Justin (foreground) and John help prepare a salad at the North Country Center for Independence conference room, which twice a week is transformed into a dining and meeting room for clients, care-givers and staff.
Photo by Shawn Ryan.
continued “What you do with what you have is up to you. As much as your disability limits you, there are people out there who are worse off, and some that are better,” he says.
The North Country Center for Independence offers numerous programs for North Country residents with a host of disabilities. Through their Assessable New York project, they have established a map of assessable businesses in Plattsburgh. They also run the Ombudsman program, which advocates for people in nursing homes or assisted living facilities throughout the North Country.
With their peer counseling program, staff members or volunteers with a disability support others with a disability by sharing their own experiences, and help them to define and reach their goals.
They also offer information and referral services about available support services in the area, help with learning other independent living skills, advocacy for the handicapped, a consumer directed personal assistance program to help navigate the home health care world, the Radio Reading Service, where volunteers read the news for the visually impaired, and veterans outreach services.
NCCI can be reached for more information at 563-9058, or by going to http://www.ncci-online.com/index.php/about-us.