The Independent Living (IL) program, side by side with an Assistive Technology (AT) program, provides financial assistance to individuals with severe physical disabilities in order to facilitate their independence and integration into the community. This is accomplished through a coordinated array of services, thereby maximizing the choices available to Nevadans with disabilities. Resources available allow clients to:
- Develop a plan for living with maximum independence and quality of life - Identify public and private programs (including the above IL/AT program) to secure needed services - Choose from appropriate vendors to receive services - Provide honest feedback on the assistance they receive, allowing the programs to expand and more effectively address the needs of the consumer - Become effective self-advocates.
Types of Items Funded under the program include those necessary to increase independence and prevent institutionalization. Examples include, but are not limited to: - Wheelchairs, van lifts and environmental controls - Mobility evaluation and training - Door widening, ramps, and other structural modifications - When available, the IL program has also funded the Nevada Autism Project to provide financial support for therapy for children diagnosed with Autism.
Qualifications vary on the programs, but the basic ones include: - Applicant must reside in the State of Nevada and have a severe disability and limitation in their ability to function independently. - There must be an expectation that the services funded will improve the applicant's functional independence. - Income qualification is based on a sliding scale, so some applicants may have a co-payment on the costs. - If an applicant qualifies for other programs, those resources must be used first and we will help you identify and access those resources.
RAGE would like to thank the Aging and Disability Services Division and Ameristar Casinos for their generous support of the Independent Living/Assistive Technology Programs.