|About||"Proudly Serving People With All Disabilities" in Monmouth & Ocean Counties|
|Mission||To support and promote choice, independence and self-determination in the lives of people with disabilities, giving each individual full and equal access in the community.|
|Description||Independent Living is a philosophy and a movement of people with disabilities who advocate for equal opportunities, self-determination and self-respect. Independent Living means that people with disabilities have the same right to participation, to the same range of options and degree of freedom and control in everyday life that "non-disable" citizens take for granted.|
Consumer services give people with disabilities the tools and resources they need to achieve independence and make more informed choices. The services include but are not limited to the four core services which are Advocacy (Individual & Systems); Independent Living Skills Training; Information & Referral; Peer Support.
Individual Advocacy is a tool used by staff to assist a consumer with an issue. Assistance is given to a consumer to navigate various systems in order to meet his/her individual needs.
Systems Advocacy is consumers working together to change policies and practices to community systems on local, state and federal levels to bring about change that improve accessibility in the lives of all people with disabilities.
Independent Living Skills Training provides individualized instruction to consumers in acquiring and developing the skills needs to live independently. Life Skills areas include, but are not limited to using public transportation, money management, job skills and social skills. Empowerment is incorporated into each skill area that a consumer decides is needed to increase their independence.
Information & Referral provides information about disability issues and referral to other agencies with services to the disabled community.
Peer Support is the sharing by individuals with disabilities through individual and/or a group setting. Facilitated by peers with disabilities who have personal experience with barriers in their lives can empower consumers to handle a variety of situations involving barriers to access, discrimination, cultural bias, personal and social issues.