Disability News: Idaho


Health and disability news and event information from the state of Idaho USA.

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Information of interest for persons with disabilities residing in - or visiting the State of Idaho.

Idaho Disability Resources

Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ICBVI)

The agency assists blind and visually impaired persons to achieve independence by providing education, developing work skills, increasing self-confidence and helping them remain employed or prepare for employment - http://www.icbvi.state.id.us

The Arc of Boise

We work to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families have the supports they need to live an ordinary, decent American life - http://www.thearcinc.org

Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities (ICDD)

The Council and its partners, the Center on Disabilities and Human Development at the University of Idaho and other organizations, are moving forward to make person-centered planning technical assistance and resources available to individuals, families and groups across Idaho - http://www.icdd.idaho.gov

Epilepsy Foundation of Idaho

The Epilepsy Foundation of Idaho, (formerly the Epilepsy League of Idaho) established in 1971, is a non-profit agency committed to the prevention and control of epilepsy, and committed to helping people with epilepsy and their families overcome the problems associated with the disorder - http://www.epilepsyidaho.org

Idaho Independent Living Council

The Idaho State of Independent Living Council aspires to promote a philosophy of independent living, including a philosophy of consumer control, peer-support, self-help, self-determination, equal access, and individual and system advocacy in order to maximize opportunities for individuals with disabilities, and the integration and full inclusion of individuals with disabilities into the mainstream of society - http://www.silc.idaho.gov

Easter Seals Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountain

Easter Seals-Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountain, Inc. currently operates nine Goodwill stores in Montana and southern Idaho. The stores provide vocational training sites for individuals with developmental, physical or emotional disabilities, as well as people who are unemployed due to educational or vocational disadvantages - http://esgw-nrm.easterseals.com/site/PageServerpagename=NRMM_goodwillservices

Special Olympics Idaho

Special Olympics Idaho is a non-profit organization that provides training and athletic competition in 15 Olympic-type sports, year-round and free of charge to over 1,800 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the state of Idaho - http://www.idso.org/public/CFID=35241540&CFTOKEN=64348706

Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

VR is a state-federal program whose goal is to assist people with disabilities prepare for, secure, retain or regain employment - http://www.vr.idaho.gov

Statistics: Idaho Disability

  • There are an estimated 213,000 people in the state of Idaho over the age of five who have a form of disability.
  • Approximately 35,000 people with disabilities, or 2.7% of the state's population, experience difficulties with performing activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, or moving around inside of their homes.
  • There are around 106,000 people in the state who have a form of work disability, and 52,000 people with disabilities in Idaho who are employed.
  • Around 6,000 people with disabilities in the state are unemployed, while 60,000 are currently not in the workforce.

Latest Idaho Publications

40 percent of Idaho seniors struggling to pay bills as Idaho Public Utilities Commission considers utility rate hikes.

Idahoans may be in for utility bills rate shock in the coming year as most utility companies in the state are pressing for alarming increases to customers monthly bills.

6 million older Americans face the threat of hunger and are forced to skip meals or choose between paying for groceries or prescriptions.

Saying no to money that will better enable Idahoans to find affordable health insurance does not make any sense.

Idahoans and their families may soon have to go doctor shopping from their death beds.

Idaho women struggling with finances or stuck in low paying jobs and looking to get ahead may be able to get a helping hand from AARP scholarships.

Senators on the State Affairs Committee took a stand and voted down a measure to nullify the federal health care law in Idaho.

Some at the state house are again playing politics with health care in a manner even the Idaho State Attorney Generals office calls unconstitutional.

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