Welcome to ICS!

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.

Take Charge of your Care

As the cost of long-term palliative care became prohibitively expensive, a more person-centered model of care was born, challenging the notion of being better off away from ones home and community.

To Protect and Serve

The lack of competency police officers have when interacting with people who have disabilities can carry a heavy cost.

Prevention before Cure

Walking and falling are two areas where a lot of attention is currently focused on older Americans. Both are areas where no exaggeration is needed to raise an alarm.

A Radiant Smile at 110

At 110 years, ICS member Veta Walters has lived a lot. While physically frail, Veta emanates warmth and still has the spirit to tease her doctor.

I Can Rock the Cradle Too

A recent spate of cases have surfaced around the country where children have been removed from the care of parents with disabilities. It's vital to remember: The right to be a parent does not automatically end because a parent has a disability.

Politics and Disability: Motivated Voters Win

While his proposal to slash $300 million from the University of Wisconsin system has garnered more attention, another of Governor Scott Walker's proposed cuts is causing controversy among a small but impassioned group of Wisconsin voters: the disability community.

Why Social Work Rocks!

As we celebrate National Social Work Month—along with the 60th anniversary of the National Social Workers Association—we pause to not only recognize the valuable work of our own social workers, but also to look back at the profession’s history.

Disability Film Fest

A full preview of the 2015 ReelAbilities Film Festival. This year it's in New York City with new films, shorts, musical performances, and special guests!

Insights into America’s Seniors with Disabilities

In a report done by Wan He and Luke J. Larsen, fascinating insights are provided about the correlation of the aging and disability, suggesting ways to channel resources to prevent or mitigate disabilities for many older Americans.

Access is Everything

Last week, the White House blog touched on a subject that is close to the heart of ICS: Advancing Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities.

Death over Dinner

Let’s have dinner and talk about…death? Even the invitation said this was one of the strangest events a person might ever attend. Despite the weird invite, on January 6th twenty professionals from three organizations gathered together as part of The Conversation Project.

The ADA @ 25

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

Flu Shot Fever

Flu shot season runs exactly the same yearly course as flu season,…

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!

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.

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.

Parents with a Disability

Parenting is hard work; discrimination against parents with disabilities makes it harder.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.