30-5:00 pm. Come let your voice be heard, and learn more about the Washington State Rehabilitation Council.</p> Medical EquipmentSun, 01 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700https://www.mycwdr.org/news/2/medical-equipment<div class="image"> <img src="https://www.mycwdr.org/uploads/news/images/full/3524PM6IU7J8-medical-equipment.jpg?m=1556315076" alt="Medical Equipment"/> </div> <p>If you don&rsquo;t already know about Central Washington Disability Resource&rsquo;s (CWDR) Resource Library and Medical Equipment Loan Program, I am going to tell you about it. CWDR offers books about different types of disabilities that you might be interested in. They range from Autism, Brain Injury, Asperger&rsquo;s, Down Syndrome, or resume help and so on.</p> <p>We also offer DVDs with different movies and shows such as, Workout DVD; Pushing Forward, Autism: A Family Journey; How Difficult Can This Be; and Blind Sight. We also have The Parents Institute Brochures, which cover a variety of topics to hand out to parents or individuals who may be looking for more information. Some examples of what we have are bullying, how to get along with your teacher, kids and marijuana, using the internet as a study tool, what to do if your teen is having problems at school, and many more!</p> <p>Our medical equipment loan program is for Kittitas County residents only. We have walkers, bath bench, transfer chairs, wheelchairs, raised toilet seats and much more! Stop by or call CWDR and find out what equipment we have available. Checking out equipment is easy! Just fill out the form and let us know how long you expect to use it. We usually loan equipment for 3 months, but additional time may be granted as needed. We also welcome medical equipment donations, but we are mostly in need of foldable wheelchairs.</p> Teaching Through Virtual RealitySun, 01 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700https://www.mycwdr.org/news/3/teaching-through-virtual-reality<div class="image"> <img src="https://www.mycwdr.org/uploads/news/images/full/0DLVYKTG7QC2-teaching-through-virtual-reality.jpg?m=1556314874" alt="Teaching Through Virtual Reality"/> </div> <p>Technology has come a long way from overhead projectors, chalk boards and dial up internet. For people with disabilities technology has paved a path of independence. Over the years, we have seen technology make tremendous advances for all people with disabilities as they go through their day-to-day life. So, what&rsquo;s new in the world of technology that has the disability community on their feet?</p> <p>Meet the Floreo team: They are in the process of pilot testing a new product that helps young people with disabilities work on soft skills through Virtual Reality. The student is engaged in a new wave of hands on learning to help guide them as they work on skills, such as communication skills. The Floreo product is being tested both in a school with special needs students, as well as with therapy professionals.</p> <p>The product itself works in two ways; from the perspective as the user, and from the perspective of the VR headset, where professional staff can monitor the progress of the student. While this product has not yet hit stores, will this program benefit those with disabilities, and how will this change the way we work with those with disabilities?</p> <p>When you were a kid do you remember looking up to a family member? Or have you been the role model for someone in your life? The level of influences and motivation a role model can have is then apparent to you. In the media, you can find many role models but, in the disability community, you have less individuals with hidden disabilities being role models to look up to and learn from. You might hear of an actor or a professional athlete being vocal about living life with a learning disability, but beyond that it is difficult to find a role model.</p> <p>Why is this? Maybe because many individuals with learning disabilities keep this to themselves and feel insecure about sharing this with their peers. When I was going to college for my bachelor&rsquo;s degree, I can only recall one time in the 4-year period a student talking about their learning disability. Learning disabilities are hidden disabilities that are rarely talk about but are the most common disability out there and that needs to change.</p> <p>When I was in grade school through high school, I would not deal or talk about my learning disability, and yet I was able to manage. Once I was in college, it was sink or swim. I needed accommodations to make school work for me, which included extra time on tests and a quiet room. Wow, what a difference! Just accepting and being more visible with my learning disability allowed school to be something I looked forward to, rather than dread.</p> <p>Looking back I wonder, &ldquo;What if I had role models growing up?&rdquo; Would that have made more me accepting of my learning disability at a younger age, and what opportunities would I have had. So, this is a call out to everyone with a learning disability: Make an effort to be that role model to help fill that void. So, less youth have to feel they must hide their disability, and struggle in school because they are ashamed of their hidden learning disability.</p> <p>Links to learning disability sites:</p> <ul> <li>National Center for Learning Disabilities, Inc. - GuideStar Profile</li> <li><a href="http://ldaniagara.org/get-involved/program-volunteers/">http://ldaniagara.org/get-involved/program-volunteers/</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.acld.org/get-involved/volunteeropportunities/">https://www.acld.org/get-involved/volunteeropportunities/</a></li> </ul> The Importance of Support GroupsSun, 01 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700https://www.mycwdr.org/news/4/the-importance-of-support-groups<div class="image"> <img src="https://www.mycwdr.org/uploads/news/images/full/VHQO61UEAV7W-the-importance-of-support-groups.jpg?m=1556314856" alt="The Importance of Support Groups"/> </div> <p>Do you have a chronic illness, condition or addiction, and feel like no one understands how you feel? Or have you been recently diagnosed with a new medical condition, and are wondering where to turn to for more information?</p> <p>Well, your answer might be found in a support group.</p> <p>Support groups come in all shapes and sizes: Some are led by a professional counselor, social worker, or nurse at a hospital or clinic. Others are led by a family member or a volunteer affected by the condition, and held at a nonprofit organization, a community center, church, or someone&rsquo;s home. The focus of support groups varies from diabetes, breast cancer, traumatic brain injury, depression, PTSD, alcoholism, parents of children with special needs, or family caregivers.</p> <p>So, what are the benefits of joining a support group?</p> <ul> <li>Knowing you are not alone, and that others are experiencing the same or similar experiences. This can also reduce feelings of stress, depression and isolation;</li> <li>Learning new information or resources about a condition or disease, along with possible coping skills and</li> <li>treatment options;</li> <li>Being able to share or talk freely about your feelings in a safe and accepting environment;</li> <li>Developing social skills and possibly making lasting friendships beyond the support group; and</li> <li>Gaining hope and developing a sense of empowerment.</li> </ul> <p>Several years ago, I went through a period of depression as a result of a traumatic situation. One of things that helped me through that difficult time was attending a support group. At first I was a little reluctant to share what I had gone through, and how I was feeling, but with time it became easier. During my time with the group, not only did I learn ways to cope with the depression, but I also learned how to feel more like &ldquo;me&rdquo; again!</p> <p>Now, you might be wondering where you can locate a support in your community. One place is to ask your doctor, clinic, or hospital. Another place to check is your local library or community center. The internet is also a great resource for locating support groups, especially for specific diseases and conditions. Check out...</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.cancer.org">American Cancer Society</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.als.org">ALS Association</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.adaa.org">Anxiety and Depression Association of America</a></li> </ul> <p>For a complete online list of support groups from A to Z, try M.S. Support Group: 3rd Wednesday of each month, 11:30am-1pm @ Hearth Stone, 802 E Mountain View Ave. Contact Dave Artz &ndash; 933-2687</p> <p><a href="https://healthfinder.gov/FindServices/SearchContext.aspx?topic=833">Healthfinder.gov</a></p> <p>Here is a list of some support groups in the Ellensburg area:</p> <ul> <li>Women with Disabilities Support Group: 4th Friday of each month, 3pm-4pm @ CWDR, 200 East 4th, Contact Gretchen Thatcher &ndash; 962-9620</li> <li>PTSD/Trauma Support Group: 1st Wednesday of each month, 4pm-5pm @ CWDR, 200 East 4th, Contact Mark Manning &ndash; 962-9620</li> <li>TLC Support Group: 2nd &amp; 4th Wednesday of each month, 2pm-4pm @ Grace Episcopal Church, 201 N B St, Contact ALTC &ndash; 925-8765</li> <li>Ellensburg Caregiver Support Group: 3rd Thursday of each month, 2pm-3:30pm @ Hal Holmes, 209 N Ruby, Contact Erica Batchelder &ndash; 962-7242 200 E 4th Ave Ellensburg, WA 98926 509-962-9620 ph 509-933- fax Mycwdr.com</li> <li>M.S. Support Group: 3rd Wednesday of each month, 11:30am-1pm @ Hearth Stone, 802 E Mountain View Ave, Contact Dave Artz &ndash; 933-2687</li> <li>ASPEN Domestic Violence Support Group: Every Wednesday, 5pm-7pm - Free &amp; Confidential, 100 E Jackson Ave, Suite 301, Contact: ASPEN &ndash; 925-9384</li> <li>Parent2Parent Support Group: 2nd Tuesday of each month, 6:30 pm, @ Rodeo City BBQ, Contact Michelle Williams -- 509-929-7277</li> <li>KVH - Cancer Support Group: 2nd Monday of each month (excluding Dec, Jan, June &amp; July), Noon, KVH Conference Room A&amp;B on 2nd Floor, Contact: 962-7322</li> </ul> <p>While support groups may not be for everyone, but they can be a good option for anyone looking to connect and share with others. There is only one way to determine if it is right for you &ndash; attend one today!</p>