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From Anger to Laughter

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Independence radio host Stephanie Wallace talks to comedian Damon Rozier.
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Accessible NYC Housing?

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It’s tough for anyone to find affordable housing in New York City; if you have a disability, it’s even harder. But it’s important to know that you have options and rights.
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A Safe Hospital Discharge

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New Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable Act aims to make hospital discharges safer.
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Enjoying the Moment

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NYC cultural institutions offer enjoyment for people with dementia and their caregivers.
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LGBTQ and Need Home Care?

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A five year study recently released found that LGBTQ people have trouble getting culturally competent home care.
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A Vital Relationship

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ICS Medical Director Kwame Kitson MD on making the most of your medical appointments.
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Infantilizing the Elderly

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Only a small fraction of elderly patients have input into whether they get intensive care, which is an excellent reason to have an advance directive in place.
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Meet Ms. Wheelchair NY!

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Meet ICS member Jessica De La Rosa, who as Ms. Wheelchair NY is all about helping people out.
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Caregiver Bias @ Work

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On May 4 a New York City law goes into effect outlawing discrimination on the basis of caregiving status – what does it all mean?
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Honoring Patient Autonomy

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Jean Minkel, ICS Senior Vice President for Rehabilitation Services, writes about the challenges clinicians face in honoring the wishes of the people they serve.
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Mayor Signs Access Bills

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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.
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Care that is Reponsive

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At the end of last year, ICS identified the call center as a place for potential improvement. After much research and discussion the call center is ready to roll out those improvements.
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The Sound of Independence

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Introducing Independence Radio: A new way to get information from ICS.
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In Their Own Words

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In celebration of National Social Work Month, three ICS social workers are sharing their story and what being a social worker means to them.
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There's a Hack for That!

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Meet Rehab Engineer, Bob Paradiso and some of the high-tech solutions he is bringing to ICS!
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Join ICS @ ReelAbilities

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Come join us at the 8th annual Reelabilities Film Festival and enjoy award-winning film and conversation!
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MS Team Nurse Reaches Out

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The ICS MS Team is overseen and staffed by experts who provide the best care and support to family members and friends. Care and support that can be vital to someone living with MS.
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NYC: Bias & Disability

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The NYC Commission on Human Rights is working hard to enforce civil rights laws that outlaw discrimination. So much so that the highest number of complaints received in 2015 were not for race or gender bias but for discrimination against people with disabilities.
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The ICS Transition Team

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Looking at the Transitions pilot at ICS and the impact it has had on the rehospitalization front.
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Enforcing Olmstead

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Even a Supreme Court ruling as big as Olmstead, is only as powerful as the people who make sure it is followed and today the struggle for independence continues with the help of the Disability Integration Act.
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Meet DOT's Quemuel Arroyo

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Quemuel Arroyo is the first person at New York City’s Department of Transportation (DOT) to hold the title of Policy Analyst for Accessibility and ADA Coordinator, and he already has major plans for the city!
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A Member Advocate Explains: Why Self-Advocacy?

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ICS members tend to be very satisfied customers. According to a recent member survey, 85 percent rate their care “good” to “excellent.” And more than two-thirds are “very much” or “quite a bit” content with their quality of life—an astonishing figure considering that our members tend to have complex medical needs that pose extraordinary challenges to their independence.
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Geriatric Dentistry

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Financial resources play a major role in dental neglect. Unfortunately for elderly patients, the consequences of dental neglect can be especially profound.
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A More User-Friendly FIDA

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With fewer onerous requirements and greater flexibility, patients, as well as doctors, can expect to see improvement in FIDA plans this year.
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Happy Holidays from ICS!

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Happy Holidays from the ICS family! We wish all of our members, staff, community partners, and their family and friends a safe, peaceful and happy holiday.
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A Lifetime of Advocacy

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Last week ICS’s Marilyn Saviola, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, received a 2015 Viscardi Achievement Award. It wasn’t until I read several New York Times articles about Henry Viscardi, Jr., whose own achievements these annual awards pay homage to, that I understood the parallels in the lives of these two.
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Beat Winter Isolation!

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While the NYC weather has been quite pleasant thus far, it will eventually get cold and icy. This can make going out difficult but there is lots to do in NYC this winter making braving the winter weather worth the effort!
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Choice at the End of Life

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The importance of end-of-life planning and its benefits to patients and their families are so obvious that Medicare will, at long last, begin reimbursing doctors and other health care professionals, such as nurse practitioners, for this vital service.
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Why Barrier Free Living?

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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.