What You Should Know About Independent Living
Independent living is not defined as living on your own, being an employee that fits one’s interests and capabilities, or leading an active “social life.” These are just aspects of “living independently.” Yet, independent living is more about self-determination. It’s about having an opportunity or right to pursue courses of action.
Independent Living Centers
Fortunately, people that have a disability won’t have to try and do things alone. This piece aims to provide information about a service organization type specifically designed to help people with different disabilities maintain and achieve an independent lifestyle.
These are organizations that go by the name of independent living centers. They are extraordinary since they are run and operated by individuals that have disabilities themselves that have found a successful way to establish independent living. In addition, these people have personal experiences and training on what is needed to live an independent lifestyle.
These centers provide a range of services. The four main ones are important for the efforts required for people with a disability to “live independently.” These include:
Referral And Information
Independent Living Centers maintain detailed information about the availability within their communities when it comes to accessible transportation & housing employment of people that can serve in the role of personal-care attendants, readers for visually impaired people, interpreters for people with hearing impairments, along with a range of other services.
These centers also offer training courses that help individuals with a disability to gain skills enabling them to live and enjoy a more independent lifestyle. These courses often include using the different public-transportation systems, managing personal budgets, dealing with discrimination and insensitive behavior from strangers or general public members.
These centers also offer services to people with disabilities to work with other disabled people who live independently in a community. The aim involves solving problems and exploring options that may occur for individuals with disabilities. One of these examples includes making adjustments or changes to a disability that is newly acquired, experiencing a difference in a living arrangement, or learning ways to make use of community services more effectively.
Independent Living Centers offer two types of advocacy. The first is consumer advocacy involving center staff that works with people with disabilities to obtain the needed support services available from another agency or agencies within the community. Community advocacy is the second type, which involves board members, volunteers, and center staff initiating activities that promote changes in a community, making it easier for people with different disabilities to live a more independent lifestyle.
Centers also provide several other services that usually depend on specific needs relating to their consumers and the availability of things that are lacking in other areas of the community. The services most frequently provided include community education and different types of public information services, repair, equipment, home modifications, and recreational activities.
Feel free to contact your Independent Living today. You can reach us at 916-481-7105. We would love to hear from you!We service the following zip codes and surrounding areas.
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