Midstate Independent Living

                                Consultants, Inc.

                        

                              "          "Working for people with

                                   disabilities towards

                                   empowerment 

                                   to make informed choices"

                        

5 Core Services:

 

Information and Referral:  ILCs provide information about disability-related issues, resources and services to people with disabilities, families, professionals and the general public. Staff, the majority of whom are people with disabilities themselves, are available to listen and assist with locating resources and developing strategies for individuals to resolve barriers including, but not limited to the following areas:

 

  • Housing issues
  • Transportation resources
  • Employment issues
  • Benefits and funding resources
  • Accessibility
  • Discrimination and legal rights
  • Finding adaptive equipment to enhance independent living
  • Community supports and services

 

Information and Referral services are integral to promoting empowerment for people with disabilities by supporting an individual’s capacity for increasing their independence. An I&R is also the gateway into other services at an ILC. Staff have a wide range of expertise and will follow up - on the phone, in person, and by email or social media - to make sure useful and accurate information and resources are provided.


Advocacy:  for individual or system, promoting the interests of persons with disabilities access to community services and independent living.

  • Assisting parents in an IEP meeting
  • Understanding tenant/landlord rights
  • Finding avenues to express opinions
  • Understanding processes for change

 

Independent Living Skills Training:  is offered to individuals who need to learn skills to live independently in their communities.
 
  • Managing a personal care attendant
  • Finding accessible housing
  • Modify written recipes into pictures
  • Create a spending plan
  • Accessing specialized transportation
  • Learning  household skills

 

Peer Support:  staff and volunteers with disabilitities who share their life experiences with people with similar disabilities.
 
  • Helping people with new disabilities by sharing one's own experiences
  • Learn about resources and activities
  • Locating area support groups

Transition Services:  

  • Youth transition.  Assisting youth and their parents to prepare for the transition from high school to adult living through:  Attending IEP meetings to advocate for the student and providing IL skills training before transition from school.
  • Nursing facility transition.  Assisting consumers living in nursing facilities to live in the community of their choice through:  Identifying and eliminating barriers to community living, providing IL skills training.  Personal Assistant Services Program (PAS)