IDA’s 2014 Invisible Disabilities Week in Denver and Online

2014 Invisible Disabilities Week 10-19 thru 10-25 IDA Banner

Join the Invisible Disabilities Association for our 2014 Invisible Disabilities Week Online!

Together, we can bring awareness, education and support to your neighborhood and around the world!

Invisible Disabilities Week on FacebookInvisible Disabilities Week on Google+  – Invisible Disabilities Week Website

10 Ways to Participate Now and Through October 25th:

1) RSVP on the Invisible Disabilities Week on Facebook or the Invisible Disabilities Week on Google+. Invite your friends and circles to join this event, share with friends, groups and pages! Tell others about Invisible Disabilities Week! www.InvisibleDisabilitiesWeek.org

2) Tell others about the Invisible Disabilities Association! Spread awareness and education about people living with debilitating illness and injury, as well as support to those living with www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

3) Join us in Denver on October 24th for our 2014 Awards Gala! www.ItsNotALaughingMatter.org

4) Send a donation to help us continue to reach around the world with awareness, education, resources and support through our websites, special projects, pamphlets, videos, book, articles, radio interviews, events, seminars, award nights and so much more! www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

5) Start your own IDA Fundraising Page! Invite friends! Raise donations! https://connect.clickandpledge.com/Organization/InvisibleDisabilities/

6) Order our pamphlets and books to distribute to friends, family, doctors, neighbors and more for better understanding in your parts of the world! www.invisibledisabilities.org/shop

7) Watch and share our videos with amazing Award Recipients and Special Guest Speakers to bring awareness, education and support to others! www.YouTube.com/invisibledisabilities

8) Share IDA articles and radio interviews with friends, family, doctors and groups on Google+, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and more to bring awareness, education and support to the world! www.InvisbleDisabilities.org

9) Order cool Invisible Disabilities shirts, hoodies, bumper stickers and more! www.IDAstuff.com.

10) Support IDA whenever you shop online! www.invisibledisabilities.org/shop

Sincerely,

The IDA Team
Invisible Disabilities Association
www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

IDA Communities:
www.InvisibleDisabilitiesCommunity.org

IDA Social Media:
www.Facebook.com/InvisibleDisabilities
https://plus.google.com/+InvisibleDisabilitiesOrganization
www.Twitter.com/InvDisabilities
www.Facebook.com/InvisibleNoMoreTV

IDA Videos:
www.youtube.com/InvisibleDisability
www.YouTube.com/InvisibleNoMoreTV

IDA Special Projects:
www.CleanerIndoorAir.org
www.InvisibleHero.org
www.InvisibleNoMore.TV
www.Programs4People.com

Ed Greene, CBS4 Weather and News Anchor to Emcee Awards Night

Ed Greene, CBS4 News and Weather

Ed Greene, CBS4 Weather and News Anchor

Press Release

Ed Greene, CBS4 Weather and News Anchor to Emcee Local Awards Night

Lone Tree, CO - October 10, 2013. Will are thrilled to announce that Ed Greene, CBS4 Weather and News Anchor, will be the Master of Ceremonies for the 2013 Invisible Disabilities Association Honor Awards Banquet on October 24, 2013 at the Denver Marriott South in Lonetree.

The evening will include nine IDA Award Recipients who are incredible individuals and businesses making a difference for people living with disabilities. Also enjoy exciting entertainment from Illusionists, David and Teesha Laflin, as well as a Silent and LIVE Auction and a delicious dinner and dessert with Honorary Chairs, Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons and Jack Fitzgibbons.

Ed is the senior member of Denver’s working media and has been a Denver TV Newscaster for over 32 years. Ed says he loves his job and Colorado’s always-changing weather. In rain, shine, sleet or snow, you’ll find Ed Greene on CBS4 newscasts at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. He also does weather for Denver’s KYGO radio.

Ed is one of the most recognizable and involved TV personalities in the community. In fact, he donates his time to emcee 60 to 70 events a year for local non-profit organizations and is a prominent figure at many local functions.

When asked about his involvement Ed says,

“I feel a responsibility to give back to the community. Doing that is what has kept me going all these years. The community has been good to me and in return I donate my time so that local non-profit organizations can raise money and awareness for good causes. I feel it’s the right thing to do.”

Be a sponsor or purchase individual seats. Everyone is welcome! Don’t forget to invite your co-workers and friends!

The IDA Team

ABOUT THE INVISIBLE DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization that has been encouraging, educating and connecting people and organizations touched by illness, injury and disabilities around the world since 1996. IDA provides awareness, articles, pamphlets, booklets, radio interviews, videos, seminars, events, resources, an online social network and much more.

Contact the IDA Team: Go to the Contact Page on the Invisible Disabilities Association website. Visit the Invisible Disabilities Association at: www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

Illusionists Illuminate Evening for People Living with Illness and Pain

Illusionists, David and Teesha Laflin

Illusionists, David and Teesha Laflin

Press Release

Colorado Illusionists Illuminate the Lives of People Living with Illness and Pain

Denver, CO – October 10, 2013. It’s Not An Illusion! Debilitating illness and pain is real, even though we can’t always “see” it.

Illusionists, David and Teesha Laflin will be making things “appear” in honor of millions of people living with various conditions becoming “Invisible No More” at the 2013 It’s Not An Illusion Awards Banquet on October 24, 2013 at the Denver Marriott South in Lone Tree.

Since 2002, internationally recognized illusionists, David and Teesha Laflin have entertained and inspired audiences through their creative blend of both classic and cutting-edge illusions. They have performed all across the United States and on five different continents. Their programs have been featured at numerous conferences and conventions throughout the world and have reached large-scale audiences through their television appearances. Last year they performed for the Women’s NCAA Final Four in Denver. In addition, David and Teesha are the creators of several illusion training DVD’s and the authors of the popular book “ILLUSIONS.”

The evening will highlight nine IDA Award Recipients who are incredible individuals and businesses making a difference for people living with disabilities. Also enjoy a Silent and LIVE Auction and a delicious dinner and dessert with Honorary Chairs, Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons and Jack Fitzgibbons and Emcee, Ed Greene, CBS4 Weather and News Anchor.

Join us and invite your friends, doctors and neighbors for a thrilling evening for a great cause!

The IDA Team

ABOUT THE INVISIBLE DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization that has been encouraging, educating and connecting people and organizations touched by illness, injury and disabilities around the world since 1996. IDA provides awareness, articles, pamphlets, booklets, radio interviews, videos, seminars, events, resources, an online social network and much more.

Contact the IDA Team: Go to the Contact Page on the Invisible Disabilities Association website. Visit the Invisible Disabilities Association at: www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

Worldwide Outreach Awards Individuals and Organizations Making a Difference

Invisible Disabilities Association Honor Awards

Invisible Disabilities Association Honor Awards

Press Release

Worldwide Outreach Awards Individuals and Organizations Making a Difference

Denver, CO – October 10, 2013. The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) has been recognizing individuals and organizations making a difference in the lives of those living with illness, pain and disability since 2008.

Join IDA on October 24th at the Denver Marriott South to help recognize the following amazing people
with our2013 IDA Honor Awards:

 

  • Corporate - Dave Liniger, Chairman and Co-founder – RE/MAX
  • Founders - Paul Myhill – TrafficJam
  • Healthcare - Marlo Thomas, Award Winning Actress and Author, National Outreach Director – St Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Impact -Kimberly McCleary, President and CEO -CFIDS Association of America
  • InspirationKevin Sorbo – Actor, Producer, Director and Author of True Strength
  • Invisible HeroJennifer Brusstar, President and CEO – Tug McGraw Foundation
  • Perseverance - Laura Hillenbrand, New York Times Bestselling Author of Seabiscuit and Unbroken
  • Research - John Kelley, Chair and CEO – CereScan
  • Volunteer - Shery McDonald-Galbreath, Founder and President – SaddleUp! Foundation

Also experience exciting entertainment from Illusionists, David and Teesha Laflin. Meet our Emcee, Ed Greene, CBS4 Weather and News Anchor, as well as Honorary Chairs, Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons and Jack Fitzgibbons. Enjoy a Silent and LIVE Auction and a delicious dinner and dessert.

Truly and evening of inspiring stories, touching presentations and lighthearted fun bring awareness to invisible disabilities. Doctors, nurses, friends and family often walk away saying, “Wow! I didn’t get it until tonight!”

Be a sponsor or purchase individual seats. Everyone is welcome! Don’t forget to invite your co-workers and friends!

The IDA Team

ABOUT THE INVISIBLE DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization that has been encouraging, educating and connecting people and organizations touched by invisible disabilities around the world since 1996. IDA provides awareness, articles, pamphlets, booklets, radio interviews, videos, seminars, events, resources, an online social network and much more.

Contact the IDA Team: Go to the Contact Page on the Invisible Disabilities Association website. Visit the Invisible Disabilities Association at: www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

IDA Founder and President Special Guest on Kidney Talk

Renal Support Network 2013Press Release

IDA Founder and President, Wayne Connell, was Special Guest on Kidney Talk!

Parker, CO – September 12, 2013. The Invisible Disabilities Association Founder and President, Wayne Connell was a Special Guest on Kidney Talk! on August 20, 2013.

He discussed living with invisible disabilities with Lori Hartwell of the Renal Support Network. He shared awareness, tips and insights for understanding and supporting people living with all types of debilitating conditions.

Listen to the interview online!

ABOUT THE INVISIBLE DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization that has been encouraging, educating and connecting people and organizations touched by invisible disabilities around the world since 1996. IDA provides awareness, articles, pamphlets, booklets, radio interviews, videos, seminars, events, resources, an online social network and much more.

Contact the IDA Team: Go to the Contact Page on the Invisible Disabilities Association website. Visit the Invisible Disabilities Association at: www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

RESOURCE:

Renal Support Network

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

IDA President Speaking at The 12th Annual Twin Cities DI Day

Twin Cities DI Day 9-13-13Press Release

IDA President Speaking at The 12th Annual Twin Cities DI Day

Parker, CO – September 10, 2013. The Invisible Disabilities Association is thrilled to announce that our Founder and President, Wayne Connell will be a Special Guest Speaker for The 12th Annual Twin Cities DI Day on September 13, 2013.

The Twin Cities DI Day is recognized as the premier income protection education event in the nation!  Over 250 financial professionals come together each year to hear up to the minute information on the industry, get motivated to protect their clients and to be inspired by stories of real people facing and overcoming the challenges of disability.

Wayne will teach you the Language of Invisible Disabilities.

Wayne married his wife Sherri in 1994. Sherri was suffering from Primary Progressive MS and Late Stage Chronic Lyme Disease and many are surprised when they learn he asked Sherri to marry him anyway.  Wayne knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Sherri, even if it meant dealing with pain and suffering. This led to his having a heart for all who live with chronic illness and pain.

Wayne is now passionate about helping others who struggle with disabilities.   The Invisible Disabilities Association was born of his desire is to reach out and help bridge the gap of understanding and support.

ABOUT THE INVISIBLE DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization that has been encouraging, educating and connecting people and organizations touched by invisible disabilities around the world since 1996. IDA provides awareness, articles, pamphlets, booklets, radio interviews, videos, seminars, events, resources, an online social network and much more.

Contact the IDA Team: Go to the Contact Page on the Invisible Disabilities Association website. Visit the Invisible Disabilities Association at: www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

*DI Day is Disability Insurance Day.

RESOURCE:

Twin Cities DI Day

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

IDA Receives “Best Booth Award” for Allsup’s Disability Expo

AwardPress Release

IDA Receives the “Best Booth Award” for Allsup’s Disability Expo

Parker, CO – January 23, 2013. The Invisible Disabilities Association is thrilled to receive the “Best Booth Award” for Allsup’s True Help® Disability Web Expo. The free, online expo was held on September 27, 2012 and available on-demand through December 26th.

15 non-profit organizations were invited by Allsup to participate in the event. IDA presented 6 Video Interviews and LIVE chats with our experts. We also made informative pamphlets, hand-outs, videos and resources available to the attendees.

The award included a $1,000 scholarship to IDA to help us continue to encourage, educate and support people touched by illness and disabilities around the world. This award was determined by the feedback and votes from attendees of the expo.

Thank you everyone who attended and voted for us!

ABOUT THE INVISIBLE DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization that has been encouraging, educating and connecting people and organizations touched by invisible disabilities around the world since 1996. IDA provides awareness, articles, pamphlets, booklets, radio interviews, videos, seminars, events, resources, an online social network and much more.

Contact the IDA Team: Go to the Contact Page on the Invisible Disabilities Association website. Visit the Invisible Disabilities Association at: www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

Additional Resources

2012 Online Disability Expo Now Available Through December 26

IDA Presents LIVE Chats with Our Experts September 27th

Free Online Disability Expo with IDA September 27, 2012

 

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

Autographed Peyton Manning Paper Mosaic by Artist Russell Irwin

St Louis artist and IDA Ambassador, Russell Irwin creates and donates a one-of-a-kind Peyton Manning Paper Mosaic for 2012 Invisible Disabilities Association Honors Banquet. The 20 x 30 Paper Mosaic is autographed by both Russell Irwin and by Peyton Manning, Quarterback for the Denver Broncos.

I begin my creation by applying layers of torn paper in mosaic patterns of texture and color. This becomes the surface on which I use power sanders to grind, carve and articulate integrated dimensions of image and story.

I call these works of art Paper Mosaics. These are my creations; this is my art, the work that I love.

~ Russell Irwin

IDA is so thrilled by this amazing donation which is the center piece of our live auction at our 5th Annual Honors Banquet on October 14th.

Peyton Manning Autographed Paper Mosaic by Russell IrwinWe are overwhelmed by the generosity of both Russell and Peyton. To have an original work of art created by such a renowned sports artist as Russell Irwin who has also been commissioned by the NFL, the Masters, the Dallas Cowboys and of course extensive works for the St Louis Cardinals is quite amazing unto itself. To also have a future Hall of Fame Quarterback, Peyton Manning signing his name to it is over the top!

Every true Peyton Manning fan should lining up to register for the chance to bid on a part of history on October 14th in Lone Tree, Colo. As fantastic as it is, the Paper Mosaic is only part of a wonderful evening of honoring twelve individuals and organizations nationwide who are making a difference in the lives of people touched by illness, pain and disability. The evening will be capped off with a keynote by world record holder and adventure athlete Antarctic Mike (Pierce) and his wife Angela, a life long disability survivor.

Join the Expedition on Oct 14th. Register HERE!

Watch videos below of Russell Irwin’s dimensional, amazing and unique Paper Mosaics.

Ever Wonder? Precious
The Making of Ever Wonder Precious – The Video
   

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

The Russell Irwin Gallery

The Russell Irwin Gallery: Sports Art

Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos

PeyBack Foundation by Peyton Manning

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

2012 Online Disability Expo Now Available Through December 26

YOU DIDN’T MISS IT! The True Help® Online Disability Expo is now available on demand through December 26.

All the booths are still open for people to browse through!

1) Register here!
2) Go to the Empowerment Hall to find our booth! Hoover over the booths to find the Invisible Disabilities Association or use the direct link (below) to go right to the IDA Booth after you register.
3) Look through our videos, pamphlets and free handouts.
4) Go to the chat module to find the video interviews and transcripts from our IDA Experts.
5) Vote for IDA! After attending, you will be sent a questionnaire about how you enjoyed the expo.

PLEASE VOTE for IDA to win the $1,000 grant to help us continue to reach out with encouragement, education, support and resources. After visiting the Disability Expo, you will be sent a survey in which to vote for us. Thank you!

Our IDA Experts:

  • VIDEO: Be Expedition Ready – Learn about preparing for the journey of care giving. Antarctic Mike (Pierce) and IDA President, Wayne Connell.
  • VIDEO: Nine new rules for engaging change and managing stress. Jeff Vankooten.
  • VIDEO: 7 Realities of the Invisible Becoming Visible. IDA Founder and President, Wayne Connell.
  • VIDEO: Communication Do’s and Don’ts for People with Disabilities. Kathe Skinner, MA, LMFT.
  • VIDEO: Humor for Health & Well-Being. Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN, CSP, CPAE.
  • TRANSCRIPTS: Your Changing Brain – The owner’s manual to your mind. Rick Watson, CEO DRS Health Group.

Don’t forget to invite your friends, family, groups, neighbors and medical professionals!

The IDA Team
Invisible Disabilities Association
http://www.InvisibleDisabilities.org/

RELATED ARTICLES

Free Online Disability Expo with IDA

IDA Presents Live Chats with Our Experts September 27th

 

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

What to Say, What Not to Say and How to Help People Living with Illness and Pain

Ask anyone living with illness or pain and they will probably be eager to share what many people have said to them over the years that they didn’t feel was very encouraging. In fact, many will tell you that they were very hurt by something someone said.

It is true, that some people in this world may say something that is intentionally judgmental or negative. Nonetheless, we believe that in many cases, friends and family really do want to be supportive, but simply don’t know how.

Some people choose to ignore the issue or person; some toss out platitudes like simple fix-its and others share what they feel is the right thing to say with an expectation that it will be met with appreciation for their insight. However, loved ones often they find themselves perplexed or even angry when instead of being elated by the comment, their friend or family member is clearly frustrated by what was said. Sadly, these encounters can lead to the breaking down of communication and the relationship as a whole.

IDA Founder and President, Wayne Connell and his wife, Sherri, know all too well how relationships can suffer or even end. Wayne believes that loved ones need to learn what he calls, “The Language of Invisible Disabilities.” People can learn these communication and support skills by learning what to say and what not to say and why.

When they can discover why a certain comment or suggestion is not well received, they can gain a better understanding of their loved one’s perspective. This allows them to ascertain how and why certain comments may cause their loved one to feel misunderstood, judged or as if their situation, losses and perseverance are being minimized. As a result, they can move on to learning what kinds of interchange and assistance gives hope, encouragement and the strength to keep fighting.

 All of these things are addressed in IDA’s book, But You LOOK Good! How to Encourage and Understand People Living with Illness and Pain, written by Wayne and Sherri (all proceeds go to IDA).

This book gives practical tips on what to say, what not to say and how to help. It also gives insight into why, we as humans, often respond the way we do to debilitating conditions that are not readily obvious. It shares how we may protect ourselves and try to protect our loved one with denial. And it explains how a loved one may appear as if they do not care, when in fact they do. Yet, they just find it too painful to acknowledge the situation, because they don’t want to see their loved one suffer. These points not only help friends and family, but they also help those living with illness or pain better grasp where their loved one is coming from as well. These are the first steps to restoring relationships.

The video below is from the Online Seminar, What to Say, What Not to Say and How to Help People Living with Illness and Pain with Wayne and Sherri Connell. It was presented during the 2012 National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week (NICIAW), founded by Lisa Copen. Wayne and Sherri were Special Guests for the NICIAW Seminar, Invisible Disabilities and the Husband as Caregiver in 2010 that was also featured in 2011. IDA has been involved in the NICIAW week since it’s inception in 2002.

RELATED ARTICLES

Chronic Illness Tips: 263 ways to more than “just get by.” Available to download for FREE! Tips adapted  from IDA’s booklet, But You LOOK Good!  into a collaborative project by NICIAW Founder, Lisa Copen.

FREE Chronic Illness Tips eBook with IDA Founder. Chronic Illness Tips: 263 ways to do more than “just get by.” Lisa Copen and Friends. Rest Ministries.

IDA Founder Guest Speaker for National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week. IDA Press Release. July 15, 2012.

Invisible Disabilities and the Husband as Caregiver. IDA Founder and President, Wayne Connell. Interviewed by Lisa Copen on BlogTalk RadioNational Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week Online Seminar. September 16, 2010. Featured again September 2011. Listen Here

What to Say, What Not to Say and How to Help with Wayne and Sherri Connell. Online Conference Guest Speakers for the National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week. Founded by Lisa Copen of Rest Ministries. Video. September 10, 2012

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

IDA Presents LIVE Chats with Our Experts September 27th

Press Release

Invisible Disabilities Association Presents Live Chats with Our  Experts on September 27th.

Parker, CO – August 30, 2012. IDA Teams Up with Allsup for a FREE and Online True Help® Disability Web Expo to offer Live Chats and more!

The Invisible Disabilities Association Booth Includes:

■ Front Desk
■ About IDA
■ Encouragement and Education
■ Invisible No More TV
■ Videos, Handouts, Pamphlets
■ 6 Live Chats with Our Experts!

Register Here – It’s free!

Print Our Flyer – Share with your groups, friends, family, doctors, nurses and caregivers!

Help Raise $1,000 for IDA in September – Share your thoughts on how others can encourage you on your journey! Click the link for details!

7 a.m. – 2 p.m. (PST) / 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (MST) / 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (CST) / 10 a.m. – 5 p.m (EST)

IMPORTANT! After you register for the expo, go to the “Empowerment Hall” where IDA’s Booth will be. That is where you will find all of our information, videos and 6 Live Chats! Hoover over the booths with your mouse to find our booth and click on it!

Network with others, register for prizes, make your voice heard in the live chats, and more!

9:15 -10:00 a.m. (CST)

Making the Most of Your Web Expo Experience. Allsup
10:00 – 10:50 a.m. (CST)

Be Expedition Ready – Learn about preparing for the journey of care giving.

Antarctic Mike (Pierce) and IDA President, Wayne Connell. Mike is a Speaker, World Record Holder, Caregiver to his wife, Angela and IDA Ambassador. Mike and Angela will be our Keynote Speakers for the 2012 Honor Awards Banquet on October 14th. Don’t miss it!

11:00 – 11:50 a.m. (CST)

Ready, Set, Thrive – Nine new rules for engaging change and managing stress.

Jeff Vankooten, Speaker, Trainer and  IDA Executive Board Member who lives with Bipolar Disorder.

12:00 – 12:50 p.m. (CST)

7 Realities of the Invisible Becoming Visible.

Wayne Connell, Invisible Disabilities Association Founder and President.

1:00 – 1:50 p.m. (CST)

Communication Do’s and Don’ts for People
with Disabilities.

Kathe Skinner, MA, LMFT, Marriage and Family Therapist and IDA Executive Board Member. Kathe also lives with Multiple Sclerosis. She and her husband, David specialize in counseling couples with a spouse living with chronic illness.

2:00 – 2:50 p.m. (CST)

Humor for Health & Well-Being.

Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN, CSP, CPAE, Nurse, Hall of Fame Speaker, Humorist and IDA Advisory Board Member. She is also the Founder of Journal of Nursing Jocularity.

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. (CST) Your Changing Brain – The owner’s manual to your mind. Rick Watson, CEO DRS Health Group and IDA Executive Board Member. DRS Health Group addresses emotional wellness and cognitive capacity practices.

This expo is open to all living with chronic illness, pain, injury, disability and their loved ones, as well as medical professionals and all who want to learn more about these subjects.

ABOUT THE INVISIBLE DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization that has been encouraging, educating and connecting people and organizations touched by invisible disabilities around the world since 1997. IDA provides awareness, articles, pamphlets, booklets, radio interviews, videos, seminars, events, resources, an online social network and much more.

Contact the IDA Team: Go to the Contact Page on the Invisible Disabilities Association website. Visit the Invisible Disabilities Association at: www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

Free Online Disability Expo with IDA September 27, 2012

UPDATE September 28: This Expo will be available on-demand through December 26, 2012.

Press Release

IDA Teams Up with Allsup for a FREE and Online True Help® Disability Web Expo

Parker, CO – July 16, 2012. There will be more than a dozen leading nonprofit organizations presenting, including the Invisible Disabilities Association and Allsup.

Virtual booths with experts in health, Social Security Disability Insurance, financial planning, Medicare and health insurance will be available to provide screening services, answer your questions and listen to your feedback.

This free online event will support the specific needs and interests of people with disabilities and chronic illness. Caregivers, healthcare providers and the general public also are encouraged to attend.

Network with others, register for prizes, make your voice heard in the live chats, and more!

This is a FREE One-Day Live, Online Event Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012:

7 a.m. – 2 p.m. (PST) / 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (MST) / 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (CST) / 10 a.m. – 5 p.m (EST)

The Invisible Disabilities Association Booth Will Include:

  • Front Desk
  • About IDA
  • Encouragement and Education
  • Invisible No More TV
  • Videos, Handouts and Pamphlets
  • 6 Live Chats with Experts

Don’t Miss the Live Chats with Our Experts: Based on Central Standard Time

  • 9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Making the Most of Your Web Expo Experience. Allsup.
  • 11:00 – 11:50 a.m. Ready, Set, Thrive – Nine new rules for engaging change and managing stress. Jeff Vankooten, Speaker, Trainer and  IDA Executive Board Member who lives with Bipolar Disorder.
  • Noon – 12:50 p.m. 7 Realities of the Invisible Becoming Visible. IDA Founder and President, Wayne Connell. 
  • 1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Communication Do’s and Don’ts for People with Disabilities. Kathe Skinner, MA, LMFT, Marriage and Family Therapist and IDA Executive Board Member. Kathe also lives with Multiple Sclerosis. She and her husband, David specialize in counseling couples with a spouse living with chronic illness.
All Available Booths:
Invisible Disabilities Association / Allsup – Help with Social Security Disability and Medicare / AAPD /American Parkinson Disease Association /Arthritis Foundation /Brain Injury Association of America /The Mended Hearts, Inc. / National Alliance on Mental Illness / National Family Caregivers Association / National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association / National Multiple Sclerosis Society /National Stroke Association / National Spinal Cord Injury Association / NORD – National Organization for Rare Diseases

Register Here - It’s free!

IMPORTANT! After you register for the expo, go to the “Empowerment Hall” where IDA’s Booth will be. That is where you will find all of our information, videos and 6 Live Chats! Hoover over the booths with your mouse to find our booth and click on it!

Print Our Flyer - Share with your groups, friends, family, doctors, nurses and caregivers!

Help Raise $1,000 for IDA in September – Share your thoughts on how others can encourage you on your journey! Click the link for details!

This expo is open to all living with chronic illness, pain, injury, disability and their loved ones, as well as medical professionals and all who want to learn more about these subjects.

ABOUT THE INVISIBLE DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization that has been encouraging, educating and connecting people and organizations touched by invisible disabilities around the world since 1997. IDA provides awareness, articles, pamphlets, booklets, radio interviews, videos, seminars, events, resources, an online social network and much more.

Contact the IDA Team: Go to the Contact Page on the Invisible Disabilities Association website. Visit the Invisible Disabilities Association at: www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

IDA Founder Guest Speaker for National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week September 2012

UPDATE September 16: The 2012 Conference Seminars will be available on the NICIAW Website through July 2013. IDA’s Seminar will be available on our website indefinitely.

Press Release

IDA Founder Guest Speaker for National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week September 2012

Parker, CO – July 15, 2012 – The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) Founder and President, Wayne Connell and his bride, Sherri were invited back to be guest speakers again for the upcoming 2012 National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week (NICIAW).

Don’t miss the week’s FREE Online Seminars, other activities and offers September 10 – 16.

Monday September 10 at 10 am MST: Wayne and Sherri will be discussing What to Say, What Not to Say and How to Help Someone Living with Illness and Pain. This year, the interview will be by video!

IDA has been involved in the NICIAW since its inception in 2002. We have sponsored and helped get the word out. We have also participated in the online seminars by giving presentations on “But You LOOK Good,” “How Can I Make People Understand” and “What to Say, What Not to Say and How to Help.”

In 2010, Wayne and Sherri were Guest Speakers for a podcast interview, “Invisible disabilities and the Husband as Caregiver” that was broadcast live. In 2011, it was featured again during the week’s events.

Also in 2010, Wayne shared tips that were adapted from IDA’s book, But You LOOK Good! and published into a collaborative project. NICIAW Founder and Author, Lisa Copen compiled a helpful, 80 page ebook, Chronic Illness Tips: 263 ways to more than “just get by.” This book is available to download for FREE!

National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week is an official annual campaign sponsored by Rest Ministries in collaboration with other sponsors. This year, the NICIAW will provide both audio and video seminars, handouts, articles, blogs, posters and more!

Print and Distribute Our Press Release to your friends, family, support groups, doctors, nurses and neighbors!

ABOUT THE INVISIBLE DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization that has been encouraging, educating and connecting people and organizations touched by invisible disabilities around the world since 1997. IDA provides awareness, articles, pamphlets, booklets, radio interviews, videos, seminars, events, resources, an online social network and much more.

Contact the IDA Team: Go to the Contact Page on the Invisible Disabilities Association website. Visit the Invisible Disabilities Association at: www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

ADDITIONAL RELATED RESOURCES

National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week Online Seminar. Lisa Copen interviewed IDA Founder and President, Wayne Connell on BlogTalk Radio. September 16, 2010 and September 2011. Listen Here

Chronic Illness Tips: 263 ways to more than “just get by.” Available to download for FREE! Tips adapted  from IDA’s booklet, “But You LOOK Good!”  into a collaborative project by NICIAW Founder, Lisa Copen.

Invisible Illness and Finding Support. Guest Speakers IDA Founder Wayne Connell and his wife, Sherri. 2010 and 2011 National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week.

IDA Featured During National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week 2010 and 2011

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

IDA Chosen as Featured Charity for Networking Event in Denver

Press Release

IDA Chosen as Featured Charity for Mile High Society Project Networking Event in Denver

Denver, CO – July 14, 2012. The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) was honored to be the featured charity in July 2012 for the Mile High Society Project. Sponsor, Rachel Angel of Northwestern Mutual chose IDA to be the focus of the evening’s event held by Sponsoring restaurant, Coohills in Denver.

What is the Mile High Society Project? “Our goal is to repurpose the money spent on drinks and food into charitable donations for local organizations. Our monthly events will be held … at a different venue, with a different beneficiary each time” (Mile High Society Project website).

Attendees met the Founder and President of the Invisible Disabilities Association, Wayne Connell and Executive Board Members, Steve Tonkin, Lynelle Lahey and Jeff Vankooten, learned about invisible disabilities and networked with other business professionals.

It was a great evening of awareness and meeting new friends!

A big thank you, goes out to Mile High Society Project, Rachel Angel of Northwestern Mutual, Coohills and all the amazing people who attended the event!

ABOUT THE INVISIBLE DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization that has been encouraging, educating and connecting people and organizations touched by invisible disabilities around the world since 1997. IDA provides awareness, articles, pamphlets, booklets, radio interviews, videos, seminars, events, resources, an online social network and much more.

Contact the IDA Team: Go to the Contact Page on the Invisible Disabilities Association website. Visit the Invisible Disabilities Association at: www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

IDA President in Documentary “Invisible Wounds, Invisible Disabilities”

Press Release

IDA President in Documentary, “Invisible Wounds, Invisible Disabilities”

Parker, CO – January 20, 2012. IDA Founder and President, Wayne Connell, was interviewed for the mini-documentary public service announcement (PSA), Invisible Wounds, Invisible Disabilities: The Realities of War.

This film “brings light to the most misunderstood and prevalent wounds of war” (MultiWriters). It interviews many amazing warriors who have experienced invisible injuries such as PTSD and traumatic brain injury. Connell shares about invisible disabilities and how the “invisible-ness” can tend to make people not believe that the illness, injury or disability is real.

Let us remember those who serve and who have served. May we also give time, efforts, love and understanding to those who have come home to a whole new battle with injuries, PTSD and/or TBI.

Invisible Wounds, Invisible Disabilities: The Realities of War
Includes an interview with IDA President, Wayne Connell
Copyrighted © 2011 by Montalván & Associates, LLC.
Luis Carlos Montalván, New York Times Bestselling Author of Until Tuesday.

Until Tuesday: The March of Advocacy
Much of this video was filmed at the 2011 IDA Awards Banquet.
Copyrighted © 2011 by Montalván & Associates, LLC.
Luis Carlos Montalván, New York Times Bestselling Author of Until Tuesday.

ABOUT THE INVISIBLE DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization that has been encouraging, educating and connecting people and organizations touched by invisible disabilities around the world since 1997. IDA provides awareness, articles, pamphlets, booklets, radio interviews, videos, seminars, events, resources, an online social network and much more.

Contact the IDA Team: Go to the Contact Page on the Invisible Disabilities Association website. Visit the Invisible Disabilities Association at: www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

Imagine with IDA Special Guest, Lori Frisher

Lori Frisher, a woman who has lived with moderate to severe hearing impairment, shared her thoughts on living with invisible disability as a Special Guest at the 2011 Invisible Disabilities Association Honor Awards Banquet.

Lori said, “Imagine the invisible disability: Not hearing the sounds of a kiss or child’s voice, let alone your own voice.”

Lori has been an Honor Student, two time cancer survivor and she was recently an Emmy Nominee for her documentary as the first recipient of the Esteem Implant, along with the Cochlear Implant she already had.

Since receiving the Esteem Implant, Lori added, “All the day to day experiences we take for granted, I began hearing for the first time, which has become life-changing for me.”

ARTICLE RESOURCES

Lori Frisher’s Website, Silence Has a Sound

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

New technology helps local woman hear. KWGN Channel 2 Colorado.

A revolutionary way to change the way the world sounds. 9News Colorado.

 

 

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

A Lifelong Journey with IDA Special Guest, Matt Barrett

Matt Barrett, Author of A View from the Street

Matt Barrett is a 46 year old man who has battled 11 types of cancers since the age of two, including basal cell nevus syndrome, a genetic form of cancer passed down through his family for six generations. He has had over 1,700 surgeries and has lived with unbearable pain and fatigue for decades.

Matt has also been homeless off and on for much of his adult life. He has lived in Portland, in Los Angeles under a bridge with The Trolls (a group of homeless street kids) and in what is called, The Hole in Seattle. Until last September, he lived in a tent in Tent City 3 in Seattle for three years.

In addition to the battle of illness and being without a home, Matt has also lived with discrimination that most of us cannot fathom. Due to the surgeries Matt has had on his face, he has endured stares, dirty looks and has even has been asked to leave stores because he was “scaring” someone’s child.

Matt’s home for 3 years

You would think after a life of being treated this way, that Matt would be a bitter and angry person. Nevertheless, for those who take the time to get to know Matt, they find him to be a very kind, loving and giving man. What’s more, they are inspired and their lives are deeply enriched.

In 2011, Freelance Photographer, Ilona Berzups was so moved by Matt’s story that she embarked on a photo essay project. Read full story here.

Also in 2011, Matt was determined to travel to Colorado to attend the Invisible Disabilities Association’s Awards Banquet and to spend time with a fellow high school classmate. He had been wanting to come for many years, but after getting more bad news from the doctors about the tumors in his brain, nothing was going to stop him.

When IDA found out he was coming, we re-arranged the evening’s schedule and invited Matt to be a surprise, Special Guest Speaker. Hall of Fame Speaker and nurse, Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN gave a short introduction before Matt arrived on stage. Just that glimpse into his life threw the attendees to their feet when he stepped up to the podium.

Matt briefly shared about his journey and appreciation for IDA’s compassion, awareness and support for him and for others. There was not a dry eye in the house, as lives were changed by Matt’s incredible lifelong story of perseverance in the midst of incredible hardship and pain.

By sharing Matt’s journey, our hope is that his struggles, pain and sheer courage will be Invisible No More and people will learn to look beyond our preconceptions. Let’s not judge others by they way they look on the outside. Instead, let’s give love to one another and find out what they have been through, what they need and who they are on the inside.

UPDATE 9/2/14 – With heavy hearts, we regret to inform you all that Matt Barrett passed away.

UPDATE 10/8/2012 – Meet Matt in Person at the 2012 IDA Honor Awards Banquet!

UPDATE 12/17/11 – Matt’s collection of poetry, A View from the Street, is now available online through his eStore.

Video of IDA Special Guest, Matt Barrett, Speaking at the Awards Banquet

ARTICLE RESOURCES 

2011 Invisible Disabilities Association Honor Awards Banquet 

Photographer Tells Matt’s Story

Tent City 3 (where Matt lived for three years)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Matt Barrett’s Website, A View from the Street 

Order Matt Barrett’s Poetry Book, A View from the Street

Ilona’s Photo Essay (now available in print), Walking with Giant – One man’s battle with homelessness and debilitating illness.

Matt Barrett Gets Wish to Come Back to Attend 2013 IDA Awards Banquet

Lifelong Battle with Illness Claims Man’s Face, FAMILY but Not His Spirit. Martha Kang. September 27, 2013.  Picked up by Associated Press – Man’s long struggle with cancer nears end. October 15, 2013.

Homeless in Seattle (an organization Matt supports)

Celebrate Life Event for Matt Barrett. May 25, 3013. Seattle, Washington.

In Memory of Matt Barrett

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

Living with Unlimited Purpose

Author, Tai of Allsup.

Luis Carlos Montalván is a former captain in the U.S. Army. During his 17 years of military service, Montalván earned the Combat Action Badge, two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart. He lives with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

I recently met him at a banquet held by the Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA), which recognizes organizations and individuals who are raising awareness and advocating for compassion, greater understanding and civic involvement for and by people with disabilities.

October is Disability Awareness month, and it’s a fitting time for the annual IDA Honors Banquet in Lone Tree, Colo., which Allsup sponsors. This organization’s activities are important to Allsup because so many people who qualify for Social Security disability benefits have invisible disabilities. This was my third year attending, and again I came away inspired by the honorees and guests.

Capt. Montalván shared his story of the “war after the war,” dealing with the often debilitating conditions of his invisible disabilities. Like a true warrior, he was determined to overcome his personal battles.

With the help of his “best friend”— a golden retriever service dog named Tuesday—Montalván found hope and healing, and now advocates for his fellow veterans and the disability community.

During the same event, the first thing I noticed about Margaret Ferrante, MD, was her beaming smile and effervescence. I never would have guessed that she lives each day with multiple chronic illnesses and injuries, including TBI, resulting from an automobile crash.

She was honored with the IDA Perseverance Award for using her experiences as both patient and physician to encourage others. Her enthusiasm for living a purposeful life and for encouraging others was summed up when she shared one of her favorite bible verses, Romans 8:28,“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Disability Awareness Month is a good time to remember and remind others that disabilities never, ever limit people’s purpose.

Read more personal stories from those with a variety of disabilities in Allsup’s online real stories section.

ABOUT ALLSUP

Allsup is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability, Medicare and Medicare Secondary Payer compliance services for individuals, employers and insurance carriers. Founded in 1984, Allsup employs nearly 800 professionals who deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. The company is based in Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis.

For more information and a FREE consultation visit Allsup.com.

ARTICLE RESOURCE

Allsup, Inc. All Things Disability – Allsup’s Blog. Living With Unlimited Purpose. Author, Tai of Allsup. October 14, 2011.

RELATED ARTICLES ON IDA

Allsup Applauds the Work of the Invisible Disabilities Association

Common Mistakes When Social Security is Denied

Living with Unlimited Purpose

November Shines the Spotlight on Family Caregivers

Pain and Social Security Disability Benefits

Six Advantages of Representation for SSDI

Social Security Benefits Go Electronic

Social Security Disability Denial Rates

Spotlight Shines on Invisible Disabilities Champions

Tips on Social Security Eligibility

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

IDA Launches Invisible No More TV

Envision a World Where People Living with Illness, Pain and Disability Will Be INVISIBLE NO MORE!

Invisible No More TV is a project launched by the Invisible Disabilities Association to bring awareness to people living with invisible disabilities, education to friends and family and support to those living with debilitating conditions. INM TV shares real-life stories to not only shine a light on their challenges, but also their incredible perseverance, courage and determination.

Learn More About Invisible No More TV / Go to Invisible No More TV Channel / Order Invisible No More T-Shirts and More / Submit Your Invisible No More Story

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

Caregiver Symposium on November 12th with IDA President as Keynote Speaker

Stockton, California November 12, 2011. Purchase Your Tickets Now!

 

“The Invisible Magic of Caregiving” is the Theme of Healings in Motion’s 4th Annual Caregiver Symposium, Benefiting All Those Caring for Others in the Central Valley.

The Caregiver Symposium will feature over Exhibitors, Workshops, Demonstrations, A Men’s Roundtable Discussion, Magician, Heather Rogers, Carol Guest, “Mrs. Utah of America 2011″, A Special Presentation on Diabetes and Keynote Speaker, Wayne Connell, Founder of Invisible Disabilities Association. There will be many other workshop facilitators throughout the day.

Press Release: Stockton, CA (PRWEB) October 12, 2011

As part of National Caregiver Appreciation Month, Healings in Motion presents the 4th Annual Caregiver Symposium on Saturday, November 12, 2011 in Stockton, CA at the Central United Methodist Church, 3700 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95204, across the street from the University of the Pacific. November 12, 2011 is proclaimed “Caregiver Appreciation Day in San Joaquin County“. This event is a special day for Caregivers to rejuvenate, recharge and serve as a retreat. Caregiving is often a thankless and challenging role. The Symposium salutes Caregivers with a spectacular and memorable event.

The keynote speaker, Wayne Connell, is founder and president of the Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA). IDA was established in 1997 to educate friends and family about his wife’s debilitating illness. Soon afterwards, says Connell, “people around the globe began sending emails sharing how IDA had changed their relationships with their loved ones”. Wayne’s passion is helping people living with illness, pain and disability. Wayne utilizes his extensive background in management, media and technology to propel IDA into a worldwide outreach for millions living with invisible disabilities. His personal experience includes that of a professional, multitasking husband caregiver. Wayne and his wife, Sherri, co-authored “But You LOOK Good” to share how to encourage and understand people living with illness and pain. Some invisible disabilities include Diabetes, Stroke, Back Injury, Brain Injury, Chronic Illness, Chronic Pain, Heart Condition, Muscular Disorders, Neurological Disorders, Seizure Disorders, Spinal Disorders, Bone Disorders, Chronic Injuries, Organ Transplant, Oxygen Impairment, Difficult Pregnancy, Prosthetic, Surgery and many others.

Connell said, “I started IDA in 1997 to educate friends and family about my wife’s debilitating illness. Soon afterwards, people around the globe began sending emails sharing how IDA had changed their relationships with their loved ones.”

Healings in Motion provides educational programs focused on brain health. Magic has been added as a special element to this year’s Symposium. Magic tricks often work by covert misdirection, drawing the spectator’s attention away from the secret “method” that makes a trick work. Neuroscientists have studied brain images revealing that magic is grounded in sensory reality. “Our desire is to shift the focus off the stress of Caregiving and focus on the true magic of it, says Mary Nicholson, founder of Healings in Motion. Heather Rogers is a Magician, Comedian and a multi-skilled entertainer. She brings more than just a magic show to stimulate Caregivers. She entertains with ‘walk around magic’, mind reading, impersonations, card manipulations, contact juggling, escape artistry, and more. Heather’s magic is highly interactive with hilarious bits of audience participation that is always tasteful, with an elegant touch of mystery. Heather understands the challenges of Caregiving and her smooth presentation is designed to make this event memorable, fun and enjoyable.

Alternative health classes on Essential Oils, Therapies including Hyperbaric Oxygen, Music, Family Counseling and more. Get a message, mingle with other Caregivers; relax and discover new resources.

Continuing Education Units provided. The cost to attend this event is $25.00, which includes lunch. For advanced ticket information go to http://theinvisiblemagicofcaregiving.eventbrite.com. This event is supported by Stockton, CA’s Mayor’s Taskforce on Person’s with Disabilities.

About Healings in Motion, Inc.
Healings in Motion facilitates monthly educational programs to prevent strokes and to support recovery from stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Neurological Impairments.

RESOURCES:

Press Release. Healings in Motion. Caregiver Symposium. PRWeb October 14, 2011.

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!