Blog Archive

Taxes for People with Disabilities – Where to Start

January 13, 2021 – As parents and guardians of people with disabilities know, there are many nuances in U.S. tax law that provide significant tax relief for people with disabilities and those who care for them. That’s why we put together this brief guide to help you get started navigating this year’s tax landscape

New Year, New You: Health and Wellness for Your Loved One

January 7, 2021 – Many of us, especially at this time of year, fall back on the adage “eat less and exercise more” as we make New Year’s resolutions to improve our health. New research tells us it’s not that simple. If eating less and exercising more isn’t the answer, what is? Here are a few tips and a comprehensive toolkit to help you and your loved one with I/DD make choices for a healthier life.

Our 2020 Year in Review

December 30, 2020 – This year has unquestionably been one for the record books, as 2020 brought with it new and unforeseen challenges. But while it would be easy to reflect on all the difficulties of 2020, it’s important to remember all the beautiful things that happened this year too.

Looking forward to a vaccine, and some kind of normal

December 23, 2020 – Bethesda Disability Advocate Kurt Rutzen reflects on the past year and praises the rollout of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines that could help us all get back to normal in the coming New Year.

Your advocacy is needed to ensure vaccine priority

December 10, 2020 – After many months of the coronavirus pandemic, safe and effective vaccines are now becoming available. Learn how you can help ensure people with disabilities and direct support professionals are given priority for vaccine distribution. 

Prevent identity theft to avoid headaches

December 3, 2020 – People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are just as likely to be targeted for identity theft as anyone else. Read the facts about identity theft and what you can do to protect your loved one.

Understanding your rights as a disability voter

October 6, 2020 – Voting is at the heart of who we are as Americans and no citizen should be left out of the process because of a disability. Here are three of the most basic and fundamental rights as a voter with a disability.

Employment: Access and Opportunity for People with Disabilities

September 30, 2020 – Though National Disability Employment Awareness Month is celebrated in October, increasing access and opportunity to employment for people with disabilities should be something to strive for all the time. A diverse workforce including people with disabilities is good for business.

Five Tips for Guiding your Loved One with a Disability through the Dating World

September 2, 2020 – When your loved one with a disability starts looking to get into the dating world, not only do they have questions, but you have questions as well. Amidst these concerns, parents and guardians of people with disabilities should still be the primary educators when it comes to love and relationships.

Eight Tips for Dating with a Disability

September 2, 2020 – When it comes to dating, people with and without disabilities approach this stage of relationships with many of the same questions, doubts, fears and hopes. We are all human and want to be seen as our whole self and not be scrutinized by our segments.

Social Stories for People with Disabilities

June 24, 2020 – Some of the word’s earliest communications relied on icons and pictures to tell a story and communicate information. Today as the world bridges languages and people become more aware and sensitive to individual differences, images are used more and more to communicate information.

Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities

June 6, 2020 – Digital solutions helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are becoming more readily available. These new assistive technologies are creating more affordable and accessible options that enrich the lives of people with disabilities and help create a greater degree of independence.

The Time is Now to Campaign for Direct Support Professionals: Here’s How

May 13, 2020 – During this unprecedented situation created by the Coronavirus, now is the time to raise our voices in union. As the U.S. government responds to COVID-19 with financial aid, Direct Support Professionals have been forgotten and need our help to remind our legislators of their important role.

10 Ways to Show Gratitude to our Heroes

May 8, 2020 – The stay-at-home approach to fight Coronavirus has shone a bright spotlight on the value of essential workers. We would not be able to get through this pandemic without dedication from grocery store employees, delivery personnel, city employees and—of course—emergency and health care workers like Direct Support Professionals.

The Power of Music for Someone with a Disability

April 30, 2020 – Music is powerful, provides numerous health and wellness benefits, is far reaching and accessible. For people with disabilities, music can offer a form of personalized therapy.

Six Ways People with Disabilities Can Enjoy 2020’s Unusual Easter

April 9, 2020 – Holy Week is a sacred time for Christians. For many of us, the occasion is traditionally marked by attending church, being with family and most importantly, renewing our faith. This year as we practice social distancing and avoid gatherings, Easter takes on a different feeling.

Coronavirus and Developmental Disabilities: Managing Challenges

March 19, 2020 –It’s an unprecedented time. COVID-19, better known as the coronavirus, has us all rethinking even the basics of how we work, attend classes, shop and gather with family and friends. For anyone with, or caring for someone with a disability, these activities become even more challenging.

What it Means to be a Self-Advocate

February 13, 2020 – Self-advocacy is a term thrown out there a lot in the disability space. But what does it actually mean to be a self-advocate? At its most basic level, being a self-advocate means you have a voice of your own, and you use it.

Disabilities and the 2020 Election: Campaigning for Change

February 7, 2020 – Two millennials with autism are letting presidential candidates know that they’d be well-served to support an influential population of eligible voters – the estimated 54 million Americans with disabilities.

Now What? 3 Things to Know After Turning 18

January 29, 2020 – Turning 18 is a huge milestone, but for a person with a disability and his or her family, it can be a confusing time, too. Here are three key things to know after your loved one officially becomes an adult.

How Understanding Behavior Can Help You Make Good Choices

January 22, 2020 – What exactly is “behavior?” Behavior is the way someone does something, an attempt to address a need. This week, John Sheehan, a training instructor at Bethesda, tells us how understanding behavior can help us make wise choices. 

A Perspective on Hiring People with Disabilities

January 15, 2020 – When an employer is looking to hire, what are they looking for? We sat down with Nancy Liebhart and Karrie Zubke, Document Control Associates at Bethesda to gain the perspective of an employer of people with disabilities.

3 ways the law makes it easier for people with disabilities to vote

January 9, 2020 – While voting shouldn’t be hard, for people with intellectual or developmental difficulties, there can be barriers that make it more challenging. Here are three ways both the federal government and state governments are making it easier for people with disabilities to exercise their right to vote. 

2019 in Review: A Look Back at a Year of Inclusion

December 30, 2019 – As 2019 draws to a close and we set our sights on a new decade, it’s time to look back at the year that was and highlight some of the biggest stories surrounding the disability community. Here are a just a few of the highlights.

Making the Holidays More Accessible

December 20, 2019 – During holiday events, disabilities become a tangible thing that hosts need to accommodate, and communication is key.

The Future of Independent Living is Here

December 18, 2019 – Independent living options for people with disabilities can be hard to find. At Bethesda, we’re trying to change that. Our new project, Bethesda Cornerstone Village, seeks to offer true independence and community inclusion for people with disabilities looking for a place to call home. 

3 Forward-thinking Housing Options for People with Disabilities

November 12, 2019 – Housing options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have changed dramatically over the past century. This change has been marked by a move away from institutional settings to more individualized and integrated housing situations that offer choice and community inclusion. Here are three of the most forward-thinking housing solutions for people with IDD.

What You Should Know About Supported Decision-Making

November 6, 2019 – Dr. Kira Collins, Director of Admissions at Bethesda College, tells us more about what’s known as Supported Decision-Making and how this new idea helps people with disabilities retain their right to make their own decisions. 

Taking a step into advocacy

September 4, 2019 – Here are three simple ways to advocate for public policy affecting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.