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National Blondie Brownie Day | Sarah’s Recipe

Nothing beats a cold winter weekend than a warm, ooey-gooey brownie. In the mood for something different? Why not try a blondie brownie! Independence Now Executive Director, Sarah Basehart, shared her family recipe with us and we can’t wait to try it! It’s in honor of #NationalBlondieBrownieDay, so calories don’t count 😜😜😜. Ingredients 1 Cup[…]

Isaiah’s Journey to Independence

At the start of services, Isaiah was a living in a nursing facility in Prince Georges County and was in the process of transiting to a Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) group home. Isaiah was only 23 at the time. He acquired his disability at age 14 from a traumatic brain injury that caused him to[…]

Deborah Jackson Continued Dr. King’s Legacy

Today, we honor one of the great champions of civil rights and human dignity, a man who brought hope and progress through peaceful protest and advocacy. Dr. Martin Luther King’s dedication to addressing discrimination left a historic legacy and continues to inspire generations of advocates to advance his work for justice. Independence Now was proud[…]

Stay Cozy This Winter with Hygge

A winter under quarantine means we’re looking for ways to stay entertained while stuck at home. One way we can do this is to celebrate the Danish art of Hygge (pronounced “hoo-ga”). This concept cannot be translated to one single word but encompasses a feeling of cozy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things[…]

The Human Puzzle

The following poem was written by an Independence Now community member and was “Inspired by those with such good hearts and souls they bring out the best in you.” To be patient and kind is a gift rare received. To reach deep inside and find deeper meaning. To look beyond the surface of what your[…]

The Philosophy of Independent Living

Have you wondered why Centers for Independent Living (CILs) do things the way we do them? CILs are built on a few key foundational beliefs, which together form our philosophy and subsequently the way we provide supports and services to people with disabilities. First, we embrace that all individuals are different and unique. Both within[…]

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