Do You Speak our Language? ADA & Disability Etiquette

Online guide and resources for “Person First” Language, Disability Etiquette and basic ADA information.

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Information and Referral

Information and Referral provides the Kentuckiana area with information about types of disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act, other disability laws and individual access.

The Center also provides appropriate referrals to assist the community in learning about disabilities and disability related issues. CAL makes information and Referral Services available to everyone.

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Advocates work in partnership with consumers to resolve incidents of discrimination and denial of services. This is done through mediation with governments, business and service providers.

Advocacy also includes working for systems changes that reflect the needs of people with disabilities at the federal, state and local levels.

Individual Advocacy efforts help consumers learn and develop self-advocacy skills. In addition, the program provides assistance with the resolution of conflicts that impede service delivery, investigates discrimination claims and assists the individual in getting information regarding program services.

Systems Advocacy helps consumers learn to interact with appropriate social services. This includes learning to understand the program reporting requirements. Consumers are encouraged in the achievement of individual goals, including employment if desired.

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Independent Living Skills Training

Classes help consumers learn basic and advanced skills to achieve self-reliance for a more independent lifestyle. Topics include:

  • Credit counseling
  • Assertiveness training
  • Adaptive cooking
  • Mobility training
  • Nutrition
  • Homemaking
  • Education opportunities
  • Communication skills

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Peer Support

One-on-one and group peer support assists individuals with disabilities to help each other on a cross-disability basis. Peers provide assistance and support to increase skills and knowledge that will overcome such challenges as:

  • Interpersonal and family relationships
  • Social issues
  • Financial concerns
  • Getting services from other agencies
  • Other disability-related challenges

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Youth Transition

Transition to adulthood is an exciting time but it can also be very scary. The Center for Accessible Living has several transitioning programs to help young adults with disabilities to ease those fears and create a positive transitioning experience.
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Housing Assistance & Nursing Home Transition

The Housing Coordinator maintains a computerized list to assist individuals with disabilities to locate accessible and affordable rental units.

For nursing home residents who wish to relocate into a home of their choice within the community. Along with local partners, program staff identifies and assists people to make an informed decision to move out of nursing facilities into the community setting of their choice.

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Personal Care Attendant Program

The program enables eligible adults with significant disabilities to hire employees to assist with domestic, personal and transportation needs. This is a Kentucky State program, available through the Center in many parts of the state.

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Rampbuilders Program

The program manages the ramp construction for people with mobility impairments in the Louisville Metro area only. CAL Murray has a partnership with the Salvation Army for Western KY areas.

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Working While on Benefits

CHOICES NAVIGATOR is a program funded by Social Security and administered in the western half of Kentucky by the Center for Accessible Living in Louisville. The Center will make available a Community Work Incentive Coordinator, a knowledgeable advocate, who will help you understand complex work incentive program requirements.

This program helps SSI and SSDI disability beneficiaries, ages 14 through full retirement age, to understand their work options so that they may make more informed choices about going to work. The program provides information about federal, state and local work incentive and related programs.

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Deaf Services & Sign Language Interpretation

The Center employs full-time, certified staff interpreters and several certified, professional freelance interpreters to serve the needs of individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Interpreters are available to travel throughout Kentucky. Interpreters adhere to the NAD/RID Code of Ethics. Whatever the situation, the Center has an interpreter to fill the need. Standard Rates apply. The Center can also arrange sensitivity training for interested groups.

All Center services are available to Deaf and hard of hearing people.  The Center provides ASL interpreters for all services and events. Our Deaf Services Coordinator is available in our Louisville office to provide services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community daily.

  • If you need resources
  • If you need help with paperwork
  • If you have goals in your life, whether they are professional or personal
  • If you have any needs… CAL is here to help you with these things.

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Hart Supported Living

The Hart-Supported Living program is for Kentuckians with disabilities to request funds for supports so they can live in their homes and communities and avoid institutionalization.

The Hart-Supported Living Program means grants that provide a broad category of highly flexible, individualized services that, when combined with natural unpaid or other eligible paid supports, provide the necessary assistance to live independently.

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Employment Assistance

The Center for Accessible Living has twenty years experience helping individuals with all types of disabilities, including Office for Vocational Rehabilitation clients and Social Security Beneficiaries find and keep quality careers. Experienced staff will help gather the tools and resources needed to find, get, and keep that dream job.

The Center provides job development, job placement, career advancement, and training services, such as job readiness training or job skills training for program participants. The Program also provide supportive services and assistance for individuals with disabilities in work settings.

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Workforce Solutions: Presentations & Technical Assistance

The Center for Accessible Living is the leading resource in Kentucky and Southern Indiana for employers seeking to integrate people with disabilities into the workplace as well as companies seeking to reach customers with disabilities in the marketplace.

The Center for Accessible Living has played a major role in helping businesses create successful work conditions for employees and accessible services for customers.

Presentations educate the community concerning disability-related issues. Non-profit and government rates are available.

Staff provides ADA compliance consultation, conducts accessibility surveys in public buildings, or architectural modifications. Non-profit and government rates are available.

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First Impression Suit Closet

Center for Accessible Living has a collection of men’s professional clothing for job seekers in Louisville and surrounding areas that need Interview attire.

Read more about First Impression Suit Closet.

Equipment Loan & Marketplace

Consumers may borrow equipment dependent on availability in both Louisville and Murray. Donated items we accept include:

  • Durable medical goods; mobility devices such as canes, crutches, walkers; portable ramps; shower chairs or potty chairs; scooters, manual and power chairs.
  • We apologize, but currently we do not have storage room for items larger than portable ramps or power chairs/scooters.

Read more about Equipment Loan & Marketplace.

Accessible Murray

Accessible Murray is a public campaign that aims to make Murray a more disability friendly community. Accessible Murray has the goals of:

  • Recognizing places of public accommodation that
    • Comply with the ADA
    • Exceed the requirements of the ADA to make Murray a more disability friendly community
  • Promoting education and awareness regarding the disability community in Murray

Read more about Accessible Murray.

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