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Telecom Bill Will Take Funding From Land Lines, Putting Those Who Need Them At Risk

04/17/14 at 03:11 AM | by Dana Johnson

Colorado is overhauling past Telecom bills, and this may have a negative effect on certain communities. The package of bills, passed by the Senate committee, deregulates all telephone services and moves funding used for the maintenance of land lines to expand broadband in rural areas.

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Getting to Know Doris Donley

04/15/14 at 02:31 AM | by Dana Johnson

Sled hockey has been a fixture with The Independence Center recently and can be seen in various IC materials like television commercials and the newsletter. However, we’d like to focus on the person behind the team. Doris Donley, Colorado Springs Amateur Hockey Association (CSAHA) VP Disabled Hockey, plays a huge role in the sled hockey team, and has been a resource and friend to The Independence Center.

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Commute Week and Try Transit Day

04/10/14 at 04:44 PM | by Dana Johnson

Mountain Metropolitan Transit (MMT), in collaboration with several local groups and organizations, present the first annual Commute Week to celebrate and promote alternative modes of transportation, including walking, biking, car or vanpooling, and riding local transit.

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Who Works Here Wednesday: Angie

04/09/14 at 08:43 AM | by Dana Johnson

She’s one of the most spirited people on staff here. Say hello to our Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program Coordinator, Angie!

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Division of Vocational Rehabilitation's Upcoming Public Hearings

04/04/14 at 01:52 PM | by Dana Johnson

In an effort to serve you better, the State Rehabilitation Council and the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation invite you to take part in public meetings on the Division’s FFY 2015 State Plan and potential policy changes. The focus of these hearings will be to gain your insights about the challenges, barriers and needs of persons with disabilities. The information we receive will be used to develop goals and objectives to help DVR improve services and relationships to help people with disabilities succeed at work and live independently.

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Is the Safety of Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing at Risk?

04/03/14 at 04:06 PM | by Dana Johnson

Is the safety of individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing at risk?

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Are Cell Phones Reliable in an Emergency?

04/03/14 at 03:58 PM | by Dana Johnson

It is widely agreed that landline telephones will eventually be replaced by cell phone usage. This poses the question: will this happen before the technology is robust enough to replace that ultra-reliable system?

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Who Works Here Wednesday: Matthew

04/02/14 at 09:47 AM | by Dana Johnson

This week we are getting to know our Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Specialist, Matthew!

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The Independence Center Honored

03/26/14 at 08:43 AM | by Dana Johnson

The Independence Center received a Collaborative Partner Award from the Colorado Fund for People with Disabilities, the largest and longest-standing locally managed pooled trust in Colorado. The Independence Center, a nonprofit that empowers people living with disabilities, donated $15,000 to the Fund to build capacity and continued collaboration in the area. The Representative Payee Program supports organizations appointed by the Social Security Administration to receive benefits for individuals who cannot manage money.

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Who Works Here Wednesday: Theresa

03/26/14 at 03:13 AM | by Dana Johnson

This week, we are focusing on someone who changes lives through assistive technology. She’s our Accessibility Store Manager, Theresa!

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A Letter from our CEO

03/25/14 at 01:10 PM | by Dana Johnson

Below is a letter outlining the concerns that Patricia Yeager, CEO of The Independence Center, has with House Bill 1328, House Bill 1329, House Bill 1330 and House Bill 1331.

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Who Works Here Wednesday: Naomi

03/19/14 at 08:19 AM | by Dana Johnson

Our Who Works Here Wednesday star this week is our Staff Interpreter, Naomi. You can always count on her to brighten your day and make you smile! Let’s all say ‘hello’ to Naomi and get to know her better.

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Volunteer Call Takers Needed to Assist During Emergencies

03/12/14 at 02:22 PM | by Dana Johnson

Pikes Peak United Way 211, the City of Colorado Springs, El Paso County and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office have come together to enhance communication with the public during an emergency and are seeking volunteer call-takers. To allow volunteers who could not attend the daytime training sessions the opportunity to volunteer, an additional evening training session will be held, Thursday, April 3.

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Who Works Here Wednesday: Meghan

03/12/14 at 02:13 AM | by Dana Johnson

Wednesday only means one thing here around The IC…Who Works Here Wednesday! Today we’re highlighting Independent Living Skills Specialist and Tutor, Meghan! Let’s get to know Meghan a little better…

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St. Patrick's Day Parade

03/11/14 at 12:30 PM | by Dana Johnson

The Independence Center will be back and better than ever for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Please come support and cheer on The Center this Saturday, March 15th. While last year we had a great deal of supporters marching with us in the parade, this year we are very limited to the amount of walkers we are allowed.

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Coalition of Community Groups to Hold Election Discussions

03/10/14 at 02:10 PM | by Dana Johnson

Citizens Project has been working with a coalition of community groups to discuss how we can increase voter turnout and make the election process easier for citizens. In the coming months, we will be holding a series of community meetings to gather input on some ideas.

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You Can Bike Too: Adaptive Bike Workshop

03/10/14 at 09:39 AM | by Dana Johnson

CycleDifferent (AngleTech Cycles) will present a number of adaptive bicycles, available for display and test driving on Wednesday, March 19 from noon to 3:00 p.m. at The Independence Center.

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Who Works Here Wednesday: Paul S.

03/05/14 at 02:05 AM | by Dana Johnson

Halfway through the week, and we’re getting to know yet another Independence Center staff member. Our Who Works Here Wednesday star this week is Paul, our Information & Referral Specialist. He works so hard, plus you can always count on him for a good laugh!

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IC Seeking Members for Program Committee

03/03/14 at 08:01 AM | by Dana Johnson

The Independence Center’s Board is seeking diverse membership for the Program Committee. The purpose of the Program Committee is to ensure services and programs offered by The IC are effective and offered in an accessible manner in both the Center and community.

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City Seeks Non-Motorized Advocates!

02/27/14 at 02:29 PM | by Dana Johnson

From replacing a short drive with a healthy walk to exploring all there is to see on a bike, Colorado Springs values the active transportation of its citizens. To further enhance safe and healthy mobility throughout the city, the City of Colorado Springs has created the Active Transportation Advisory Committee (ATAC). What is “Active Transportation?” It includes all physical, non-motorized travel: walking, hiking, bicycling, running, long boarding, and so on. We are seeking advocates of all areas of interest to advise the Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Board (CTAB) on the best opportunities for improving the connectivity and development of its non-motorized facilities.

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Abuse of People with Developmental Disabilities by Caregivers

02/27/14 at 01:54 PM | by Dana Johnson

The goal of caregiving is to help someone maintain an independent lifestyle as long as possible. Being a successful caregiver means finding a balance between providing care and helping the care receiver to be as independent as possible.

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Who Works Here Wednesday: Lisa

02/26/14 at 09:35 AM | by Dana Johnson

It’s that time of the week again! We are highlighting the star of our recent commercial, Lisa! Get to know Lisa better and check her out in our commercial!

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EBD Waiver Stakeholder Group

02/24/14 at 07:45 AM | by Dana Johnson

An EBD (elderly, blind & disabled) stakeholder group has been created to review the service options being considered by the Waiver Simplification subcommittee of the Community Living Advisory Group.

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Who Works Here Wednesday: Kathy M.

02/19/14 at 01:57 PM | by Dana Johnson

She’s fun, she’s quirky and she will always make you smile. She’s our Intake, Referral and Outreach Specialist, Kathy!

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IC Hosting Home Mods Workshop

02/19/14 at 08:17 AM | by Dana Johnson

General building contractors interested in helping individuals with disabilities improve the accessibility and safety of their homes have the opportunity to attend The Independence Center’s Medicaid Home Modifications workshop. The workshop will be held on Monday, February 24 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Independence Center and will focus on helping contractors through the certification process. The Medicaid Home Modification program is available to qualified individuals who need help making their houses safer, more accessible, and easier to get around in. Typical modifications include entry ramps, widened doorways, hand rails, grab bars, and bath or kitchen alterations for ease of use. Medicaid funds are used to pay for materials and labor to make these modifications.

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