Everything we do revolves around supporting your effort to move from a ‘custodial environment’ into independent life in the community of your choice. Independence doesn’t mean you do everything for yourself, it means you are in control of who is providing the support you need to live the life you choose.
- Community Forums – Informational events are facilitated to bridge gaps between service providers and people who use such services, creating dialogue among all parties. Here, service providers come prepared with information about what supports are offered and field questions from those who are interested.
- Action Groups – People with disabilities, seniors and agencies/organizations providing community-based services, coming together in a coordinated effort to realize more inclusive, accessible and accommodating opportunities.
- Inclusion workshops – NWCCI provides training for businesses, organizations, and individuals through workshops designed to raise awareness and realize more inclusive communities. We believe an inclusive community is a healthy community. We provide information on disability etiquette, reasonable accommodations, services and supports in the community through an interactive, participatory learning process.
- Americans with Disabilities Act (‘ADA’) Technical Assistance – NWCCI works with businesses, organizations and government agencies to develop an ADA transition plan for becoming more inclusive, accessible and accommodating. We work with you to come into compliance with ADA requirements in a way that is reasonable and does not incur undue financial or administrative burden. In the process NWCCI provides an assessment and works with you to access tax incentives and other resources to achieve the steps laid out in an ADA transition plan.
Independent Living Skills Development
NWCCI staff will work with you to set a goal for living well in the community and develop an Independent Living Plan for reaching your goal. We pull together the services, resources and tools that are useful for realizing your goals. Independent living skills include, but are not limited to:
- Budgeting, bill paying, and organizing mail
- Advertising, interviewing, hiring, and training personal care attendants
- Putting together grocery lists, planning for shopping trips and other daily activities
- Choosing from among potential service providers and coordinating supports
- Accessing and learning how to use assistive technology devices
- Securing benefits, medical care, and related services
- Learning about and engaging in social and recreational opportunities
- Receiving technical assistance with employment-related skills
We invite you to join with us to share in experience, strength, and hope in the various peer support opportunities that NWCCI hosts. Please visit “Peer Group” on our site for more information.
- Peer Support Groups – People with disabilities and seniors come together in mutual support of our interests, participating in recreational and life-skill focused groups. Visit Peer Group for more information.
- Individual Peer Support – As any certified Center for Independent Living, the majority of our staff and board of directors are comprised of people with permanent and significant disabilities. We enjoy the distinct advantage of personal understanding. We avoid fostering dependency and naturally shun entitlement by virtue of experience.
Information and Assistance
- We have established relationships with providers of transportation, housing, benefits, social/recreational opportunities, businesses (employment), and more. We connect people with whom we are working with providers of services through a referral network.
- Nursing Home Transition – NWCCI advocates will work with you or a loved one to explore options for moving out of an institution and into the community of your choice.
- Youth Transition – NWCCI advocates will work with you and your family to implement your transition plan for when your school services end and adult life in the community begins.
- Transportation – Here at NWCCI, we offer Medical Transport for consumers in Moffat and Routt Counties. We will also assist individuals with getting to Medical Appointments in Denver, Boulder, and Grand Junction. When someone has a medical appointment outside of the 5 county area that we serve, we will assist with transportation options such as the Bustang, Taxi Services, and local transportation services to ensure that a person in need can attend their medical appointments using all the transportation options that Colorado has to offer. Please contact James Higgins (email@example.com) in Routt County and Ryan Secules (firstname.lastname@example.org) in Moffat County for transportation options.
- Volunteer opportunities – Please contact our Operations Assistant, Pam Wertz (email@example.com) to learn more about opportunities to be involved with NWCCI activities and participation in community events. Volunteerism is often an excellent means of developing employment skills and engaging with potential employers.