January 2018 – December 2018
Hello ILCNSCA Supporter
As you know our mission statement is “The Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann Inc. (ILCNSCA) is a disability rights service and advocacy center run by and for people with disabilities. ILCNSCA supports the struggle of people who have all types of disabilities to live independently and participate fully in community life. The Center pursues this mission through provision of information and referral, independent living skills, advocacy and peer counseling services.”
Our motto is Services and Advocacy for an Independent Life.
Enclosed for you is our 2018 ILCNSCA Yellow Pages booklet. These listings are a compilation of local, statewide, and national resources that as citizens living with disabilities we find helpful in our quest for increased access to full participation in community living. This booklet is also on our web site, www.ilcnsca.org, along with additional resources and updates on upcoming events and activities.
A program of ILCNSCA that you or a family member or a friend might want to explore is the Options Program, which we provide with our Greater North Shore Link partners: Greater Lynn Senior Services, North Shore Elder Services and SeniorCare. The Options Program assists people of any age with any disability and elders to make informed choices about services and supports they may need to remain in their homes and in their communities. It also provides information for your family members, so they can assist you in your decision-making. Options Counselors may meet with you at your home or at local facilities and are also available by phone and email. Options services are free of charge. More on this program is available at our web site: https://ilcnsca.org/options
Housing Services and Resources
We continue to receive overwhelming requests for assistance in finding affordable, available and accessible housing. The City of Salem Community Development Block Grant helps support a monthly Universal Housing Application Workshops at ILCNSCA along with two focused workshops, one on Housing Rights, and one on finding housing. We are always available to guide people with disabilities to learn about their/our housing rights, and available resources to obtain housing including how to apply using mandated housing applications. We have posted the ILCNSCA “Guide to Finding Housing” on our web page, with updates since 2011, as another set of tools for finding housing. Visit https://ilcnsca.org/il-resources/guide-to-finding-housing.
We also assist our consumers living in a nursing or rehabilitation facility to access Commonwealth grant/waiver services called Money Follows the Person (MFP). If one qualifies, assistance for relocating from a nursing home to a home of your own in the community along with some specialized purchases funds may be available to you.
Peer Support Opportunities
Monthly we offer a setting for people with disabilities to meet others, share concerns, and find solutions in charting a course for living more independently called the Compass Group. The Northeast Independent Living Program, Inc. (NILP) with ILCNSCA provides the North East Recovery Learning Community. This is a peer run set of activities for those who self-identify as having a mental health concerns, and other disabilities. At times there are Peer Specialist trainings, support groups, and other activities throughout the ILCNSCA service area and the Northeast Independent Living Program service area. Look for the schedule on the NILP web page, www.nilp.org.
Ongoing Community Education and Advocacy
Despite the fluctuating economy, we know we are the most cost-effective agency using federal and state tax dollars. Yet we always need your help to prevent any cuts to the 4120-4000/5000 account in the MA State Budget and to insure that Congress funds fully and additionally all the Centers for Independent Living in the federal Department of Education budget. We have a Community Access Advocacy Team, which you can join, and a focused access survey project, All People Accessible Business Project (APAB) for which your talents and energy are also needed. Come be a volunteer with us!
Of the utmost importance, please become a member of ILCNSCA and work with us to achieve full accessibility, inclusion, acceptance, autonomy and independence for all of us living with disabilities on the North Shore & Cape Ann, throughout MA, and the USA, and globally. Check out our membership form. And add us as one of your favorites: www.ilcnsca.org and friend us on Facebook so you won’t miss anything throughout the year like exciting social events, Annual BBQ, Annual Meeting, Holiday Open House, Advocacy Alerts, and more!
Lisa Orgettas, Executive Director
And the entire staff of ILCNSCA
And the Board of ILCNSCA
Together our voices are loud and heard! Services and Advocacy for an Independent Life!
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- AIDS Resources (5)
- Assistive Technology (4)
- Community Action Programs (6)
- Community Health Centers (9)
- Councils on Aging/Senior Centers (26)
- Crisis Resources (15)
- Domestic Violence and Womens Issues (14)
- Employment/Vocational (3)
- Financial Information (11)
- Food Resources (29)
- Health Insurance/ Benefit/ Prescription Information (15)
- Hospice (2)
- ILCNSCA Service Area Disability Commissions (12)
- Legal/Advocacy Assistance (34)
- LGBT (7)
- Mass Independent Living Centers and Council (13)
- Other Helpful Resources (38)
- PCA Resources (6)
- Senior Services/Councils on Aging (7)
- Shelter and Housing (20)
- Substance Abuse (12)
- Transportation (10)
- Veterans Services (8)