Information & Referral
LIFE/RUN’s Information and Referral (I&R) Services strive to provide Consumers and their families with timely, comprehensive information on community resources such as adaptive equipment, transportation, accessible housing and food vouchers. I&R Services are also provided to other agencies and the community at large.
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.
Independent Living Skills Training
LIFE/RUN provides one-on-one training to assist people with disabilities in acquiring the skills they need such as cooking skills, health maintenance, money management and transportation. Independent Living Skills Training (ILS) is 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, community or in the Consumer’s home.
Home By Choice Nursing Home Relocation Program
It is LIFE/RUN’s contention that every Texan, regardless of age or disability, deserves the opportunity to live a life of full inclusion. This program has changed the lives of many individuals by transitioning them from long-term care facilities into a community-based setting of their own choosing. LIFE/RUN facilitates this process by acting as the liaison between the individual and the various agencies and services necessary for a successful relocation. Home By Choice can assist with locating housing, transportation options, and grants for paying moving expenses, deposits, household items, and other related costs.
LIFE/RUN also assists students with disabilities to develop the skills they need for transitioning to adulthood and living independently. Services may include job readiness training, job shadowing, money management, transportation training, locating transitional housing, etc.