Annual Report 2010
The Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann, Inc. provided individual independent living services to 189 persons with disabilities comprehensively during FY'10. Each of the 189 consumers was paired with an ILCNSCA staff that provided the four mandated core services: information and referral, independent living skills development, peer counseling, and individual self-advocacy skills development. Through this peer relationship each consumer chose his/her goals for increasing their independence and independent living, and from their Peer Guide received guidance, information, and opportunities for skill development including self advocacy skills to attain their chosen goals.
The consumers came to the Center from 25 municipalities in Massachusetts, one from New Hampshire. We served individuals from 17 of the 25 cities and towns in our services area in '10. The Center also provided 646 individuals Information and Referral services. 68 groups (such as agencies, workers in agencies) received Information and Referral Services. This equals 1210 units or hours of Information and Referral services provided in '10.
A total of 2594 units/hours of Community Services were provided by ILCNSCA in '10. These services included: technical assistance on ADA issues and Architectural Access Board variances; advocacy and newsletter mailings to our mailing list of over 1100 as well as postings on our web page of information regarding issues critical to independent living; on-going groups (Peer Support Group, refocused and renamed Compass Group; RASP which became the All People Accessible Business Project or APAB; CAAT); representation on the Statewide Independent Living Council, and on other community collaborative groups such as the HOME consortium, Lynn Multi-Disciplinary Team, the Aging and Disability Resource Consortium of the Greater North Shore, Cape Ann Resource Exchange; lectures to students of UMASS Medical Center/Shriver Center LEND program, UMASS Lowell, North Shore Community College and Salem State College on Disability Awareness and Rights as well as Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities; multiple visits to the Statehouse with our sister centers and the Statewide Independent Living Council; visits in DC with MA US Congressman John Tierney and with staff from Senators John Kerry and Ted Kennedy in July of 2009, letters, emails and petitions to legislators along with letters of support on a wide variety of advocacy issues affecting federal and state legislation on critical life services including Health Reform Act, and social and recreational opportunities such as luncheons at Restaurants, Celtics, Bruins, Red Sox games, Jazz brunch at the Hawthorne Hotel. Overall, we had another productive year of ILCNSCA addressing and overcoming the cultural barriers to full inclusion of citizens with disabilities in all of community life.
ILCNSCA also continued its participation in a test of the new Long Term Care Options program, the first program of our Aging and Disability Resource Consortium of the Greater North Shore. This program was set up in response to Ch. 211, the Equal Choice Act, whereby pre-admission counseling would be provided to any citizens of the Commonwealth who are considering long term services and supports, and think that their only option for those critical services and supports can be obtained in a nursing home. With this program an interactive dialogue can occur with a trained Options Coordinator to insure that the individual and their family have all the information they need to make more informed decisions on long term services and supports.
Charts of Service Statistics follow.