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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

MEET: Nikiesha Bucknor, ILA Area Coordinator

Independent Living Association (ILA) operates more than 35 group homes across New York City providing safe living environments for about 250 developmentally and intellectually disabled men and women. Nikiesha Bucknor has been with ILA for 12 years and the Brooklyn Area Coordinator for two and one-half years, overseeing a cluster of programs, supervising the managers… [Continue reading] MEET: Nikiesha Bucknor, ILA Area Coordinator

What is the New Disability Narrative?

Corporate Growth and the New Disability Narrative As a new decade dawns and companies everywhere consider their corporate strategy, inclusion and diversity rise to the fore as a critical growth factor throughout the organization. Strategies like the New Disability Narrative are proving to be a vital component in guiding the way forward. Though it’s less… [Continue reading] What is the New Disability Narrative?

Supporting Persons with Developmental Disabilities During the Holiday Season

The holiday season is magical in many ways. However, it can also be very stressful, especially for individuals with developmental disabilities.  There is so much stimulation, so many new things to look at and often, there are deviations in daily routines that can become a significant source of anxiety. Visits from unfamiliar extended family members,… [Continue reading] Supporting Persons with Developmental Disabilities During the Holiday Season

ILA’s Residential Program… Making a House a Home

For Brian, Jared, Daniel, and Tiano home for the past few years has been in a quiet neighborhood in Cambria Heights, Queens, New York. These young men live in a group home (Individual Residential Alternative or IRA) owned and operated by the Independent Living Association, Inc. a not for profit organization which opened its doors… [Continue reading] ILA’s Residential Program… Making a House a Home

2019 Golf Event Scores a “Hole In One”

This year’s Independent Living Association’s Golf and Games fundraiser event proved to be a smashing success. The weather at Harbor Links Golf Course was perfect for the 120 golfers, many who have been participating for many years. There was also a record attendance for the Mah Jongg games and lessons. In addition 40 dinner guests… [Continue reading] 2019 Golf Event Scores a “Hole In One”

Philanthropy…A Gift of Hope

Independent Living Association (ILAonline.org) has been offering its services to individuals since its inception in 1985. Due to ILA’s unique programs, hundreds of developmentally disabled men and women who may have spent their entire lives in large institutions have been able to live flourishing and fulfilling lives in their communities. As with many similar not… [Continue reading] Philanthropy…A Gift of Hope

Golfing for Good: ILA’s Tournament to Support Day Habilitation Services

Most golfers in Port Washington enjoy a round or two for fun or business. But for those who participated in Independent Living Association, Inc’s Golf and Games Tournament, the stakes went well beyond basic bragging rights. Making a Difference in the Community On Friday, September 13, golf enthusiasts and do-gooders alike took over the Harbor… [Continue reading] Golfing for Good: ILA’s Tournament to Support Day Habilitation Services

In Memoriam: Martin Adams, 1962-2018

On October 4, 2018, staff, individuals, and families honored the memory of Individual Martin (Marty) Adams, who passed away in September after battling a short illness. During a repast at ILA’s 102nd Street Residence, they shared stories and watched a moving video montage offering a wonderful snapshot of Marty’s life. Marty was a member of… [Continue reading] In Memoriam: Martin Adams, 1962-2018