North Carolina Statewide Independent Living Council (NCSIL)
www.ncsilc.org NCSILC provides the planning and support needed to address the provision of statewide independent living (IL) services and supports a statewide network of Centers for Independent Living (CILs). As a not-for-profit, Governor appointed council, it is charged with monitoring, reviewing and evaluating the implementation of the state plan.
National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)
www.ncil.org NCIL believes in equality and encourages people to join the movement to win civil rights and real independence for people with disabilities throughout the world. Visit the NCIL website to explore all things Independent Living, including current news, training and events and NCIL’s extensive national legislative and policy positions.
Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL)
www.april-rural.org APRIL is a national grassroots, nonprofit membership organization with over 260 member centers for independent living and their branch offices as well as statewide independent living councils. APRIL is concerned with independent living issues of people with disabilities in rural America and is dedicated to advancing their rights and responsibilities by serving as a resource center and leading systems change.
Independent Living Administration (ILA)
http://www.acl.gov/Programs/AoD/ILA/Index.aspx ILA supports the operation of and provides technical assistance to SILCs; and provides IL services to individuals with significant disabilities, particularly those in underserved areas of the state. The administration oversees relevant studies and analyses, development of model policies and procedures, and presents information, approaches, strategies, findings, conclusions and recommendations to federal, state and local policymakers.
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS or VR)
http://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/dvrs DRVS provides counseling, training, education, transportation, job placement, assistive technology and other support services to people with disabilities. It is governed in part by the State Rehabilitation Council which works with the VR to expand vocational rehabilitation services and influence the policies and direction of the VR at the highest administrative level.
Division of the Services for the Blind (DSB)
http://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/dsb Part of DHHS, this division provides services to people who are visually impaired, blind and deaf-blind to help them reach their goals of independence and employment.
Interact of Wake County
http://interactofwake.org InterAct provides safety, support and awareness to victims and survivors of domestic violence and rape/sexual assault. InterAct fulfills this mission through the support of its volunteers and community and is a nonprofit, United Way Agency.
Triangle Down Syndrome Network (TDSN)
www.triangledownsyndrome.org TDSN is a support, resource and advocacy organization serving Wake, Durham, Orange and surrounding counties that helps to ensure that all people with Down syndrome lead happy and productive lives.
North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD)
www.nccdd.org NCCDD works to improve the opportunities and lives of North Carolinians with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) through advocacy, capacity building and systems change. With its partner organizations across the State, the Council works to provide the statewide community with the information they need to enjoy independent lives in inclusive and integrated communities.
Bridge II Sports
http://www.bridge2sports.org/ This organization develops and offers opportunities for youth and adults with physical disabilities to play individual, team and recreational sports. Working with the community, Bridge II Sports provides equipment, coaching, team coordination and play space so people of all ages and abilities can participate in team and individual sports.
Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU)
www.ilru.org ILRU provides research, education and consultation in the areas of independent living, home and community-based services, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. In addition, ILRU operates the IL-NET national training and technical assistance projects for Centers for Independent Living.
Disability Rights North Carolina
www.disabilityrightsnc.org/ The team of attorneys and advocates at Disability Rights North Carolina provides advocacy and legal services at no charge for people with disabilities across North Carolina to protect them from discrimination on the basis of their disability and to protect their right to live independently in the communities of their choice. All people with disabilities living in North Carolina are eligible to receive assistance from Disability Rights NC.