INFORMATION AND REFERRAL: DCCIL provides disability-specific information and referral to ensure people with disabilities have access to information needed to achieve or maintain independence in their communities.
INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS TRAINING: DCCIL provides IL skills training in specific areas needed to achieve independent living, ensuring that people with disabilities achieve and maintain their independence.
PEER COUNSELING: DCCIL preserves its integrity as a grassroots organization by implementing peer support to achieve objectives set by the disability community itself. The value placed on peer support in the Independent Living Movement is paramount and unique, and the significance of a system that values the peer-to-peer relationship is often overlooked by a society that is accustomed to valuing the opinion of professionals and “experts” over the goals and needs of consumers.
INDIVIDUAL AND SYSTEMS ADVOCACY: DCCIL advocates for improved accessibility, and assists people transitioning from nursing homes to independent living in their communities. DCCIL staff advocate on an individual and system-wide basis to ensure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities.
TRANSITION SERVICES: DCCIL assists individuals with significant disabilities who live in nursing homes and other institutions to transition to community-based residences as well as assist in establishing community-based supports and services, provides assistance to individuals with significant disabilities who are at risk of entering institutions so that the individuals may remain in the community and facilitates the transition of youth who are individuals with significant disabilities.
In addition to our core services, DCCIL also provides an array of other related services. These services include but are not limited to ADA information and consultation, relocation by choice, benefits planning, travel training, asset management, orientation and mobility and rehabilitation teaching for people who are blind or visually impaired, basic computer skills, housing resources (we do not provide housing directly) and limited transportation services. DCCIL provides services to individuals with significant disabilities as well as to the local community at large.