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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

A post-Father's Day reflection on parenting with a disability

As far as being a father with a disability goes, I think it’s a unique situation to be in. I have two daughters and all they know is me having a disability. They were very young when I acquired my disability so since all they know is me having a disability their perception of me is geared around my present situation and stories of my past from family and friends.
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| Tuesday, 6/20/2017 - 4:38 PM | 0 comments

Advocacy led to Adaptive Bike Station, Grand Opening June 21

By Julie Alexander, Lead Independent Living Services Coordinator
 
On June 21 at 4 p.m. there will be a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Grand Opening for the Hart Park Adaptive Bike Station in Wauwatosa. This celebration will take place at Hart Park, 7300 Chestnut St., adjacent to the Parks Building/Field House. There will be a short ceremony in which Wauwatosa Mayor Kathleen...[read more]

| Friday, 6/16/2017 - 2:35 PM | 0 comments

Reflecting on the good things about summer

By Tonya Villwock, Independent Living Services Coordinator—Branch Offices
 
Summer is not one of my favorite seasons for one reason—the heat. I cannot stand the stifling heat. While I do enjoy being outdoors and being active, the heat is a deterrent for me when I have plans. I brought this subject up at several of the groups I facilitate and several consumers...[read more]

| Monday, 6/12/2017 - 4:10 PM | 0 comments

New Waukesha group for women combines art and peer support

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. At the first session in May, we discussed how essential communication is in our lives and how we communicate through what we say and how we act and look. The art...[read more]

| Friday, 6/9/2017 - 2:32 PM | 0 comments
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