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Know your disability

By Michael Hineberg, Independent Living Services Coordinator
 
It is always to your advantage to know about your disability. Your work life, personal life and public life will benefit when you know the basics about your disability. 
 
Employment: Just as everyone needs to know their strengths and weaknesses, it is wise to know what...[read more]

| Thursday, 7/13/2017 - 5:40 PM | 0 comments

Social Skills Workshop participants learned and practiced many skills this week

By Tonya Villwock, Independent Living Services Coordinator-Branch Offices
 
This week my co-worker Katrina Twyman and I taught one of our well-known Independent Living Skills Workshops: Social Skills!


Group with completion certificates[read more]

| Friday, 6/30/2017 - 2:43 PM | 0 comments

Women's art group continues to learn and create together

By Tonya Villwock, Independent Living Services Coordinator-Branch Offices
 
IndependenceFirst has collaborated with Donna Lexa Art Center this summer to offer a Women’s Art Peer Support Group for women with disabilities. Our topic for our first meeting in May was communication. At our second session in June, we discussed how positivity directly influences...[read more]

| Wednesday, 6/28/2017 - 2:59 PM | 0 comments

Senate health bill threatens personal care and individuals with disabilities

By Julie Alexander, Lead Independent Living Services Coordinator

On Thursday, June 22, the senators who drafted the Senate version of the health care act to replace the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare) made the bill known to others in the Senate and the public at large. This Senate bill is called the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), also known as Trumpcare, and has not...[read more]

| Tuesday, 6/27/2017 - 2:49 PM | 0 comments

Olmstead decision mandates service provision in ‘most integrated setting’

By Julie Alexander, Lead Independent Living Services Coordinator, with Melanie Hupfer, PR & Marketing Coordinator
 
June 22, 2017 represents the 18th anniversary of the Olmstead Supreme Court decision which stipulated that people with disabilities should not be segregated from society in institutions but should be given the opportunity to choose community living options...[read more]

| Thursday, 6/22/2017 - 3:11 PM | 0 comments
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