The Importance of Nature

Science is increasingly showing that humans need nature. We need to be inside less and outside more, and when we can’t be outside, we still need to connect with nature, such as by having house plants. It seems as if more benefits of nature are being found every day, and the benefits are nothing short of amazing. According to Florence Williams, “Our sensory system evolved in the natural world and when we’re in those spaces, our brains become relaxed because these are things that we were designed to look at, hear and to smell”. Simply by being outside or around nature, our brains and bodies react positively, and this is important for children who are learning how to cope with emotions and stre

ABLE Accounts

Iowa and Illinois State Treasurers, Michael Fitzgerald and Michael Frerichs, visited Hand-in-Hand this week to talk about the new ABLE Accounts in both states. ABLE Accounts will greatly help families who want to prepare for expenses related to blindness or a disability, and Hand-in-Hand was proud to host the two Treasurers to discuss the benefits these accounts will bring. ABLE stands for Achieving a Better Life Experience, and the accounts are tax-free savings accounts for people with disabilities and their families, which allow for a wide range of expenses, as long as they are related to your blindness or disability, including expenses for education, housing, transportation, employment tr

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