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Real Empowerment
Real Empowerment a Podcast for Persons with Disabilities
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October 31, 2019 11:00 PM PDT

Consumer Kimberly Barker comes by to talk to us about life with a disability. Her great sense of humor will keep you laughing and smiling, and the sang she performs has a unique connect with host Daniel!

October 17, 2019 11:00 PM PDT

Skyler and Rebecca come by the Podcast to discuss the Deaf CNA Class that was provided by The Independence Center in June of 2019. They spoke about the process of the creation of the class, the connection students made with each other and preparing to be State Certified.

October 03, 2019 11:00 PM PDT

Patricia Yeager, CEO of the IC and Chade Kronby, Assistant to the CEO joined us today for a wonderful chat through their journey's to the IC! Patricia speaks about her path to the IC, through education and exciting employment opportunities that created access for Persons with Disabilities. Chade discusses how she first became a consumer at the IC, to part-time employment, to full time employment and really keeping Patricia moving throughout her day. We are so excited to have them both with us!

September 19, 2019 11:00 PM PDT

Do you like to network and get to know people, well Clay is someone you might what to chat with. He is great at conversations and getting to know people. Clay is a Real Estate Agent with ReMax Real Estate Group here in Colorado Springs, as person that was born with a Hearing Disability, he talks about his disability, playing football in College and how he moved to Colorado Springs, from the "Right Side of the Mississippi", so be close to his family and explore this wonderful place!

Clay Martin
ReMax Real Estate Group
Cell 719-331-0281
buywithclay@gmail.com
http://www.buywithclay.com/

June 10, 2019 11:13 AM PDT

June is Pride Month! 2019 the 50 year anniversary of Stonewall Riots and the activism that came of it. Elle Livengood and Chris Robertson come in to talk about Pride History, the Colorado Springs Queer Community and the intersections of being a person with a disability and identifying as Queer. Further we discuss that the IC will be at Pride weekend and their new LGBTQ+ Peer Support Group at the IC. Elle - elivengood@the-ic.org Chris - crobertson@the-ic.org

June 05, 2019 04:19 PM PDT

In Honor of Veterans Day, we have a second episode for this week, we have Veteran Isabel on the podcast to chat about the Veteran In Charge Program. Marilyn was in the Army for over 2years and talks to us about living with her disability and how she advocated for herself for her medical needs. Simply amazing!

November 10, 2019 11:00 PM PST

In Honor of Veterans Day, we have Veteran Marilyn on the podcast to chat about the Veteran In Charge Program. Marilyn was in the Army for over 12 years and tells us great stories of her service. Truly entertaining.

September 05, 2019 11:00 PM PDT

Holland Penz joined the podcast today with her sister Nicole to talk about her journey to a diagnosis. Holland's resilience during the process is something to hear! Holland is truly a gem and someone I hope you enjoy hearing from.

July 18, 2019 11:00 PM PDT

Carrie Baatz - Community Training Coordinator, Sierra Cortez and Elle Livengood, Community Advocacy Coordinators stopped by to chat about their work in Advocacy work, Advocacy events, Legislative work and training our community.

EEOC - Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Carrie Baatz - Cbaatz@theindependentcenter.org

IC Training webpage/ requesting training - https://www.theindependencecenter.org/community-training/

Advocacy for Your Community - https://www.theindependencecenter.org/get-involved/advocacy/

August 22, 2019 11:00 PM PDT

Do you have a sensitivity to scents or fragrances? On today’s podcast, Daniel talks with Jaime Harrell and Pauline Nelson that live with fragrance sensitivities. They talk about their experiences and how fragrance sensitivities impact their lives.

The Independence Center has their own fragrance-free policy as an employer (listed below)

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Fragrance/Scent Policy and Guidelines at the IC

Purpose
The purpose of this policy is to establish procedures for providing a fragrance-free/scent-free policy for staff of the Independence Center so that individuals with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) have access to the facility.

ADA Definition of a Disability
ADA definition of a disability includes a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits performance in a major life activity, having a record or such an impairment, or being regarded as having such an impairment. Major life activities can include: caring for oneself, speaking, communicating, eating, sleeping, working, etc. Individuals with MCS have a disability if they meet the definition of a disability under the ADA- not all individuals with MCS may be considered as having a disability.

Policy for Staff/Volunteers
Any employee or volunteer entering the Colorado Springs main office or satellite offices will refrain from wearing/using intentionally scented products (e.g. perfume/cologne, scented lotions, soaps, hygiene products, air fresheners, plug-ins, candles, essential oils, etc.) while at the IC.

Guidelines Upon Hire
1. Interviewees will be informed to not wear fragrance/scent prior to interviewing on location by hiring manager/staff.
2. Prior to first day of work, new hires will be informed of fragrance policy.
3. During orientation, new staff will be informed of fragrance policy for staff.

Facility Expectations/Expectations of Staff
1. Staff are expected to abide by fragrance policy both when in the facility and when representing the organization off-site.
2. Fragrance guidelines will be given on the general voicemail system as to facility fragrance expectations.
3. Fragrance-free messaging will be added to standard email signatures.
4. Staff are responsible for sharing fragrance policy prior to meetings with consumers/clients/agencies on IC property.
5. Staff are responsible for rescheduling/re-planning meetings with individuals who violate fragrance policy.
6. Should fragrance policy conflict with other ADA accommodations on file, safety of individuals will be priority and all efforts will be made to accommodate both individuals.

Fragrance/Scent Policy for Consumers/Visitors at the IC

Purpose
The purpose of this policy is to establish procedures for providing a fragrance-free/scent-free policy for consumers and visitors of the Independence Center so that individuals with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) have access to the facility.

ADA Definition of a Disability
ADA definition of a disability includes a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits performance in a major life activity, having a record or such an impairment, or being regarded as having such an impairment. Major life activities can include: caring for oneself, speaking, communicating, eating, sleeping, working, etc. Individuals with MCS have a disability if they meet the definition of a disability under the ADA- not all individuals with MCS may be considered as having a disability.

Guidelines for Consumers/Visitors
Any consumer and/or visitor entering the Colorado Springs main office or satellite offices will refrain from wearing/using intentionally scented products (e.g. perfume/cologne, scented lotions, soaps, hygiene products, air fresheners, plug-ins, etc.) while at the IC.

Procedures
Before entry:
1. Individuals will be notified when calling via automated phone system, if utilized, that the building is fragrance-free and to refrain from entering the building wearing intentionally scented products.
2. Individuals will be notified prior to scheduled meetings/tours/events by staff that the building is fragrance-free and to refrain from entering the building wearing intentionally scented products.
3. Individuals will be notified by signage on outside of building that the building is fragrance-free.
Upon entry into the building:
1. Individuals will be notified that the building is a fragrance-free environment.
2. For Independent Living services- individuals will be notified during intake as part of intake packet.
3. Individuals working with staff will be notified by staff as to fragrance policy.

When fragrance is noticed on individuals:
1. For individuals working with staff members- staff member is responsible for reminding the individual of the fragrance guidelines and working as necessary to accommodate alternate meeting opportunities.
2. For individuals not working with staff members/walk-ins- front desk staff. will share fragrance policy with individual and work with the individual to offer options for meeting.

Facility Expectations/Expectations of Staff

1. Staff are expected to share fragrance policy with consumers and individuals with whom they invite into the facility.
2. Fragrance guidelines will be given on the general voicemail system as to facility fragrance expectations.
3. Fragrance-free messaging will be added to standard email signatures.
4. Staff are responsible for sharing fragrance policy prior to meetings with consumers/clients/agencies on IC property.
5. Staff are responsible for rescheduling/re-planning meetings with individuals when these meetings need to be reschedule/re-plan meetings.
6. Should fragrance policy conflict with other ADA accommodations on file, safety of individuals will be priority and all efforts will be made to accommodate both individuals.

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