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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.
 

Working to Empower People > Success Stories
BY Puget Sound Personnel
September 19, 2017
Participant Success Stories PSP is proud of the partnerships we've forged with the people we serve and outstanding area businesses who value the contribution of a diverse workforce. The following success stories illustrate how working empowers the lives of people with disabilities while contributing to the character of our...

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9 Wildly Successful People Who Also Have a Disability
BY Lauren Hamer
September 12, 2017
We often wonder what it takes to be rich and famous. We dream about being the CEO of a company or founder of a large corporation. Well, to succeed in that world, you have to be special, be inspired, and do it in a way no one has done it before. Today, nearly 1 in 5 people has some sort of disability. So it makes sense...

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Developmentally Disabled, and Going to College
BY Kyle Spencer
August 03, 2017
Half a dozen students, some in Syracuse University T-shirts, sat around a conference table joking about appropriate job interview outfits. No bathing suits, pajamas or Halloween costumes. Added their instructor, not joking: “No tank tops.” Then Brianna Shults, leading the workshop with a kindhearted but no-nonsense approach,...

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Star Of New Comic Book Has Down Syndrome
BY Michelle Diament
May 09, 2017
In a first, a new comic book debuting this summer will feature a superhero with an extra 21st chromosome. Comic book publisher Lion Forge said they will introduce a character named Jonah, a teenage boy with Down syndrome, in a new series called “Superb.” The move to include a superhero with a developmental disability...

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Designing for All Abilities
BY Valeriya Safronova
May 09, 2017
Shopping for and choosing clothes is challenging enough that an entire industry of stylists, magazine editors and fashion bloggers has been created to help. But imagine if your parameters included more than finding a sweater to complement your eye color, or a backpack to match your sneakers. Imagine if you were unable to use your arms to...

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Activities for Adults With Developmental Disabilities
BY Amber Keefer
February 10, 2017
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 friendships, are critical to support the...

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Starting Your Own Business: We Talk to Disabled Athlete Turned Entrepreneur
BY Arielle Rausin
January 16, 2017
Disabled athlete Arielle combined her love of sports and business to create her company, Ingenium, which makes wheelchair racing gloves. Read more to learn about her successful business that started as a simple school project, and how she worked to get to this point. Two years ago I took an introductory course on 3D printing at the...

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Polar Plunge aims to raise $20K for local Special Olympics
BY Sarah Hauck
January 11, 2017
Onslow Beach will be covered with brave souls preparing to dive into the chilly ocean this weekend in hopes of raising more than $20,000 for Special Olympics. The annual Polar Plunge is Saturday and, with temperatures forecasted to be in the upper 60s, should draw a crowd, local coordinator for Special Olympics Onslow County Dawn...

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U.S. Paralympians Celebrate International Day Of Persons With Disabilities
BY Stafford Braxton
December 03, 2016
As we celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we have seven Paralympians share in their own words what it means to be an athlete with a disability.  In Rio, these athletes helped Team USA bring home a record-breaking 115 medals across 20 sport disciplines. Together, they have competed in eight summer Paralympic Games...

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Disability and Employment: My Story of Success
BY Kelly Perks-Bevington
October 27, 2016
From a non-conformist teenager to a successful career woman with her own business, disability blogger Kelly Perks-Bevington talks to Disability Horizons about how her disability hasn’t impacted on her accomplishments. Let me start this piece by thanking Disability Horizons for approaching me, and for taking the time to...

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