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ILA Receives Generous Donation from the Healy Family

The Independent Living Association (ILA) operates over 35 group homes throughout New York City, where over 250 developmentally and intellectually disabled men and women are given the opportunity to lead productive lives. The Lamoka Avenue home is one of eleven group homes on Staten Island where 10 Individuals reside.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, all of… [Continue reading] ILA Receives Generous Donation from the Healy Family

Society for All: Inclusion for People with Disabilities

July 26th, 2020 marked the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA was meant to establish “a clear and comprehensive prohibition of discrimination based on disability.” This anniversary is, in no uncertain terms, a landmark achievement for folks with disabilities. It marked a turning point in history, but even today, the ADA… [Continue reading] Society for All: Inclusion for People with Disabilities

Day Habilitation and Community Habilitation Services

Our community offers more than just a network of connectivity: it gives us a sense of self. Everyone is a part of it, and everyone shares in its benefits – and that includes folks with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Everyone learns, works, and plays at their own pace. No matter how far along a person… [Continue reading] Day Habilitation and Community Habilitation Services

Staying Nourished During the Pandemic

In recent months, we’ve been bombarded with information about how to keep ourselves COVID-free. By now, you know the drill—wash your hands, wear a mask, don’t touch your face, sanitize all surfaces—it’s all excellent information, and people need to understand it. What we’ve seen less of, but which is no less important, is how to… [Continue reading] Staying Nourished During the Pandemic

Visitations to ILA Group Homes Will Resume

Diana and Kevin McConnell haven’t seen their son, Ryan, since March 9. Eileen Nesselt has not seen her son, Robert, since mid-March. These families along with many others, whose loved ones live in Independent Living Association (ILA) group homes throughout the New York City area, have had their lives dramatically changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. … [Continue reading] Visitations to ILA Group Homes Will Resume

The Struggle of IDD Individuals & Pandemic Living

Adjusting to the effects of COVID-19 hasn’t been easy for anyone. It’s lonely, frightening, and uncertain. But for most of us, it’s still possible to navigate within our communities. We can make virtual connections, pick up groceries, and take small pleasures in our hobbies. But for those living with intellectual and developmental (IDD) disabilities, even… [Continue reading] The Struggle of IDD Individuals & Pandemic Living

ILA Frontline Healthcare Workers are Heroes—Today and Every Day

Did someone say ‘Parade’? There are so many people who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak. They continue to help keep our communities safe and the world running. To celebrate the Independent Living Association’s courageous workers for their ongoing sacrifice–Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), Cooks, Maintenance, and all Support Staff–a special “Thank You for… [Continue reading] ILA Frontline Healthcare Workers are Heroes—Today and Every Day

The Impact of Direct Support Professionals

Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) work directly with intellectually or developmentally disabled people. Their task is to assist their clients, enabling them to live their lives to the fullest. They act as a bridge between a client with a disability and the community, strengthening both in the process. But the role of a DSP is no… [Continue reading] The Impact of Direct Support Professionals

Independent Living Association Receives Mask Donation from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has made a most generous unsolicited donation of 100 hand sewn masks to ILA in appreciation of the care and dedication of the ILA staff during the challenging pandemic. The materials used for the masks, according to Julia Carlson, Associate Conservator in the Department of Textile Conservation, and Melina Plottu,… [Continue reading] Independent Living Association Receives Mask Donation from The Metropolitan Museum of Art