Parenting is hard work; discrimination against parents with disabilities makes it harder. Why do some people—and far too many government agencies—try to prevent people with disabilities from being parents? Research completed for the National Council on Disability report Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children highlighted a number of […]

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People in need of great health care fly in from all over the world seeking the expertise of New York’s top medical institutions. Most New Yorkers have long taken for granted their access to the high-quality care in their vicinity, but for many New Yorkers with disabilities, this care may as well be a world […]

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The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (also referred to as the “CRPD” and the “Disability Treaty”) is a formal international agreement that has been voluntarily ratified by countries that agree to meet the standards the convention defines. The CRPD pertains to the human rights of people with disabilities everywhere and was in […]

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All health begins with mental health. Conditions like depression, addiction, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, and so on can have serious—sometimes lethal—consequences for physical well-being. This is why treating these conditions—indeed, why understanding that these conditions are treatable—is key to accomplishing the goals that inspired the creation of World Mental Health Day, which falls […]

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ICS intake and enrollment coordinator Christy Cruz usually defies expectations, whether on the basketball court, in front of the camera, or facilitating “girl talk” among women with disabilities. Her passion for independence – for herself and other women on wheels – is evident in all her pursuits. “I participated in the National Wheelchair Basketball Association […]

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It is with great sadness that we observe the passing of Terence J Moakley, ICS Board member and tireless disability rights activist, who died on September 5, 2014 at the age of 69. Terry (as he was known by friends and colleagues) had a spinal cord injury from a diving accident he had when he […]

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ICS’s Health Access Program for Women with Physical Disabilities is poised to break down more barriers to health care for greatly underserved women. A $300,000 grant just awarded by the Ira W. De Camp Foundation will enable ICS to replicate the program in three sites around the City, over two years. “The Women’s Program broke […]

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September is National Preparedness Month If, like most of us, thankfully, you’ve never been forced from your home by fire or flood, it’s easy to become complacent in the belief that nothing like this will ever happen to you. But as Superstorm Sandy showed us, the past is not a reliable predictor of the future […]

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On August 14, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into local law a measure to bring the Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE, pronounced “dree”) in line with a change in the upper limit on the Senior Citizens Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE, pronounced “scree”). Both DRIE and SCRIE are designed to protect some low-income […]

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In July the President signed a rare piece of bipartisan legislation intended to increase employment opportunities for Americans with disabilities. Then, over two weeks this month the U.S. Department of Labor held an online dialog with state government officials to discuss how to improve employment services for this population because, as Kathy Martinez, U.S. Assistant […]

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