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William Loughborough, or Love as he was called, passed-away on April 7, 2010. He was living in Madrid, Spain, where he was helping to establish a global presence for the Smith-Kettlewell Institute of San Francisco and helping the movement for independent living take roots. More on Loughborough in the next issue of Independence Today.

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Marcie Roth: Emergency Management Demands Universal Design, Planning

By Janine Bertram Kemp
Marcie Roth, from FEMA

Roth is known for her ability to define a need or problem and roll up her sleeves to accomplish the solution. Full Marcy Roth Story

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Independent Living Movement Taking Root in Spain

By William Loughborough

The Flag of Spain

Full Spain Story

NTO THE LIGHT By Peter S. Kharmann

Recognizing -- and Living -- Your Freedom

By Peter S. Kahrmann

This column is about freedom -- your freedom. It’s about the freedom to be who you are in the world.
Freedom Continued.

ADAPT’S Rapport with CILs

ADAPT Logo: Free Our People

By Mike Ervin

John Meinkowsky, policy analyst for ARCIL, said the center supports and complements the work of ADAPT. Adapt continued

New York Showing the Way on Spinal Cord Research


By Amy Halloran

“The state of New York could have some sort of research fund,” Richter said. “In the majority of severe spinal cord injuries, people violate particular traffic laws.”
Spinal research continued

U.S. to Provide $40 Million in Housing Vouchers to PWDs

The federal departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are providing nearly $40 million in housing assistance specifically targeted to meet the needs of thousands of Americans with disabilities, the agencies announced in early April. Full vouchers story


Health Care Reform: We Need the Public Option

Money sign in thecolors of the flag

By John M. Williams

It is no secret that I am a strong supporter of a public option when it comes to health care reform.
Read full HC public option


Health Care Reform: A Matter of Life and Death

A scale witha heart on one dish and money in the other.

By Brenda Brown-Grooms

The question at the heart of the health care reform debate is “How are we to pay for it?”
Read full HC reform


PWD Unemployment Demands Action

By John M. Williams

Where are the jobs for people with disabilities (PWD) in the public and private sectors of this economy?
PWD continued

FCC Broadband Plan a Big Deal for People with Disabilities

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By Penny Reeder

Editor’s note: This is Part 1 of a two-part series concerning universal broadband connectivity.

FCC continued

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Understanding Dependent Care Accounts

By Patricio Figueroa

In this issue we will examine the benefits of a dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA).More DCFSA

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20 Years of the ADA: The Fight Goes On!
July 19th-22th, 2010;
Grand Hyatt, Washington, D.C.
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To Mote Brothers, Born Blind, Life Sounds Pretty Good

Gordon Mote

By Opal Shelton Colvin

Gordon and Michael Mote are brothers born three years apart. After Gordon was born blind, his parents, Carolyn and Dennis, were told that their son’s blindness was most likely due to some kind of rare genetic condition. The Motes also were told that there was very little, if any, chance that it would happen again if they chose to have more children. Three years later Michael was born. Michael is also blind.
Mote continued


Let’s Hope Paterson Doesn’t Tarnish Us All

NYS Governor David Paterson,

By Kathi Wolfe

“On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog,” one pooch says to another mutt in a wellknown New Yorker cartoon.
Paterson story

Removing Barriers a Work in Progress

By Diane Bostick

Twenty years after the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, it has fallen to local and federal agencies and a host of tireless advocates to monitor the law’s requirements, suggested guidelines, progress and enforcement.
Barriers continued

We Remember… Meinhardt Frank Raabe

Meinhardt Frank Raabe,

Meinhardt Frank Raabe (September 2 nd , 1915 – April 9 th , 2010) was an American actor and one of the last surviving so-called M unchkin s in " The Wizard of Oz ." He was also the last surviving cast member with any dialogue in the film.

Read complete article on Raabe

European Network of Independent Living

International Conference June 3rd and 4th

These two days are open only for people with a disability and their representatives!
More conference info

The ILCHV 16th Annual Dessert Spectacular

Sean Turley, President ILCHV, Danny Donohue, President of the CSEA, Denise A. Figueroa, Executive Director of ILCHV, and Carole Fraser, Chair of the Event Committee and Board Member, presenting the Beacon Leadership Award to Mr. Donohue. The 16th Annual Dessert Spectacular, held on April 27th was a great success. More pictures of the Dessert Spectacular

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Key Articles from back issues
Accomplished Musician Who is Deaf Teaching Others to Listen - Glennie
- Desktop Desk Makes Tasks Easier
- Environmental Control Units Improving People’s Independence
- The Haitian Tragedy: A Personal Story
- For PWDs, Online Dating Can Level the Field
- For directorsFlexible Spending Accounts a Boon for Taxpayers
- We RememberJudi Chamberlin,Theodore DeReese “Teddy” Pendergrass, Laurence Kim Peek
- Disability Community ‘Settles’ for Fairness in Kindle Controversy
- Treatment of Gypsies a Lesson for All

- Disability Rights Journalist Shapiro Gets it ‘Write’
- Judge to SSA: Make Notices Accessible to People with Blindness
- Stevie Wonder named a United Nations Messenger of Peace.
- N.Y. Governor Paterson Blind to Tools of Success cover
- Paterson Says Equal Rights Too Expensive
- From Hearing Loss to Sound Outlook : Living With a Cochlear Implant
- Living with Hemophilia: A Personal Story
- ILUSA.COM Searchable Database
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