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This one-to-one mentoring model is based on the belief that a staff Peer Mentor with shared disability related experiences is the best guide to independence.

The Peer Mentor

Provides motivation and serves as a role model of living independently with a disability;

  • Assists with self-exploration and attainment of goals for independence;
  • Provides information regarding community resources; and
  • Promotes being part of the disability advocacy community speaking up for equal rights and opportunities.

Peer Networking

Peer network opportunities such as the IL Support Group, Mix and Mingle, and participant led activities provide an opportunity for individuals with disabilities across disability types and age spans to meet together to explore common issues and share strategies for success. The advantages of networking are:

To help build peer support;

  • To provide a setting to discuss disability issues;
  • To share common experiences and knowledge; and
  • To encourage problem solving through individual empowerment.

Independent Living Support Group

The IL Support Group is open to anyone with a disability. Facilitated by a staff Peer Mentor, the group is a place where participants can talk about adjusting to a disability or dealing with the stereotypes and attitudes of people in the community. Group members can share their own experiences and strategies for dealing with the day-to-day issues of living independently with a disability and can ask for feedback from others on issues that are creating barriers to their independence.

Mix and Mingle

Monthly there will be an opportunity to get together and meet new friends from our local disability community. Bring cards, music, games, food, and hang out. Meeting space will be open and the activities are up to you.

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Information & Referral

Current disability-related information on programs, resources and support services is offered to the public.

Advocacy Services

ECI provides assistance in resolving discrimination complaints between, individuals, groups, & more...

Peer Mentoring

One-to-one mentoring model with a peer sharing their disability-related experiences.

Skills Training

Participants identify training needs to gain skills for living independently and work with a Peer Mentor.


Help with disability-related Nursing Home / Institution / Youth and transitioning.


We maintain resources of housing available in our service area, including subsidized & tax credit housing.


The ECI staff provides students and their parents with information, guidance, and advocacy training.


Transportation options, how to apply for them, ILS training related to transportation, and more.

Hearing Outreach

Technical assistance, equipment training and disability awareness services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

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Services for Employment, Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability Insurance, & more...

Employment Network

Finding opportunities in the job market, resume assistance, interview prep, and more...
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