Events

Six years ago, Maura Horton, a housewife in Raleigh, N.C., received a call from her husband, Don, the assistant football coach at North Carolina State. He was on the road for a game and having so much trouble buttoning his shirt, he had to ask a player (Russell Wilson, now the quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks) for help. Mr. Horton had received a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease four years before, and symptoms were starting to worsen. So Mrs. Horton did what anyone would do these days when faced with such a problem: She searched Google for “easy-to-close shirt.” And found … not much. “And then I looked at my iPad cover and saw it had these really small magnets, and thought, ‘Well, what about that?’” she says now — a patent, a company and 22 shirt styles later.


Six years ago, Maura Horton, a housewife in Raleigh, N.C., received a call from her husband, Don, the assistant football coach at North Carolina State. He was on the road for a game and having so much trouble buttoning his shirt, he had to ask a player (Russell Wilson, now the quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks) for help. Mr. Horton had received a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease four years before, and symptoms were starting to worsen. So Mrs. Horton did what anyone would do these days when faced with such a problem: She searched Google for “easy-to-close shirt.” And found … not much. “And then I looked at my iPad cover and saw it had these really small magnets, and thought, ‘Well, what about that?’” she says now — a patent, a company and 22 shirt styles later.


Milestone Society for the Special Persons has recently initiated a project for severe persons with disabilities where 200 severe persons with disabilities will be provided with independent living trainings and electric wheelchairs to ensure their mobility and social participation to make them live independently with disability pride. The project is JICA funded where JIL and Sakura are collaborating partners from Japan to provide technical support for the Project. The project is well knit that will create a healthy change in the lives of severe persons with disabilities who stand as the marginalized part of society so their needs will be addressed in the said project. Independent Living Centers are organizations in which disabled people, who have been recipients of services, take the initiative in providing services they really need to live in the community. With their activities at Independent Living Centers, they are not recipients of services any more but they are providers of social services.


Milestone Society for the Special Persons has recently initiated a project for severe persons with disabilities where 200 severe persons with disabilities will be provided with independent living trainings and electric wheelchairs to ensure their mobility and social participation to make them live independently with disability pride. The project is JICA funded where JIL and Sakura are collaborating partners from Japan to provide technical support for the Project. The project is well knit that will create a healthy change in the lives of severe persons with disabilities who stand as the marginalized part of society so their needs will be addressed in the said project. Independent Living Centers are organizations in which disabled people, who have been recipients of services, take the initiative in providing services they really need to live in the community. With their activities at Independent Living Centers, they are not recipients of services any more but they are providers of social services.