The Independence Times Newsletter

The Independence Times is The IC’s quarterly newsletter and is full of information about our efforts to work with people with disabilities, their families and the community to create independence so that all may thrive. To see the most current issue, please browse the articles below or click on the archive link at the bottom of this page to view past issues.

Current Newsletter Stories

CEO Corner: Working to Make Health Care Accessible to All

Over the last two years, The Independence Center (The IC) has been working hard to make medical and dental care more accessible for people with disabilities. Through our IC Fund, created to honor our founder and her late husband, we have donated nearly $150,000 in accessible equipment and other tools to Medicaid/Medicare primary care and […]

Art of Accessibility Celebrates Diversity

  On September 6, 2019, the halls of The Independence Center (The IC) buzzed with activity duringits award-winning Art of Accessibility (AoA) event. As part of the Downtown Partnership’s First Friday Artwalk, AoA showcases brand new exhibits that honor the visual artistry created by people with disabilities and their community. The works of 40 artists […]

Assistive Technology Q&A

If you have a disability, there are numerous tools and equipment available to help you live a full, independent life. The Independence Center can guide you toward resources that can help you obtain various types of assistive technology (AT). Learn more below from Paul Spotts,  IL Specialist – Assistive Technology, and Stacy Gibson, IL Specialist […]

For the Thrill of It: Adaptive Go-Karts Fulfill the Need for Speed

On a bright, sunny afternoon, the sounds of revving engines and screeching tires vibrated through the air as drivers sped around a racetrack. Jockeying for position, the looks on their faces ranged from steely determination to pure joy. One driver made a point to wave at his biggest fan – who also happens to be […]

Innovative Program Helps Patient Stay in Her Home

For patients with complex recoveries or conditions, the nursing home is often their only option in order to receive the supports and services they need. However, with The Independence Center’s innovative Hospital to Home (H2H) program, patients are able to transition from the hospital back to their homes more quickly and at lower cost. Recently, […]

Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday on Veterans Day

Retired Army Master Sergeant Albert C. Mosley beamed as the crowd sang “Happy Birthday” to him at the Veterans Administration Clinic in Colorado Springs. He had good reason to smile. After all, this wasn’t just any birthday. Mosley, who had been born on the very first Armistice Day on November 11, 1919, was celebrating his […]

CEO Corner

It is the middle of April as I write this column, which means there’s a flurry of legislative activity taking place at both the state and federal level. During this session, there have been many bills flying around both legislative bodies, including the two below that The IC has had the most interest in. HB19-1069 […]

Inspiring Change

After The IC’s Disability Integration Act Watch Party, we received this letter from one of the attendees. Hi Elle, Rebecca and The Independence Center, You both did an AMAZING job setting everything up for us to attend and watch the Disability Integration Act Watch Party. What a Powerful and Inspiring day to see movement and […]

Better Than I Was Before

When Michael Jackson enrolled at Palmer High School in Colorado Springs, he had one goal: to break his parents’ athletic records. The fact that he hadn’t played competitive sports before didn’t matter. His parents had been star athletes in high school, and he was determined to be even better. Before long, Michael was excelling in […]

The IC Wins Business for the Arts Award

The IC recently received a Business for the Arts Award from the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA). This award is given to individuals and companies who “have gone above and beyond to support the arts and creative industries through innovative partnerships, arts integration, creative workplaces, economic development in the creative sector, arts advocacy, […]

American Legion Partners with The IC to Create Accessibility

The Victor-Cripple Creek American Legion Post 171 is a growing hub of activity and outreach in the area. Membership has more than doubled in the last three years, and its members provide numerous services to local veterans and to the community. To better accommodate members and visitors, they’ve also been busy refurbishing the post, which […]

Troy’s Journey: From Surviving to Thriving

Troy is an energetic, outgoing 12-year-old boy with a mischievous smile, a quick wit, a big heart, and a love for snowboarding. Looking at him today, it’s hard to believe that it’s something of a miracle that he’s alive. His mother’s uterus ruptured while she was in labor and he was without oxygen for over […]

Disability Benefits Q&A

  Think you might qualify for disability benefits but don’t know where to start? The IC offers services that can empower you to advocate for yourself when it comes to benefits. Check out what Benefits Specialist Suzi Arnold and Benefits Coordinator Daniel Ratcliff have to say about the most commonly asked questions they receive. What […]

Five Fast & Furry-ous Facts…

About Service Animals The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service animal as one that has been individually trained to perform tasks for a person with a disability. Only dogs and miniature horses qualify. So no cats, birds, snakes, or squirrels! A service animal doesn’t have to wear a vest, ID tag, or specific harness. […]

The IC Launches New Low Vision Program

As part of its commitment to helping individuals with low vision and blindness live a full and active life, The Independence Center has launched a brand new Low Vision program. The goal of the Low Vision program, which is geared toward people ages 18 – 54, is to help individuals maintain their independence and improve […]

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