Individual and Systems Advocacy
The Independent Living Center provides advocacy on both an individual and systems level. On the individual level, we can help you to acquire the services and benefits to which you are entitled. The ILC has staff experienced in advocating on behalf of individuals with disabilities. We have been instrumental in affecting disability policy on both a state and federal level.
Peer Counseling and Peer Support
Independent Living is based on a peer to peer model. Individuals with disabilities can understand and support the experience of disability more than a person without a disability. A caregiver can understand the experience of caregiving more than someone who has never had that experience. The majority of staff working at the ILC experience disabilities themselves and many have family members who experience disabilities. The majority of the policy making body, the Board of Directors of ILC, experience disabilities. We all have the shared experience of disability.
In addition, each ILC office has listings of all the different support groups held in their communities. If you are need of a group that is not formed in your community, please call your local ILC office and we can help facilitate your group. We can also help you find support and resources on the web.
Peer Support with TRAILS
One of the benefits of the TRAILS program through ILC is that people can come together while recreating. ILC would like to facilitate communication and relationships between consumers that is supportive and authentic. Our TRAILS activities bring people together around common interests and provide opportunities for us to support one another. While the ILC staff is always willing to talk with consumers and provide supports and referrals where we can, we believe that the best support comes from consumers assisting each other. We believe an Independent Living Center should not just be a place where “professionals” prescribe or dole out information, but a place where consumers can network with each other and engage in real, supportive relationships. TRAILS recreation activities are designed to be a catalyst to provide opportunities for engagement. See our TRAILS page in the PROGRAMS section of our web site to find out what’s going on and how you can get involved.
Information and Referral
ILC provides information on disability related issues and referral to other agencies, businesses and organizations appropriate to meeting individual needs and requests.
Central Peninsula Advocate Contacts
Melissa Kline: IL Advocate and Office Manager email@example.com
Kellie Bartelmay: IL Advocate firstname.lastname@example.org
Maggie Winston: Systems Advocate email@example.com
Seward Advocate Contact
Christy Everett: IL Advocate firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie Barrett: TRAILS Advocate email@example.com
Homer Advocate Contacts
Dean Sundmark: IL Advocate and Office Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Risa Jackinsky: IL Advocate email@example.com
David Lewis: Systems Advocate firstname.lastname@example.org
Tela Bacher: TRAILS Advocate (systems advocacy for accessible recreation) email@example.com
The Independent Living Center can provide information about commonly used assistive technology devices.
For additional information check out Assistive Technology of Alaska (ATLA).
Links to partner agencies
Alaska Landlord/Tenant Hotline: Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm, 855-743-1001