Press Release Archives

Independence, Inc. Newsletter Archives


  • Event: Community Cookout Sponsored by the Access Task Force & Independence, Inc. Peer Groups

    We’re having a cookout and YOU are invited! Sponsored by the Access Task Force and Peer Support Groups of Independence, Inc. Saturday, June 9th, 11:30-2:00, Lyons Park Shelter House 700 North Lyon Street in North Lawrence. We’ll provide turkey burgers, water and soda. Please bring a side dish to share or something to grill. Bring your family and friends and come enjoy this community event! RSVP by Tuesday, June 5th to Drew White dwhite@independenceinc.org


  • Advocacy Alerts!

    Take Action on the Disability Integration Act Over the Recess!

    Call to Action: Sign Letter Opposing Legislation that Would Cut Housing Benefits


  • Act Fast! Newly-Funded Pilot Program Helps Dg. Co. Seniors Make Exterior Improvements to their Homes

    The Senior Resource Center – SRC and Lawrence Habitat for Humanity introduced a pilot program, with a grant from the Douglas County Community Foundation, to assist low-income seniors in Douglas County with exterior home repairs and improvements (excluding roofing). This program will serve up to 4 households this summer and applications are due June 19th. For more information and to apply, contact the SRC http://yoursrc.org/ or see the press release: Senior-Resource-Center-and-Lawrence-Habitat-for-Humanity-Launch-Pilot-Program-for-Seniors


  • 2018 Kansas Disability Caucus – “Moving Forward: Turning Setbacks into Comebacks!”

    Register now for the 14th Kansas Disability Caucus, August 9th-10th, Topeka. People with all types of disabilities, of all ages, representing every county of the State, are invited to attend. The purpose of the Kansas Disability Caucus is to provide opportunities for Kansans with disabilities to learn, share, and provide solutions to issues faced by the disability community.  KS Disability Caucus Information and Registration Packet


  • New Short Video on the Independence, Inc. Accessible Housing Program

    View and share this video on our Accessible Housing Program (AHP) serving people in Lawrence, KS with disabilities who need modifications to their rental home for greater accessibility.


  • Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) given by FAA Regarding Flying With Service Animals

    Do you want your voice to be heard regarding proposed changes to “Traveling by Air with Service Animals” regulations? The Federal Aviation Administration has given Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) regarding service animals and your comments are welcome and need to be filed by July 9th. See the FAA notice and how to comment here


  • Dg. Co. Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) seeking input up Countywide Bikeway Plan

    May is National Bike Month and the Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) would like community input as they update the Countywide Bikeway Plan. Help make Lawrence, Eudora, Baldwin City, Lecompton and Douglas County more bicycle friendly by taking their survey, visiting an open house or taking a guided bike tour.  Continue for more information… 


  • Independence, Inc. 2017 Annual Report “The Faces of Independence”

    Our 2017 Annual Report, “The Faces of Independence” is published, printed and ready to preview! View/print the PDF here or view our online version here


  • Advocacy Alert 3/22/2018

    Interested in learning about and weighing in on the H.R.620 ADA Education and Reform Act? Your voice matters! This bill passed the House of Representatives last month and disability advocates are now contacting their Senators asking them to oppose it. For more information, download a “Myth & Fact” sheet about H.R.620 here. Continue reading about advocacy efforts for H.R.620…


  • Jefferson County Service Organization, Mobile Resource Bus

    Do you live in Jefferson Co. and need rent/utility assistance? Help with food and clothing? Other community information, resources and referrals? Visit the Jefferson County Service Organization, mobile resource bus with 2 dates left in 2018! You can find them at 410 Liberty Street, Oskaloosa, from 9:30-2:30, Tuesday, April 24th and Tuesday, June 12th. More information here…


  • Transition Council of Douglas & Jefferson Counties Community Resource Expo

    Look for Independence, Inc. and many other organizations at the 16th Annual Community Resource Expo, hosted by the Transition Council of Douglas and Jefferson Counties; Wednesday, April 11th, 4:30 – 6:00 Lawrence Free State High School. Area service providers, organizations and support groups will be on hand to answer questions and offer valuable resource information. Click here for more information…


  • Ms. Wheelchair Kansas 2018 Crowned

    Thank you Independence, Inc. Board Member, Deb Young, for your 2017 work as Ms. Wheelchair Kansas and congratulations to Allison Merriam of Kansas City for being crowned the new Ms. Wheelchair Kansas in a ceremony in Lawrence Sunday, March 11. Merriam says she first discovered the pageant in 2013, less than a year after…continue reading


  • Community Event: Read Across Lawrence with Lizzie Velasquez

    Read Across Lawrence welcomes anti-bullying activist and speaker Lizzie Velasquez to the Lied Center, Lawrence, KS, Sunday, March 11 3:30 pm. This is a FREE event! Lizzie was born with a rare genetic condition and speaks on respect, inclusion, appreciation of differences and kindness. Read more…


  • Online Affordable Housing Survey

    The City of Lawrence would like to invite all residents to participate in an online survey as part of its ongoing housing market study.  Results of this confidential survey will be compiled into a report that will help assess and prioritize affordable housing needs in Lawrence. More information…   Start the survey…


  • Ms. Wheelchair Kansas 2018

    You’re invited! Ms. Wheelchair Kansas crowning ceremony is Sunday, March 11 at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, Lawrence, KS. Come celebrate the past year with Deb Young, Ms. Wheelchair Kansas 2017 and Independence, Inc. Board Member, and welcome in the new titleholder! More information…


  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Day at the Capitol

    Deaf & Hard of Hearing Day at the Capitol is Tuesday, March 6th, 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Show your support, listen to speakers, engage in issues, view exhibits & find valuable resources. Statehouse & rotunda tours with interpreters available upon request. Spread the word! Sponsored by the Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH), Kansas State School for the Deaf and the Museum of Deaf History, Arts and Culture.  For more information on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Day at the Capitol, contact KCDHH at 785-368-8034 Voice and 785-246-5077 Videophone.


  • H.R. 620 Approved Amidst Opposition

    Amid vocal protests from disability rights activists, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the ADA Education and Reform Act Thursday on a vote of 225 to 192. Continue reading…


  • Holiday Office Closing:

    Independence, Inc. office and transportation will be CLOSED Monday, February 19th for President’s Day


  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Kansas Walk Event & Fundraiser

    12 weeks until the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Kansas Walk Event! Happy 30th Birthday NAMI Kansas and 15th Anniversary NAMIWalks! What a great year to join in and celebrate by registering to walk this 5k on May 12th, 2018, Hummer Sports Park, Topeka Kansas. Register here  and  check out last years’ slideshow here   From the NAMI website:

    “With more than 85 NAMIWalks in 2018, join the movement and walk with us for mental health this year! Each NAMIWalks is a 5K event that raises awareness and funds for NAMI organizations across the country.” For general information, click here.


  • 2/08/18 Advocacy Alert!

    The House of Representatives is planning to vote on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Education and Reform Act (H.R. 620) next week! That means we only have… continue reading


  • Community Health Environment Checklist (CHEC)

    Independence, Inc has collaborated with the KU Institute for Health and Disability Policies and the Kansas and Disability Health Program to provide CHEC assessments at local healthcare facilities. The purpose of the program is to partner with  health care providers to identify how usable and accessible their facilities are to people with disabilities, age-related mobility issues, height or weight that makes standard equipment hard to access, etc.  and make recommendations for any needed modifications. Recent CHEC assessments of both the Lawrence Family Vision Center and the Internal Medicine Group returned wonderful results and high marks. Continue reading…


  • Clean Slate Expungement Clinic

    Douglas County Legal Aid is holding a FREE expungement clinic to help residents expunge their records on some criminal convictions. Having a conviction on your record can make it extremely difficult to obtain employment, housing and can be a barrier towards financial stability.  For more information, see attached flyer


  • Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)

    The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is a Federally funded program that helps eligible households pay a portion of their home energy costs by providing a one-time per year benefit.  Applications are available in our front lobby here at Independence, Inc. or visit the Kansas Department for Children and Families website for more information and to download an application


  • Lawrence Job Fair

    Looking for employment? The University of Kansas Career Center is holding its winter 2018 Lawrence Job Fair with a variety of local employers: February 28th, 11:00 – 2:00 at the East Lawrence Recreation Center, 1245 E. 15th street.  Lunch is provided! For more information visit the Career Center Job Fair page


  • 1/25/18 In the News: “Brownback, Colyer put brake on KanCare 2.0 in response to GOP complaints

    “The administration of Gov. Sam Brownback backed down from plans to seek federal approval of alteration of the state’s privatized Medicaid system amid consternation among legislators about the cost and merit of reforms”. You can read the full story at the Topeka Capital-Journal online here


  • Office Closings!

    Independence, Inc. will be CLOSED Tuesday, January 16th for inclement weather. Both our Transportation Services and our office will be closed.

    Independence, Inc. will be CLOSED Monday, January 15th for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    Independence, Inc. will be CLOSED Thursday, January 11th for inclement weather. Both our Transportation Services and our office will be closed.


  • Need Help With Your Taxes?

    It’s that time of year again! Doing your taxes is often daunting for most people. For many people with disabilities, it can be overwhelming. Click here for a link to help with Tax Credits and Deductions for People with Disabilities.

    If you’re looking for in-person assistance, the Senior Resource Center of Douglas County will be offering help to people starting on February 1. Due to the renovation of the current building, the tax assistance will be located at the Central United Methodist Church at 1501 Massachusetts St. Check out the Senior Resource Center’s webpage for more info by clicking this link.


  • Advocacy Alert!

    12/18/17 Today is a Call-in Day to let your voice be heard on the GOP Tax Bill  http://www.advocacymonitor.com/


  • New Staff

    Independence, Inc. welcomes new staff!  Visit our staff page here to see who’s new!


  • DCCF Grant Received

    Independence, Inc. received a Douglas County Community Foundation Grant for parking lot maintenance. Thank you DCCF for your help in funding this much needed parking lot sealing!  Visit the DCCF website here to learn more about their organization https://www.dccfoundation.org/


  • DMD 2017

    16th Annual Disability Mentoring Day was a huge success! Visit this link for a recap of the event!


  • Reeve Foundation Grant Received

    INDEPENDENCE, INC. is proud to announce that our State Association, Kansas Association of Centers for Independent Living (KACIL), has received a $40,000 Nursing Home Transition Grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation!  Read our Press Release and more information about this exciting opportunity here!