JC Independent Living

Independent Living is controlling and directing your own life. It means knowing what choices are available, selecting what is right for the individual and taking responsibility for one’s own actions. Independent living means being in charge of your life, creating a community where people with disabilities attain equality.

Information and Referral

  • Information on all resources
  • Referrals to community support services and agencies

Individual Advocacy

  • Assists individuals to access benefits, services, and programs
  • Assist in appeals processes
  • Develop Independent Living plans

Self-Help Groups

  • Current issues and concerns are discussed between peers
  • Provides a social network based on common experience
  • Share specific ways of coping from experience

Peer Counseling

  • Provided when an individual wants to talk to an advocate who is a peer
  • This advocate has personal experience with a specific disability

Education & Employment

  • Employment Center
  • Employment Counseling
  • Mock Interviews
  • Resume review
  • Employment Support Group
  • Job/Life Skills
  • Work History
  • Information and referral to local educational and vocational services
  • Job board is available at NRCIL

Benefits Assistance

  • Assists individuals with applications and hearings
  • Information on SSI & SSDI work incentives

Community Work Incentive Coordination

  • Information / Referral
  • Benefits Planning
  • Benefits Management
  • Problem Solving & Advocacy
  • Benefits Analysis

Mental Health Advocacy

  • Promote personal empowerment by assisting individuals in accessing information
  • Improving and developing skills and strengthening supports

Architectural Accessibility Consultation

  • NRCIL maintains materials on renovating or building accessible structures
  • Staff will visit a structure to determine accessibility and assist in design modifications on request

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

  • Provide training and advocacy for individuals, businesses, and local government
  • Surveys on community accessibility
  • Reasonable accommodations in the workplace

Housing Information

  • Assists individuals with disabilities in finding safe and affordable housing within our community

System Advocacy

  • Change legislation through action
  • Change community processes
  • Affect the outcomes of local, state, and national issues

NRCIL’s Loan Closet

  • Adaptive equipment for short-term loan
  • Shower benches
  • Wheel chairs
  • Portable ramps
  • Walkers
  • Canes
  • & More