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Youth Specialist reflects on 12 years at IndependenceFirst

By Alie Kriofske Mainella, Youth Leadership Specialist
 
Once upon a time, a graduate student was placed at IndependenceFirst and told she could take her passion for serving young people with disabilities and run with it as she took classes, learned the ropes of Independent Living and got to know her coworkers.
 
That graduate student was me and I...[read more]

| Wednesday, 7/20/2016 - 3:52 PM | 0 comments

Learn about the history of the Disability Rights Movement

By Tonya Villwock, Independent Living Services Coordinator-Branch Offices
 
This disability laws timeline is intended to help you learn about the rich history of people with disabilities. If you have a disability, this is about your history. Increasing your knowledge of disability...[read more]

| Tuesday, 7/19/2016 - 3:32 PM | 0 comments

Barriers still exist 26 years after the ADA

By Tonya Villwock, Independent Living Services Coordinator
 
With the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) approaching, I started to think about barriers that individuals with disabilities still experience even after the passage of the ADA. Sure, everyone faces hardships and problems at one time or another. But for people with disabilities, barriers...[read more]

| Wednesday, 7/13/2016 - 5:08 PM | 0 comments

Youth Leadership Program nurtures young advocates

By Grant Heffelfinger, Youth Leadership Coordinator
 
While the weather is hot outside, the youth in the summer programs are keeping it cool at IndependenceFirst. They are learning about Independent Living, advocacy, employment and relationships while making new friends!

Group Shot - June 2016 Youth...<a href=[read more]

| Friday, 7/8/2016 - 2:33 PM | 0 comments

New narrative and sex education needed for people with disabilities

By Harvey Ross, Independent Living Services Coordinator
 
As a person who has a disability and who is pretty active in the community, it seems to me that most people don’t see people with disabilities as sexual beings. One of the biggest misconceptions about people with disabilities is that we are not sexually active. As human beings, we are born with the same feelings...[read more]

| Thursday, 7/7/2016 - 2:17 PM | 0 comments
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