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The ADA @ 25

The very first post on this blog celebrated the Americans with…
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Flu Shot Fever

Flu shot season runs exactly the same yearly course as flu season,…
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ICS and Family Caregivers, Working Together

November is national caregivers month but family members are on the front lines of caring all year round. See what happened when one family caregiver joined forces with an ICS care manager to get the help our member needed!
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Managing Your Diabetes

You know a healthy diet and regular exercise count in managing your diabetes but you may be unsure of what else you can do. Stay healthy and prevent complications with care and monitoring of your eyes, feet, cholesterol, blood pressure and more.
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The Texas “Wheelchair Ad”

When a candidate’s disability was raised in an attack ad, some said it was out of line. But was it? With the Texas governor’s race now decided, disability rights advocate Anna Fay speaks up about the ad controversy.
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Parents with a Disability

Parenting is hard work; discrimination against parents with disabilities makes it harder.
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A Cure for Inaccessible Health Care in NYC

The law requires health care providers to make their services accessible to people with disabilities. NYPLI explains what you need to know about obtaining accessible care at a hospital, clinic, or private office of a doctor, dentist or specialist.
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Global Disability Rights

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?
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We All Need Mental Health

All health begins with mental health. Conditions like depression, addiction, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, and so on can have serious consequences for physical well-being. This is why treating these conditions is key to accomplishing the goals that inspired the creation of World Mental Health Day, which falls tomorrow, October 10.
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On Her Own Terms

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.
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In Loving Memory of Our Friend and Colleague, Terry Moakley

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.
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ICS Women’s Health Program Grows

ICS’s Women's Health Program is poised to break down more barriers to health care for women with disabilities. A $300,000 grant awarded by the Ira W. De Camp Foundation will enable ICS to replicate the program in three sites around the City.
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Me? A Go-Bag? Really? Yes!

It’s National Preparedness Month and as Superstorm Sandy showed us, we need to be ready to help ourselves in an emergency. Consider what it might be like to have to quickly leave your home without knowing when you might be able to return.
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New Law Aids Low-Income Renters

On August 14, NYC de Blasio signed into local law a measure to bring the Disability Rent Increase Exemption in line with a change in the upper limit on the Senior Citizens Rent Increase Exemption, designed to protect some low-income renters from most rent increases.
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Job Hunt from a Wheelchair

In NY State, free, comprehensive, employment evaluation and training services are available to people with disabilities through Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation, a division of the State Education Department.
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Fashionable Adaptation

This is shaping up as a watershed moment for inclusion of people with disabilities in the fashion industry – a moment being shaped by the self-advocacy of wheelchair users, amputees and other people with disabilities – and the talent of a few cutting edge designers.
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Free, Fab, Accessible NYC

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!
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Helping Seniors to Go Online

This spring the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project released "Older Adults and Technology Use", a report based on research about internet use among people 65 and older.
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Making Accessibility Stick: Assessing the ADA at 24

When the Americans with Disabilities Act was first debated, opponents warned that it would open a whole new avenue to lawsuits, ultimately benefiting lawyers more than people with disabilities. Small businesses, opponents argued, were especially vulnerable.
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Scams against Seniors – a Growing Enterprise

Financial scamming falls under the umbrella of elder abuse. Considering our rapidly aging population, the National Justice Institute (NIJ) warns, abuse of the elderly is a poorly understood but growing danger.
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Keeping Older Family Members Safe from Fire

While house fires have been trending downward in the United States over the past decade, senior adults continue to be at high risk. Family members and other caregivers are on the front lines in communicating and implementing prevention strategies.
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Self-employment: One Path to Independence

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.
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Great Art, Great People! Come to the ICS Art Show and Reception

Just My Imagination, the 2014 Summer Art Show to be held on June 27, from 3 to 8 p.m. at ICS Brooklyn, will feature more than 100 works. Paintings, drawings, sculptures and crafted objects by more than 30 artists—active participants in ICS’s Artists on Wheels Program—will be on display and for sale.
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Come Celebrate Yourself at the ICS Women’s Health Conference!

From Within, the 5th Annual ICS Health Conference for Women with Physical Disabilities is Saturday, June 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. From Within is a day to ask questions, make new friends and learn new ways to enjoy staying healthy. Most of all, it’s a day to celebrate and enjoy the remarkable community of women of which you are part.
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When Memory Fails—Caring for a loved one with dementia

When a parent, friend, spouse or sibling has dementia it can be—pick your adjective—frustrating, frightening, exhausting, overwhelming, confusing and sad. As your loved one loses his or her memory and the ability to function independently, it naturally evokes strong emotions.
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Just what is the ABLE Act?

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act would allow people with disabilities to work without losing access to Medicaid, and to save up to $100,000 to meet their future needs without risking their SSI benefits.
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Let’s Rock the Vote in NYC!

It’s time to vote again! Many New Yorkers may not realize it, but this year’s voting cycle starts soon—with congressional primaries scheduled for June 24. To vote in those congressional primaries, you have to register to vote by Friday, May 30—which is just around the corner.