The NYS Independent Living Council (NYSILC) has inducted three giants of ICS and disability rights history among the first honorees of the newly created New York State Disability Rights Hall of Fame. Marilyn E. Saviola, ICS Senior Vice President of Advocacy and the Health Access Project, will be honored along with posthumous awards for Anna […]
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In the millennia before supermarkets and refrigerators, the autumn harvest provided a nutritional bounty that enabled people to fill up and grow fat in anticipation of months of cold, lean times before the spring. But now that our stores are full of foods—even fresh fruits and vegetables from the tropics and Southern Hemisphere—all winter long, […]
At ICS, we believe that a key element of knowing our members better is understanding their neighborhoods—knowing what providers, community-based supports and other resources are nearby and accessible. Our knowing a member’s neighborhood can make a huge difference. For example, if a member relies on medication for a chronic condition and her care manager notices […]
ICS member Bernard Linder of Sheepshead Bay was born in 1918, just about 14 years after the official opening of the New York City subway system. The son of Lithuanian immigrants, Bernard says, “I was born near the intersection of two trolley lines at Fifty-ninth and Tenth in Manhattan. Our apartment was within the sound […]
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, […]
It has been almost one year since the Civics League for Disability Rights 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 their first monthly meeting to share and learn about how to be effective […]
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 […]
Stephanie Wallace leads a lively conversation with two experts in sexuality and disability on the latest episode of ICS’s Independence Radio.
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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
SVP of Independent Living at ICS, Anna Fay reminisces with Independence Radio host, Stephanie Wallace about her life-long involvement with disability issues.
ICS founder and President Rick Surpin was honored by the Medicare Rights Center at a gala dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel at Columbus Circle last month.
Why it’s essential to have an advocate while you’re in a nursing home.
Christy Cruz is an ICS staff member, wheelchair basketball hotshot, disability rights advocate and fashion model, and now a mom!
With FIDA everything you need for your health and independence is coordinated in one plan.
During Pride Month members of ICS’s LGBTQ affinity group reflect on what brought them together and their intentions for this new forum.
Independence radio host Stephanie Wallace talks to comedian Damon Rozier.
Meet ICS member Lenford Bryan, who started the ICS Men’s Group!
Introducing Independence Radio: A new way to get information from ICS.
Looking at the Transitions pilot at ICS and the impact it has had on the rehospitalization front.
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.
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.
This past Saturday ICS, the Rusk Institute and the New York City chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association sponsored From Injury to Independence: A Spinal Cord Injury Symposium.
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.
One day in 1944 Ramón Nuñez saw a pretty young woman in a cemetery in his hometown of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He fell in love, and they soon were married, not knowing that they would be together 70 years later.
Meet Stephanie Wallace: proud grandmother, legendary karaoke singer, host of online radio show LAID, and active ICS member.
Telemedicine and the role it plays at ICS with the Care Connections pilot program.
As part of ADA25NYC, ICS will co-sponsor the 6th Annual “From Within” Women’s Health Conference on Saturday, July 25.
Accurate sexuality information for people with disabilities and those without is the best way to break through this misinformation and make the topic less taboo and the two-day seminar at Mt. Sinai Hospital did just that.
February 19, 2018