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.
The 2015 Annual Matthew Sapolin Memorial Wheelchair Basketball Tournament took place November 7 and 8 in the Bronx, with the Bulova Stetson Nets defeating the Los Angeles Hotwheels, in thrilling back and forth action, 57-56 in the championship game.
We believe that helping the family members who care for ICS members is one of the most important things we can do. We are also launching a “Circle of Care Lounge,” in January a six-week support group for family caregivers of ICS members.
The CDC estimates that vaccinations prevented 6.6 million illnesses during the 2012-2013 flu season. Each year a few common misconceptions and myths prevent people from getting a flu shot. Well here are the truths to those myths.
Due to a federal mandate, state and federal agencies are urging employers to hire people with disabilities. Meanwhile, at ICS, hiring people with disabilities has been critical to our success and growth.
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.
With a vast collection of public property – about 29,000 acres! – it’s extremely important that everyone who wants to, can use NYC parks, gardens, gyms, beaches, playgrounds and other venues.
Contrary to what many people believe, falling is not a normal part of aging and, most importantly, falls can be prevented. The recently established ICS Falls Intervention Program is fighting falls one member at a time.
This past Sunday, September 13, Komen Greater New York City held its 25th Annual Race for the Cure to raise money for breast cancer research and support programs.
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.
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.
We’ve all been wowed by cutting edge assistive technologies, but even more eye-opening is the fact that if they are available they are not covered at all Medicaid, Medicare or other insurance.
With the Rehabilitation Act, people without “vocational potential” demanded equal eligibility for those funds in order to become independent. And they got it—but it didn’t come easy!
The White House Conference on Aging occurs once a decade and is focused on making policy recommendations to the president and Congress regarding the aged. This year the conference focused on the importance of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security and their role in decisions Americans make when planning for retirement.
ICS was proud to host the 6th annual From Within conference for women with physical disabilities last Saturday. Hear from some of the attendees!
Meet Stephanie Wallace: proud grandmother, legendary karaoke singer, host of online radio show LAID, and active ICS member.
Thousands of people with disabilities, their friends and family members marched down Broadway this past Sunday in New York City’s first annual Disability Pride Parade.
Telemedicine and the role it plays at ICS with the Care Connections pilot program.
It's almost Independence Day and as Independence Care System continues to change and grow, we never lose sight of our core mission – helping people to remain as independent as possible, at home, in their communities!
The National Association of Social Workers Disabilities Task Force was launched to educate and empower social workers with and without disabilities, so they are better equipped to advocate for people with disabilities.
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.
Looking at how the recently passed Doc Fix Bill, changes the way doctor payments are structured and care is provided.
As part of ADA25NYC, ICS will co-sponsor the 6th Annual “From Within” Women’s Health Conference on Saturday, July 25.
Eighty years ago this week, a small group staged a sit-in at the Works Progress Administration in New York City. Unbeknownst to them, a powerful movement was born that day.
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.
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.
Last month Marilyn Saviola, ICS Senior Vice President for Advocacy and the Women’s Health Access Program, sat on a panel at the International Symposium on Achieving Health Equity Through Community Partnerships.
Juan, an ICS nurse since 2012, does seem to have found a form of heaven with his career. “My favorite part of the job is sitting with a member and getting to know them,” he says. “I love my clients!” And they love him.
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.