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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

Funding Home and Community-Based Supports

As COVID-19 shelter in place orders enter their third month, Americans everywhere are struggling. While everyone is trying to make the best of the situation, it is becoming increasingly clear where support systems are failing those in the disabled community. Financial Challenges It’s well-documented that people with disabilities are at a disproportionately higher risk of… [Continue reading] Funding Home and Community-Based Supports

Pawsitive Impact: Assistance Dogs and Intellectually/Developmentally Disabled Individuals

It’s no secret that a dog is man’s best friend. But beyond that, they may also be man’s best assistant.  Assistance dogs have been in the profession for ages, but as time goes by, science is proving the true versatility of trained support pooches. Animals Help Us Feel Better Animals, as it turns out, have… [Continue reading] Pawsitive Impact: Assistance Dogs and Intellectually/Developmentally Disabled Individuals

COVID-19 and Students with Disabilities: What You Need to Know

With all the uncertainty in the world right now, people want answers they can count on. Schools and childcare services across districts, cities, and states are closing down with no concrete date for reopening. Public services like libraries, museums, and gyms that we often use as supplemental supports are closing their doors in light of… [Continue reading] COVID-19 and Students with Disabilities: What You Need to Know