Information & Referral
North Country Independent Living provides information about disability-related issues, resources and services to people with disabilities, families, professionals and the general public. Staff, the majority of whom are people with disabilities themselves, are available to listen and assist with locating resources and developing strategies for individuals to resolve barriers including, but not limited to the following areas:
- Housing issues
- Transportation resources
- Employment issues
- Benefits and funding resources
- Discrimination and legal rights
- Finding adaptive equipment to enhance independent living
- Community supports and services
Information and Referral services are integral to promoting empowerment for people with disabilities by supporting an individual’s capacity for increasing their independence. An I&R is also the gateway into other services at an ILC. Staff have a wide range of expertise and will follow up – on the phone, in person, and by email or social media – to make sure useful and accurate information and resources are provided.
We provide support to people with disabilities through the use of staff and trained volunteers who experience similar issues in daily living. Disability related support groups are also offered.
The Certified Peer Specialists goals are to:
FOCUS ON RECOVERY
FOSTER INDEPENDENT LIVING
ENHANCE THE ABILITY OF SERVICE RECIPIENTS TO ACHIEVE THEIR CHOSEN GOALS
Peer Specialists are examples of recovery with experience and training. Consider a rewarding career experience by becoming a Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialist.
Interest in becoming a Peer Specialist, hiring a Peer Specialist, or need to request and employer guidebook? Please visit www.wicps.org for more information.
Independent Living Skills Training
Individuals or groups identify a goal or goals that they would like to work on such as:
How to budget
Learning to use/access transportation options
Learn communication skills
Maintaining personal health
Finding, maintaining, and applying for housing
Independent Living staff will work with the individual or groups at the North Country office, in their apartment/home or in the community to empower them to achieve their goal or goals.
Consistent with the philosophy of independent living, persons with disabilities are taught to advocate for themselves. In addition, ILCs can engage in activities designed to affect positive change in local, state, and federal systems affecting persons with disabilities.
Defined as educational activities and supports designed to assist students with disabilities to reach measurable postsecondary goals. The determination of specific transition service needs stems from individual results of various age-appropriate transition assessments.
Services include but are not limited to:
Acquisition of daily living skills
Development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives
North Country Independent Living provides a wide variety of Services and Programs for people with disabilities in Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Sawyer and Washburn Counties in Northwestern Wisconsin.
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