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Spinal cord injury affects each person differently

September is Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month.

By Harvey Ross, Independent Living Services Coordinator

So I have been injured (spinal cord injury) for a while now and it always amazes me when people are shocked to find out what my disability is and how I obtained it! In my experience, it seems that the outside world believes that everyone who uses a...[read more]

| Thursday, 9/13/2018 - 1:16 PM | 0 comments

September is National Service Dog Month

By Tonya Villwock, Independent Living Services Coordinator, Branch Offices
 
National Service Dog Month is celebrated in the month of September and was established in 2008. This honored event was started as a way to raise awareness of the impact that service dogs make and to help fund accredited service dog schools across the United States. After learning that costs to raise...[read more]

| Thursday, 9/6/2018 - 5:03 PM | 0 comments

Not your garden variety summer program

By Kristin Stern, Youth Leadership Coordinator
 
This summer youth with disabilities who participated in our support groups were able to experience something fun and new—we incorporated gardening into our curriculum!
 
IndependenceFirst received grant funding to purchase several accessible planters, which are raised off the ground several...[read more]

| Friday, 8/24/2018 - 5:38 PM | 0 comments

Take ownership of your life by setting goals

By Michael Hineberg, Independent Living Services Coordinator
 
I cannot overstate the importance of setting goals. Zig Zigler said, “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” Set goals for the day and the week. Achieving goals can bring a sense of accomplishment and it builds self-esteem. Take ownership of the ship called life and navigate it...[read more]

| Thursday, 8/16/2018 - 5:12 PM | 0 comments

Polling place accessibility is the law

By Tonya Villwock, Independent Living Services Coordinator—Branch Offices

When you vote in today’s Partisan Primary, remember that the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) requires that every polling place in the U.S. must meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility requirements.


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| Tuesday, 8/14/2018 - 1:23 PM | 0 comments
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