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Celebrating the birthday of the 'Father of the ADA'

By Tonya Villwock, Independent Living Services Coordinator-Branch Offices
 
Happy Birthday Justin Dart! Today you would’ve been 86 years old!
 
Since starting to work for an Independent Living Center 10 years ago, I have come to know who Justin Dart was and appreciate his advocacy efforts regarding civil rights for all groups of people. Justin was a...[read more]

| Monday, 8/29/2016 - 6:26 PM | 0 comments

Voter information and Medicare events held Sept. 29

Voter information and Medicare events held Sept. 29
By Julie Alexander, Independent Living Services Lead Coordinator
 
On September 29, 2016, IndependenceFirst will host an “Election Info Drop-In Day” at our main office, 540 S. 1st Street in Milwaukee, from...[read more]

| Wednesday, 8/24/2016 - 2:40 PM | 0 comments

Everyone's favorite time of year?

By Kristin Stern, Youth Leadership Coordinator
 
New clothes, new school supplies, new teachers, new friends, a new start! That can only mean one thing: back-to-school time is here! For many kids (and parents), this is an exciting time of year. But for some kids with disabilities and their parents, it can be chaotic, challenging and anxiety provoking. With a little...[read more]

| Friday, 8/12/2016 - 1:35 PM | 0 comments

Many advocates contacting Congress about Disability Integration Act

What is the Disability Integration Act?

The Disability Integration Act (DIA) is civil rights legislation, introduced by Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Christopher Gibson, to address the fundamental issue that people who need Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) are forced into institutions and lose...[read more]

| Tuesday, 8/9/2016 - 1:38 PM | 0 comments

Tips on how to listen

By Michael Hineberg
 
Most people focus on what they want to say next and do not listen. “Active Listening” is an excellent way to keep a conversation going. Yes, listening. Listening means taking turns. Both people should talk and no one person should dominate.
 
You can show you are listening by:
1. Taking turns speaking
2...[read more]

| Friday, 8/5/2016 - 4:44 PM | 0 comments
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