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.

Fall 2017 Issue

The Independence Times- Fall 2017

The Independence Times- Fall 2017

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Tony Wilkens using Jouse 3 System Assistive Technology Opens Internet to Man With Quadriplegia - In this day and age, it’s easy to take technology for granted. For people with some disabilities, however, assistive technology can mean the difference between being able to access a computer or not. Consider the ordinary computer mouse; it can be purchased for $30. For someone unable to use a handheld mouse, a mouth-controlled mouse […]
Patricia Yeager, CEO of The Independence Center CEO Corner - by Patricia Yeager, Ph.D., CEO   There is a “whole lotta shakin going on” in healthcare and in The IC’s Home Health division.  In 2018 we will spend a great deal of time figuring out the impact of a change the state has initiated in our Region’s healthcare system for Medicaid and Medicare/Medicaid (Dually Eligible) […]
Panorama of ADA Celebration Luncheon ADA Celebrating Progress in the Pikes Peak Region - On July 26th, The Independence Center celebrated the 27th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as the 30th anniversary of The Independence Center’s opening in Colorado Springs. An estimated 320 people attended the event and everyone seemed to have a great time. Employees from various departments at The […]
Courtney Stone and Jamie Muth at The Independence Center Making Communities Better for People with Disabilities - What is community organizing? The Community Organizing department here at The Independence Center serves a unique but important function in the journey to provide independence for our community and the consumers we serve. Courtney Stone, The IC’s Community Organizing Manager & Jamie Muth, the Community Organizing Coordinator, work together to address issues that negatively impact […]
Clerk and Recorder, Chuck Broerman, presents the Stars and Stripes award to Patricia Yeager Accessible Voting Award - On September 21st, The Independence Center CEO, Patricia Yeager, was presented with the Stars and Stripe award from the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s office. The award stems from a partnership last year between the Clerk and Recorder’s office and The Independence Center (The IC) during the general election, where we came together to […]
Youth Advocate, Nina Kamekona Empowering Youth with Disabilities - The IC’s Youth Advocate, Nina Kamekona, teaches youth with disabilities skills like self-advocacy, disability etiquette, coping strategies, and knowing your disability. All of her workshops are designed to help students build self-confidence. “If you can show others what trusting in your knowledge and ability can do, they can realize that they are a whole person,” […]
Melissa showing her artwork Creating Impact With Life Skills Classes - Edgar Morales is The Independence Center’s Independent Living Skills Specialist. He tells me that what really excites him, is seeing the progress in his students after spending time in his skills classes. When I ask him for an example, he tells me about one student that stands out to him. Melissa is a young woman […]
Jamie Write with his new powerchair trailer Independence Through Assistive Technology - James Wright, or Jamie as his friends call him, came to the Independence Center several years back to find help in his search for affordable housing. The IC’s housing department helped Jamie through the process, and today he lives in a two-bedroom home here in Colorado Springs. As with many people with cerebral palsy, Jaime […]

Past Issues

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