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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

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”