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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

ILA Receives Much-needed Donation of N-95 Masks

Independent Living Association has recently received a much-needed donation of N-95 masks which will be distributed to the staff of its group homes. Thanks to the diligent work of Francis Delucia, the son of ILA’s Deputy Executive Director/Chief Financial Officer, Frank Delucia, the masks will be helpful in protecting the staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.… [Continue reading] ILA Receives Much-needed Donation of N-95 Masks

What is Disability Culture?

While no two people with disabilities are the same, a shared understanding exists between those with disabilities. Simply put by disability scholar Steven K. Brown, “People with disabilities recognize that they share a similar, but unique, history based on common perceptions about disability.” It should be noted that disability culture is not the same as… [Continue reading] What is Disability Culture?

ILA Recognizes Exceptional Employees

[Photo left to right: Anthony, Tamara and Ola hold their ILA employee recognition awards February 18]   As part of our culture of caring, not only for Individuals and families but also for our employees, ILA proudly reintroduced the Employee Recognition Program with the goal of acknowledging and honoring our exemplary team members. Each month… [Continue reading] ILA Recognizes Exceptional Employees

Independent Living Association Services: You don’t have to feel like it’s you against the world

We tend to take a lot of things for granted in this world. We have everything we need at our fingertips. We have our own lives, and for the most part, we make our own way in the world. But for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, it’s not quite as easy as all… [Continue reading] Independent Living Association Services: You don’t have to feel like it’s you against the world