Grantees provide independent living services based on the goals of individuals with significant disabilities served by each center. ARRA funds can be used to provide the independent living services authorized under the program statute, including the core independent living services of information and referral, independent living skills training, peer counseling, and systems and individual advocacy, as well as services listed in 34 CFR 364.4.
The Department has identified the following examples of specific projects that grantees might consider to achieve the objectives of the ARRA:
(1) designing or identifying and providing services to additional individuals who wish to transition from nursing homes to their communities;
(2) creating more efficient and effective ways of increasing IL services to students with disabilities transitioning from school to employment and independent living;
(3) building long-term capacity by improving the technological core of the CIL, including, but not limited to, purchasing equipment, improving connections, and obtaining software in order to better serve consumers;
(4) training current staff in effective ways of providing assistive technology to consumers;
(5) training current staff on how to serve unserved and underserved populations, including minority groups and urban and rural populations;
(6) expanding information and referral and advocacy services to address the needs of consumers who were laid off and may need assistance obtaining services or assistive technology previously provided through an employer; and
(7) providing professional development opportunities that have both short-term and long-term benefits to CIL staff.