Core Services

Advocacy –

  • NWCCI advocates will work with you to set a goal for living well in the community and develop an Independent Living Plan for reaching your goal.
  • We work with you to pull together the services, resources and tools that are useful for realizing your goal to live well in the community of your choice. We will work with you to coordinate services and supports for benefits, housing, transportation, social and recreational activities, employment and whatever else we can find to help you reach your goal.
  • The result is a master plan you own, which identifies who is providing what, in a manner that brings these services to you, rather than sending you out into a gauntlet of gatekeepers, where every provider has a different file and plan for you and your life. It is your plan, and the services are just that, services that you choose and direct to realize your goal.

Independent Living Skills Development –
We work with you to develop the skills for choosing and directing your own supports to reach your goal for living well in the community. This includes…

  • Budgeting, bill paying, going through mail and organizing daily activities
  • Advertising, interviewing, hiring and training attendants
  • Putting together grocery lists and planning for shopping trips
  • Choosing from among potential service providers and coordinating supports
  • Accessing and learning how to use assistive technology devices
  • Securing benefits, medical care and related services
  • Learning about and engaging in social and recreational opportunities
  • Receiving technical assistance with employment related skills
  • Developing whatever skills not already listed that are useful

Peer Support –
We invite you to join with others who are living in the community with disabilities to share experience, strength and hope. NWCCI hosts and facilitates several peer support opportunities.

  • Community Forums – Informational events designed to bring together service providers with people who use such services, with food and beverages provided, facilitated by NWCCI, wherein organizations providing community-based supports and folks who can benefits from these services have an opportunity to learn about one another. Service providers come prepared with information about what supports are offered and field questions from those who are interested.
  • Action Group – People with disabilities, seniors and agencies/organizations providing community-based services, coming together in a coordinated effort to realize more inclusive, accessible and accommodating opportunities.
  • Peer Support Groups – People with disabilities and seniors come together in mutual support of our interests for opportunities to choose and direct the supports needed to reach our goals for living the life we want to live in the community of our choice.
  • Individual Peer Support – As any certified Center for Independent Living, the majority of our staff and board of directors are comprised of people with permanent and significant disabilities, the rest of everyone comprising our consistency pushes us toward our ultimate goal of inclusion, as we all benefit from the support of friends, family and loved ones. We enjoy the distinct advantage of personal understanding. We avoid fostering dependency and naturally shun entitlement by virtue of experience.

Information and Assistance – NWCCI works with existing service providers to become more inclusive, accessible and accommodating. We do this by establishing relationships with providers of transportation, housing, benefits, social/recreational opportunities, businesses (employment), etc. We provide technical assistance to agencies and organizations with regard to inclusion, accessibility and accommodation. We connect people with whom we are working with providers of services through a referral network. NWCCI advocates will work with you to understand which organizations provide the particular services and supports you can use to reach your goal for living well in the community.

Other Services

Everything we do revolves around supporting your effort to move from a ‘custodial environment’ into independent life in the community of your choice. Independence doesn’t mean you do everything for yourself, it means you are in control of who is providing the support you need to live the life you choose.

  • Nursing Home Transition – NWCCI advocates will work with you or a loved one to explore options for moving out of an institution and into the community of your choice.
  • Youth Transition – NWCCI advocates will work with you and your family to implement your transition plan for when your school services end and adult life in the community begins.
  • Transportation – NWCCI works with existing transportation providers to be inclusive, accessible and accommodating. If no existing transportation options are available, we will work with you to get where you need to go to access the resources, services and opportunities for engaging in community events and activities.
  • Volunteer opportunities – Please contact our office manager, Leslie Bensching ( to learn more about opportunities to be involved with NWCCI activities and participation in community events. Volunteerism is often an excellent means of developing employment skills and engaging with potential employers.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (‘ADA’) Technical Assistance – NWCCI works with businesses, organizations and government agencies to develop an ADA transition plan for becoming more inclusive, accessible and accommodating. We work with you to come into compliance with ADA requirements in a way that is reasonable and does not incur undue financial or administrative burden. In the process NWCCI provides an assessment and works with you to access tax incentives and other resources to achieve the steps laid out in an ADA transition plan.
  • Inclusion workshops – NWCCI provides training for businesses, organizations, and individuals through workshops designed to raise awareness and realize more inclusive communities. We believe an inclusive community is a healthy community. We provide information on disability etiquette, reasonable accommodations, services and supports in the community through an interactive, participatory learning process.