Winter 2016

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Advocating for Accessible Housing - “A home is that bedrock of your existence, where you rest each day at the end of the day, where you recover from illnesses, where you retreat and spend time with those close to you,” Carrie Baatz, Community Organizer at The Independence Center (The IC) says as she addresses her comments to state legislators at […]
Photo of Patricia Yeager, CEO CEO Corner (Winter 2016) - Another year under the belt! And what a year it has been….Here are some of the highlights. The IC’s Peer Support program really took off with the addition of some great recreational events and funds for people with spinal cord injuries from a grant from the National Council on Independent Living. We were awarded certification to start providing Home and Community […]
Photo of a patient and her caregiver Caregiver Finds Missing Piece at Support Group - Thursday evenings you will find Alexia* spending time with the Family/Caregiver group at The Independence Center. Despite long days of caregiving for her daughter Brooklyn*, Alexia doesn’t miss this time to connect with others who face similar challenges. Connecting with the group has encouraged Alexia to see the positive strides that have been made and […]
Photo of a young CNA with her patient in the background The IC buys a CNA School - We are proud to announce…   We are excited to announce that as of December 1st, 2015, The Independence Center purchased the Front Range Nurse Aide Training Program! Our goal is to train and grow future CNAs with the hope that they will consider applying for positions with The IC. CNAs can use this program as a stepping stone into the health care industry, […]
UCCS Forum Panelists The Independence Center Teaches UCCS Public Affairs Students how to Affect Change Through Advocacy - About 40 public affairs students were introduced to The Independence Center at a community discussion hosted by UCCS School of Public Affairs on October 29, 2015. Attendees were given theoretical and practical perspectives along with real life stories about policy barriers for people with disabilities. The Community Discussion focused on Advocacy and Policy Development Supporting […]
Photo of Chain links Press Release: The Independence Center Participates in Colorado Linkage Lab - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Michelle West (719) 476-3143 COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, November 3, 2015 – In the interest of creating better health outcomes for people with disabilities, The Independence Center joins a cohort of eight community-based organizations in The Colorado Healthcare Foundation’s pilot program Colorado Linkage Lab. The Colorado Linkage Lab is a 19-month executive […]
Community members listen to the Stakeholder forum of the DVR merger with CDLE DVR Public Stakeholder’s Meeting a Welcome Forum - Leadership, staff and consumers of The Independence Center (The IC) as well as community members and DVR vendors attended a public stakeholder’s meeting hosted at The IC regarding the merge of Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) and Division of Vocational Rehab (DVR). CDLE and DVR leadership was well represented at the meeting on […]
State Rep. Teri Carver speaks at the First Annual Legislative Breakfast at The Independence Center Press Release: First Annual Briefing for State Legislators Held at The Independence Center - COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, September 29, 2015 – The first annual Legislative Breakfast occurred at The Independence Center (The IC) September 28, 2015. Six state legislators attended the briefing where eight specific issues faced by people with disabilities were presented and discussed. Presentations on each issue were given by staff members of The Independence Center. Discussions […]
A representative from Urban Gardens receives the grant check from an IC board member. Press Release: The Independence Center Awards $75,000 in Funding for Local Projects - COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, September 22, 2015 –The Independence Center (The IC) announces its second year of The IC Fund grant awards totaling nearly $75,000 for local community projects that benefit persons with disabilities. Checks will be awarded on Sept. 30, 2015 in a private ceremony with a light lunch being served in the Dart Room […]
Pat Going leading the training class for The Red Cross Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities. The Independence Center Serves Up Accessibility Training for Colorado Red Cross - At what kind of training would you look around the room and see county officials, disability training consultants, service dogs, Red Cross district officials, and people with disabilities? You would be at a special training—the first of its kind in Colorado actually—an emergency preparedness training for Colorado Red Cross chapters emphasizing accessibility for persons with […]