Core Services

A Center for Independent Living provides five core services:

  1. Information & referral
  2. Independent living skills training
  3. Individual and systems advocacy
  4. Peer counseling
  5. Transition: transition from nursing homes and other institutions to community-based residences; assisting individuals to avoid institutional placement; and transition of youth with significant disabilities after completion of secondary education to postsecondary life.

Other IL Services

Depending on the level of funding and community need, one of the Centers for Independent Living may also provide Other Independent Living Services which include:

  • Adaptive housing services, limited to accommodations to remove barriers to access and functioning in housing occupied by a person with a significant disability;
  • Services and training for individuals with cognitive and sensory disabilities, including lifeskills training and interpreter and reader services;
  • Personal assistance services, including attendant care and the training of personnel providing such services;
  • Surveys, directories, and other activities to identify appropriate housing, recreation activities, and accessible transportation and other support services;
  • Newsline services for people with significant disabilities to have access to major area newspapers and other publications;
  • Consumer information programs on rehabilitation and independent living services available under the Rehabilitation Act, especially for minorities and other individuals with disabilities who have been traditionally unserved or underserved by programs under the Act;
  • Education and training necessary for living in the community and participating in community activities;
  • Community awareness programs to enhance the understanding and integration into society of people with disabilities;
  • Nursing home transition services are provided to individuals desiring to and deemed fit to live in the community.