IL Skills Training

We offer a custom independent living (IL) curriculum for activities and skills in daily life, safety, and wellbeing. Examples of IL skills training include:

  • Self-advocacy/Self-determination
  • Communication skills
  • Employment
  • Organization
  • Budgeting
  • Household management
  • Use of community resources
  • Meal preparation
  • Parenting with a disability
  • And any other request that promotes independence

Additional IL Services and Programs

Our services help individuals with disabilities gain independence and participate in their communities. Independent living specialists work one-on-one with clients to create custom goals and plans for success.

Education Advocacy

ADANC supports both students with disabilities and parents with disabilities in education advocacy. We help by providing the knowledge and tools needed to successfully advocate independently. Our specialists may attend meetings with school personnel in the following limited circumstances:

  • A student with a disability wants to take the lead in their IEP/504 plan meeting. They are not getting the support needed from the school.
  • A student is being denied a service or accommodation. They want to advocate independently but need support to do this effectively.
  • A parent with a disability is not able to advocate for their child’s education because of a lack of accommodations.
  • The student is facing an egregious rights violation and no other community partner can assist due to constraints on services.

Employment Counseling

People with disabilities who receive SSDI benefits can still work and be financially independent. Our “Get to Work” work incentive planning program is a powerful community resource designed to support this. Together with North Carolina’s Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, ADANC helps individuals with significant mental illness with work incentive services including:

  • A review of the individual’s benefits
  • Discussion of current and future impact of employment
  • Comprehensive written outline of options available to support informed choice

Paralympic Sports Club – Raleigh

ADANC has partnered with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to start a Paralympic Sports Club. The club gives individuals that experience a disability the thrill of playing sports. Participating athletes may have an opportunity to represent the United States in the Paralympic Games.

SUITcessful

“SUITcessful” is a partnership with Men’s Wearhouse. Suits are provided to men with disabilities so they can find a job that allows them to become independent.

Men who would like to take part in this program need to have a referral from a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. For more information, please call the Alliance office at 919-833-1117.

Travel Training

Let’s All Get Ready

This group class teaches how to use public transit in the Raleigh-Durham area. Participants learn about routes, reduced and free fares, passes, and identification cards.

Let’s All Get Ready is generally offered once per month at the Alliance office. Check the calendar for scheduled classes. This program is for people with disabilities and senior citizens. It is also available for community groups interested in travel training.

Let’s All Go

One-on-one instruction teaches travel safety and independence for the bus system in the Raleigh-Durham area. Participants learn travel skills to meet their individual needs while using a specific bus route. These routes are typically to school, work, or a community destination such as malls, movies, the library or just a friend’s house. Each individual’s needs and abilities differ so training and length of training vary with each person.

Let’s All Go is scheduled upon request and is offered to people with disabilities, veterans, senior citizens, and people with low or no income. For more information on these programs, email Sharif Brown at sharif@adanc.org.