At ILA, our programs consistently receive praise from our Individuals, their families, and regulatory agencies.Learn more
All of our houses are designed to complement the surrounding community. When entering our residences, you will find a well-appointed kitchen, dining facilities, bedrooms and recreational areas. Our round-the-clock maintenance staff and professional landscapers keep our homes in peak condition.Learn more
Our Community Habilitation Program provides skill-development to Individuals at all levels. The program is offered in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island Monday through Friday.Learn more
From recreational outings and skill building workshops, to volunteering with local charities, we provide Individuals with opportunities for increased independence and socialization in the community.Learn more
ILA'S COVID-19 RESPONSE
As the global outbreak of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) continues to unfold, please be assured that the health and safety of our Individuals, families and team members remain our highest priority. All of us at ILA take our responsibility to support Individuals and their families seriously, and we are especially committed to continuing to do so during this time. Helpful resources: Center for Disease Control and Prevention • NYS Office for People With Developmental Disabilities • NACDD
Vaccination is a vital tool, not a magic bulletThe benefits of vaccination are tremendous. It is the best way to reduce COVID-19 transmission and keep your loved ones safe. It’s an option that we hope all ILA personnel and patients pursue. For answers to some of the most common questions we’ve received about COVID-19 vaccination, visit our special Q&A here!
Webinar: The Facts About Covid-19 Vaccines for Direct Support Professionals
Support staff meet with Individuals at their respective homes and accompanies them to and from each activity. Pre-vocational training is provided at a number of volunteer sites to prepare program participants for possible employment, while giving them a strong sense of accomplishment.
All of our houses are designed to complement the surrounding community. When entering our residences, you will find a well-appointed kitchen, dining facilities, bedrooms and recreational areas. Our round-the-clock maintenance staff and professional landscapers keep our homes in peak condition.
At ILA we offer day habilitation services to enable our Individuals to spend time in the community. From trips to the movies to walks in the park and time at a museum or a local restaurant, we encourage our Individuals to make the most of what New York City has to offer!
We provide first-class care in first-class accommodations to Individuals with developmental disabilities. We teach independence, promote community integration, and offer support and counseling for Individuals and their families.
How do you talk to someone with a disability? Well, to put it simply, the same way you would speak to anyone else: with compassion, respect, and an understanding of their personal communication style. There’s no magic trick to speaking with members of the developmentally disabled community. It’s about seeing them as individual people with… [Continue reading] How to Speak with People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Occupational therapy is “an educational and practice-oriented health profession” primarily focused on rehabilitation. Despite their similarities, occupational therapy differs than physical therapy. Both are forms of rehabilitative therapy but focus on different areas of recovery. What Does an Occupational Therapist Do? A physical therapist is often employed to facilitate healing after a traumatic injury or… [Continue reading] The Role of Occupational Therapy for People With Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (IDD)
Staying fit and active is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Not only does it make us feel good physically, mentally, and emotionally, but it can also improve our longevity and quality of life. An Exercise in Habit Building Let’s face it: exercise can be pretty dull or even downright unpleasant. One of the… [Continue reading] Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and Exercise
Members of nonprofit boards are typically fierce advocates of the organization they serve. They freely donate their time, skills, energy and, many times, money to the cause. Board members also bring a host of new connections within the community and the business arena. The Independent Living Association’s Board of Directors, is composed of a group… [Continue reading] Lola Simpson—ILA Board member