Additional Services


NCIL Accessibility Services Available:General information, or a referral to another resource, is provided over the phone on architectural accessibility guidelines for public buildings, private homes & private businesses.Formal access surveys are generally provided on a fee for service basis and include the following:An on-site evaluation/assessment of architectural barriers for places of public accommodations using revised Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Guidelines or UFAS (Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards) evaluation methods. Assessments of private homes, through long-term care programs such as FamilyCare or IRIS, are also available.A written report of findings and recommendations for potential barrier removal are provided for formal assessments.Follow up as needed.
Accessibility Page

Assistive Technology

North Country provides information and help with assistive technology for all facets of independent living. Our WisTech Device Loan and Demonstration Program for adaptive equipment is available for persons with disabilities to “try out” and evaluate before seeking funding.  Wisloan and Telework may be able to help qualified individuals with funding to acquire the technology they need. For more information click on the links below or call or email John Nedden-Durst at 218-428-2960 (711 relay) or
Assistive Technology Page


Disability Advocacy, Resource and INclusion Group members across northwestern Wisconsin welcome all people with any disability to join our efforts to share resources and stories of success, support each other, build community and work together to overcome barriers to the life we want to live. We meet in communities across the region.

We educate people and agencies toward the goal of eliminating all barriers to independent living, transportation, education, employment, health care, accessibility and full community inclusion.

D.A.R.I.N.G. Page

Fee for Service

North Country Independent Living provides independent living services to individuals with disabilities in Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Sawyer and Washburn counties.

Fee for Service Page

Integrated Employment

Service to individuals, service providers, government agencies, advocacy groups, existing organizations and employers – to eliminate barriers to employment and bridge the gap between job seekers with disabilities and the employers who want to hire them.  The following services are offered through North Country Independent Living:

  • Job Preparation
  • Job Development
  • Job Placement
  • Interest & Skills Inventory
  • Job Coaching
  • Job Shadowing
  • On-the-Job Training
  • Supported Employment
  • And more

Please contact Dawn at 715-392-9118 Ext. 27 or for more information.

Personal Care

Personalized Care You Direct

The North Country Independent Living Personal Care Program serves individuals of all ages and all disabilities in all 8 (eight) of our service counties: Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Sawyer and Washburn counties. We provide two types of service: Personal Care and Supportive Home Care. Our goal is to allow the individual, our consumer, to have a choice in how his or her services are provided. At North Country Independent Living, we believe:

Persons needing assistance in their homes should have the freedom and opportunity to control their lives, manage their own affairs and live as they choose in the community.

Persons utilizing our services should take an active role in the planning, implementation and evaluation of our services.

Every consumer should be satisfied and comfortable with the services he or she receives.

Personal Care Page

Public Education

We provide consultation, training, workshops, and presentations to groups, individuals, communities, and businesses, are offered to increase awareness of disability related issues and laws. Topics include; The Americans with Disabilities Act, The Fair Housing Act, disability awareness, technology, and accessibility.

Help to Hear, or See, Over the Phone

Have you seen commercials on TV, read a magazine article or heard someone talk about things like Captel, amplified phones or assistive listening devices? Well, if you weren’t sure what those things were really all about, now is your chance to find out more.

These terms all refer to newer types of phone and communications technology for people who have a hard time hearing. In the past several years there are have been new improvements to phones.We are doing outreach in our service area about things like captioned telephone (Captel), amplified phones, assistive listening devices & signal systems.

If you are interested in scheduling a presentation on this topic for your group or agency, please contact John Nedden-Durst via email or at 218.428.2960(711 relay).  This outreach & education project is sponsored by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin through the Universal Service Fund.


At North Country we understand that living your life depends on getting out and around in your community. That’s why we operate our Transportation Voucher program, a Volunteer Driver program and we work with individuals, groups and agencies on improving access to transportation for everybody.

Transportation Page

Youth Services


This is a fee for service program usually funded through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.  Students with disabilities benefit from self- skills to help transition to employment, housing, post-secondary, etc. after high school. It is important for students to be aware of their rights and how to present themselves responsibly.

Developing Self-Understanding will help student’s plan goals for themselves. Students who gain and develop a greater understanding of their own needs gain confidence to recognize their abilities. This will enable students to set realistic goals for themselves and have a better chance of enjoying their life experience post high school.

This program is spread out over 6 sessions and covers the following:

Disability History & Legislation

Self Awareness & Self Esteem

Communication Skills

The Power of Words & Disability Awareness

Self-Determination & Individualized Education Plan (IEP)


Skills to Pay the Bills

Skills to Pay the Bills Soft Skills Training is a Fee For Service usually funded through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.  This program provides teen participants with practical, hands-on techniques to help with every day communications such as when talking to someone, working with someone, making a decision, and more.  Soft skills help individuals get along with others at home, at school, and at work. People use soft skills every day when talking to someone, working with someone, making a decision, and more. Employers like to hire people with good soft skills. So, how are good soft skills developed? Through practice!

By the end of this training, participants will learn more about…

  • Communication skills
  • Demonstrating a positive attitude
  • Being a team player
  • Networking your way to success
  • Problem solving and critical thinking
  • Being professional

Youth Cafe

Youth Café is a Fee For Service program usually funded by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.  This program is designed for students aged 17-21 who are juniors or seniors in high school. We hope to have small groups of students in local communities, but will also train single students on IL skills and the history of the disability movement, self-advocacy, budgeting and money management, emergency preparedness, pre-employment skills, job exploration and development in their community, and other independent living skills. Measurements of the students’ progress will be measured by pre and post-training testing and discussion.

For mor information on Self Advocacy, Skills to Pay the Bills and Youth Cafe  please contact Liz Gilbertson at 715-392-9118 extension 12 or email at