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Home Health Worker with Patient Home Health – A Path to a More Independent Life - Home health care is a service for people requiring continuing medical care, which allows them to remain in their home, rather than in a hospital, nursing home, or other medical facility. For people requiring this level of care, the ability to stay in their own home can greatly improve their quality of life and reduce […]
Photo of a swimmer with her service dog Know Your Rights With Your Service Animals - by Nikki Stewart   Air Carrier Access Act – Part 4   To round out the four part series on service animal laws we are concluding our “Know Your Rights With Your Service Animal” series by taking a look at what your rights are upon airplanes with the Air Carrier Access Act.   Where does […]
Icons of the Disability Rights Movement – Part 2 - In the second part of this two part series on icons in the disability rights movement, we will discuss the contributions Edward Roberts, Laura Hershey, and Justin Dart on the disability rights movement. To read the first part of this two part series, click here.            Edward Roberts The Father of […]
CEO of The IC, Patricia Yeager Make Real Connections: Leading with Her Internal Compass - by Carrie Baatz   “Everyone has an internal guide. If they follow it, it works.” Dr. Patricia Yeager likes to say that we choose our lives; we have a choice about how we will respond to all the people, events, opportunities and barriers that life presents us with. As Chief Executive Officer at The Independence […]
Photo of Kathy McDevitt, Home Health Training Specialist at The Independence Center Make Real Connections: Teaching Home Health Caregivers - by Carrie Baatz   Make Real Connections: Teaching Home Health Caregivers “If someone hurts themselves, I’ll offer to carry them on my back. I’ve always been that friend,” says Kathy McDevitt, the Home Health Orientation and Training Specialist at The Independence Center. Her desire to work in the Home Health field stems from her passion […]
Photo of a swimmer with her service dog Know Your Rights With Your Service Animals - by Nikki Stewart   Fair Housing Act- Part 3   In the third part of our “Know Your Rights With Your Service Animal” series we take a look at the Fair Housing Act.   Where does the ADA allow my animal access? Access for service animals and emotional support/assistance animals permitted: Housing receiving federal financial […]
Icons of the Disability Rights Movement – Part 1 - As an organization that has grown-up throughout the disability rights movement, The Independence Center owes much of our history and success to the foundational work laid by the individuals who fought for the rights of the people with disabilities community. For far too long, people with disabilities were treated as less than human. The disability […]
Photo of Sarah Stacy Make Real Connections: Living Authentically with Mental Health Conditions - by Carrie Baatz   At The Independence Center, our passion is empowering people with disabilities and their loved ones. We want to help people thrive, each in their own unique way, and we put them in the driver’s seat. The Path to Independent Living Every person defines what it means for them to thrive, right […]
What is Home Health Care? - Our team of health care professionals work with clients of all ages and their families to develop a traditional physician-directed (skilled) or client-directed (unskilled) care plan, or a mix of both if you qualify. We offer our clients control over how and when they receive these services. Our Caregivers The IC also offers an excellent […]
Photo of a swimmer with her service dog Know Your Rights With Your Service Animals - by Nikki Stewart   Colorado Assistance Animal Law- Part 2   In the second part of our “Know Your Rights With Your Service Animal” series we take a look at the Colorado Assistance Animal Law.   Where does the ADA allow my animal access? Access for service animals and emotional support/assistance animals permitted with penalties […]
Community Organizing – Making a Difference - Have you ever wondered how a community bands together to address an issue affecting the people living there, and change the things that aren’t working for them? In most cases, change comes from understanding the issues and dynamics of power within a community, and assertively advocating for the necessary changes. This process is usually advanced […]
Recovering from a Spinal Cord Injury - by Carrie Baatz   Most of us only get so far in life before we encounter events that challenge us – or even break us. When these events happen, they have a way of changing what we thought we knew. Oftentimes, those of us in the disability community have unique perspectives because we have faced […]
Photo of a swimmer with her service dog Know Your Rights With Your Service Animals - by Nikki Stewart Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – Part 1   In the state of Colorado, we have four laws which address service animals. We will cover each of these laws as an overview within this series. It is important when owning a service animal to fully understand your rights and how each of […]
Know Your Sources for Accessible Emergency Alerts - by Michelle West When it comes to being ready for an emergency, the best advice we can give is plan! One aspect of that is knowing HOW you are going to get your information. There are several options available: TV: Ensure you are turned into a credible source. The IC is working with local news […]
ADA – Celebrating Progress in the Pikes Peak Region - On July 26th, The Independence Center celebrated our 3rd annual ADA celebration luncheon with members of the community and numerous consumers from The IC. Team members told stories of their experiences working to improve the lives of the consumers who they serve, and the audience left with a better understanding of the meaningful work that […]
Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI Disability Etiquette for People With Disabilities - by Michelle West   Traumatic Brain Injury, Part 4 In this final post of the TBI series on traumatic brain injuries, The Independence Center will summarize the statistics found on the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) website regarding traumatic brain injuries. (Source: https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/) Disability etiquette starts with understanding where the other person is coming from […]
Health Care Experiences – Obstacles People with Disabilities Face - by Carrie Baatz   What is health care like for people who have severe disabilities? We conducted a qualitative research study1 to find out. People with Cerebral Palsy, Cystic Fibrosis, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Spina Bifida, Spinal Cord Injuries and Paraplegia or Quadriplegia talked to us about their health care experiences.   Many people with […]
The 2017 ADA Celebration Luncheon – A Celebration of Progress - The twenty sixth of July holds a special place in the hearts of most everyone who works at The Independence Center (The IC). It’s a time when we have the opportunity to reflect on the obstacles and challenges faced by individuals within the people with disabilities community, and behold the progress that has been made. […]
Medicaid Cuts Issue Brief - Medicaid Cuts Would Force People With Disabilities Into Nursing Homes Colorado is in danger of losing $14 billion in Medicaid funding, if the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passes.1 The Colorado Health Institute estimates that this will likely cause nearly 600,000 Coloradans to lose their eligibility for Medicaid by 2030. These people would be left with little to […]
CEO of The IC, Patricia Yeager Here We Go Again – Medicaid Cuts - Prior to the July 4th Congressional break, the Senate is poised to take up and vote on the House American Health Care Act with its draconian cut to the long term care program under Medicaid. In Colorado, this program serves close to 100,000 children and adults with significant disabilities and seniors, all of whom would […]
CEO of The IC, Patricia Yeager Letter from the CEO – Medicaid Cuts - by Patricia Yeager CEO, The Independence Center   Friends, The Senate is planning to vote on the Affordable Care Act before leaving for the 4th of July and that there are proposed changes to the House’s new American Health Care Act (AHCA). While these changes are not certain, some believe the changes might be minor […]
Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI Disability Etiquette for People With Disabilities - by Michelle West   Traumatic Brain Injury, Part 3 In this series of 4 blog posts, The Independence Center will be sharing information on traumatic brain injuries. The Independence Center’s hope is that this information will help those without traumatic brain injuries learn a little about disability etiquette to apply when supporting and interacting with […]
Assistive Technology – A Means to a More Independent Future - Imagine how your life would change, if all of a sudden, you were to become a person with a disability. Whether its vision or hearing loss, or the loss of one’s mobility, most people don’t think that it will ever happen to them. But the reality is, that nineteen percent of Americans currently live with […]
Make Me Your Friend, Not Your Hero - by Carrie Baatz   People with disabilities are some of the most resilient people I know. The Independence Center is a hub for the disability community in Colorado Springs; if you come here, you’ll find a wide variety of people, each thriving in their own way. We are impacted by all kinds of disabilities. Some […]
Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI Disability Etiquette for People With Disabilities - by Michelle West   Traumatic Brain Injury, Part 2 In this 4-part series of blog posts, The Independence Center will be presenting information on traumatic brain injuries. This series is meant to help those without traumatic brain injuries learn a little about disability etiquette for those with TBIs. “Disability etiquette is a set of guidelines […]