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 is provided for formal assessments. Follow up as needed.
North Country provides information and helps with assistive technology for all facets of independent living. Our Assistive Technology Device Loan and Demonstration Program for adaptive equipment is available for persons with disabilities to “try out” and evaluate before seeking funding. WisLoan, Telework, and the Telecommunications Equipment Purchase Program (TEPP) may be able to help qualified individuals with funding to acquire the technology they need.
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
- Job Coaching
- Job Shadowing
- On-the-Job Training
- Supported Employment
- And more
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 Personal Care, Supportive Home Care, and Respite 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.
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.
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.
This is a fee-for-service program usually funded through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Students with disabilities benefit from self-advocacy 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-advocacy will help students 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
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 everyday 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 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.