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Options for Independent Living

Options for Independent Living Options provides opportunities and services, through advocacy and education, for individuals with l disabilities of all ages in 17 NE WI counties.

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Do you have questions about work and how it affects your disability benefits or other public benefits?  Are you concerne...
10/17/2022

Do you have questions about work and how it affects your disability benefits or other public benefits? Are you concerned you will lose your Medicare or Medicaid if you start to work? Options’ Work Incentives Benefits Specialist may be able to help! Our Work Incentives Benefits Specialist can explain the work incentives and healthcare programs that may be available to you. To talk with our Work Incentives Benefits Specialist, call Karin at (920) 393-1039.

10/13/2022

White Cane Safety Day is nationally recognized on October 15 every year. The law encourages the year-round independence of people in the blind and visually impaired community, creating a sense of empowerment and improving public safety. Thousands of individuals with vision loss around the state of Wisconsin use a white cane for mobility and safe travel.

Wisconsin’s White Cane Law Statute N. 346.26(1) states:

“An operator of a vehicle shall stop the vehicle before approaching closer than 10 feet to a pedestrian who is carrying a cane or walking stick which is white in color or white trimmed with red and which is held in an extended or raised position or who is using a dog guide and shall take such precautions as may be necessary to avoid accident or injury to the pedestrian.” The penalty for violating the law is between $25 and $200 for the first offense and between $50 and $500 for the 2nd violation.

We had the opportunity to work with the great crew at Marinette County again today helping people gain access to the out...
10/07/2022
Marinette County adaptive hiking event features all-terrain wheelchairs

We had the opportunity to work with the great crew at Marinette County again today helping people gain access to the outdoors.

MARINETTE COUNTY (WLUK) -- Taking to the trails and enjoying the fall colors is part of "How WI Live" in Wisconsin, and in Marinette County, an event is giving

10/06/2022
Awesome day today in beautiful Marinette county. Fall colors are awesome and they have put together a great event for pe...
10/04/2022

Awesome day today in beautiful Marinette county. Fall colors are awesome and they have put together a great event for people with limited mobility to access the trails and scenic overlook. The event continues all week, and we will be back to assist on Friday. Take a short trip to check it out!

Here we go! 😀 Wheel Hike Together: Adaptive Hiking at Thunder Mountain is officially underway! If you or a loved one have physical limitations and would enjoy a beautiful fall hike, don't let this opportunity pass you by! Access Ability Wisconsin and Options for Independent Living have provided these amazing all-terrain wheel chairs for you to get out and enjoy the outdoors! Time slots are available every day of the event, which runs through Sunday. For more info and to register: https://www.exploremarinettecounty.com/pages/wheel-hike-together/

Wheel Hike Together at Thunder Mountain, Marinette County, WI
10/03/2022
Wheel Hike Together at Thunder Mountain, Marinette County, WI

Wheel Hike Together at Thunder Mountain, Marinette County, WI

Wheel Hike Together is an adaptive hiking event where individuals with limited mobility and/or physical limitations can use an all-terrain track chair to explore almost 3 miles of trails canopied with fall colors.

The Accessibility-Assessment (AA) Program at Options provides in-depth evaluations of barriers to independence in an ind...
09/30/2022

The Accessibility-Assessment (AA) Program at Options provides in-depth evaluations of barriers to independence in an individual’s home and/or vehicle. After a brain tumor diagnosis, the illness and chemo treatments left Sue Premo, former Executive Director/Board Member physically tired and weak. Sue couldn’t get in/out of her home or climb stairs to the second-floor bedroom/bathroom without caregiver assistance. Sue reached out to the AA Team for services, and they provided technical layouts for a ramp and a stair-lift recommendation. “I don’t feel like I need to be supervised all the time anymore. As someone already living with disabilities, I never thought I would use the services in the way I have. You never know when you are going to need the services Options provides.”

Our staff watched this video together this week and it generated a lot of great dialogue of the reality of "equal access...
09/28/2022
Zach Anner & The Quest for the Rainbow Bagel

Our staff watched this video together this week and it generated a lot of great dialogue of the reality of "equal access". Please watch this video and comment with your thoughts or share your similar experiences. It's a great reminder and reality check.

To learn more about cerebral palsy and raise awareness go to: yourcpf.org

We are excited to have been invited to participate in this great event in the beautiful north woods!  Please consider si...
09/26/2022
Wheel Hike Together at Thunder Mountain, Marinette County, WI

We are excited to have been invited to participate in this great event in the beautiful north woods! Please consider signing up and joining if you'd like to participate.

Wheel Hike Together is an adaptive hiking event where individuals with limited mobility and/or physical limitations can use an all-terrain track chair to explore almost 3 miles of trails canopied with fall colors.

With apple picking, pumpkin patches and corn mazes opening up, remember we have a track chair that is available for free...
09/18/2022

With apple picking, pumpkin patches and corn mazes opening up, remember we have a track chair that is available for free to use. It’s a great way to get kiddos, parents or grandparents to participate in events that may not be possible with typical mobility devices.

Congrats the the friends group for putting this together!  Great job, can’t wait to see it!
09/16/2022

Congrats the the friends group for putting this together! Great job, can’t wait to see it!

If you, a loved one, a neighbor or a friend need support moving home from a Nursing Home or Assisted Living Facility, pl...
09/16/2022

If you, a loved one, a neighbor or a friend need support moving home from a Nursing Home or Assisted Living Facility, please contact Options Community Transition Nurse.

⌂ “Your role has been like, since I’ve been on an emotional roller coaster ‘something steady, something solid’ to focus on while so much is swirling around in my head”
-Ricki B, consumer wife/POA
⌂ Deb, your Community Transition Nurse position at Options came at the best possible time for one of my IRIS Participants and his wife. I am beyond thankful for the support and assistance you have provided to this family. It has been a challenging situation but together we are making a difference. I appreciate your wisdom and know this family feels very supported by you through your efforts and diligence.
Thank you!
-Amy B, IRIS Consultant

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Photos from Sheboygan County Aging and Disability Resource Center's post
09/15/2022

Photos from Sheboygan County Aging and Disability Resource Center's post

Photos from Brown County Parks's post
09/15/2022

Photos from Brown County Parks's post

Thank you to the wonderful lady who donated this to our adaptive recreation program.  If you or someone you know would l...
09/13/2022

Thank you to the wonderful lady who donated this to our adaptive recreation program. If you or someone you know would like to try this adult trike out to see if something like this could help you achieve your recreational goals, please contact Calvin to schedule a test ride.

We are at St. Johns Catholic School Hall in Princeton today for the Green Lake County Senior Picnic hosted by ADRC of Ad...
09/09/2022

We are at St. Johns Catholic School Hall in Princeton today for the Green Lake County Senior Picnic hosted by ADRC of Adams, Green Lake, and Waushara Counties.

The construction of the accessible playground at Peninsula State Park is back underway!  We can’t wait to see it!
09/07/2022

The construction of the accessible playground at Peninsula State Park is back underway! We can’t wait to see it!

The life-changing power of assistive technologies
09/07/2022
The life-changing power of assistive technologies

The life-changing power of assistive technologies

"This chair is my legs -- this chair is my life," says accessibility champion Jane Velkovski, who uses a wheelchair after being diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). With clarity and poise, he shares how his first motorized wheelchair empowered him with independence and ability -- and why as...

Options’ Personal Care Program allows consumers like Matt to live at home and receive assistance with daily living, grad...
09/02/2022

Options’ Personal Care Program allows consumers like Matt to live at home and receive assistance with daily living, graduate along with his peers, and adapt to pandemic life like we all had to. His Care Worker reached out to his RN supervisor about this high-energy young man struggling in his quarantined world, and they decided that exercise was essential. Val (RN Supervisor) reached out past the Personal Care department to an Independent Living Coordinator. Options was able to help the family purchase a recumbent bike to open Matt’s world back up. At Options, Personal Cares are just a starting point in helping people with disabilities live at home and out in the community.

Congrats Team USA!
08/28/2022

Congrats Team USA!

It's 🥇 for the United States! 🇺🇸

They've showcased some outstanding Para ice hockey in the last three days and took the well-deserved triumph in Green Bay. 👏

📸 Charlie Skinner / WPIH

| | Citi | PARA SPORT

08/27/2022

Come down to Cornerstone Community Ice Center today or tomorrow to watch the Womens World Sled Challenge World Para Ice Hockey. Video below shows a tip off and goal scored just moments ago between Team Canada and Team World. Come on down, it’s free!

Assistive technology is any piece of equipment that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilitie...
08/26/2022

Assistive technology is any piece of equipment that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a person with a disability. We strive to help people with everything from adaptive recreational equipment like our track chair all the way to alternative phone options for people with hearing, vision or mobility impairment. We demonstrate and loan all types of assistive technology. Assistive technology is a vital part of the independent living philosophy.

08/24/2022
08/23/2022

Happy customers make us happy!! We recently helped Miss Kyra get all set up on her new HASE Bikes USA adaptive Trets trike so she can cruise with her family in comfort and style!

Our missions is to help riders of all ages and abilities experience the fun and freedom cycling provides. If you know someone that could benefit from some of our adaptive products let us know how we can help!

Check out this awesome event!  World Para Ice Hockey Women’s Challenge, happening at Cornerstone Community Ice Center ne...
08/17/2022
Para World Championship

Check out this awesome event! World Para Ice Hockey Women’s Challenge, happening at Cornerstone Community Ice Center next weekend. There is no charge for admission as they are aiming to promote Women's Sled Hockey.

The Womens World Sled Challenge will be held in Green Bay, WI, from August 26 - 28th at Cornerstone Community Center. This event will allow women to compete and recruit disabled female athletes and their representative countries to support female disabled athletes. Team USA, Team Canada, Team Great....

https://www.terrainhopperusa.com/campbellsport-woman-becomes-first-in-wisconsin-to-utilize-rugged-terrainhopper-powered-...
08/13/2022
Campbellsport woman becomes first in Wisconsin to utilize rugged TerrainHopper powered wheel chair

https://www.terrainhopperusa.com/campbellsport-woman-becomes-first-in-wisconsin-to-utilize-rugged-terrainhopper-powered-wheel-chair/

CAMPBELLSPORT, Wis. (CBS 58) – Amber Ullius is a pioneer for mobility minded people working to overcome disability. The 27-year old Campbellsport woman is the first person in Wisconsin to sport an ultra-rugged new wheelchair designed to help her return to her beloved outdoor activities on her fami...

Our new Action Trackchair arrived today!  Huge thanks to WPS Foundation & WEC Energy Group for the grant to make this ha...
08/11/2022

Our new Action Trackchair arrived today! Huge thanks to WPS Foundation & WEC Energy Group for the grant to make this happen, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for funding the trailer and WisTech Assistive Technology Advisory Council for the connections and filling in with funding to piece it all together. Thanks to TSS Action Trackchair - Great Lakes Region for delivering an awesome product, Bay Trailer Depot for the trailer, Reinhold Sign Service Inc. for the decals and most importantly support from our consumers and board of directors for making this all a possibility. Contact us to use this awesome machine or inquire about other devices available in our Adaptive Recreation program!

I just spoke with the president of TerrainHopper USA about their device. Would anyone have interest in us adding this de...
08/09/2022
TerrainHopper All-Terrain Mobility Products

I just spoke with the president of TerrainHopper USA about their device. Would anyone have interest in us adding this device to our adaptive recreation program and have free access to use it?

The Ultimate in Off-Road Mobility.

Anyone interested in wheelchair basketball?  We’d love to put together some open gym sessions!
08/08/2022

Anyone interested in wheelchair basketball? We’d love to put together some open gym sessions!

08/08/2022
disabilityvote.org

Tomorrow, August 9, is Election Day in Wisconsin. The Options for Independent Living and Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition urges voters with disabilities to cast a ballot and participate in our democracy. Your vote matter, so please remember to vote!!

Click on the link below on Disability Vote for some key things to remember as you make your plan to vote:

08/05/2022
disabilityvote.org

Tuesday August 9th is the Primary Election...Don't forget to Vote!!!
Voter Registration Information

My Vote Wisconsin: Register and check your voter status at https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/.

Voter Registration Application Forms, Wisconsin Election Commission: View application forms here: https://elections.wi.gov/wec-form/voter-registration-application-el-131-131h-131s Note: This page has links to voter registration forms in English, Spanish and Hmong.

Disability Vote Coalition Voter Registration Fact Sheet: View fact sheet here (accessible pdf).https://disabilityvote.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/DVC-Voting-Registration-Fact-Sheet-acc.pdf

Guides for Acceptable Proof of Residence/ID:https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lA2L4IXPGvfqfdgCIECM81mUjU_ll09O/view

08/04/2022

Free and Open to the Public Meet the WI Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) staff

August 27, 2022, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn Green Bay Stadium
2875 Ramada Way
Green Bay, WI 54304
920-569-4248

Meet the Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) staff in person and let's connect. Come and share your questions and concerns.

Meet special guest entertainer, Dack Virnig. Dack Virnig is an American Sign Language (ASL) storyteller, illustrator, and entertainer. He is well known for using performance-based ASL to describe imaginative visuals with only his hands. To date, he has shared his talents in 49 states and 22 countries. At the end of each town hall meeting, Dack will give a 60- to 90-minute performance.

Pizza will be served.

Accommodations
Interpreters and CART captioning will be provided. Let ODHH know if you need additional accommodations.

For more information or to RSVP
Email ODHH [email protected] or call 855-359-5252
Please RSVP by August 22, 2022

07/29/2022

On this day in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law.

The ADA is one of the most consequential pieces of civil rights legislation, prohibiting discrimination and guaranteeing that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life.

During the passage of the ADA, the Wisconsin DNR was constructing its first accessible cabin at Mirror Lake State Park, which opened to visitors with disabilities in 1991. There are now eight fully accessible cabins and two accessible rustic cabins at state parks around the state.

Check out our webpage for information on accessible cabins, including where they’re located and how to reserve them:
https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/camping/adacabins

Address

555 Country Club Rd
Green Bay, WI
54313

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8am - 4:30pm
Friday 8am - 4:30pm

Telephone

(920) 490-0500

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Options for Independent Living

Options for Independent Living is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization committed to empowering people with disabilities to lead independent and productive lives in their community through advocacy, the provision of information, education, technology and related services.

As part of the independent living philosophy of consumer-directed services, Options staff will provide information so individuals with disabilities, family and friends can make informed choices and achieve their goals.

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