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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

Thoughts and tips for when making a decision is hard

By Michael Hineberg, Independent Living Services Coordinator
 
We all get stuck from time to time in our decision making, especially if all the options seem equal. Let’s say you have weighed the pros and cons, you have done your homework and evaluated all possible outcomes. Overanalyzing leads to getting stuck in the mud of indecisiveness. Here are tips to get unstuck: ...[read more]

| Thursday, 8/4/2016 - 6:59 PM | 0 comments
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