Sonar Linux Project for the Blind

Mike DuPont

The Sonar Linux Project is creating an entire custom operating system for blind and disabled users. Here is an indigogo fundraiser video for the project. [https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sonar-project][1] I am working on this project, and also living in Lawrence. I am looking for people who would like to help test this software ...

City of Lawrence honors the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Liz Stuewe

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/jul/23/258842/ On Tuesday, July 23rd during the 6:30 pm City Commission meeting, City of Lawrence Mayor Michael Dever will issue a proclamation in celebration of the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Independence, Inc. along with area disability rights advocates will join the City Commission in honoring the ...

Donations Needed Immediately to Build Wheelchair Ramp for Eudora Man

Liz Stuewe

Steve Hall needs to see his doctor, but until a wheelchair ramp can be constructed, he is effectively trapped in his home. Volunteers have agreed to build the ramp as soon as $950 can be raised by Independence, Inc. to purchase necessary building supplies. Patricia and Steve Hall have been ...

Happy Ed Roberts Day!

Brenda Brown

Never heard of Ed Roberts? You should, and I would love to share a little about a man who did so much for the equal rights and opportunities of so many. “I contracted polio when I was fourteen. I had a serious fever, and within 24 hours, I was paralyzed ...

United Way of Douglas County says YEP! to Independence, Inc.

Brenda Brown

Congratulation, you got the job! Who among us has not heard that and felt an immense sense of pride? A job gives us so many things besides a paycheck. We also get paid with feelings of self-worth, independence and responsibility. For some, finding employment is more challenging because of significant ...

Life After Loss

Lori McSorley

Have you experienced grief and loss? We welcome your participation in the Life After Loss group which is forming now. Discover you are not alone in your grief experience, share memories of your loved ones, and help others as you help yourself. Life After Loss Group will meet six Wednesdays, ...

The Homegrass Hootenanny This Sunday to Benefit Independence, Inc.

Brenda Brown

Independence, Inc. presents The Homegrass Hootenanny! This live concert featuring Truckstop Honeymoon, Ashes to Immortality, Tyler Gregory and more will be this Sunday, December 2nd at The Granada. Tickets are only $10 and are available at The Granada in advance or day of the show. Doors open at 4:00 with ...

Giving Thanks for Asking

Brenda Brown

“Anybody do a bluegrass show?” These were the words that set my life down the road that I now find myself on. It is a pretty easy drive so far, because I learned a long time ago how to ask. http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/nov/20/245188/ Debi Drummet, local banker and all round Lawrence do-gooder ...

Giving Thanks for Asking

Brenda Brown

“Anybody do a bluegrass show?” These were the words that set my life down the road that I now find myself on. It is a pretty easy drive so far, because I learned a long time ago how to ask. http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/nov/20/245188/ Debi Drummet, local banker and all round Lawrence do-gooder ...

Free Light Box Room Provided by Independence, Inc.

Brenda Brown

Independence Inc. is providing individuals with disabilities in our community the use of a light box room at our offices at 2001 Haskell Ave. It is important to get sufficient sunlight exposure to keep the body’s clock in sync, and is believed to help battle Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This ...

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month among other things…

Brenda Brown

Did you know that October is Caffeine addiction recovery month (I can relate), feral hog month, National toilet tank repair month, Photographer Appreciation month, (you’re welcome Trina, Crystal, Sarah and all of my photographer friends), Squirrel awareness month (I am totally aware of them running up and down the large ...

Are you over 18? Make sure to register to vote by October 16.

Brenda Brown

I remember voting for President on my 18th birthday. I really thought I did, but I looked it up, thank you Google. Turns out I missed it by two days. I turned 18 on November 8, 1984, two days AFTER President Regan and George Bush (the first one) flat out ...

The Charity Bounce

Brenda Brown

You can never underestimate the power of giving or KU basketball. This summer, Independence, Inc. board member Mary Chappell donated a 2011-2012 KU Autographed Men’s KU Basketball to be used as a fund raiser. Mary is The Director of KU Recreation Services, and a very nice lady. Now pay attention ...

Local group starts work on a plan to increase physical activity community-wide

Marilyn Hull

http://wellcommons.com/users/charliebryan/photos/2012/mar/22/232000/ LiveWell Lawrence is spearheading work on a community plan to make it easier and more rewarding for people of all ages and abilities to live physically active lifestyles. I reported [here][1] on a similar workgroup that aims to improve access to healthy foods. The physical activity workgroup will build ...

Watching history at my desk!

Brenda Brown

I just watched history at my desk live from London. Justin Zook just broke the world record in Paralympics 100m backstroke winning a gold medal for the USA. Zook also won gold in the 2008 Beijing games. This latest medal and record is an even more impressive event because right ...

"I've done more with one leg than I ever would have done with two."

Brenda Brown

Today I wrap up a series of articles promoting the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, and the athletes that will be competing for Team USA. The games will begin tomorrow August 29th. Updates on Team USA will be on our Facebook page. Like the page and follow the event along ...

Ron Hawthorn, KCK native ready for Showtime!

Brenda Brown

Today I continue a series of articles promoting the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, and the athletes that will be competing for Team USA. The games will begin August 29th With Hip Hop clothes and attitude, an entourage of cutting edge fashion friends, and shameless self promotion Ron Hawthorne could ...

I speak Bocce!

Brenda Brown

Today I continue a series of articles promoting the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, and the athletes that will be competing for Team USA. The games will begin August 29th I speak Bocce! And you don’t have to be C3PO to play. Sorry Mr. Lucas, it is not a language, ...

Dodgeball in Reverse

Brenda Brown

Today I continue a series of articles promoting the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, and the athletes that will be competing for Team USA. The games will begin August 29th. Invented in Germany in 1946 as a way to rehabilitate soldiers blinded in WWII, goalball has changed and developed over ...

September 6-The Mad Dash in Mayfair

Brenda Brown

Today is another in a series of articles about some of the US Paralympics Team members preparing for the games in London starting August 29th. The guy who beat the blade runner…Check. Current fastest amputee on the planet…Check. Paralympian gold and silver medalist…Check. Triple Degree College Graduate (mathematics, applied physics ...

Extreme Sitting

Brenda Brown

Today is another in a series of articles about some of the US Paralympics Team members preparing for the games in London starting August 29th I’ve seen rugby. Those guys running up and down crashing into each other, full body contact no helmets, no pads. Tough guys indeed. As I ...

A huge small victory

Brenda Brown

For those who have been following my latest postings on this forum, I am sure you got the idea that I am campaigning to get NBC or another American broadcasting company to air the Paralympic Games from London later this month. The word “Paralympic” derives from the Greek preposition “para”, ...

10 Fun facts about the Paralympics!

Brenda Brown

This is another installment in a series of articles about the Paralympics Games in London starting August 29th. Today we have some fun facts about the games! 1.The word “Paralympic” derives from the Greek preposition “para”, meaning beside or alongside, and the word “Olympic”, illustrating that the Paralympic Games are ...

“I believe I am my toughest opponent because I always expect greatness out of myself!” -April Holmes

Brenda Brown

This is another installment in a series of articles about some of the US Paralympics Team members preparing for the games in London starting August 29th. “I believe I am my toughest opponent because I always expect greatness out of myself!” -April Holmes Determination. That is the word that best ...

12 Years and a half million arrows later, he has the hang of it.

Brenda Brown

This second in a series that focus on some Paralympics Athletes who will be representing the USA in the London games that start on August 29th. Like so many others, there were some very dark times when Chuck Lear came back from Vietnam in 1967. He was severally wounded and ...

So what if you don’t have a leg? So what if you don’t have an arm? That will not stop you.”

Brenda Brown

Today I am staring a series of articles about some of the US Paralympics Team members preparing for the games in London starting August 29th. "So what if you don’t have a leg? So what if you don’t have an arm? That will not stop you.” With her super model ...

22 Days and counting

Brenda Brown

There is countdown clock on the official website for the opening ceremonies. As a matter of fact there are 22 days and counting. The teams have been announced, travel plans are being finalized, the venues are being readied to welcome the athletes, the torch relay is mapped out, audiences are ...

The Blade Runner wins his fight, but not his race.

Brenda Brown

Also known as “The fastest man on no legs”, The Blade Runner, Oscar Pistorius of Johannesburg, South Africa fought for his spot on his country’s team after many did not want him to compete. Although he fell short of reaching the event final, he proved that his disability would not ...

Champions of Independence Luncheon Honors

Brenda Brown

“Just because you can’t independently care for yourself doesn’t mean you can’t independently live.” Those words were spoken by Shanell Nieves, special guest speaker, at The Annual Champions of Independence Luncheon held last week at Maceli’s in Lawrence. Phil Bradley was the master of ceremonies for the luncheon where over ...

Sen. Tom Holland to Receive Honor from Disability Organization

Kendra Schwartz

State Senator Tom Holland will be named a Champion of Independence by the Lawrence non-profit Independence, Inc. at the organization’s annual luncheon Tuesday in recognition of his support of legislation in support of people with disabilities. “Throughout his legislative career, Senator Holland has shown that he understands the importance of ...

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