Welcome to the Fall 2017 edition of In Touch, the quarterly newsletter of Independence Now. Please use the in-page links below to naviagte to the various articles. For your convenience there is a "back to top" link after each article.

In Touch

Statewide portable ramp access project

Independence Now, Inc. a proud partner with Maryland Technology Assistance Program in offering the Statewide Portable Ramp Access Project. This project increases home and community accessibility for those with physical and mobility disabilities by providing short term ramp loans to those in need.

The Statewide Portable Ramp Access Project loans portable ramps of varying lengths and types, including threshold ramps (for small steps in and around a house), modular ramps ranging from 8 to 12 feet. Residents of Montgomery and Prince George's Counties will now be able to borrow a ramp for up to 120 days. Consumers return the ramp after their short-term need is met or once they have identified funding for a permanent structure, and the ramp is loaned out again to another individual.

Contact Trish Foley at 240-898-2181for more information or to borrow a portable ramp.


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Hear ye, hear ye!

The Maryland Technology Assistance Program (MDTAP) is currently seeking consumers who use assistive technology, or family members or guardians of individuals who use assistive technology, to join its Advisory Council. Knowledge and understanding of local, statewide and national issues surrounding AT access is preferred.

If you are interested in being considered for a spot on the MDTAP Advisory Council, please contact Lori Markland at 800-832-4827 / 866-881-7438 (TTY) or by email at lmarkland@mdtap.org.

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Dinner & a Movie

Thursday, October 18th 4:30pm – 7:30pm
There's nothing like a good movie & comfort food during the winter months. Join us as we learn to prepare one of America's favorite comfort foods: Chicken Mac and Cheese and viewing "All I See is You." A blind woman's relationship with her husband changes when she regains her sight and discovers disturbing details about themselves.

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Creative Cooking Class

save the dateThursday, November 20th - 2:00pm – 4:00pm - Looking to Cut Calories
Join Madea Allen of Manna Food as she presents on Healthy Holiday Cooking. Note: RELOCATION FOR NOVEMBER! The class will be held at the Silver Spring United Methodist Church at 33 University Blvd East, Silver Spring, MD 20902. Accessible Entrance is on the Colesville Rd. side. Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Madea Allen, Community Education Program Manager at madea@mannafood.org or 240-268-2548.

Save the Date! Tuesday, December 11th - 11:00am – 2:30pm
Please join us at this year's holiday celebration as we recognize International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This year's theme is "I AM ONE OF A BILLION VOICES". Share your countries holiday traditions, disability culture and enjoy listening to others. The afternoon will be filled with the spirit of joy that will include fun-filled activities, surprise gifts, music and much more. To top it all off, lunch will be provided. Come out and support this joyous occasion. It's a great way to begin your holiday season. Address TBA.

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Housing Seminar

Thursday, October 25th –1pm – 3pm - AFFORDABLE HOUSING & MARYLAND ELECTIONS
Election Day is Nov. 6. Early voting starts Oct. 25. Where does YOUR preferred gubernatorial candidate stand on affordable housing for people with disabilities? Before you cast YOUR vote for Maryland's next governor, hear DIRECTLY from campaign staff members of gubernatorial candidates, Ben Jealous & Governor Hogan. Featuring clip from the 24 Sept 2018 debate between Jealous & Hogan.

Wednesday, November 7th – 1pm – 3pm – Hunger & Homelessness
Hear from current or formerly homeless individuals speak about their experiences and answer questions about their journeys obtaining affordable and/or accessible subsidized housing. Features clips from "Storied Streets" a documentary exploring homelessness across America by telling the stories of those who live it every day. Guest Speaker: Manna.

Tuesday, December 4th – 1pm – 3pm – Financial Vision Board Workshop
No matter what sort of affordable housing unit that you will eventually qualify for, you will ALWAYS be responsible for coming up with a security deposit and the first month's rent. Get help doing the financial planning for moving into YOUR new rental unit by the end of Spring 2019.

Contact Abiola Heyliger at aheyliger@innow.org to register or to request accommodations.

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Employment Seminar

Thursday, October 11th 1pm-3pm
In honor National Disability Employment Awareness month come acquire resources on employment and Information about accommodations and the ADA.

Contact Rochelle Harrod at 240-898-2184 to register or request accommodations.

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Financial/Budgeting Seminar

Money Matters – Monday, Tuesday 23rd 1pm – 3pm
Money Matters: Establishing and rebuilding credit Part II. Presenter, Kylie Delgado of Guidewell Financial Services Money Matters.

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Health & Wellness Seminar

November 13th 12:30-3:30PM
If you are looking for ways to improve your health or seeking information on a particular health challenge for yourself, a friend, or family member, then this seminar is for you.

Contact Kelvin Hawkins at 240-638-0068 to register or request accommodations.

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