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About eight years ago I realized that something very subtle was missing in my life. Gradually, over the previous years, my disability had progressed to the point where reading hard copies of books was........
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TK Small
2017-05-04 09:52:54
Concepts is pleased to have guest blogger Alyssa Cottone this week. She writes this piece from SAGE Long Island. For many LGBT identified people with disabilities or who are older, it is a challenge........
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Alyssa Cottone
2017-05-04 09:53:22
Many lives will drastically change unless New York State properly funds the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance (CDPA) program, which allows people with disabilities to maintain their independence i........
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Meghan Taylor
2017-05-04 09:53:43
When placed with the responsibility of hiring and supervising Personal Assistants, your inner manager has to come though and shine. I'm far from perfect and have had major missteps along the way. Howe........
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Trichele Reese
2017-05-04 09:53:58
A number of people have forwarded this article and video to me. Anyway, let me summarize: A 41-year-old performance artist with ALS/MND/Lou Gehrig's Disease for roughly three years, invited her closes........
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Fern Cohen
2017-05-04 09:54:15
Every Concepts Consumer is unique in the disability that they have. There is a portion of Concepts Consumers and Surrogates who are dealing with Alzheimer’s and other memory loss diseases. The A........
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Guest blogger: Alzheimer's Foundation of America
2017-03-16 08:32:23
I remember the time when I moved to the Bronx in Spring 2007 from Putnam County in upstate New York.  One of the many things I had to take care of was ensuring that I would have home health care ........
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Tabitha Estrellado
2017-05-04 09:54:50
Former Ms. Wheelchair NY 2016 recently made a guest appearance at the Concepts of Independence Gala in November. Since most of her advocacy work focuses on children with disabilities, we were thrilled........
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Jessica de la Rosa
2017-05-04 09:55:13
With all the changes that have been happening with the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Services program, Consumers have had a difficult time finding qualified Personal Assistants to take care of........
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Jose Hernandez
2017-05-04 09:55:31
Back on November 3rd, Concepts hosted our 2016 Annual Gala: A Growing Community. This event is an expression of the value we place on independence, freedom and dignity. These aspects of life are a giv........
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Meghan
2017-05-04 09:55:48
My name is Joann Vitiello and I am a member of Concepts. I am single and have been for many years following a six year marriage. I am also a survivor, having to overcome two occurrences of cancer. My ........
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Joann Vitiello
2017-05-04 09:56:07
Like most people throughout the United States, we at Concepts of Independence have been working to digest and understand the consequences of the recent election. In my capacity as the Director of Poli........
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T.K. Small
2017-01-17 08:20:30
Earlier this year, Concepts put a call out for artistic expressions of what community means to you. We received a wonderful array of poetry, visual art, stories, and personal essays, all of which come........
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Meghan
2017-01-17 08:20:30
This is it, your last day to buy Concepts Gala tickets! There are a million reasons to support Concepts and participate. Five of our favorites? Here they are: Reason #1 Experience an array of artist........
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Meghan
2016-12-27 09:34:35
This Friday marks the deadline to sponsor Concepts 2016 Gala! Celebrate with us, and support CDPAS in New York’s communities. Our goal is to raise $50,000 and you can help us get there. In doing........
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Meghan
2016-12-07 07:01:51
Concepts of Independence applauds this strong letter of support for the consumer directed program throughout New York State from New York State Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair of the Senate Health Committe........
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T.K. Small
2016-11-28 11:31:22
…. and how you can help grant more wishes. Every year, Concepts asks the parents & guardians of the kids in our program to send us a wish for something that would improve their child&rsqu........
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Meghan
2016-11-16 06:18:28
This week I had the pleasure of interviewing David Friedman who writes a blog called The Disabled Foodie. David goes to different restaurants and reviews not only the food, but the service and accessi........
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Joanna
2017-05-04 09:57:28
Members of the Community to be Honored at Gala Celebration On November 3, 2016 Concepts of Independence, Inc. will celebrate the fact that more and more New Yorkers with disabilities live and thrive ........
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Meghan
2016-11-14 17:09:30
Want to have your work published with us? Concepts is accepting photographs, poems, paintings, drawings, short stories (just about anything that can be printed) for publication in an online collect........
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Meghan
2016-11-14 17:09:30
Many members of the Concepts community are passionate about the freedom, independence, and dignity that being a part of consumer direction allows. Because our program is so unique, it means differe........
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Meghan
2016-10-24 10:43:37
It has been so fun keeping up with this year’s 2016 Olympics in Rio and we are also incredibly excited about the Paralympics coming up in September! We thought we would share a list of some athl........
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Joanna Bailet
2017-05-04 09:58:24
Do you want to have your work published with us? Photographs, Poems, Paintings, Drawings, Short Stories, … Anything! Concepts of Independence will be hosting our 2016 Gala this Fall, where ........
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Meghan
2016-09-19 09:45:25
How I StartedMy name is Elizabeth Ramos I've been active with Concepts since 1992. Before that, I decided to do my homework when I found out my aide, while I was in a traditional agency, could not hel........
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Elizabeth
2017-05-04 09:58:47
Long time Concepts Consumer and advocate Rosemary Gianuzzi speaks about her own story, and why funding PA wages and overtime is so vital to her and to the community at large. ........
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Rosemary
2016-09-06 07:03:26
It’s not too late to sign up to march with Concepts at the Disability Pride NYC Parade! We will be marching on July 10th as a united group of Consumers, Personal Assistants, staff, family and fr........
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Meghan
2016-08-31 06:38:03
Concepts of Independence is pleased to announce our 2016 Annual Gala: A Growing Community. Please mark your calendars for Thursday, November 3, 2016 for a celebration of people with disabilities growi........
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Meghan
2016-08-26 14:02:55
I have been a Concepts consumer for nearly 22 years. I was a client of a traditional home care agency for 13 long and disappointing years. I found out about Concepts through a neighbor and friend. He........
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Caren
2017-05-04 09:59:20
Recently, New York State passed a law that now allows parents of adult children in the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) to potentially be enrolled as PAs. However and very importa........
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T.K. Small
2017-05-04 09:59:42
Find out what our Consumers are saying about Concepts, about their Personal Assistants, and about their own lives. We could wax on forever about how Concepts changes lives, but we’ll let our Con........
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Meghan
2016-07-13 10:56:17
When you want to find a new PCA, there are several avenues to explore:  word-of-mouth (asking friends and family members), posting a flyer in a community center, or using the Internet.  I pr........
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Anthony
2017-05-04 10:00:14
The stereotypical view of people with disabilities is one that is highly detrimental. We are often thought of as helpless, with no goals, no desires, no ability to think, unable to become productive c........
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Trichele
2017-05-04 10:00:31
My life has been forever changed, and its because of my Personal Assistant Josefa Molina. She has been my PA for the past 16 years, since I was 20 years old. Now, at 36, after college, love, and ha........
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Milvia
2017-05-04 10:01:22
The Disability Pride NYC Parade is coming back to the streets of NY this summer. At Concepts, we are very excited to participate in this important annual event. We invite our Consumers, Personal Assis........
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Meghan
2016-07-06 08:05:14
  Of the thousands of Personal Assistants that are employed by Concepts Consumers in New York City, ten were recently recognized for their outstanding work that goes above and beyond the call o........
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Meghan
2017-05-04 10:01:49
Deciding to join a CDPAP (Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance Program) can be both exciting and scary.  You have accepted the responsibility to take control of your life.  You are rejectin........
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Anthony
2017-05-04 10:02:51
Concepts is very excited to introduce the world to our blog, which will be updated weekly with news, tidbits, tutorials, advocacy action alerts, and other updates regarding Concepts and consumer direc........
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Meghan
2016-06-21 13:38:55
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