Entries by Christofer Pierson, Director of Member Communications

When Disaster Strikes: ICS Plans for Emergencies

Before the devastating appearance of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey this past month, 2014’s “Frankenstorm” Sandy was the second costliest disaster (after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina) in U.S. history. It was certainly the worst disaster in modern New York City history. The 2014 storm caused 14-foot water surges that flooded downtown Manhattan and the shores of Brooklyn, […]

ICS Members on Activism

It has been almost one year since the Member Civics League (MCL) was born. On the eve of last year’s general election, ICS members and others interested in discussing issues important to the disability community gathered at ICS’s Brooklyn office for the first monthly meeting to share and learn about how to be effective advocates […]

Independence Radio: Nettie Harper: Living with Dementia

In the latest episode of ICS Independence Radio, host Stephanie Wallace talks with Nettie Harper, director of ICS’s Dementia Program, about how to live with dementia, whether you are a person diagnosed with the condition or are that person’s caregiver or aide. You can listen to the episode here. For most people, dementia is a […]

ICS Rehab Engineer Bob Paradiso: Creative Assistive Tech

People with disabilities benefit from creative, inexpensive solutions to everyday needs. ICS Rehab Engineer Bob Paradiso is a wizard with electronics. He can make hard-to-open refrigerator doors pop open with the push of a button, shades and medical beds go up and down with simple voice commands, and wheelchairs stop and start with the movement […]

ICS Members Testify at NY State Assembly Hearing on Home Care

When ICS members learned that the New York State Assembly would be holding hearings on the home care workforce on February 22 in downtown Manhattan, well over 40 were moved to make their presence felt and their feelings known about this issue of vital importance to their lives.  The large numbers of people with disabilities […]

Independence Radio: Marilyn Saviola and the Fight for Independence

“It never felt right that I shouldn’t be able to live in the community,” Marilyn Saviola, Senior VP for Advocacy and the Women’s Health Access Project, tells host Stephanie Wallace in a new episode of Independence Radio. “If I wanted to have a life, if I wanted to do things, I would have to fight […]

A Member Advocate Explains: Why Self-Advocacy?

ICS members tend to be very satisfied customers. According to a recent member survey, 85 percent rate their care “good” to “excellent.” And more than two-thirds are “very much” or “quite a bit” content with their quality of life—an astonishing figure considering that our members tend to have complex medical needs that pose extraordinary challenges to their independence.

Why Barrier Free Living?

The multifaceted nonprofit organization now known as BFL began in 1986 as the first transitional housing of its kind specifically for people with disabilities. Years later the program has served 295 residents and provided a wide range of services, including managed long-term care management courtesy of ICS, occupational therapy and housing.

Work & Disability in NYC

While acknowledging the landmark law’s success in radically increasing the opportunities and visibility of people with disabilities in American life, the 61-page report from the Center for the Independence of the Disabled, titled ADA 25: Many Bridges to Cross, notes that major disparities in well-being between people with disabilities and the general public persist.