Your Independence Starts with Heartland Independent Living Center
Advocacy - One of our core services here at Heartland Independent Living Center is advocacy. A vital aspect of advocacy is the implemention of education advocacy. Informing consumers and the general public of Individual Education Program support and legal rights is imperative. We believe in increasing public awareness by notifying them of issues concerning the disabled, and also in informing the legislators of the facts relevant to pending disability legislation. We encourage all of our consumers to be proactive in their participation in the political process by voting and writing their local congressman. Last, but definitely not least, we are passionate about access issues; breaking down physical barriers, cultural barriers, and employment barriers are something we pride ourselves on.
Skills Training - HILC is proud to offer skills training to our consumers. We assist them by setting goals and developing a plan of action with benchmarks to achieve these goals. By giving individuals the opportunity to learn necessary skills and develop resources, technology, and adaptations, we are empowering them to live independently.
Information and Referral - HILC sets aside the time necessary to provide consumers with information and referral. By maintaining a resource library used to assist consumers in the referral to appropriate agencies to address needs and provide answers to questions relating to any disability issue, we can overcome all challenges.
Peer support - is another one of our core services. By mentoring among those with disabilities to encourage success and positive attitudes toward difficult issues, and offering individuals the opportunity to meet people living with similar challenges, many barriers can be broken and motivation can be obtained.
Ramp/Home Modification program - HILC may provide consumers with several modifications to the home. By building ramps, making bathrooms more accessible, and widening doorways to provide access to and from the home we can help increase a consumer’s independence greatly. The ramp program is intended to benefit individuals that require the long term usage of a wheelchair and applicants must meet income guidelines.