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Learning New Skills To Help High School Students

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NNCIL, in conjunction with the Nevada Statewide Independent Living Council, is providing scholarships for three Northern Nevada high school teachers to attend the 2023 National Council on Independent Living conference in Washington D.C., July 24-27.   Gabrielle Paredes teaches Strategies at McQueen High School in Reno, where she collaborates with three special education teachers using up-to-date, evidence-based instructional methods to […]

ABLE Accounts: Offering Financial Independence for People with Disabilities

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Managing finances can be challenging, and individuals with disabilities often face unique financial needs. There’s a financial tool available called an ABLE account that can help make life a little easier. In this article, we’ll explain what ABLE accounts are and how they can empower people with disabilities to take control of their financial future. […]

Exploring the World!

Two men at the beach, one in a wheelchair and the other standing behind him.

School’s out for summer, which means many families are planning trips, from camping or staycations to domestic and international travel.  While traveling with a disability does come with some additional planning, there are plenty of reasons to do it! 

Handling Northern Nevada Winters 

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The January 2023 storms have been good reminders of the importance of being prepared for Northern Nevada winters. It’s also important to know who to call in an emergency, so we thought we’d share a list of important numbers all in one place. We’ll continue to update this list as we learn more.  Travel Routes: Plug your route into to […]

Don’t Let the Flu Knock You Down

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As we enter the winter months, it looks like we’re going to have more than snow and ice to worry about. Based on current data, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is predicting a hard flu season. Just last week, they shared:  While those are national numbers, they apply to our state as well. Two flu deaths have already […]

Resources for People Traveling with a Disability 

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Here are some tips to make traveling with a disability easier.  The Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) makes it illegal for airlines to discriminate against passengers because of their disability. Airlines are also required to provide assistance, including  providing wheelchair or other guided assistance to board, deplane, or connect to another flight; seating accommodation assistance […]

Blind Equality Achievement Month 

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October is also officially Blindness Awareness Month, which is officially designated to “bring a heightened focus on the blind and visually impaired community and the realities of living without sight.”  The National Federation of the Blind has taken that a step further, designating October as Blind Equity Achievement Month, which is designed to, “Remember history, advance […]

Hiring People with Disabilities Just Makes Sense

People with disabilities want and deserve jobs just as much as anyone else. And employers benefit from hiring people with disabilities. This all seems pretty obvious, but since there is a whole month devoted to it we’re going to talk about the importance of disability employment awareness.  The U.S. Department of Labor announced that, “in […]

Being the Change 

Photo collage of people at the 2022 NCIL conference in Washington DC, in front of the capitol building, in a restaurant and in an elevator

White Pine High School senior Autumn Cavender says her teachers generally follow IEP guidelines, but for her (and presumably other IEP students), they need more individualized accommodations to help them succeed.   Autumn has been diagnosed with dyslexia and Irlen Syndrome, a problem with the brain’s ability to process visual information. Irlen Syndrome manifests differently for […]

Forging Justice

Two young women sitting next to each other, one in a wheelchair.

​ Through a grant from the Nevada Statewide Independent Living Council, we had the extreme privilege of sending two students and two educators to the National Council on Independent Living conference, held the last week of July, 2022. While in Washington D.C., they attended a variety of workshops, addressing such important topics as independent living, advocacy, assistive technology and access […]