During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, we knew it was essential to remain closely connected with our members, provide opportunities for them to socialize with each other, and continue to offer our members thoughtful programming they could participate in while quarantined at home. As part of these efforts, we successfully launched a series of online workshops to inform and educate our members on a number of topics, ranging from financial guidance, to disability discrimination, to human rights laws. The workshops have been well attended, informative, and have allowed for open discussions where members can speak with organizational leaders and be empowered with knowledge and resources.

All of the workshops are recorded and we are very pleased to be able to share them with you.

Emergency Preparedness for people with Disabilities Workshop 

ICS Health Home recently partnered with the New York City Office of Emergency Management for a workshop on Emergency Preparedness for people with Disabilities. The online workshop, attended by over 25 members, focused on how to create an emergency plan, get the right supplies and stay informed. Presenters highlighted the importance of knowing how to communicate with first responders, building management and neighbors, and walked us through steps to follow in case of hurricanes and coastal storms, and how to plan accordingly. Watch here.

COVID-19 Workshop for People with Disabilities 

Independence Care System recently hosted Center for Independence of the Disabled –NY (CIDNY) for a workshop focused on COVID-19 testing and tracing for people with disabilities. More than 20 participants attended the online workshop, “Helping to Keep you and your Loved Ones Safe,” which included information on COVID-19. Presenters highlighted coronavirus safety measures, specifics about the COVID-19 test, the importance of being tested as well as resources to stay healthy and informed. Watch here.

Financial Guidance: Coping Through COVID-19

ICS, with the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), hosted a workshop offering guidance, tools and resources to help people with disabilities address financial concerns and hardships during the coronavirus crisis.

The workshop focused on how to create and maintain a budget, prioritize bills, handle rent and utility payments, manage debts, get Social Security services and resources, and avoid predatory scams. Watch here.

Voting and Civic Engagement during COVID-19 

Brooklyn Center for the Independence of the Disabled (BCID) joined us for a workshop offering guidance and support to assist people with disabilities address voting and civic engagement questions during the coronavirus pandemic. The event focused on obtaining absentee ballots for voting by mail, in-person voting options, how to use a Ballot Marking Device (BMD) and potential day-of-voting issues at polling stations. Watch here.

Your Rights as a Person with a Disability

ICS, along with the Center for Independence of the Disabled – NY (CIDNY) and the New York State Division of Human Rights, led a workshop focused on how human rights laws protect people with disabilities from discrimination. Presenters highlighted what those rights are and how an individual can file a discrimination claim, how claims are investigated, and what kinds of relief and remedies can be awarded. Watch here.

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