People with disabilities, the largest minority in the United States, have made enormous social, political and cultural contributions to American life. Yet, when it opened less than two decades ago, the Museum of disABILITY History in Buffalo, New York, was the very first of its kind.  Brainchild of James Boles, who had long managed services […]

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“Dad-blame you ICS!  You call this a snowstorm? A few inches, and a little wind. Why, I can remember when I was a little kid we would go to school in …” This is me, in a room by myself, railing like a spoiled brat, at Independence Care System, a nonprofit organization that has been […]

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For too many older adults and people with physical disabilities, isolation is a fact of life. Inaccessible transportation and facilities, financial constraints, chronic pain, communication barriers, and fear of being ostracized or stigmatized in larger social groups all keep many people with physical disabilities isolated and alone. If you have a physical disability or are […]

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Compliance is not usually a topic most people want to spend time talking about—rules and regulations are not exactly conversation starters for cocktail parties. Nevertheless, compliance is critical to the work we do here at ICS; it is the tool we have at our disposal to make sure we are providing our members with the […]

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As Vice President of Contracting and Provider Relations for Independence Care System, I see myself as an engineer. Along with the rest of my team, I’m committed to building the ICS Provider Network from the ground up—and up and up. Most recently, ICS made a significant and exciting addition to our Provider Network; we signed a […]

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If you use a wheelchair, as 30 percent of our members do, you know how important it is to have your equipment in tiptop shape. That’s why ICS took action early on in the life of our agency, creating the only comprehensive, community-based wheelchair evaluation, repair and maintenance program in NYC. Our Program, which operates […]

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Bradley Leonard’s first love was dancing. “I was a Michael Jackson baby. The first thing I remember as a kid is dancing to Thriller back in Saint Lucia. I learned by watching Michael Jackson, MC Hammer, old hip hop videos.” Around 2002 Bradley started dancing professionally. “A friend of mine looks like the rapper Nelly. […]

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On January 28, in his annual State of the Union address, President Obama said that he was tired of waiting for Congress to act on a number of issues and would take action himself through executive order where possible. One of these issues is the federal minimum wage, which has been stuck at $7.25 an […]

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In October the annual report Where We Are on TV was released, which tracks diversity on television using categories for sex and gender, race and ethnicity, and people with disabilities. While the 2013 research found that the number of TV characters with disabilities is on the rise, a great deal of room remains for improvement. […]

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Since 2008 the ICS Women’s Health Access Program has been breaking down longstanding barriers to health care for women with physical disabilities. Our innovations in making breast cancer screening and OB/GYN care accessible have resulted in hundreds of women receiving these critical services with the comfort and dignity every patient deserves, with many more standing […]

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