North Country Center for Independence: Introduction
We serve people with disabilities of all ages and all types of disabilities. We also serve businesses, families of people with disabilities, and governmental organizations … that help people with disabilities and the local community. We offer one-on-one information, advocacy, and peer counseling for people with disabilities to set and achieve their goals. We run the Ombudsman program in Clinton, Essex, and Franklin County, … advocating and empowering residents in all long term care facilities throughout the three counties. We help people with disabilities change their living situations to be more independent and integrated with the community. We help people with disabilities to find supports and resources they need to achieve and maintain their independence. We offer help and technical assistance to improve physical accessibility in your home and businesses. We help people obtain and manage their benefits, like Social Security and Medicaid. We oversee the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance program which provides personal care assistance to people with disabilities. CDPAP is a model of home care where people with disabilities hire, train, and supervise their own home care aides. To qualify, you must be on Medicaid and medically eligible for home care. If you are interested in using CDPAP services, or being hired as an aide, call us! We fight to preserve the rights of people with disabilities, to enable them to have an independent life in their community. We urge local businesses to become as accessible as they possibly can. … we give them technical support, so that they can access things like tax credits, and be knowledgeable … about what they need to do to be accessible so that everyone in the community can use their services. We work very hard to ensure that the rights of people with disabilities are followed in every way … so that they can live independently in the community without being forced into institutions. We work on the local level, the state level, the federal level, and sometimes even internationally, … because we don’t live in a fishbowl. All of our rights are connected with everyone around us. All you have to do to get started is call or stop by for a visit.