What We Do
A Short List of Services
LIFE/RUN’s Information and Referral (I&R) Services strive to provide Consumers and their families with timely, comprehensive information on community resources that will assist them in meeting their independent living goals. The Center provides up-to-date information on services and supports such as adaptive equipment, transportation, accessible housing and food vouchers. I&R Services are also provided to other agencies and the community at large. This assistance is instrumental in increasing public awareness of disability issues and knowledge of the service options available to people with disabilities from both the Center and the community.
LIFE/RUN provides advocacy by helping individuals with disabilities to navigate an often complex service delivery system of regulations that may impede access to benefits for which one may be eligible. During this process, Consumers are encouraged to become their own best advocates by exercising their civil rights against unfair and discriminatory practices. The Center also engages in systems advocacy, which entails educating policy makers and the broader community about the impact that existing policies and proposed legislation may have on the disability community.
Whether one has a newly acquired injury or just dealing with life’s many issues, the LIFE/RUN Center can provide peer support for individuals and groups wishing to better understand living life with a disability. LIFE/RUN provides several forums in which Consumers can forge new friendships, share experiences and find solutions to common issues. Because Center staff consists primarily of individuals with disabilities themselves, they are in a unique position to serve as peer mentors to Consumers seeking a life of independence.
A key element of LIFE/RUN services is Independent Living Skills (ILS) training. The Center provides one-on-one training to assist people with disabilities in acquiring the skills they need in order to live independently. This may include cooking skills, health maintenance, money management and transportation. The ILS training can be provided in a classroom setting, thereby encouraging peer support. For those who prefer more private or discreet ILS assistance, one-on-one training can be provided in the Center or at the Consumer’s home.