ICS Member Kenny Vargas: He’s Number 1

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In July 1999, Kenny Vargas, a native of the Dominican Republic…

Making Healthcare Accessible

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Although it’s been 28 years since the passage of the Americans…

Lawmakers, MTA & Disability Advocates Discuss Overdue Transit Access

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It’s no secret that the New York City subway system is woefully…

NYC Has Strong Protections for People with Disabilities

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The New York City Human Rights Commission (HRC) has just published…

ICS Rainbow Connection’s Evelyn Castillo at Gay Pride

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One of the founders and leaders of ICS’s LGBTQ support group…

T.K. Small vs Electronic Visit Verification (EVV)

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The Congress members who wrote the 21st Century CURES Act…

Behavioral Health & Disability

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Untreated behavioral health problems can undermine anyone’s…

A Fresh Batch of Robocall Scams for 2018

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As I read a recent article about automated phone calls – robocalls…

What is Disability Expertise?

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“A lot of medical professionals just see me as a failure. People…

Why Multiple Sclerosis Specialized Care?

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A number of years ago, in recognition of our expertise in supporting…

People with Disabilities & the Debate over Guns

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In a recent issue of Teen Vogue, journalist S.E. Smith explores…

Disability Rights Advocate Alex Elegudin

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Alex Elegudin is an attorney, President of Wheeling Forward and…

ICS Rehab engineer Bob Paradiso on assistive technology for independent living

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ICS rehab engineer Bob Paradiso creates custom assistive technology…

State Changes Nursing Home Benefit for MLTCs

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You may have recently received a letter from the New York State…

Bus Travel Training at ICS Brooklyn

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Does the idea of using a public bus make you nervous because…

Brooklyn Door Policy Changes

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Effective Monday, April 23, the ICS Brooklyn office door will…

New Call Center Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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As of March 1, 2018, the ICS Call Center will be making the following…

New Rules for Appeals and Fair Hearing Rights Effective May 1

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What is changing on May 1, 2018? New federal Medicaid managed…

Independence Radio: Rosemary Salopek: Depression and Disability

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What is behavioral health and how does it differ from mental…

Fire Safety Weekend: Learn Fire Safety at ICS Bronx

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In recent months, several deadly, large fires have rattled…
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They Want Docile: Human Rights Watch investigates U.S. nursing homes

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Human Rights Watch has been investigating U.S. nursing homes. Read more!

News Roundup: MTA Subway Access

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New Yorkers of all stripes are angry about the subway right now, as service continues its years-long nosedive.

The Independent Has Gone Digital!

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Beginning this month, The Independent will now have a permanent home on ICS' website.

Anna Fay (1938-2017): A Life of Activism

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Our beloved friend and colleague Anna Fay passed away Friday, December 15, 2017, after a brief illness.

A Member “Grievance” is now a “Complaint”: What You Need to Know

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As of March 1, however, ICS is changing the way we refer to grievances, but the process will stay the same. A member “grievance” is now a “complaint.”

Three ICS Icons Inducted in Disability Rights Hall of Fame

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The NYS Independent Living Council (NYSILC) has inducted three giants of ICS and disability rights history among the first honorees of the newly created New York State Disability Rights Hall of Fame.

At 103 ICS Member Jane Packes enjoys her family and her freedom!

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At ICS, we help keep our members thriving – even at 103!…

Why Self-Advocacy? What’s at Stake For Consumers with Disabilities

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My name is Daniel Winchester and I am a resident of Manhattan,…

Think all Wheelchairs are Alike? Just ask an ICS Member!

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New members often arrive at ICS in a wheelchair that is ill-suited to their disability, physical condition, strengths and needs.

Medicare’s Homecare Benefit: What You Need to Know

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Until a few weeks ago, I had no idea that Medicare covers long-term…