OPTIONS for Independence

106 East 1120 North (behind TJ Maxx)
Logan, UT 84341
(435) 753-5353
Web site: http://www.optionsind.org/

Description

The purpose of OPTIONS for Independence is to assist communities to become fully accessible to people with disabilities and to enable people with disabilities to learn the skills to control their own lives and function independently in their communities. OPTIONS is a non-residential, consumer-controlled, cross-disability, community-based, private, non-profit corporation. It is governed by a board consisting primarily of people with disabilities and has a majority of staff people at all levels with disabilities. The corporation obtains funding to carry out its purpose through contracts with federal and state government, other entities, and through fund raising. OPTIONS is one of six Centers for Independent Living (CILs) located in Utah (Logan, Ogden, Salt Lake City, Provo, Price, and St. George.) CILs are guided in all activities and programs by a basic Independent Living philosophy in which disability is accepted as a "natural" aspect of human existence, barriers in the environment are considered to be the locus of the problem, and the right and responsibility of people with disabilities to make their own decisions and control their own lives is fundamental. Professional staff members and family members are considered to be teachers and resources, not decision-makers in the service equation.

OPTIONS for Independence (formerly Cache Handicap Action Council) was founded in 1982 as a totally volunteer organization. It consisted of people with disabilities and their friends who carried out activities to enlighten the community concerning disability, to encourage communities to become more accessible, and to raise money for accessibility projects in the communities.

With its first small contract in 1988, OPTIONS became a bona fide Center for Independent Living and began to engage in the basic independent living services of information and referral, individual and systems advocacy, independent living skills training, peer counseling, public education, technical assistance, and community options development. In addition, OPTIONS has an assistive technology program with assessment and purchase of assistive devices needed for increasing/maintaining independence, a recreation program to increase the accessibility of community recreation outlets and teach consumers how to use existing recreational opportunities, independent living assistance and equipment to enable older people with visual disabilities to maintain their independence, a technical assistance program to help communities comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a critical needs housing project to modify houses to be more accessible, an AgrAbility project to assist agriculturalists with disabilities to maximize their independence, a Nursing Facility Transition program enabling people to live in the environment of their own choice, various peer support groups to assist with beneficial life adaptations and an organized group of consumer advocates to work on needed change.

Population Served

All people of all ages who experience a physical, sensory, cognitive, or mental disability in Cache, Box Elder, and Rich counties.

Training Activities

Training possibilities include but are not limited to the following:

Training Times

Times may vary from OPTIONS' regular office hours of Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Some evenings and Saturday work may be arranged to better fit the needs of the training participant.

SPECIAL NOTE: you will need to re-contact the person in charge of the activity to confirm the activity has not had any last minute changes. Make sure you give the contact person your contact information as well.

Site Contact

Cheryl Atwood, Executive Director
cheryl@optionsind.org

Activities/Support groups

Mandie Kaneko, Community Integration Program Coordinator
mkaneko@optionsind.org

(435) 753-5353
See monthly calendar for support group contact.

Signup in class
*Contact Anna Sherlock to schedule hours: asherlock@optionsind.org

Possible Students

All disciplines are welcome