What is “independent living?”
Independent living has to do with the goal that a person with a disability has. For some, it has to do with finding housing—for others finding housing, assistive technology (AT) or something else that helps them be independent. The definition is always specific to each person.
How do I sign up for your program?
Disability Network doesn’t so much have programs as connect our consumers (clients) with services in the community that they might not know about and be eligible for.
When you call, we will put you into our system, if you’re not already in already. This will allow us to follow-up with you in the future.
What if I can’t get a hold of you?
Unless your dealing with a specific staff remember regarding a specific issue, you can talk with anybody at the office if you need general information. The entire office is available to help you out.
Who all do you service?
To qualify for assistance, the client needs to be a Wayne County resident and have a disability. They can also be be somebody that is in the process of moving or returning to Wayne County. If you live in another county or are out of state, we will refer you to our nearest counterpart. As a Center for Independent Living, we are part of a network of CILs that span the entire 50 states.
We do not require medical documentation for services. However, if we refer you to somebody else that does, we will tell you what you will need to get services through them and explain to you their process.
Someone told me that you do this.
We always advise people to always go straight to the source, when it comes to questions about what an agency does or doesn’t do.
Three reasons include:
- Information might be old—the information that you just received maybe been true five years ago. Today isn’t five years ago.
- The information might apply to them—the information that you just received might apply to that person but not to you. One of the things to look at, when trying to get services, is what you are eligible for—not your friends or relatives.
- The information might be inaccurate—when information gets passed from person-to-person, each person interprets it in their own way.
When this happens, it ends up losing some of its accuracy. By the time that the information gets to you, it might have passed through multiple people and not entirely be true.
For these and other reasons, we always recommend that you go straight to someone at that agency or place and ask them what they do. Otherwise, you may end up assuming something to be true, only to find out that you wasted your time.