Independence First - The Resource for People with Disabilities

Independence First - The Resource for People with Disabilities We're your FIRST resource on disability & access for Metro Milwaukee! Over half of our 110 internal

20+ programs serving youth and adults with disabilities of all kinds.

From our partner:This week we’re excited to tune in for the next discussion in the   conversation series. On Wednesday, ...
01/23/2024

From our partner:

This week we’re excited to tune in for the next discussion in the conversation series. On Wednesday, January 24th at 2:00pm ET/ 11am PT, we hope you’ll join us for a conversation about Disability Intersectionality, Health andAll of Us Research. Register here: https://bit.ly/Jan24-Webinar

We celebrate Ed Roberts Day. He was the pioneering leader of the disability rights movement, which led to the creation o...
01/23/2024

We celebrate Ed Roberts Day. He was the pioneering leader of the disability rights movement, which led to the creation of Independence First and other Independent Living Centers across the nation. Today and every year on January 23rd, we honor his life and work on his birthday.

Learn more and watch this interview from 60 Minutes:

As Broadcast on CBS in 1989. More Information Available At: http://www.mnddc.org/ed-roberts/index.html

A message from our partner:As people age, they are more likely to experience disability. More than 30% of Americans over...
01/16/2024

A message from our partner:

As people age, they are more likely to experience disability. More than 30% of Americans over the age of 65 have a disability, with over half of these people over 75 years old. Help researchers understand how disability and health change with age by participating in the Program. To learn more, visit: JoinAllofUs.org/Inclusion

A message from our partner:There are over 61 million people with a disability in the United States. Across our community...
01/08/2024

A message from our partner:

There are over 61 million people with a disability in the United States. Across our community, health needs can differ based on a lot of factors. On January 24th at 2:00pm ET, we hope you’ll join us for a conversation about the many intersections that affect . Sign up here to join us: https://bit.ly/Jan24-Webinar

Happy 2024! We wish you and yours a happy and healthy new year.
01/01/2024

Happy 2024! We wish you and yours a happy and healthy new year.

Happy holidays - whatever you celebrate! From the Independence First family to yours.
12/26/2023

Happy holidays - whatever you celebrate! From the Independence First family to yours.

Volunteers from Edward Jones wore Santa hats to help us serve 73 seniors at our food distribution with Hunger Task Force...
12/16/2023

Volunteers from Edward Jones wore Santa hats to help us serve 73 seniors at our food distribution with Hunger Task Force, Inc. today! Seniors received mashed potatoes, walnuts, and a ham for the holidays. Thank you to Edward Jones for bringing candy canes and extra cheer! Our next distribution is on January 12th, 2024.

It's getting pretty festive around here! The Milwaukee office is decorated for the holidays. From the front desk, to the...
12/15/2023

It's getting pretty festive around here! The Milwaukee office is decorated for the holidays. From the front desk, to the AT center, to the cubicles. ❄️🎄🕎 🎁

Members of our Cooking Club had fun this week, and are looking forward to sharing four different holiday cookies to gift...
12/12/2023

Members of our Cooking Club had fun this week, and are looking forward to sharing four different holiday cookies to gift to loved ones at the end of the sessions! Cooking Club participants have learned knife and oven safety, how to measure for a recipe, practiced working as part of a team, and learned to be confident leaders in the kitchen. Stay tuned for our next Cooking Club dates in Spring 2024!
Cooking Club is free for anyone in our service area with a disability. Learn about more workshops and clubs here: independencefirst.org/events

A message from our partner:Puerto Rico-based Researcher Normarie Torres-Blasco, Ph.D. struggled for many years with an u...
12/12/2023

A message from our partner:
Puerto Rico-based Researcher Normarie Torres-Blasco, Ph.D. struggled for many years with an undiagnosed heart disorder. Today, she uses the All of Us Research dataset to explore the connection between mental illness and chronic illness, improving health care access and reducing health disparities. Read about her journey: http://allof-us.org/460euWk

We have received a generous matching donation from Wintrust! Your year end donations will be doubled, for a total of $10...
12/07/2023

We have received a generous matching donation from Wintrust!
Your year end donations will be doubled, for a total of $10,000.
Help us meet the match and have your gift provide double the impact on our community! www.independencefirst.org/IndependenceFirst/Donate.htm

12/06/2023

From our partner:

“When I look to see if I can trust a research entity or research project, I look to see if people that look like me and represent values of mine are on the other side of the table.” Learn more from Dr. Kara Ayers of + about her hope for : https://youtu.be/-VCVlEDfagg

Exciting News! The  Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission has kicked off the 2024 Review and Update of VISION 2050, sha...
12/02/2023

Exciting News! The Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission has kicked off the 2024 Review and Update of VISION 2050, shaping Southeastern Wisconsin's future in land use and transportation to the year 2050 - including equity for people with disabilities, low-income populations and race/ethnicity.

Your input matters! Share your comments anytime throughout the 2024 Update process on the Vision 2050 website: www.vision2050sewis.org and stay engaged for a chance to share your thoughts during the formal comment period and public meetings in early 2024. Let's shape a sustainable and inclusive future together!

The update is just beginning, so the Commission has added to the VISION 2050 website a few features for your review:

> Progress in implementing VISION 2050 recommendations
> Transportation system performance
> Year 2050 forecasts underlying the plan
> Changes in recent years that impact the plan

Explore it all and provide input any time during the plan update process: www.vision2050sewis.org

THANK YOU! We are getting closer to our year-end fundraising goal thanks to our amazing donors like you. Your support he...
11/30/2023

THANK YOU!

We are getting closer to our year-end fundraising goal thanks to our amazing donors like you. Your support helps us provide free services, workshops and advocacy efforts, to help people with disabilities live independently in our community. This week, your donation is doubled thanks for a generous donor! Please consider Independence First in your seasonal giving. Donate anytime at: www.independencefirst.org/IndependenceFirst/Donate.htm

11/28/2023

The first time we heard the Independence First theme song written and recorded by the Youth Leadership Summit, it was stuck in our heads for weeks! Please enjoy this earworm. Our youth leaders are amazing advocates. We hope you'll consider supporting Independence First and programs like this one. Help us reach our and end of year goal - donate securely online today: https://www.independencefirst.org/IndependenceFirst/Donate.htm

  is tomorrow! Your donation will be doubled, up to $5,000 this week thanks to a generous donor. Consider Independence F...
11/28/2023

is tomorrow! Your donation will be doubled, up to $5,000 this week thanks to a generous donor. Consider Independence First in your giving this year.

With the help of grant funding and donations like yours, Independence First is helping survivors of gunshot violence like Alford, in the Greater Milwaukee area. Donate today! https://www.independencefirst.org/IndependenceFirst/Donate.htm

11/26/2023

We have a lot of fun around here! Movie nights, game nights, cooking club, hiking club... all of our community workshops and social clubs are free for anyone in our service area with a disability. To help keep them free, consider supporting Independence First this giving season.
Donate online today: www.independencefirst.org/IndependenceFirst/Donate.htm

We're your FIRST resource on disability & access for Metro Milwaukee! Over half of our 110 internal

Everyone here at Independence First wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving. We are so grateful for you, our I...
11/23/2023

Everyone here at Independence First wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving. We are so grateful for you, our Independence First community!

, Independence First has a variety of peer-led social clubs for people with disabilities like Hiking Club, Gardening Clu...
11/20/2023

, Independence First has a variety of peer-led social clubs for people with disabilities like Hiking Club, Gardening Club, game nights, movies, and more. Does your employer match donations to nonprofits? Consider Independence First this giving season. Donate securely online, anytime at: www.independencefirst.org/IndependenceFirst/Donate.htm

Illuminate Ozaukee is coming soon! Independence First staff hung ornaments for our tree at the event, hosted by Ozaukee ...
11/17/2023

Illuminate Ozaukee is coming soon! Independence First staff hung ornaments for our tree at the event, hosted by Ozaukee Nonprofit Center. The Independence First tree is adorned with handmade ornaments created by persons with disabilities across our four County Service region and by Independence First staff. Disability awareness ribbons accompany the ornaments to highlight our agency mission and vision, and symbolize unity, empowerment, and strength.

The annual light show will be open to the public Fridays and Saturdays starting December 1st from 5-8 p.m. until December 23rd at Herman A Zeunert Park in Cedarburg. Be sure to bring your letters to Santa to drop in his mailbox! Admission to the park is free, though a donation will be requested, as proceeds from the Illuminate Ozaukee will support participating nonprofits. More info: https://ozaukeenonprofitcenter.org/illuminate-ozaukee/

We have been having a fun week raising money for United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County! We held raffles, hos...
11/15/2023

We have been having a fun week raising money for United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County! We held raffles, hosted food fundraisers like Root Beer Float Day, Baked Potato Bar, and Empanada Day. The annual Pick a Duck for a Buck game is an office favorite - staff can donate $1 to United Way to choose a rubber duckie for a prize. We are grateful to receive support from United Way and we always have a blast giving back.

Our workshops and programs are free to anyone in the community with a disability. Gardening Club enjoyed planting and ca...
11/14/2023

Our workshops and programs are free to anyone in the community with a disability. Gardening Club enjoyed planting and caring for flowers and veggies this year. They grew a bountiful crop! If you would like to support programs and workshops like this, consider a donation to Independence First. Give securely online at: independencefirst.org/donate

Your donation is so important. You can help keep a person with a disability living in the community instead of an institution. Join us. Donate. Volunteer.

Independence First is creating a NEW consumer advocacy team to join the existing three; ADA, Long Term Healthcare, and T...
11/14/2023

Independence First is creating a NEW consumer advocacy team to join the existing three; ADA, Long Term Healthcare, and Transportation. This new addition will be the Accessible Housing Advocacy Team and will focus on increasing the supply of accessible housing in the metro-Milwaukee area as well as sharing information on where people can find them.

Virtual meetings will take place over Zoom on the first Tuesday of each month from 3:30PM TO 4:30PM. To access meetings at that time, visit: bit.ly/AccessibleHousingTeam

To request accommodations or if you have questions, contact Rebecca Rabatin at 414-226-8307 or [email protected]

A message from our partner:November is  . All of Us Research aims to enroll one million or more people from diverse back...
11/13/2023

A message from our partner:

November is . All of Us Research aims to enroll one million or more people from diverse backgrounds so researchers may better understand conditions like that affects 3.4 people nationwide.

For Epilepsy Awareness Month, we're spreading the word about the importance of disability inclusion in with All of Us Research! Learn more at JoinAllofUs.org/Disability.





On Friday, our awesome volunteers helped provide 69 seniors with food from Hunger Task Force, Inc., personal protective ...
11/13/2023

On Friday, our awesome volunteers helped provide 69 seniors with food from Hunger Task Force, Inc., personal protective equipment kits, and items donated from our Assistive Technology resource center. This month, Hunger Task Force was able to provide extra food boxes with gourmet products for our seniors which were well received.

Our next Senior Food Distribution will be Friday, December 15th.

Our Emily Cadman, Independent Living Services Coordinator, was approved by the Public Safety and Health Committee to sit...
11/10/2023

Our Emily Cadman, Independent Living Services Coordinator, was approved by the Public Safety and Health Committee to sit on the Pedestrian and Bike Plan Advisory Commission for the City of Milwaukee. Congrats, Em on your dedication to advocacy!

11/09/2023

Mike says his Personal Care Worker Denise is "like a mother to me." Denise has been Mike's caregiver for many years providing genuine, heartfelt care. We celebrate all of our amazing PCWs!
This , we hope you will consider a donation to Independence First and our mission to help people with disabilities live independently in the community. Donate securely online anytime: www.independencefirst.org/donate

We're your FIRST resource on disability & access for Metro Milwaukee! Over half of our 110 internal

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540 S 1st Street
Milwaukee, WI
53204

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Monday 8am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8am - 4:30pm
Friday 8am - 4:30pm

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