Independence Care System Statement on Racism, the Death of George Floyd, and Our National Outpouring of Grief
June 2, 2020
BROOKLYN, NY – ICS stands in solidarity with all people of good faith who refuse to be silent in the face of racism, and the violence, injustice and inequality it spawns.
ICS members, many of whom are of people of color with disabilities living with low incomes, directly experience the poor health outcomes that come from the racial and economic inequity baked into our health care system. The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a bright light on the failure to build a more inclusive, accessible system for our members.
We see the current demonstrations of anger and frustration as the result of voices ignored and meaningful change snuffed out over too many years to count. Even while our hearts are broken, we must turn to each other to heal our nation. This will require the utmost honesty and integrity on the part of our leaders and of each of us as individuals. This is our task and we must not shrink from it.
Independence Care System (ICS) supports adults in New York City who live with a wide range of physical disabilities and chronic health conditions. The well-being of ICS members rests upon three pillars: mobility, health, and independence. We help our members get the services they need to live independently, in the community, rather than become confined to nursing homes or other institutions. In collaboration with our members, their families and caregivers, we advocate for the funding of essential services including homecare and personal care, wheelchairs, and other complex rehab equipment. We educate and create partnerships with healthcare providers to advance the availability of disability competent medical care. Educational and recreational offerings enrich our members’ lives and create a welcoming community for New Yorkers with disabilities and their allies. ICS mentors help members adjust to life with a disability and gain the skills to live full and vibrant lives that reflect their individual goals.