Fall 2016 Issue

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Vietnam Veteran Pays It Forward in Teller County - Vincent Thoms is a Vietnam veteran who loves the A-frame home he has in Teller County. A widower who lives alone, Vincent requires the use of oxygen for a heart problem that probably started with exposure to Agent Orange during his service in Vietnam. He tires easily and doesn’t have the stamina to handle normal […]
Photo of Patricia Yeager, CEO CEO Corner - Have you seen a new curb cut or curb ramp in your neighborhood recently? If not, and you have sidewalks, those accessible path of travel tools are coming your way! Recently, I had the opportunity to hear Mayor John Suthers speak at two different events about sidewalks and curb ramps, as the city calls them. […]
Young Professional Aims for Nursing Career After Son Born With Disability - Amber Turner, 35, originally studied health sciences and received a BA from UCCS. Her goal was to be a high school athletic director. The birth of her son in 2007 set her on a different course. Born with a rare genetic condition called Townes-Brocks syndrome, Cortland required round the clock care. Life began for Cortland […]
CNA School building CNA School Exceeds Colorado State Average Pass Rate - During the first full quarter since being purchased by The IC and renamed The Independence Center CNA School, graduates of the school have collectively received a 94% pass rate on the Colorado Nurse Aide Competency and Evaluation Exams (State Boards). Colorado State average pass rate is 79%. The IC purchased Front Range Nurse Aide Training […]
Photos from the ADA event- Layout from the Itimes 2016 ADA Celebrating Progress in Transit - This year’s annual event was a huge success, bringing in over 300 people to help celebrate the ADA. This year’s focus was on transit within our community, where we are now, where we came from, and what important factors we need to consider for the future in order to create a robust transit system, so […]
The Independence Center Brings Assistive Technology Home - The Independence Center is a great place to start if you or someone you know needs a home modification or assistive technology device. Paul Spotts, Independent Living Specialist (Assistive Technology Emphasis) can help you walk through the process of finding out if you are qualified to obtain funding for your home modification needs. The qualification […]
The Independence Center Sends Delegates to NCIL Conference - The Independence Center sent two delegates to the National Centers for Independent Living (NCIL) Annual Conference on Independent Living that was held in Washington, D.C. July 24 – 28, 2016. Carrie Baatz, Community Advocacy Coordinator, and Nina Kamekona, Youth Advocate Specialist, attended the conference on behalf of The Independence Center. Nina attended on a youth […]
Back page of The Independence Times Fall 216 Voting Information - Vote at The Independence Center on November 7-8 729 S. Tejon Street Colorado Springs, CO 80903 For other polling locations visit, epcvotes.com   IMPORTANT DATES Monday, October 24th Some local in-person polling places open early Thursday, November 3rd Final day to send mail-in ballots through the mail Monday, November 7th All polling places, including The […]
Adaptive Bicycle Helps Calhan Man Move About in More Ways Than One - Ross Huddleson is a faithful consumer of The Independence Center’s east office located at the fairgrounds of Calhan. He lives with Parkinson’s Disease, a slowly progressive disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulty in regulating body movements. Because he is unable to drive and there is no bus service in Calhan, his only mode […]