By Guest Blogger Theo Braddy, Executive Director, Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania
Whether caused by a sudden accident or the progression of a disease, a disability diagnosis can be confusing and, at times, even a bit frightening. Where should you go for support in your community? Who can provide appropriate home modifications? How do you continue living independently and experiencing life to the fullest? What does that even look like?
These are the questions we often hear from people who seek our services, and they’re the reason why we launched Living Well With A DisabilitySM in 2007 through the Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania. The program provides one central resource for people with any type of disability. By contacting the Living Well With A Disability hotline, people with disabilities can take part in an in-depth survey conducted face-to-face with a Living Well Specialist. Together, they determine the person’s goals, dreams and needs, and find the resources to meet them – some of which the individual may not have known existed.