Due to a damaged phone line in our Brooklyn office, some ICS phone and fax numbers have not been working this week. If you are trying to contact a staff member in Brooklyn, please call 1.877.ICS.2525 and a member services coordinator will be happy to transfer your call to the correct person.
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Think you know all there is to know about the flu? Answer 10 easy questions and then share the Flu IQ!
With a recent report released by the U.S. Access Board with recommendations on making the nation’s trains accessible, it’s a good time to revisit what’s improved and what has not for people with disabilities who want to travel.
ICS was proud to host the 6th annual From Within conference for women with physical disabilities last Saturday. Hear from some of the attendees!
June 22 marks the 16th anniversary of what has come to be known as “Olmstead v. L.C.,” the “Olmstead Decision,” or simply Olmstead. For the disability rights community, the term is a familiar one.
Two of ICS’s senior staff members contributed to a discussion this week about Disability Competent Care—something that ICS is dedicated to and passionate about—hosted by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
Talking about strokes is daunting, but learning the warning signs and understanding how to respond if someone is exhibiting symptoms can help protect yourself and your family.
Earlier this month, ICS held its second annual Art Open Houses, designed to give New Yorkers with disabilities a glimpse of the fun that can be had by participating in our social programs.
A recent spate of cases have surfaced around the country where children have been removed from the care of parents with disabilities. It’s vital to remember: The right to be a parent does not automatically end because a parent has a disability.
Last week, the White House blog touched on a subject that is close to the heart of ICS: Advancing Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities.
Think you know all there is to know about the flu? Answer 10 easy questions, then share the Flu IQ!
Although the Blizzard Warning has been downgraded to a Winter Storm Warning this morning, ICS offices remain closed today and our wheelchair repair clinic will be closed for the remainder of the week. ICS social programs will resume on Friday. We hope that our staff and members stay safe and warm until the storm has passed.
Parenting is hard work; discrimination against parents with disabilities makes it harder.
The Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities is modeled on the ADA. More than 750 U.S. disability, civil rights, faith, business and veteran organizations have endorsed it and more than 150 countries have signed on. What does it all mean?
The warm weather is well and truly upon us and it’s the perfect time to get outside to enjoy New York’s summer and fall events!
Starting a business is no easy feat—you need to invest time and money; hone your organizational skills and marketing knowledge; and have a passion for your product—but it’s a path that many people have found worth pursuing, particularly people with disabilities.
For 26 years, WALK MS events have rolled out across the country—from California to Kansas to Connecticut—to unite people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and to celebrate the progress made by researchers fighting this disease that affects 2.3 million people worldwide.
Tomorrow night, October 25, the 504 North Star Democratic Club—the Northern Manhattan branch of a NYC-based coalition of Democrats promoting political and social inclusion for people with disabilities—will honor Marilyn Saviola, ICS Vice President, Advocacy and the Women’s Health Access Program, at their 12th Annual Town Hall Awards Dinner. As the recipient of the “Women’s […]
A report released last week by The Disability and Abuse Project has revealed the shocking statistic that over 70% of Americans with disabilities have experienced abuse in their lifetime. The distressing finding, reported in “Abuse of People with Disabilities: Victims and Their Families Speak Out,” was based on the results of surveys conducted with over […]
It’s a busy time at Independence Care System. We’re growing at an unprecedented rate, expanding our services for senior adults, welcoming new staff members each month, and just this year opened our new Bronx office. But as we grow, our commitment to supporting adults with physical disabilities and chronic conditions to live at home and […]
Have you heard of the acclaimed Sundance Channel TV Program Push Girls? The series chronicles the lives of several young women with physical disabilities living, working and loving life in Los Angeles. This Saturday, August 10, a group of New York City’s very own Push Girls—young, dynamic, beautiful, community-minded women with disabilities—will host their first […]
July 26 will mark the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Introduced in 1990 to prevent discrimination towards people with disabilities and to guarantee their right to “enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services,” the ADA was a landmark piece […]
It was at Roosevelt House—under the approving gaze of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt—that Marilyn E. Saviola, ICS Vice President of Advocacy and the Women’s Health Program, was last week honored with the prestigious Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize, alongside two other honorees (“Turning Point for Women and Families” and “CitiWide Harm Reduction”). The prize, […]
A new study, reported Pauline W. Chen, MD, in the New York Times on 05/23/2013 (“Disability and Discrimination at the Doctor’s Office”), has confirmed what many members of Independence Care System knew already: that individuals with disabilities often receive substandard health care. Published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the new study was led by […]
Inflamed joints, pain, swelling, stiffness—the symptoms of arthritis. Many of us know someone who has arthritis, or live with the disease ourselves. In fact, arthritis is the number one cause of disability in America. It affects more than 50 million people, and is the top diagnosis for nearly one-third of all ICS members. In this, […]
How would you like to spend a day feeling absolutely good enough—just as you are? If the answer is yes, be sure to come to the 4th Annual conference for women with disabilities, From Within 2013, on June 1st. The conference aims to inform women, to applaud women’s accomplishments, and to help women see that they […]
At 21, Sasha Quinones was employed in a bank, studied Computer Operations in Manhattan, and had unending energy and social skills—“I’ve been busy,” she says, “since I was a kid.” Very quickly though, “probably in two weeks,” things began to change. “I was at my friend’s wedding, and a man asked me to dance. I […]
As a part of ICS’s ongoing commitment to helping women with disabilities receive the best possible health care, the ICS Women’s Health Program this week published a tip sheet entitled, “Women with Disabilities and Breast Cancer: Know Your Rights.” Currently available on the ICS website in Spanish and English, the publication draws attention to the […]
Since ICS was founded, we have recognized the importance of wheelchairs to our members. Our award winning Wheelchair Evaluation Program is unmatched in New York City and last week, ICS showcased two of its mobility experts at the highly respected annual International Seating Symposium (ISS) in Nashville, TN. The symposium—which is attended each year by […]
Welcome 2013! As we settle into January, it’s time to flip over the calendars, eat up the leftovers, and of course, follow through on our New Year’s resolutions! Each year, as December 31 disappears into the night, many of us decide to set new goals, vow to change old habits, and commit to undertaking new […]