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'Nothing about us without us'

By Brian Peters, Community Access & Policy Specialist

“Nothing about us without us” is a saying in the Independent Living Movement, and what it means is that nothing should be decided that impacts people with disabilities without the disability community having a voice in the process. This is true at every level, whether at the individual level when working with a...[read more]

| Tuesday, 11/24/2015 - 1:31 PM | 0 comments

Just different

By Michael Hineberg, Independent Living Services Coordinator
We at Independent Living Centers assert that having a disability is natural. In other words, it is a typical part of life. Most people will experience a disability, especially when you consider advances in medical technology (people are living longer and surviving what used to be fatal medical events).[read more]

| Monday, 11/23/2015 - 2:19 PM | 0 comments

‘We all have disabilities,’ or so some people say

By Michael Hineberg, Independent Living Services Coordinator
"We all have disabilities."
Maybe you have heard this foolish statement with your own ears. It is usually said carelessly, as if to say no one has an easy life. It asserts: no one is perfect, join the crowd.
I detest this statement! Not because I have a...[read more]

| Tuesday, 11/17/2015 - 6:26 PM | 0 comments

Resisting or adapting to change

By Michael Hineberg, Independent Living Services Coordinator
Most people with disabilities I know, including myself, resist change. Why be so rigid? Many people with disabilities work vigorously to adapt to their world or modify their world to fit them. Much effort is needed to do things to accommodate their disability. Why upset the applecart with the annoyance called...[read more]

| Monday, 11/16/2015 - 4:40 PM | 0 comments

Writing group is a new way for people to express themselves

By Harvey Ross, Independent Living Services Coordinator
Jot It Down is a new addition to our Peer Power support group for high school students with disabilities. How Jot It Down works is that as a group we pick places in the community to meet, and the environment may dictate what we creative write about. We also allow the group, through self-expression and brainstorming, to...[read more]

| Friday, 11/13/2015 - 11:23 AM | 0 comments
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