Deidre Davis Butler, who used a wheelchair as a result of spinal cord damage, championed the rights of people with disabilities. As an attorney, she helped draft the Americans With Disabilities Act, and was dedicated to making sure that everyone had equal access to resources and support.
Like all great leaders, Betty was a great listener. She listened to other self-advocates about issues that mattered to them like competitive employment.
A passionate advocate for the rights, education and employment of blind people everywhere, Anil currently serves as the executive director of Blindness Initiatives for the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute in Baltimore, MD, where he leads a dynamic team of individuals responsible for the creation, development, implementation, and replication of innovative projects and programs throughout a nationwide network of affiliates that work to positively affect the education, employment, and quality of life of all blind people.
In recognition of White Cane Safety Day, read the history of White Cane Laws and hear one person’s story of how using a white cane helped him gain independence.
Independence Now Consumer, Barbara, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2013. In recognition of World MS Day (May 30), she’s sharing her story to let the world know that while an MS diagnosis is life-changing, there’s life beyond MS.
Independence Now’s Assistive Technology Lending Library gives community members access to supportive devices free of charge.
As part of our Independent Living History series and in recognition of March being Women’s History Month, we’re recognizing the contributions of a local woman to events in Disability History.
With some of the CARES Act funding, Independence Now was able to purchase a laptop for Ms. Annette and, because Annette is blind, the computer was loaded with JAWS software so that it would be more accessible for her to use.
IN’s Smartphone Boot Camp teaches consumers who are blind or have low vision about the accessibility features on smartphones so they can learn how to use one independently.
The core service of Centers for Independent Living that we are featuring this month is Independent Living Skills Training. As a reminder, Independent Living skills are skills that increase the independence of a person with a disability because they handle more daily activities on their own without the support of others. At Independence Now, we[…]