How Can We Help?
Do you have a disability?
Having a disability sometimes leaves you isolated. Let us guide you toward services that may help your situation.
FCIL Serves the following Southern
New Castle County Areas:
- New Castle
- St. Georges
- Port Penn
- Delaware City
Our Core Services
Freedom Center for Independent Living staff assists consumers to take action on their own behalf (self-advocacy) to research and attain access to the goods, services and service providers in their communities. Systems Advocacy training is also provided, in order to ensure that the rights of people with disabilities are protected. Advocacy efforts are initiated to respond to proposed legislative changes and/or the need for increased funding and services to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Community participation becomes a key element in maintaining and preventing changes to important laws which protect individuals with disabilities and their legal rights.
INFORMATION AND REFERRAL
This is the starting point for first time users of any of Freedom Center for Independent Living (FCIL) services. FCIL can answer questions and provide information about disability and senior related services including housing, employment, personal care, benefits, transportation, legal rights, education, emergency shelter, health care, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS TRAINING
Independent Living Skills Training is a core service provided to support people with disabilities so they can live independently in the community. Training is determined on an individual basis depending on needs which promote an independent lifestyle, and includes one or more of the following areas: Personal care assistance management, Orientation/Mobility Services for the blind and low vision, Budgeting, Orientation to public transportation system, Daily living skills, Assistive technology use, Self-empowerment, Nutrition, Home Safety, Emergency Preparedness, and Pre-employment
FCIL provides space and staff to facilitate, encourage and support peer mentoring groups and coordinate and arrange for guest speakers as requested by the member of the groups.
FCIL provides Transition Services for individuals who are presently residing in an institutional setting such as, a nursing home. We assist people in obtaining the services they need to transition from more restrictive settings to reside in the community of their choice.
MoveDE (an inhouse FCIL program) is a transition program that assists individuals age 18 and older to move from a long-term care facility (e.g. nursing facility, hospital, or ICF-IID) into a home and community-based setting. Learn more (one page PDF).