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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The Essential Frontline Employee Relief ProgramThe Essential Frontline Employee Relief Program administered by Newcap, I...
01/15/2021

The Essential Frontline Employee Relief Program

The Essential Frontline Employee Relief Program administered by
Newcap, Inc. provides emergency rental assistance and/or mortgage assistance payments, vouchers for childcare, payment of medical bills incurred due to contracting COIVD-19 and utilities. Essential Frontline Employees are defined as any person who is currently employed or laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic by a business listed as essential by Governor Evers Emergency Order #12. Applicants MUST reside in the city limits of Green Bay AND the household must be under 80% of County Median Income. Call 920.430.1350 for an application.

Disability advocates!! Wisconsin policymakers are right now making critical decisions about funding and changes to disab...
01/14/2021
Survival Coalition

Disability advocates!! Wisconsin policymakers are right now making critical decisions about funding and changes to disability programs. The state budget is the most important piece of legislation that impacts people’s lives. SURVEY ENDS TOMORROW!

The The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations is gathering people’s stories and thoughts about the most pressing needs in our state to help policymakers understand disability issues. Please complete the survey (link below) as soon as possible and share it with others!
Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M8KRCFR?fbclid=IwAR3MH0-CvskoRmS2QcJBszU00G4cEfOD4P8CLGQVOQ1Y78eLMDXqVt9VPjQ

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Here is an infographic social story about the COVID-19 Vaccine, in two parts! Thanks to the Center for Dignity in Health...
01/08/2021

Here is an infographic social story about the COVID-19 Vaccine, in two parts! Thanks to the Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities for helping make vaccine information accessible to all people!

Are you in need of FREE food in Brown County?Free Sara Lee Bread Products Available in Green Bay... at 520 S. Oakland Av...
01/05/2021

Are you in need of FREE food in Brown County?

Free Sara Lee Bread Products Available in Green Bay...
at 520 S. Oakland Ave. (near Ashland Ave. and Mason St.)

Distribution Dates (Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30pm):
- January 6th and 20th
- February 3rd and17th
- March 3rd, 17th and 31st

*3 items per household

01/05/2021
Wheelchair Accessibility of Ridesharing Hailed Through Uber and Lyft

We share the following from our friends at the Great Lakes ADA Center...

WHAT: Seeking participation of wheelchair/scooter users anywhere in the U.S in a research project out of Virginia Tech (Research Project IRB # 20-629).

RESEARCH TITLE: Wheelchair accessibility in ridesharing through Uber and Lyft

STUDY PURPOSE: The purpose of this research is to develop a greater understanding of the accessibility of service hailed through Uber and Lyft apps from the perspective of wheelchair/scooter users and support informed policy making. The study is not affiliated with Uber or Lyft.

WHO: You are a wheelchair or scooter user (at some point in the past, currently, occasionally, sometimes, full-time) and live anywhere in the US. You may or may not have experience with Uber or Lyft. The study is interested in impressions too.

HOW: Eligible participants will complete an online survey that takes less than 10 minutes for those without experience with Uber and Lyft and about 15 minutes for those with experience.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please email [email protected] or call 202-643-2474.

You will be entered into a drawing for three $50 gift cards from Amazon in appreciation of your time and effort upon completing the online survey.

Click the link to go to the online survey: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6rsUle54qKYYWqx

The most powerful, simple and trusted way to gather experience data. Start your journey to experience management and try a free account today.

Disability advocates!! Wisconsin policymakers are right now making critical decisions about funding and changes to disab...
12/08/2020
Survival Coalition

Disability advocates!! Wisconsin policymakers are right now making critical decisions about funding and changes to disability programs. The state budget is the most important piece of legislation that impacts people’s lives.

The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations is gathering people’s stories and thoughts about the most pressing needs in our state to help policymakers understand disability issues. Please complete the survey (link below) as soon as possible and share it with others!
Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M8KRCFR

Take this survey powered by surveymonkey.com. Create your own surveys for free.

12/02/2020

Are you a voter with a disability? If so, please consider taking the Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) GoVoter Experience Survey.

The SABE GoVoter survey helps us learn more about what is working well for voters with disabilities and what are the challenges. The Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition will use the survey results to advocate with elected officials to make improvements to our voting system.
English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SABEGoVoter2020survey

Spanish: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SABEGoVoter2020surveySPA

To request a paper survey, or schedule a time for someone to assist you to complete the survey, contact the DRW Voter Hotline at 844-DIS-VOTE or email [email protected].

Brown County Public Health will be hosting a virtual town hall with an emphasis on training for contact tracing. This tr...
11/30/2020

Brown County Public Health will be hosting a virtual town hall with an emphasis on training for contact tracing. This training is designed for the general public! Resources and this call to action have been developed to assist Brown County Public Health to slow the spread of COVID-19 by having first hand information to know what to do and how you can alert your friends and close contacts that they may have contracted COID-19 and should follow close contact criteria. Below is a Webex link to access the training.

This virtual town hall will be held TOMORROW, Tuesday, December 1st @ 11am It is anticipated to last about 30-40 minutes.

https://bcwi.webex.com/bcwi/j.php?MTID=m202e9db7ca67c53048245488154000e7

Meeting number (access code): 178 843 6879
Meeting password: xM4pKzePP83

11/19/2020

A few days ago Zoom announced that it will be suspending the 40 minute time limit for group meetings on Thanksgiving. Many people use the free account to stay in touch but for meeting with more than one other person there is a time limit. Thank you Zoom!

Zoom Thanksgiving Gift Link

11/19/2020
Events Archive - Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin

Upcoming Mobile Drive-thru Food Pantries in Options' Service Area:

- Waupaca County: November 21st, Dec. 1st, 10am-12pm
720 Demarest Ave, Waupaca, WI 54981

- Manitowoc County: November 23rd, 30th, Dec. 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, 2-4pm
Grow it Forward, 1501 Marshall St. Manitowoc, Wisconsin 54220

- Oshkosh: November 23rd, 30th, Dec. 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th,
10am-12pm
Oshkosh West High School, 375 N. Eagle Street, Oshkosh, WI 54902

- Menasha: November 25th, Dec. 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, 1-3pm
Nathan Calder Stadium, 1065 Racine Road, Menasha, WI. 54952

- Appleton: Dec. 3rd, 10th, 17th, 10am-12pm
Appleton North High School, 5000 N. Ballard Road, Appleton WI 54913

- Door County: Dec. 4th, 4-6pm
2258 Mill Road, Sister Bay, 54234 AND 812 N. 14th Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

- Waushara County: Dec. 8th, 15th, 10am-12pm
Waushara County Fairgrounds, 513 S. Fair St., Wautoma, WI 54982
https://feedingamericawi.org/events/month/?tribe-bar-date=2020-11-19

Are you in the Brown County and in need of food?Every Wednesday, 10am-12pm from Nov. 25-Dec. 30 households can get one b...
11/19/2020

Are you in the Brown County and in need of food?

Every Wednesday, 10am-12pm from Nov. 25-Dec. 30 households can get one box of FREE food. There are two pick-up locations: West High School or Edison Middle School.

See below for details!

COVID-19 has increased the stress levels of the entire nation. Coupled with the upcoming holidays, which is already a di...
11/19/2020

COVID-19 has increased the stress levels of the entire nation. Coupled with the upcoming holidays, which is already a difficult time for many, it is important for all of us to be mindful about giving extra attention to our personal mental wellbeing. The Door County Mental Health Focus Group shares various tips, strategies and resources to support mental health around the holidays. Read below!

Have you ever wondered how you might use your first-hand lived experience of being in a parenting role to a child with m...
11/12/2020
Online Certified Parent Peer Specialist (CPPS) Training (Statewide) - Wisconsin Peer Specialists

Have you ever wondered how you might use your first-hand lived experience of being in a parenting role to a child with mental health and/or substance use challenges to support other parents? If yes, then consider applying to become a Certified Parent Peer Specialist.

The next virtual training is scheduled for February 1st – 5th, 8th – 12th, 15th – 19th, 22nd (9am-12pm all training dates). Applications open Monday, December 7th at Noon! https://www.wicps.org/exam/online-certified-parent-peer-specialist-cpps-training-statewide/

* Please note: Only the first 50 applications submitted will be considered. You must live in a Wisconsin county, complete an application, and pass an interview to be selected for this training.

We are happy to announce an online Certified Parent Peer Specialist training coming in February 2021! Training dates: This online, statewide CPPS training will be scheduled for February 1st – 5th, 8th – 12th, 15th – 19th, 22nd (9am-12pm all training dates). Applications will be accepted from r...

Have you ever wondered how you might use your personal lived experience with mental health and/or substance use challeng...
11/12/2020
Online Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) Training - MATC-sponsored - Wisconsin Peer Specialists

Have you ever wondered how you might use your personal lived experience with mental health and/or substance use challenges to accompany others in their recovery? If yes, consider applying to become a Certified Peer Specialist.

The next virtual training is scheduled for January 8th, 11th-15th, 18th-22nd, 25th-29th (5pm-8pm all days). Applications open TOMORROW (Nov. 13th) at Noon! https://www.wicps.org/exam/online-certified-peer-specialist-cps-training-matc-sponsored/

* Please note: Only the first 50 applications submitted will be considered. This training is sponsored by Madison Area Technical College, and is a publicly-available training, accepting applications from residents of all Wisconsin counties. Also, you must complete an application, and pass an interview to be selected for this training

We are happy to announce an online, statewide Certified Peer Specialist training coming in January of 2021! Training dates: This online CPS training will be scheduled for January 8th, 11th-15th, 18th-22nd, 25th-29th (5pm-8pm all days). This training is sponsored by Madison Area Technical College, an...

Register now to attend the upcoming listening session on Governor Evers' 2021-2023 State Biennial Budget. There will be ...
11/12/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Budget Listening Session on Healthcare and Public Health. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Register now to attend the upcoming listening session on Governor Evers' 2021-2023 State Biennial Budget. There will be a series of listening sessions focused on specific topics. The first virtual budget listening session will take place next week Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 6:00PM and will focus on Healthcare and Public Health.

Register here --> https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwsf-2vpjIjGtUvMpPY-ur_QUd0aQybd9Nj

Thank you for signing up for Governor Evers’ Healthcare Budget Listening Session. This listening session will provide the governor with an opportunity to hear directly from Wisconsin families and workers on the issues impacting them and their communities. The listening session will begin with all ...

11/06/2020

In Honor of National Family Caregivers Month: A Note on Caring for Older Adults with a History of Trauma

By Barbara Joyce Bedney, PhD, MSW, Director of Research and Evaluation, Center on Aging and Trauma, The Jewish Federations of North America

November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time when we recognize the millions of Americans who are caring for loved ones with illnesses, disabilities, and other physical, cognitive, and mental health conditions. From helping with shopping and transportation to providing complex medical care in their own homes, these family caregivers are a vital component of the health and long-term care system and a critical resource sustaining our national economy. For older adults facing the devastating toll of social isolation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, they are also a lifeline to the outside world and source of hope for better days ahead.

But for many family caregivers, these are tasks made more difficult as a result of trauma in the lives of the people they are caring for.

Because trauma can lead to difficulties trusting others and to fears of intimacy, for example, and trust and intimacy are cornerstones of caregiving relationships, caring for individuals with a history of trauma can be particularly difficult and stressful. For older adults in particular, the changes associated with aging, such as retirement, the loss of family members and friends, and declining health can lead to the emergence of trauma symptoms years or even decades after a traumatic experience. Older adults with a history of trauma are also vulnerable to being retraumatized by sights, smells, events, and other stimuli associated with past traumatic experiences. Many Holocaust survivors, for example, hoard food as a result of the deprivation and starvation they experienced during the Holocaust. For these survivors, common caregiving activities around food, such as cleaning out the refrigerator, can be retraumatizing. The acute anxiety that can result from such retraumatization can be intensely stressful for family caregivers, who may not know what caused the sudden upset or agitation in their loved ones or know how to comfort them once it occurs.

At The Jewish Federations of North America Center on Aging and Trauma, we are working with our partners to create ‘person-centered, trauma-informed’ services for family caregivers to help them manage these types of trauma-related issues while they carry out their caregiving tasks. It is our way of answering the call of the Administration for Community Living to RAISE (Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage) family caregivers. We are proud to be a part of this exciting national movement through this work and hope you will join us in RAISING the family caregivers in your communities.

Are you looking for durable medical equipment? Consider calling one of the following "Lend Closets" throughout Options' ...
11/05/2020

Are you looking for durable medical equipment? Consider calling one of the following "Lend Closets" throughout Options' service area. We recommend calling in advance as services and operations of each location may change due to COVID.

Read below for helpful information from the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition about what to do if you encounter access...
11/03/2020

Read below for helpful information from the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition about what to do if you encounter accessibility or voting rights issues at the polls today!

If you experience an accessibility or voting rights concern, on election day, help is available:

First, contact the Chief Election Inspector at your polling place or ask for the municipal clerk.

If the problem isn’t fixed, contact any of the following:
Disability Rights Wisconsin Voter Hotline at: 1-844- DIS-VOTE (844-347-8683)/email: [email protected]

Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) at 1-866-VOTE-WIS (866- 868-3947). You can also report your concern at Report an Accessibility Concern and it will be addressed quickly.

Wisconsin Election Protection Call 866-687-8683 or text “Our Vote” to 97779. Non-partisan assistance from volunteer attorneys.

11/02/2020
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Read Options Fall 2020 CenterPoint newsletter by clicking on Options website below and going to the News tab. Enjoy!

Election day is TOMORROW, November 3rd Polls will be open from 7 AM – 8 PM Make Your Plan for Election Day:1. If you nee...
11/02/2020
Voting Rights Fact Sheet - Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition

Election day is TOMORROW, November 3rd
Polls will be open from 7 AM – 8 PM

Make Your Plan for Election Day:

1. If you need a ride your polling place, check the Rides to the Polls. Do NOT delay since many require advance notice to reserve.
https://disabilityvote.org/rides-to-polls/?utm_source=mailpoet&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=november-3rd-is-election-day_42

2. Check MyVote Wisconsin for your polling place as it may have changed. https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/FindMyPollingPlace

3. Review your ballot in advance on MyVote Wisconsin, so you are prepared to vote. https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/PreviewMyBallot

4. Curbside voting should be available at every polling place for voters who have difficulty entering their polling place due to a disability. Voters who are immunocompromised, or have symptoms of COVID-19 may also curbside vote. We suggest that voters contact their clerk in advance to ask how to access curbside voting.
https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/MyMunicipalClerk

5. Know your Rights. If you need other accommodations, such as assistance completing your ballot, request assistance at your polling place. The Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition's fact sheet covers the basics. https://disabilityvote.org/2020/voting-rights-fact-sheet/?utm_source=mailpoet&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=november-3rd-is-election-day_42

6. You need an acceptable photo ID to vote, but your ID for voting does not need to show your current address or have a star on it. If you don’t have a Photo ID, a free ID for voting is available at your local State DMV office. Call the DMV Voter ID Hotline: (844) 588-1069.

7. Be safe. Wear a mask, bring your own pen, and wash your hands before and after you vote.

8. If you have questions, or need help to make a plan, contact the DRW Voter Hotline at 844-DIS-VOTE/ 844-8683 or email [email protected].

As a person with a disability, it is your right to have a full and equal opportunity to register to vote, cast a ballot, and access disability related accommodations. Read the DVC Voting Rights Fact Sheet to learn more: Voting…

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555 Country Club Rd
Green Bay, WI
54313

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Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30

Telephone

(920) 490-0500

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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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