Our beloved friend and colleague Anna Fay passed away Friday, December 15, 2017, after a brief illness.
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SVP of Independent Living at ICS, Anna Fay reminisces with Independence Radio host, Stephanie Wallace about her life-long involvement with disability issues.
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.
In Make them Go Away: Clint Eastwood, Christopher Reeve, and the Case Against Disability Rights, Mary Johnson offers an in-depth analysis of how anti-ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) sentiments have crystallized since this landmark legislation for the disability community was signed into law in 1990. It is an excellent work of investigative journalism, and important […]
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.
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. Marilyn E. Saviola, ICS Senior Vice President of Advocacy and the Health Access Project, will be honored along with posthumous awards for Anna […]
Dr. Martin Luther King and the connections between the Civil Rights Movement and the Disability Rights Movement. Read more!
Intergenerational panel of advocates urges people with disabilities to stand up and speak out.
“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 […]
New York’s second annual Disability Pride Parade sent a strong message and ICS was there!
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.
This past Saturday ICS, the Rusk Institute and the New York City chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association sponsored From Injury to Independence: A Spinal Cord Injury Symposium.
With the Rehabilitation Act, people without “vocational potential” demanded equal eligibility for those funds in order to become independent. And they got it—but it didn’t come easy!
ICS was proud to host the 6th annual From Within conference for women with physical disabilities last Saturday. Hear from some of the attendees!
Thousands of people with disabilities, their friends and family members marched down Broadway this past Sunday in New York City’s first annual Disability Pride Parade.
June 22 marks the 16th anniversary of what has come to be known as “Olmstead v. L.C.,” the “Olmstead Decision,” or simply Olmstead. For the disability rights community, the term is a familiar one.
As part of ADA25NYC, ICS will co-sponsor the 6th Annual “From Within” Women’s Health Conference on Saturday, July 25.
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.
On June 22, 1999, the US Supreme Court ruled in a case that had a direct bearing on every member of Independence Care System. Without that decision, ICS, which was founded that same year, might have been a very different organization.
People with disabilities, the largest minority in the United States, have made enormous social, political and cultural contributions to American life.
It’s a busy time at Independence Care System. We’re growing at an unprecedented rate, expanding our services for senior adults, welcoming new staff members each month, and just this year opened our new Bronx office. But as we grow, our commitment to supporting adults with physical disabilities and chronic conditions to live at home and […]
In response to a provocative ICS Voices blog by Anna Fay (pictured), ICS VP for Independent Living Services, Adrian Cristian, MD, Rehabilitation Residency Program Director at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, invited Anna to speak to Rehab residents and medical students taking an elective in that department. “After I read Anna’s blog, I thought […]
July 26 will mark the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Introduced in 1990 to prevent discrimination towards people with disabilities and to guarantee their right to “enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services,” the ADA was a landmark piece […]
June 22nd marks the 14th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s Olmstead Decision. The Court ruled that the Americans with Disabilities Act may require states to provide community-based services so that people with disabilities could live in the community rather than institutions. The Court affirmed that “unjustified isolation of individuals with disabilities is properly […]
In the 15 years I’ve been with my current health insurance company, I have never received an invitation to speak to the president of the company to let him or her know how things are going for me. I don’t even know who the president of my insurance company is! Though Independence Care System is […]
You’re a person with a disability. You need home care and other services to live an independent life. But you just got a letter saying you have 60 days to choose a Medicaid managed long-term care plan, or you’ll be assigned a plan. You’re overwhelmed, confused and scared. Here at Independence Care System, we understand. […]