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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Both the WI Governor’s Committee for People with Disabilities and the Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources have rece...
06/05/2020
OPDIL - Individuals with Disabilities Food Access Through COVID-19 Pandemic

Both the WI Governor’s Committee for People with Disabilities and the Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources have received inquiries from people with disabilities having difficulty obtaining food during the pandemic. In order to obtain data as to reasons people may be experiencing barriers related to food access and nutrition services, we are looking for individuals with disabilities to complete this brief survey on food access during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The survey is available below...please take the time to fill it out...thank you!

OPDIL - Individuals with Disabilities Food Access Through COVID-19 Pandemic.

Free food boxes including chicken, potatoes, and milk available around northeast Wisconsin...set to be available for pic...
06/04/2020
Free food boxes including chicken, potatoes, and milk available around northeast Wisconsin

Free food boxes including chicken, potatoes, and milk available around northeast Wisconsin...set to be available for pickup around northeast Wisconsin through at least the end of June.

Free boxes of food including chicken, potatoes, carrots, cheese, yogurt, and Lamers Dairy milk are set to be available for pickup around northeast Wisconsin through at least the end of June.

The CDC has recently issued various guidances related to COVID and persons with disabilities, caregivers, parents and di...
06/03/2020
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The CDC has recently issued various guidances related to COVID and persons with disabilities, caregivers, parents and direct service providers. Be sure to check out the links below to learn more!

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/developmental-behavioral-disorders.html
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-developmental-behavioral-disabilities.html
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/group-homes.html
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/direct-service-providers.html

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.

06/02/2020
GovVocRehab

The Division of Vocational Rehab (DVR) marks it's 100th Year Anniversary. Happy Anniversary!

This is "GovVocRehab" by DHSWI on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Both the Governor’s Committee for People with Disabilities and the Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources have receive...
06/01/2020
OPDIL - Individuals with Disabilities Food Access Through COVID-19 Pandemic

Both the Governor’s Committee for People with Disabilities and the Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources have received inquiries from people with disabilities having difficulty obtaining food during the pandemic. In order to obtain data as to reasons people may be experiencing barriers related to food access and nutrition services, we are looking for individuals with disabilities to complete this brief survey on food access during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The survey is available at: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5611309/Individuals-food-access-and-nutrition-support.

If you need the survey in an alternative format, please contact Lisa Sobczyk at [email protected].

Please respond by Monday, June 8, 2020.

Thank you in advance for your participation!

OPDIL - Individuals with Disabilities Food Access Through COVID-19 Pandemic.

During this time of COVID we are encouraged to practice physical distancing. This doesn't mean our self-care has to take...
05/28/2020
How to Care for Yourself While Practicing Physical Distancing

During this time of COVID we are encouraged to practice physical distancing. This doesn't mean our self-care has to take a backseat though! Here are some great tips on how to take care of ourselves while following physical distancing guidelines. #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/2020/03/how-to-care-for-yourself-while-practicing-physical-distancing/

If you or someone you care about feels overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression or anxiety, or like you want to harm yourself or others call 911. You can also contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA)

During May's Mental Health Awareness Month you can stay connected and engaged in support groups. Even during COVID-19 th...
05/23/2020
Online Support Groups | NAMI Fox Valley

During May's Mental Health Awareness Month you can stay connected and engaged in support groups. Even during COVID-19 there are virtual support groups available. Check out what NAMI Fox Valley has to offer for Online Support Groups! https://www.namifoxvalley.org/online-support-groups/

Due to public health concerns related to Covid-19, NAMI Fox Valley’s in-person support groups have been suspended until further notice. During this time, we are offering a number of online ...

05/15/2020
www.survivalcoalitionwi.org

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has overturned the extension of Wisconsin’s Safer at Home Order. As communities re-open it will be very important for local planning to consider the needs of vulnerable people with disabilities and older adults.

Options is committed to providing services in a manner that is both responsive and safe for people with disabilities, our staff, and the communities that we serve. Our team is taking the time that we need to plan for re-opening our offices and eventually resuming our in-person services in the communities that we serve. In the meantime, we will continue to provide services remotely.

The Survival Coalition has some great tips to keep people with disabilities and those who are older safe as re-opening begins...link below.

05/12/2020
ADA 30th Anniversary: #ThanksToTheADA

Although we are still in the midst of a COVID pandemic, Options does not want the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act(ADA) on July 26 forgotten! So help spread the word while you are staying safe at home. Let everyone know why you are thankful for the ADA...and send a post #ThankstotheADA. Just click below and get started!

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with the ADA National Network! On a social media platform of your choosing use #T...

During the COVID-19 Pandemic and always, Options would like you be aware and watch out for Medicare scams.  Please see t...
05/06/2020
Help fight Medicare fraud | Medicare

During the COVID-19 Pandemic and always, Options would like you be aware and watch out for Medicare scams. Please see the info below...and stay safe!

Learn about examples of Medicare fraud, like getting billed for services or equipment you never got.

Hi friends! I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy! Don't forget to mark your calendars with the new Wheelchair Was...
04/30/2020

Hi friends! I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy! Don't forget to mark your calendars with the new Wheelchair Wash date! We are looking forward to seeing everyone in August!

Here are some gsuggestions for wearing a mask with hearing aids.
04/29/2020

Here are some gsuggestions for wearing a mask with hearing aids.

Tips for Wearing a Mask with Hearing Aids

Update from Social Security for People Receiving SSI with Dependents and Who Do Not File Tax Returns to Receive $500 Per...
04/27/2020
Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here | Internal Revenue Service

Update from Social Security for People Receiving SSI with Dependents and Who Do Not File Tax Returns to Receive $500 Per Child Payment...Action needed to collect the this funding...

“Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients who don’t file tax returns will start receiving their automatic Economic Impact Payments directly from the Treasury Department in early May. People receiving SSI benefits who did not file 2018 or 2019 taxes, and have qualifying children under age 17, however, should not wait for their automatic $1,200 individual payment. They should immediately go to the IRS’s Web page below by Tuesday, May 5, in order to receive additional payments for their eligible children quickly.

Steps to receive the Economic Impact Payment if you haven't filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019, and aren't receiving Social Security, SS Disability Income or Railroad Retirement benefits. This payment is also referred to as "stimulus checks" or "coronavirus relief."

****Virtual Public Hearing Information****Friday, May 15, 202011:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.Federal Statute 45 CFR § 1329.17 G...
04/23/2020
Independent Living Centers in Wisconsin

****Virtual Public Hearing Information****
Friday, May 15, 2020
11:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.

Federal Statute 45 CFR § 1329.17 General Requirements for State Plan. Notice is given that the State Independent Living Council, known as the Independent Living Council of Wisconsin (ILCW), will hold a virtual public hearing to receive public comment on the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) 2021-2023 (available at: www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disabilities/physical/ilcs.htm).

*Hearing will be available via Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87065044809?pwd=RFFQQndDUlJBM29kUE5iUVFreE5Qdz09

*Hearing will also be available via teleconference:
Telephone number: (312) 626-6799 or toll-free 1-888-788-0099

Meeting ID: 870 6504 4809
Password: 846149

Accessibility: ILCW is committed to full and equal access. If you need a sign language interpreter, CART, alternate formats, or materials in another language to participate, please contact Stephanie Birmingham at [email protected] or (920) 495-9688.

You must make your request at least 48 hours prior to the public hearing.

Need help finding a personal care attendant? Looking for advice or support from someone with the same disability as you? Want to find an accessible form of recreation? All this and much more is available at your local independent living center.

04/23/2020
SafeLink Wireless

Options likes to pass along information that may be of assistance to our consumers, especially during this COVID pandemic. Below is a list of resources for fee or low cost phone services in Wisconsin...

Here are a few that provide free phone services in our state:

Safelink
https://www.safelinkwireless.com/Enrollment/Safelink/en/Web/www/default/index.html#!/newHome

TAG Mobile
https://www.tagmobile.com/StatePages/Wisconsin-Free-Lifeline-Phones

Fell Safe Wireless
https://www.feelsafewireless.com/wisconsin-free-government-phone

Touchless Wireless
https://www.entouchwireless.com/states/wisconsin-lifeline-free-phone-service

Lifeline Wireless
https://www.lifewireless.com/enroll

Assurance Wireless
https://www.assurancewireless.com/

Action Needed for Social Security Beneficiaries with Dependents and Who Do Not File Tax Returns to Receive $500 Per Chil...
04/21/2020
Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here | Internal Revenue Service

Action Needed for Social Security Beneficiaries with Dependents and Who Do Not File Tax Returns to Receive $500 Per Child Payment by Tomorrow, April 22...read more below...

“Social Security beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients who don’t file tax returns will start receiving their automatic Economic Impact Payments directly from the Treasury Department soon. People receiving benefits who did not file 2018 or 2019 taxes, and have qualifying children under age 17, however, should not wait for their automatic $1,200 individual payment. They should immediately go to the IRS’s webpage below and visit the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here section to provide their information. Social Security retirement, survivors, and disability insurance beneficiaries with dependent children and who did not file 2018 or 2019 taxes need to act by Wednesday, April 22, in order to receive additional payments for their eligible children quickly. SSI recipients need to take this action by later this month; a specific date will be available soon.

Cut and paste the following link into your browser to read the entire SSA press release:
https://www.ssa.gov/news/press/releases/2020/#4-2020-4

Steps to receive the Economic Impact Payment if you haven't filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019, and aren't receiving Social Security, SS Disability Income or Railroad Retirement benefits. This payment is also referred to as "stimulus checks" or "coronavirus relief."

04/16/2020
ASL Video Series: What You Need to Know About Handwashing

COVID Resources for individuals who use ASL...

The list of American Sign Language (ASL) videos cover pertinent COVID-19 information and were created by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). See more under the CDC at https://www.youtube.com/user/CDCStreamingHealth,

What You Need to Know About Handwashing in American Sign Language Comments on this video are allowed in accordance with our comment policy: http://www.cdc.go...

From Options: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it is critical that we understand how your life is changing and what q...
04/09/2020
What’s Happening to me during COVID-19- -Survival Coalition Survey #2

From Options:

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it is critical that we understand how your life is changing and what questions, concerns, and emerging issues are impacting people with disabilities, older adults, and family members.

Survival Coalition needs your help with another short COVID-19 survey..see below. Please take this survey as soon as possible and encourage others to do so.

Your answers will help us know about your experiences, changes that are happening, and ideas about responding with the help people with disabilities and older adults need in these uncertain times. Survey results will be shared with you and state policymakers to help inform important COVID-19 decisions and funding.

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

04/08/2020

Sens. Casey, Brown, and Warren are asking for examples of how and why home and community based services (HCBS) are critical to people with disabilities and older adults during this public health emergency.

YOU can help by sharing your stories, photos and videos about what HCBS means to people with disabilities and the direct support professionals and personal care attendants who support them.

Share what HCBS means to you by sending stories to [email protected] by April 10th.

You can also share your story, photo or video on Twitter with the hashtag #WhatWeNeed. Please remember that once you share a story on line it is public, so please make sure respect the privacy of anyone you include in your stories.

Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition is asking those who voted to please take the survey linked below.  The April 2020 el...
04/08/2020
Disability Vote Coalition Voter Accessibility Survey - April 2020 - Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition

Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition is asking those who voted to please take the survey linked below.

The April 2020 election had many unique challenges. Please help us to improve future elections by sharing your experience, including any barriers you experienced. Please share this with your network and post on social media.

We NEED to hear from you! Please take our Voter Experience Survey. We want to hear from those who voted, as well as those who wanted to vote but were not able to do so.

The Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition is conducting this survey to learn from voters with disabilities and their allies about the accessibility of their voting experience for the April 7, 2020 election. If you answer, it will help us learn about…

04/03/2020
disabilityvote.org

New Info on voting...You now have until 5 pm today to sign up for Absentee voting for the April 7th Primary. Please see link below for further information. And sign up to vote!!!

The IL-NET Training and Technical Assistance Center at ILRU has received reports of individuals with disabilities who ha...
04/02/2020
IL-NET's COVID-19 Related Forced Institutionalization

The IL-NET Training and Technical Assistance Center at ILRU has received reports of individuals with disabilities who have been forced to move into nursing homes or institutions in the past few weeks because needed personal assistance services ended. With the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), in-home personal assistants may not have been able to provide this needed assistance in the individual’s home.

If you personally have knowledge of and/or are working with someone who has been forced to transition to a nursing home or another type of institution due to a lack of in-home caregivers, please consider this simple survey. https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5525689/IL-NET-s-COVID-19-Related-Forced-Institutionalization

The information gathered from the survey will ultimately be shared with the Administration for Community Living to help provide direction on the need to prevent (and stop) the institutionalization of persons with disabilities and address the growing shortage of caregivers.

IL-NET's COVID-19 Related Forced Institutionalization.

The April 7th Primary is next week!  For further information on voting during the COVID crisis please see the Disability...
04/01/2020
DVC April 2020 Voting FAQ - Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition

The April 7th Primary is next week! For further information on voting during the COVID crisis please see the Disability Vote Coalition website...and don't forget to vote!

COVID-19 has made the April 7th election confusing and difficult for some people to manage. The Disability Vote Coalition has a new resource with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) we are hearing from people with disabilities throughout the state. Check out…

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555 Country Club Rd
Green Bay, WI
54313

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

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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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