Wednesday around here can only mean one thing: Who Works Here Wednesday! Say hello to one of our Independent Living Program Managers, Christine!
“Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all.”
Dec. 3rd is International Day of Persons with Disabilities!
It’s that time of the week again! Let’s check out our Who Works Here Wednesday star today. Everyone, say hello to Anita, who assists our Home Health Manager!
Winter storms come and go, but what remains in the aftermath is ice and snow that has yet to melt. It can be extremely tricky to maneuver, so here are some tips for walking in ice or snow.
Wade Blank led a national disability right movement that lobbied to make buses, street corners and other public places accessible to the disabled and worked to allow them to live independently instead of in nursing homes. Blank was not disabled himself but was inspired to help the disabled after working in a nursing home.
This Veterans Day, November 11, Mountain Metropolitan Transit (MMT), the Transit Division of the City of Colorado Springs, will pay tribute to those who have served in the U.S. military by giving away 20-ride tickets to three area veterans. Each 20-ride ticket is good for twenty one-way trips on any of the City’s 18 fixed-route buses. Disabled veterans who are certified to use Metro Mobility are also eligible and will receive 20 mobility trips. Providing more than 10,000 trips per day, MMT offers service north to Research Parkway, west into Manitou Springs, east to Peterson Air Force Base and south into Widefield.
Not everyone enjoys relaxing by the fireplace reading a book or curling up on the couch to watch a movie. There are some people who feel the need to move and be active. There are so many different areas of self-care for various types of people. Check out these 10 self-care tips for active people.
Achini Wijesinghe was born and raised in Sri Lanka, a tropical island in the Indian Ocean. After getting her International Baccalaureate diploma in Singapore, Achini went back to Sri Lanka to work at the National Child Protection Authority where she planned and implemented a number of projects to create a friendly and protective environment for juvenile prisoners, rescued child soldiers and children who lost parents in the civil war and natural disasters.
Paul Longmore was one of the nation's leading scholars of disability history. However, Longmore gained notoriety while visiting Stanford University. He burned a copy of his first book. Longmore was trying to make a point about the bizarre system of work disincentives that keep many disabled people from taking jobs and, in his case, threatened not only his ability to work, but to live, too.
With winter right around the corner, and the occurrence of snow becoming more common, we want to ensure everyone in our community knows the correct safety tips for driving in the snow. It can be very dangerous, so remember: Ice and Snow...Take it Slow.
She helps the community fight for change and that's why she's amazing! our Who Works Here Wednesday highlight is Courtney!
Judi Chamberlin was hospitalized in a state institution due to depression. From this experience she began a movement for the rights and dignity of people with mental illness. She was horrified by the prison-like atmosphere of the hospital and soon discovered that, as a psychiatric patient, she had no legal rights. Chamberlin went on to co-found a group of psychiatric survivors called the Mental Patients Liberation Front. She also published a book, On Our Own: Patient-Controlled Alternatives to the Mental Health System. Judi received the Distinguished Service Award of the President of the United States from the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities in 1992.
Our Who Works Here Wednesday star today is our lovely Lari! Lari is the HCBS Coordinator here, and works so hard to help our clients, their families and caregivers.
Are you looking for ways to support the disability community?
Here at The Independence Center, we work towards ensuring people with disabilities have the same rights, access and opportunities as do others in the community who are living without a disability. Our mission is to work with people with disabilities, their families and the community. We want to create independence so that all may thrive.
Bowe was known in the disability rights community as "the father of section 504" of the 1973 (title) act, which guarantees freedom from discrimination to individuals who are disabled. Left Deaf after complications through a case of the measles at the age of three, Bowe led a protest in 1977 as the founding director of the American Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities, which helped pressure administration into issuing regulations to enforce section 504.
The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) is helping to shape the future of the region’s transportation network for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other nonmotorized transportation modes. In collaboration with El Paso County and the cities of Colorado Springs and Woodland Park, PPACG is in the process of updating the region's nonmotorized plan. The goal of the plan is to ensure the region’s trail system is well connected, easy to use, and well maintained.
The Independence Center hosted its first Artists with Disabilities Showcase with great success last Friday at The Warehouse in downtown Colorado Springs. The fundraising event showcased various works of art by artists in the community that have a disability, with all proceeds from the showcase benefiting the center’s assistive technology program.
Halloween is right around the corner and trick-or-treating, parties, haunted houses or other types of get-togethers can be great fun. Everyone needs to enjoy these activities safely, so please make sure you and your children follow these simple tips:
For our Who Works Here Wednesday spotlight, we are looking at a lovely lady who works very hard to keep everyone happy! Everyone, say hello to our Director of Human Resources, Jennifer!
It’s easy during this time of year for children in wheelchairs to feel left out when it comes to dressing up for Halloween. Most costumes out there don’t incorporate a wheelchair, or are even accessible to one. There are countless ways to create a fun, innovative and accessible costume for your little one in a wheelchair this Halloween.
Ed Roberts contracted polio at the age of fourteen, causing paralysis from the neck down. Roberts who is often referred to as “father of the independent living movement,” began his career in human rights activism when a high school administrator threatened to deny his diploma because he had not completed physical education requirement.
It’s important to always be prepared for any type of emergency, and one way to do that is to keep up-to-date on current weather alerts, AMBER alerts or national emergencies. You can do this through Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA).
Below are some FAQ’s about WEA that may clear up any confusion or doubt.
Laura Hershey was a well-known Colorado disability-rights activist, writer and poet. She was one of the most prominent voices of the disability-rights movement. Hershey, who was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, was not expected to live to adulthood. Ignoring medical advice, Hershey's parents taught her to read, adapted a tricycle for her mobility, and designed a support system so that she would not need to rely exclusively on family members for her personal care.