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Long Term Care Advocacy Team busy hosting educational events

By Julie Alexander, Independent Living Services Lead Coordinator
Last week the IndependenceFirst Long Term Care Advocacy Team hosted our Brown Bag Lunch Educational Event entitled, “Which Program is Right for Me?” Sixty individuals attended the presentation and learned a lot of great information from our presenter Karin Bachman. Karin is the Program...[read more]

| Tuesday, 5/16/2017 - 1:13 PM | 0 comments

Networking and advocacy help you get the services you need

By Michael Hineberg, Independent Living Services Coordinator
When you are trying to find the services or resources you need, don’t just take “no” for an answer. When an agency tells you they can’t help, ask them if they know anyone who can help you. Ask everyone you contact this same question, then write down what they say—creating a list of...[read more]

| Wednesday, 5/3/2017 - 4:53 PM | 0 comments

The American Health Care Act: what you should know

By Shawnette Stephens, Human Resources Generalist
The House could vote this week on the amended version of the American Health Care Act. House Republicans first proposed the bill on March 6, 2017, to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On March 24, the House Republican leadership withdrew the American Health Care Act (AHCA) from the House floor amidst a number...[read more]

| Tuesday, 5/2/2017 - 11:08 AM | 0 comments

What is 'normal'?

By Harvey Ross, Independent Living Services Coordinator

There seems to be a large portion of our population who believe people with disabilities don’t contribute much to society and that we are not capable of living “normal” lives.
I would question that with, what is "normal"? Is normal growing up in a two-parent household with a...[read more]

| Friday, 4/28/2017 - 1:09 PM | 0 comments

ADA/Access Consumer Advocacy Team meets with legislators

By Brian Peters, Community Access and Policy Specialist
As an advocate, face-time with a legislator is a very valuable opportunity to talk about issues that matter to you in person, one-on-one, instead of over the phone or as a part of a crowd in a town hall or public meeting. The ADA/Access Consumer Advocacy Team had two opportunities last week to do exactly that.[read more]

| Thursday, 4/27/2017 - 1:25 PM | 0 comments
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