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Why I use services from IndependenceFirst

By Niko, IndependenceFirst Consumer
 
Here I am, a social worker, disabled with chronic fatigue syndrome, untreatable, with complications from other minor health issues, now a consumer of services that I once offered. Why would I seek services when I was a social worker, you ask?
 
I am sure that you have heard the...[read more]

| Thursday, 2/4/2016 - 2:19 PM | 0 comments

Proposed Settlement Regarding Housing Discrimination in Wisconsin

By Brian Peters, Community Access and Policy Specialist
 
The Justice Department has filed a proposed settlement against a landlord in Waunakee (north of Madison) regarding a violation of the Fair Housing Act. The lawsuit concerns a...[read more]

| Wednesday, 2/3/2016 - 8:14 AM | 0 comments

Disclosing your Disability

By Michael Hineberg, Independent Living Services Coordinator

How do you tell a stranger, employer or new friend about your disability?  Ultimately, the choice to disclose is yours.  But you must tell an employer you have a disability if you are seeking a job-related accommodation.  People usually do not disclose their disability before the hiring...[read more]

| Tuesday, 2/2/2016 - 1:22 PM | 0 comments

Learn about an important tax credit on EITC Awareness Day

By Brian Peters, Community Access and Policy Specialist

Today is the 10th anniversary of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), arguably one of the strongest anti-poverty programs in existence. It is a refundable tax credit for low-to-moderate income working individuals and couples. The term refundable means that if the amount of EITC assistance is more than what a person...[read more]

| Friday, 1/29/2016 - 3:45 PM | 0 comments

My Opinion: Guard against the "life owes me a living" attitude

By Michael Hineberg, Independent Living Services Coordinator
 
Many times people with disabilities, including myself, need assistance to meet their needs.  This is why agencies such as IndependenceFirst exist.  People with disabilities would not have the quality of life they now enjoy without programs designed to meet their needs...[read more]

| Wednesday, 1/27/2016 - 8:46 AM | 0 comments
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