The Independent Living (IL) program, operated by Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) is designed to complement the vocational component of the agency's mission: independence and inclusion of persons with significant disabilities.
The target population of the IL program is individuals with significant disabilities who experience barriers to independent living in their home and communities and who also do not identify employment as a goal. The IL program primarily addresses architectural and environmental barriers to independence, with services generally fitting under the umbrella terms of rehabilitation technology and assistive technology. For those needing independent living services, assistance can be provided for ramps, bathroom modifications, vehicle modifications, some durable medical equipment not covered by insurance, hearing aids, environmental controls, and augmentative communication devices. IVRS partners with Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) and the Iowa Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) to help promote the expansion of services for independent living throughout Iowa.
Julie Sexton, Rehabilitation Assistant
217 West 5th St., Spencer, IA 51301
Phone: (712) 262-9585
Robert Hendrickson, Independent Living and Assistive Technology Specialist
600 Gunder Road NE, Suite 9, Elkader, IA 52043
Phone: (563) 880-1350