|Foundation for Independent Living|
serving West Virginians with disabilities
The Foundation for Independent Living operates several fee for service businesses that compliment and support the mission of Mountain State Centers for Independent Living.
We provide businesses and federally funded housing complexes with accessibility surveys as it relates to Section 504 of the ADA. The survey includes an on-site visit and a written report of findings.
As part of the service, our staff will provide materials and other resources to ensure your facility is accessible to people with disabilities. Contact Gerogetta Stevens, Vice President of Corporate Operations, 304-525-3324 to learn more about this service.
The Employment Services Division operates under the philosophy that all people have work potential; some just need additional support in learning and adapting their abilities to a job. People with disabilities who are seeking employment are referred to us by the Division Rehabilitation Services. Our employment coordinators serve as job developer and job coach.
Statistics show that employees who have benefited from the these services also benefit their employers by having a higher degree of loyalty, lower absenteeism and consistent work performance. Read more about how your business can benefit from the services of our Employment Services Division through the Supported Employment Program or become a Community Based Training work site.
Contact Georgetta Stevens, Vice President of Corporate Operations, 304-525-3324 to learn more about this service.
The Foundation for Independent Living currently operates this computer networking and support business, Mountain State Computer and Network Solutions (MSCNS), which is located in the Foundation for Independent Living building in Huntington, WV. MSCNS is an entrepreneurial business supported by the Foundation. The staff of MSCNS provides computer and technical support to all Mountain State Centers for Independent Living staff and offices as well as for the Foundation. MSCNS is under contract with the City of Huntington as well as with many businesses in West Virginia. The proceeds from this venture help defray operating costs and currently cover the mortgage payment for the Huntington offices as well as the rising costs of utilities for both the Huntington and Beckley offices of Mountain State Centers for Independent Living.
The Foundation for Independent Living owns an accessible van that is used to transport consumers of Mountain State Centers for Independent Living services to the Centers for trainings and other events.
The Foundation offers the van for hire to other disability organizations who need accessible transportation. Before SarahCare, an adult day care center in Huntington, purchased their own van, the Foundation provided accessible van pick up for seniors who needed a ride to or from SarahCare. The Foundation has been hired by the West Virginia Statewide Independent Living and West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services to provide accessible van transportation for people with disabilities.
The van is available for hire in the Huntington and Beckley areas. Through this service we are able to produce funds for the Foundation while fulfilling our mission of supporting independent living in our community.
The Foundation for Independent Living provides needs assessments through RYPAS and ADL (see below). Clients for these services include the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services and the West Virginia State Independent Living Services.
RYPAS Assessments (Ron Yost Personal Assistance Services) for the RYPAS Board. RYPAS provides funding for personal assistance services for people living in their own homes. Without these services of RYPAS these same people would be living in state funded nursing homes. Read more about RYPAS services.
A Foundation for Independent Living employee will assess the needs of the person to identify how many hours of personal assistance services required for the person to remain living independently.
ADL Assessments (Activities of Daily Living) are provided for the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services. These assessments are similar to the RYPAS services described above. An ADL Assessment is also used to identify the personal assistance services required by a person who is currently employed or within six months of becoming employed.
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