Welcome to the Winter 2015 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

Celebrating Joyfully!!!

Independence Now celebrated 2014 holiday season by hosting its annual Consumer Cooking Class / Holiday Party on December 9th. Staff was able to capture many candid moments as consumers prepared homemade Turtle Pumpkin Pies, Christmas pasta, homemade alfredo and decorated gingerbread cookies.

And, on December 14th, ,Independence Now, in collaboration with the Ms. Wheelchair Maryland, hosted our 5th Annual Teen Holiday Extravaganza on December14th. The children and teens enjoyed stuffing snowflake and penguin pillows, making their very own ginger bread homes and creating personalized mugs. The Youth eagerly await their turn to take pictures with our special guest Santa.

All attendees enjoyed music, ate delicious food and receive multiple amazing gifts.

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Ice cream social

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Women's History Month Event
March 11, 2015 1-4pm

This year we will celebrate and recognize the achievements and accomplishments of Women. ?Speakers will share and attendees will enjoy socialization and fun.

Bring your favorite sundae toppings for this Women's History Ice Cream Social.

Contact Rochelle Harrod for more information and to register.
One-way travel reimbursement for Independence Now consumers will be provided for Metro Access, Metro bus or rail.
Location: 12301 Old Columbia Pike, Suite 101, Silver Spring MD 20904

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Youth Leadership Forum

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The Youth Leadership Forum is now accepting applications for the 2015 Forum.
The Forum is scheduled to take place on June 25-27, 2015 at Towson University in Baltimore.
Kcarroll@Innow.orgor 240-638-0065 for information.

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LUNCH & MOVIE ADVOCATE'S THEATER

Aug 21st, 11 am ? 3 pm

Creative Cooking Class will allow you to learn how to prepare a simple, quick, low cost meal with hands-on cooking.

The Advocate's Theater - consumers discuss realistic portrayal of disability (movie has a character with a disability) or civil rights issues in movies and how they would advocate for the person and themselves. This month movie will be "Larry Musical Chairs" a romance involving dancer, Mia, lands in the hospital after an accident and partner, Armando persuades her to train for an upcoming wheelchair ballroom dancing contest.

Movie will include audio description and closed captioning.
One way travel reimbursement for IN consumers will be provided for Metro Access, Metro bus or rail.

Contact Shannon Minnick at 240.630-0070 to register.
Location: 12301 Old Columbia Pike, Suite 101, Silver Spring MD 20904

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NO EXCUSES INNOW - 1ST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH

Jan 7th, Feb 4th, Mar 4th - 2 ? 4 pm

Do you have a significant change in your disability or acquired new injury and want to improve your quality of life?? Join No Excuses INNOW Independent Living Skills Training Group. This group of people with disabilities will provide an opportunity for interaction with and encouragement of one another. Independent Living Specialists and other trainers will help people with disabilities to develop the skills needed to live more independent.? The IL Specialist, trainers and you together at will assist each other to achieve and maintain the highest level of independence possible.

Contact Shannon Minnick at 240.630.0070 to register.
Round-trip travel reimbursement for Independence Now consumers will be provided for Metro Access, Metro bus or rail.
Location to be announced.

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TRANSPORTATION ACTION GROUP (TAG) MEETINGS

Feb 11th, 12 - 2 pm

Learn more about your transportation options.
First ?hour: Getting Around the County Transportation for Seniors and Persons w/ Disabilities in Montgomery County
Second Hour: ?Prince George's County Transportation ADA coordinator, THE BUS Services, Thornette Leacock will present on Call-A-Ride and The Bus Part 2.

Contact Rochelle Harrod at 240-898-2184 to register.
One-way travel reimbursement for Independence Now consumers will be provided for Metro Access, Metro bus or rail.
Location: 12301 Old Columbia Pike, Suite 101, Silver Spring MD 20904

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YOUTH SPEAK?UP SOCIAL

Feb 7th, 1 ? 3 pm

Get together to discuss challenges at school, in the community and with transitioning out of high school. Drinks and light snacks will be provided.

Contact Katie Carroll at 240-638-0065 to register.
One-way travel reimbursement for Independence Now consumers will be provided for Metro Access, Metro bus or rail.
Location: 12301 Old Columbia Pike, Suite 101, Silver Spring MD 20904

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Employment SEMINAR

Mar 16th, 1 - 3 pm
Want to Work, Have concerns about working. During this seminar consumers will receive one-on-one assistance to use skills and knowledge learned to set goals, make connections and job finding.

Come to share your concerns about working and learn about resources in Prince Georges and Montgomery that can assist you with obtaining your dream job.

Contact Kelvin Hawkins at 240.638.0068 to register.
One way travel reimbursement for IN consumers will be provided for Metro Access, Metro bus or rail.
Location: 12301 Old Columbia Pike, Suite 101, Silver Spring MD 20904

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HOUSING SEMINARS -- 4th Thursday monthly

Persons with disabilities searching for housing receives information on ways to obtain and sustain affordable and accessible housing.

Jan 29th 1 ? 3 pm Making the best of your affordable housing search
An exploration of best rental options for you. Get assistance exploring rental options such as rooms for rent, subsidized apartments, renting a home etc.

Feb 26th 1 ? 3 pm Budgeting and You
Need help learning how to manage your money and spending. Get the Basics of Money Matters and how it affects getting housing with Lori Jankalski, Executive Vice President, Consumer Credit Counseling Services (CCCS) of MD & DE, Inc.
Individual Sessions available upon request. Contact Rochelle Harrod to schedule an individualized session by February 13th.

Mar 26th 1 ? 3 pm The Basics of Utility Assistance Part 2
If you need help applying for MEAP, EUSP, or Water fund, Bring your application to assistance and instruction on how to complete it.

Contact Rochelle Harrod at 240.898.2184 to register.
One way travel reimbursement for IN consumers will be provided for Metro Access, Metro bus or rail.
Location: 12301 Old Columbia Pike, Suite 101, Silver Spring MD 20904

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LET'S GET TOGETHER (NURSING HOME TRANSITIONING)

Jan 21st, 2 ? 4 pm
Not sure if living on your one is possible or a little confused about the process. Come and mingle with those who have moved, planning to move, or in the process of moving back into the community from a Nursing Facility? Please feel free to invite anyone who is in a nursing facility and may be interested in transitioning to the community.

Mar 18th, 2 ? 4 pm
Let's get together to address your housing needs and to become informed about how Independence Now can assist you with preparing for an independent life in the community.? This session of Fun in the Sun will be focused on such questions as how do I prepare for housing and what should I be doing now? If you're ready to obtain your independence, join us!

Contact Shannon Minnick at 240-630-0070 to register and obtain location details.
Round-trip travel reimbursement for IN consumers will be provided for Metro Access, Metro bus or rail.
Location to be announced.

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"Like us on Facebook!" and "Follow us on Twitter!"

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Independence Now has been a little slow to join the social media revolution. At long last, we now have both a Facebook page and a Twitter account!

Our Facebook page is at facebook.com/InNowOrg and Twitter account is tweet us @InNowOrg. Or use the links on the website.

The establishment of these accounts and making them active has been a long held goal that we finally made happen when we started the design element of our new website. Check out Innow.org and let us know what you think via Twitter or Facebook.

The web designer told us that we needed to have a presence on Facebook and Twitter at a minimum and that we should consider adding others such as Instagram. So we, "bit the bullet" and have been posting and tweeting to our hearts content. Now if we can only get in the habit of taking more pictures at events we will find the motivation to set up and share our pictures and videos on Instagram.

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INDEPENDENCE NOW'S TRAVEL TRAINING PROGRAM

Independence Now offers one-on-one Travel Training for residents of Prince George's and Montgomery Counties with significant disabilities to learn to use the fixed-route public transit services to get to work, play, school, or wherever you want to go!

WE TEACH:

  • How to plan a trip using WMATA's Trip Planner on line or over the phone
  • How to pay your fare and how to use a SmarTrip Card
  • How to cross the street safely
  • How and who to ask for help if needed.

WHAT WE DO:

  • Meet with you to find out what you already know, where you want to learn to travel, where to start, and how to get there.
  • Take you out "on the road" to find out what your travel needs are and how to reach them.
  • Travel Training: one-on-one training until you can make the trip independently.

TRAVEL TRAINING is YOUR key to FREEDOM
Using the bus or the subway puts you in control of your own travel plans. Go when you want, where you want, as often as you want!

CALL US TODAY!
Prince George's Co: 240-898-2189
Montgomery Co: 240-898-2188
Location: 12301 Old Columbia Pike, Suite 101, Silver Spring, MD 20904

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