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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.
 

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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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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Passing My Disability On to My Children
BY Sheila Black
September 07, 2016
When I was pregnant with my first child, my ob-gyn referred me to a genetic counselor “just in case.” I have a condition called X-linked hypophosphatemia, or XLH, which results in a form of dwarfism. I was a spontaneous case; there had no been no history of XLH in my family before me. No road map. The counselor...

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Workplaces Can Be Particularly Stressful For Disabled Americans, Poll Finds
BY Yuki Noguchi
July 13, 2016
More than 4 in 10 working Americans say their job affects their overall health, with stress being cited most often as having a negative impact. That's according to a new survey about the workplace and health from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. While it may not...

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For People With Disabilities, New Technology Can Be Life Changing
BY Laura Sydell
May 21, 2016
For most of us, eye tracking technology sounds interesting. But it's not life changing. Eye tracking allows users to move a cursor around a computer or mobile device simply by moving your eyes and head. Oded Ben Dov initially used eye tracking technology to develop a video game that he showed off on Israeli TV. The next day, he...

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Google Awards $20 Million for Disability-Easing Inventions
BY Tom Risen
April 13, 2016
Google's charity arm is awarding millions of dollars in grant funding to nonprofits working to assist people with disabilities through inventions like affordable 3-D printed prosthetics, smart glasses for the visually impaired and an open-source power platform that turns manual wheelchairs into electric ones. The awards – $20...

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The Tech Giving People Power to Deal with Disability
BY Padraig Belton
January 29, 2016
Worldwide, around a billion people have a disability, says the World Health Organisation. In Europe and America, this is one in five people. And since they are less likely to be in work, their poverty rate is about twice as high. So technologies that could help disabled people contribute more in the workplace - and improve their...

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Decades After Laws for Students With Disabilities, What Have We Learned?
BY Tim Villegas
December 14, 2015
I was barely out of my sixth-grade year in middle school when the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush. The rules and regulations of what would make the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act(IDEA), which was signed 40 years ago this year,...

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Why a man with intellectual disabilities has fewer rights than a convicted felon
BY Petula Dvorack
September 24, 2015
Ryan King is 33. He has been working at a Safeway in Washington for 15 years. He pays his bills on time, budgets saving and spending money every month, uses exact change for his ride to and from work each day, makes a mean shrimp scampi, and has never been charged with a crime. Yet, in the eyes of the courts, he has fewer rights than...

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