Deaf Awareness Month: The History of Black ASL & the Fight to Save It
Like every language, American Sign Language grows and shifts over time to accommodate the different needs of the people using it. Black ASL is a distinct variety of ASL and is closely tied to the history of how Black children were educated in the South.
Step Up for CP During STEPtember
Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common lifelong disability in the world. Yet research about CP remains vastly underfunded. However, by participating in STEPtember, a global health and wellness event, you can make a difference. The virtual event helps the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation (CPARF) raise funds for life-changing scientific advances.
Top 10 Ways to Make Your Classroom More Accessible
The beginning of August means the start of a new school year! For teachers, this is a perfect time to consider Universal Design for Learning (UDL). This approach structures learning to meet the needs of every student in your classroom. Check out our top 10 suggestions to make the classroom a more inclusive environment.
Then and Now: Celebrating 32 Years of the ADA
On July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. Today, many of us take for granted the access and opportunities that the ADA made possible for people with and without disabilities. They are such a part of our daily lives that we don’t think about them. Here’s a brief look at what life was like before the ADA and how things have changed.
Join us in raising awareness about PTSD
In the U.S., there are about 3 million cases of PTSD each year; about 7 to 9 percent of the population will have PTSD in their lifetime. Yet many misconceptions and stigma still remain. To help educate the public about this mental health condition and available treatments, PTSD Awareness Month is observed each June.
Expanding Digital Inclusion and Accessibility
Just in time for Global Accessibility Awareness Day , The Independence Center and Pikes Peak Library District have partnered to improve digital accessibility for people with disabilities.
Busting the Myths About Mental Health
Even though 1 in 5 adults live with a mental health condition, fewer than half seek treatment. Why? Often, it’s because the stigma surrounding mental health conditions leads to fear, shame, and judgment from others. For Mental Health Awareness Month, we’d like to bust a few myths surrounding mental health.
Autism Awareness Month: Holland’s Story
While many people with autism share similarities, each individual’s experience is unique and personal. Just ask Holland Pentz, Quality and Support Specialist for The Independence Center’s (The IC’s) Veteran in Charge (VIC) program. A thoughtful young woman with bright eyes and an inquisitive mind, she’s been with The IC seven years. Upon meeting her, one might notice that she’s a little shy or that...
Living with a Rare Disorder: Evelyn’s Story
February 28 is designated as Rare Disease Day, which raises awareness for the 300 million people worldwide living with a rare disease. One of those is 8-year-old Evelyn Langdon who was born with a rare chromosome disorder called 4q duplication. Does this slow Evelyn down? Not one bit!