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Overview Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) face many challenges. Although some are able to work and be relatively self-sufficient, others require more guidance, supervision and care. Recreation and leisure activities, particularly those that foster social bonds and...

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This section is meant to offer information on behalf of professionals in a variety of industries – advice that can be helpful when planning for the future and caring for an individual who has a disability. 

Time and time again we are struck by a story in the news about how an individual with a disability was taken advantage of and usually a hard-lesson is learned.

It is important to note that Victory Living Programs does not maintain a partnership with any of the individuals or firms listed in this section, this section is maintained for advocacy and informational purposes only as a convenient resource for the population we serve.
 

Airbnb adds new search filters for people with disabilities
BY Shannon Liao
April 06, 2018
Airbnb has added new filters to its platform to help people with disabilities more easily find accommodations. The total of 21 new filters let people specify searches for step-free entry to rooms, wide entryways to fit a wheelchair through, elevators, showers that can accommodate wheelchairs, ramps, and more. Previously,...

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Capitol event shows ‘people with disabilities can succeed’
BY Garrett Davis
April 06, 2018
Parker Simpson is a freshman in high school. He makes straight A’s and is the starting quarterback of his football team. He’s on the academic team and hopes, one day, to be an electrical engineer. Simpson also has major hearing loss in both of his ears and is one of the many students who attend the Oklahoma School for...

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For some receiving disability benefits, the desire to work will never cease
BY Tauhid Chapell, Kayla Epstein
April 06, 2018
Last year, The Washington Post explored how rural American communities have been reshaped by the significant growth in disability programs over the past two decades. As the series of articles progressed, we heard from readers nationwide about their experiences with disability benefits. A common theme emerged from their stories. One of...

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Program helps people with disabilities gain employment
BY GLYNIS HART
April 06, 2018
LAKE PLACID — Annie Maher enjoys her independence. Twice a week, she takes public transportation to her job in downtown Lake Placid, where she works in the Van Heusen clothing store. “I like to get to be with people,” said Maher, sitting in a favorite pre-work hangout, the Starbucks a few doors away on Main Street. She...

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Apple’s other big chance to enrich people’s lives
BY Jonny Evans
April 06, 2018
Apple is working to get a range of new emoji’s approved to better represent individuals with disabilities. The attempt underlines its award-winning leadership position when it comes to an evidenced commitmentto making products accessible with software. It could do even more to enrich people’s...

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Project gives students a glimpse into life with disabilities
BY Edweek.org
April 06, 2018
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — "Once ubom a tmie there was a friembl dobl." While that sentence may seem to be gibberish, Concrete Elementary School students learned earlier this month that it is how some of their classmates may read the sentence "Once upon a time there was a friendly dog." "By...

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People With Disabilities To Get Vote in France
BY Lea Labaki
February 09, 2018
Last week, France delivered some good news on the human rights and equality front: All people with disabilities are to be granted the right to vote. Currently Article 5 of  France’s Electoral Code allows a judge to deprive people who have been assigned a guardian to make decisions on their behalf of the right to...

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First Orlando-area housing complex for adults with developmental disabilities opens
BY Clay LePard
February 08, 2018
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Those with developmental disabilities finally have a place to live designed specifically for them in the Orlando area.  A ribbon cutting for Quest Village in the Waterford Lakes area took place Thursday. The 40-unit complex houses only tenants with developmental disabilities. "This is the only...

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Training program helps teach skills to people with disabilities
BY Brittny McGraw
February 07, 2018
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. - A training program that started in Roanoke is now helping people with disabilities in the New River Valley to gain life skills to help them succeed. A Roanoke city police officer started the Growth Through Opportunity program in 2014. The program not only teaches people with disabilities...

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Who’s Behind a New Public-Private Partnership to Pull People With Disabilities Out of Poverty?
BY Alyssa Ochs
February 07, 2018
Philanthropic funding for people with disabilities is often focused on basic needs and setting adults up with accessible and worthwhile jobs. But in New York, there’s an effort kicking off that goes a bit further to bring disabled people into the local economy and help them to overcome poverty. New York is the first city to be part...

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