When an ICS member has a serious condition that cannot be cured and the person is suffering in some way, palliative care allows us to focus on what matters most to the member. That’s why ICS is proud to announce a new partnership with the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), a program of Mt. Sinai […]
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If you watch enough police procedurals, you are familiar with the idea of an “EDP,” an emotionally disturbed person. Like many things on TV, at the end of the hour the interaction between police officers and the “EDP” often wraps up neatly with the police officer and the person with a mental illness both returning […]
New group offers ICS members and friends a forum for discussion and action.
Meet ICS member Jessica De La Rosa, who as Ms. Wheelchair NY is all about helping people out.
Last month New York City adopted a number of laws to make city services more accessible for people with disabilities. One requiring NYC to make its websites accessible.
Let’s have dinner and talk about…death? Even the invitation said this was one of the strangest events a person might ever attend. Despite the weird invite, on January 6th twenty professionals from three organizations gathered together as part of The Conversation Project.
If the holidays left you wondering whether a loved one needs help, chances are they do.
It is with great sadness that we observe the passing of Board Member Terence Moakley, a tireless advocate for people with disabilities, cherished colleague, and great friend to many of us here at ICS. We share in the gratitude of so many for Terry’s life and work, and with them mourn his untimely passing.
This article is the third in our Caregiving Series looking at the challenges caregivers face, where they find support, and the advice and guidance they have for other caregivers. (Read the previous articles Caregiving—Challenges for the “Sandwich Generation” and Confessions of a Committed Caregiver) Recently my husband attended a “10-13 party” for one of his […]
In her recent very powerful blog “At Nonprofits, Women of Color Need to Lean In Too,” our Chief Operating Officer, Regina Estela, talked about the widely read Sheryl Sandberg book Lean In. The book discusses barriers and obstacles that women often face to becoming top leaders. In her blog, Regina shared some statistics about women […]
It goes by many names—Concepts, Consumer Direction, CDPAP, CDPAS—but whatever you call it, the innovative Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance Program ensures that a lot of people with disabilities who receive Medicaid can remain in the community, living healthy independent lives. Like traditional homecare programs, CDPAP assures that those enrolled in the program, including ICS members, have […]
In July, my favorite Aunt died. She was the healthiest 75-year-old person I knew, getting regular physicals, mammograms, going to the gym five days a week. She was married but didn’t have any kids, and we were very close. After going to two parties during the weekend, my Aunt had a massive stroke on a […]
This article is the second in our Caregiving Series looking at the challenges family caregivers face, where they find support, and the advice and guidance they have for other caregivers. (Click Caregiving—Challenges for the “Sandwich Generation” to read our previous blog) In 1997, Carmen Gonzalez began to notice that something was wrong with her mother. […]
It is National Nurses week! We salute our ICS Staff Nurses and all nurses. ICS currently employs 54 nurses working in a variety of roles in the organization including leadership, training, administration, wound care, assessments, quality and compliance. Each nurse plays a role in making sure our members remain healthy and active in the community. […]
This month I got the latest edition of the Access-a-Ride (AAR) newsletter, On the Move, and was thrilled to see so much happening to improve the service. While I know many people call Access- A-Ride, “Stress-A-Ride”, I think it is important to acknowledge the hardworking people at Access-A-Ride and the absolute amazing amount of work […]
Demographers call us the “sandwich generation.” We are the people who care for both children and aging parents at the same time. From my informal surveys of old, new and newly rediscovered friends on FB and other social media, I can tell you there are a variety of caregiving scenarios going on. Some of my […]
A few nights ago, in what turned out to be a somewhat anemic snow storm, my Aunt who is a healthy, very active 75-year-old went to her book club and nearly took a fall on the steps of the church where the meeting had taken place. Even with just a dusting of snow, dangerous conditions […]
My 8-year-old daughter, Gracie, was very excited to get a wheelchair for Christmas. No, this is not a story about a young girl with a disability finally overcoming political, bureaucratic or financial hardships to get a wheelchair. The wheelchair was for her American Girl Doll. The mission of American Girl, according to their website, is […]
It has been a difficult few months here on the East coast. Between superstorm Sandy and the horrific events at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, many of us are finding it hard to find the holiday spirit. Decking the halls, raising a glass and singing carols all seems kind of hollow when the knowledge of […]
If you are a person with a disability or a disability rights advocate, you may have recently been contacted about the United States Senate considering ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). CRDP is an international statement of human rights that protects people with disabilities from discrimination. Click here to read […]
After a long, hot summer debating New York City’s responsibility to provide accessible taxicabs, the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky recently launched a solution to temporarily improve transportation options for—and relations with—the community of people with disabilities: an accessible taxi dispatch system. With only 233 of NYC’s 13,000+ cabs wheelchair accessible, the new […]
So you’re heading out for a night on the town. You need a bar that has standing tables because one of your friends has a tailbone injury and can’t sit for very long. At the restaurant, you need an accessible entrance, room to navigate to your table, a bathroom large enough for you, your chair, […]
I got a call the other day from a man looking for home care for his 90-year-old mother. Currently receiving the services of a home care aid through the New York City agency CASA, his mother has to make a big decision. According to a letter she got from the NYS Health Department, she has […]