Independence Care System http://www.icsny.org Welcome Home Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:33:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.3 Date night at ICS http://www.icsny.org/ics-members-date-night/ http://www.icsny.org/ics-members-date-night/#respond Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:31:11 +0000 http://www.icsny.org/?p=40919 I didn’t know how it would turn out, but I knew what I wanted it to be. After two years of hosting the LAID broadcast and LAIDlive events – LAID stands for Love and Intimacy for the Disabled – people in the ICS community have come to trust me. As a result, on several occasions […]

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Alzheimer’s Disease: Every Minute Counts http://www.icsny.org/ics-nettie-harper-every-minute-counts/ http://www.icsny.org/ics-nettie-harper-every-minute-counts/#comments Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:16:20 +0000 http://www.icsny.org/?p=40882 ICS’s Dementia Program Director Nettie Harper took issue with Every Minute Counts because of what she sees as deeply flawed assumptions the film accepts about people with Alzheimer’s.

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A Call to Action to People with Disabilities http://www.icsny.org/disability-advocates-reelabilities-film-festival/ http://www.icsny.org/disability-advocates-reelabilities-film-festival/#respond Thu, 09 Mar 2017 14:00:27 +0000 http://www.icsny.org/?p=40707 Intergenerational panel of advocates urges people with disabilities to stand up and speak out.

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ICS Members Testify at NY State Assembly Hearing on Home Care http://www.icsny.org/members-testify-ny-state-assembly-hearing/ http://www.icsny.org/members-testify-ny-state-assembly-hearing/#respond Thu, 02 Mar 2017 21:24:13 +0000 http://www.icsny.org/?p=40689 When ICS members learned that the New York State Assembly would be holding hearings on the home care workforce on February 22 in downtown Manhattan, well over 40 were moved to make their presence felt and their feelings known about this issue of vital importance to their lives.  The large numbers of people with disabilities […]

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Health Action 2017: Protecting the Affordable Care Act! http://www.icsny.org/health-action-conference-affordable-care-act/ http://www.icsny.org/health-action-conference-affordable-care-act/#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:36:48 +0000 http://www.icsny.org/?p=40635 The healthcare community speaks out: protect the Affordable Care Act and it’s many benefits. Last week I attended and make a presentation at the Families USA Health Action Conference in Washington DC, an annual gathering of health care advocates, policy makers, and professionals. Not surprisingly, the focus this year was on how the Trump Administration […]

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Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s? Support is just a phone call away! http://www.icsny.org/family-caregivers-phone-help/ http://www.icsny.org/family-caregivers-phone-help/#respond Thu, 09 Feb 2017 14:00:22 +0000 http://www.icsny.org/?p=39457 In reviewing our blog recently, I was struck by how much we’ve written for family caregivers. We’ve offered advice for protecting elderly family members from fire, financial scams, falls, and malnutrition. We’ve shared information about the rights that family caregivers, who frequently provide hands-on care and too often face discrimination because of their caregiver responsibilities, […]

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Independence Radio: Marilyn Saviola and the Fight for Independence http://www.icsny.org/independence-radio-marilyn-saviola-independence/ http://www.icsny.org/independence-radio-marilyn-saviola-independence/#respond Thu, 02 Feb 2017 16:30:35 +0000 http://www.icsny.org/?p=39178 “It never felt right that I shouldn’t be able to live in the community,” Marilyn Saviola, Senior VP for Advocacy and the Women’s Health Access Project, tells host Stephanie Wallace in a new episode of Independence Radio. “If I wanted to have a life, if I wanted to do things, I would have to fight […]

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Policing & Mental Health http://www.icsny.org/policing-mental-health/ http://www.icsny.org/policing-mental-health/#respond Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:00:38 +0000 http://www.icsny.org/?p=38894 If you watch enough police procedurals, you are familiar with the idea of an “EDP,” an emotionally disturbed person.  Like many things on TV, at the end of the hour the interaction between police officers and the “EDP” often wraps up neatly with the police officer and the person with a mental illness both returning […]

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Family on the Front Lines http://www.icsny.org/family-caregivers-front-lines/ http://www.icsny.org/family-caregivers-front-lines/#respond Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:00:26 +0000 http://www.icsny.org/?p=39173 More and more, family caregivers are taking on medical roles. If I had a nickel for every article about family caregivers published in the last five years I’d be a wealthy woman – or at least have enough money to send my kids to college without worrying about the cost. Literally millions of articles, interviews […]

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Standing for Our Values http://www.icsny.org/standing-for-our-values/ http://www.icsny.org/standing-for-our-values/#comments Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:00:33 +0000 http://www.icsny.org/?p=39169 In 2015 I was appointed to the New York City Commission on Human Rights, largely because of my expertise in the discrimination so often faced by women, Latinos and people with disabilities. It was fortuitous timing for, as I’ve written about previously, that year complaints to the commission about disability-related discrimination topped those of every […]

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