The IC is celebrating the 25th anniversary of The Americans with Disabilities Act! This historic enactment has changed the lives of many Americans, allowing for better access and independence across the country. The Americans with Disabilities Act not only opened the door to greater opportunities, but also gave the nation a greater understanding and awareness concerning people with disabilities.
We’re appreciative of all the support our sponsors and the community have given The IC so we can celebrate this anniversary on July 27, 2015 at Hotel Elegante in Colorado Springs. We look forward to our continued work together so that every person in our community has the opportunity to live an independent life, shaped by their desires.
The Independence Center and Friends of Man were able to collaborate to purchase an accessible van for Frank, a consumer of The IC. Frank had an automobile accident a little over a year ago and now is a wheelchair user. With the Friends of Man, in addition to The Home Modification / Assistive Technology grant, The Independence Center was able assist in the process of purchasing the van.
The Colorado Department of Transportation, Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG), Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority and Mountain Metropolitan Transit would like to invite you to an open house for CDOT’s Statewide Transit Plan. The purpose of the meeting is to present information on CDOT’s Transit Plan, gather input on transit needs and priorities throughout the state and in the Colorado Springs metropolitan area, and provide information on PPACG and Mountain Metro's transit planning efforts.
It's time for Who Works Here Wednesday and this week, we are highlighting our Accessibility Store Team Member!
Adaptive sports are full of many inspirational stories. While some may go unheard or unseen, The Independence Center wants to share as many stories that inspire and motivate individuals with disabilities as possible. We’ve highlighted the world of sled hockey, and now we are shining the light on beep baseball.
Mountain Metropolitan Transit (MMT) announces a commuter challenge as part of the first annual Commute Week. Rally your coworkers and represent your organization in some friendly competition with businesses and organizations throughout the Pikes Peak region. Commit to using an alternative mode of transportation like walking, biking, carpooling, or riding the bus at least one day during the week of May 5-9, 2014. Take lots of photos and videos and share them on social media using #CommuteWeek. More information can be found at www.commuteweek.com
Let’s get to know our Quality Assurance Specialist, Janet! She is our Who Works Here Wednesday star this week.
In order to provide the needed knowledge and insights all people who face depression, bipolar, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorders as well as other behavioral health conditions, Colorado Springs’ Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) chapter is offering the community a half-day Mental Health Fair. The free event, previously titled Faces of Recovery, takes place on Saturday afternoon, May 3, from 1pm to 4pm, in the cafeteria at Coronado High School.
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.
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.
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.
She’s one of the most spirited people on staff here. Say hello to our Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program Coordinator, Angie!
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.
Is the safety of individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing at risk?
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?
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.
This week, we are focusing on someone who changes lives through assistive technology. She’s our Accessibility Store Manager, Theresa!
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.