Entries by Christopher Engelhardt, Communications Associate

Women With Disabilities Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In what made for an engaging and educational day, women with physical disabilities attended Independence Care System’s (ICS) annual Women’s Health Event, a celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month that featured activities and resources to support women’s health and wellness. Since its inception in 2007, the event—held in partnership with Susan G. Komen Greater NYC—has […]

Victory! Court Rules CDPAP Cuts Unconstitutional

In a significant victory for New Yorkers with disabilities, Albany County Supreme Court Justice Christina Ryba declared that the recent budget cuts made by the New York State Department of Health to the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) were unconstitutional. CDPAP—a Medicaid-funded program—allows people with chronic illnesses and physical disabilities to hire, train and […]

Preserving an ICS Member’s Job and Independence

Independence Care System (ICS) Transitions Of Care Director Stephanie Reynolds, pictured above, and Disability Program Director Elaine Castelluccio recently secured a medically-necessary device for an ICS member, making it possible for her to return home to live independently and keep her job. ICS member Scheria Keith needed a specialized, standing transfer device installed in her […]

Rachael Stacom Honored by National MS Society

Independence Care System’s (ICS) Senior Vice President of Clinical Programs and Population Health Rachael Stacom was recently recognized as a Hope Honoree by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at the organization’s Dinner of Champions. Rachael—who was joined by ICS colleagues, friends and family—was honored at the event at the Grand Hyatt NYC in Manhattan on […]

ICS Members Testify At Implicit Bias Hearing

Independence Care System (ICS) members and staff recently testified at a New York City Council oversight hearing, calling on lawmakers to amend a resolution urging the State to require medical schools to train students about implicit bias in health care. Members said that they want the resolution, which addresses bias against people based on their […]

30 Minutes on Disability-Competent Care

In what made for an informative and insightful event, Independence Care System’s (ICS) Senior Vice President of Clinical Programs and Population Health Rachael Stacom and Disability Program Director Elaine Castelluccio offered a live webinar on the significance of disability-competent care and care coordination. The session was hosted by Resources for Integrated Care (RIC)—which partners with […]

ICS Members Protest Budget Cuts to Consumer Directed Care

As pedestrians paced down the sidewalk passed New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office on Third Avenue in Manhattan, the day—August 29—seemed like any other. The sunny summer day was marked by a cloudless sky, employees with coffee or cell phone in hand racing to their destinations, and tourists excitedly absorbed by the city’s skyscrapers […]

Finally! NY to Get Accessible Street Corners

In what many New Yorkers consider to be a landmark victory, the United Spinal Association and Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York (CIDNY) received U.S. District Court approval to move forward with their settlement agreement with the City of New York to significantly improve sidewalk accessibility for wheelchair users and members of the […]

Bronx MS Center Recognized for Top Tier Care

“We’re able to provide comprehensive care and change health outcomes for people with disabilities,” said Independence Care System (ICS) Senior Vice President of Clinical Programs and Population Health Rachael Stacom. She was talking about the collaborative partnership among ICS, BronxCare Health System, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and MS Hope for a Cure in support of […]

ICS Mentorship Program Presented at National MS Conference

Independence Care System (ICS) Disability Program Director Elaine Castelluccio recently led a presentation on how to build peer support or mentoring programs for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) at the Annual Meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC)—the premier educational conference for healthcare practitioners and researchers engaged in the field of MS. Organized […]

Rick Surpin Honored For Advocacy by Commissioner, Mayor

Independence Care System (ICS) President and CEO Rick Surpin was honored at Gracie Mansion by New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) Commissioner Victor Calise and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for his decades of fighting to ensure that New Yorkers with disabilities are able to receive the services required […]

EVV: A Roadblock To Independence?

A number of community members at a recent Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) Regional Listening Session—including Independence Care System (ICS) members—expressed mounting frustration and concern over EVV, describing it as an invasive form of electronic monitoring that will impede their independence and violate their privacy rights. The 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law in December […]

Barbara “Bobbi” Linn – Advocate Extraordinaire

Longtime Independence Care System (ICS) member, and founder and first executive director of Bronx Independent Living Services (BILS) Barbara “Bobbi” Linn was one of several 2019 honorees inducted into the New York State Disability Rights Hall of Fame. In addition to being a powerful advocate for countless individuals with disabilities and an influential driver of […]

Making Health Services Accessible

Independence Care System’s Senior Vice President of Clinical Programs and Population Health Rachael Stacom recently served as one of several guest panelists at the HIV Health & Human Services Planning Council of New York’s Forum on Disabilities. This event was focused on improving access to health and community services for people with disabilities who are […]