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Grant Assists Barrier Removal in Council Bluffs
The League of Human Dignity’s Southwest Iowa Center for
Independent Living in Council Bluffs has been awarded a $27,500
grant by the Iowa West Foundation.
The grant benefits the League’s Barrier Removal Program
in Council Bluffs. The money will be used to make the homes of
lower-income residents with disabilities more accessible. The
League’s program works in conjunction with Council Bluffs
Community Development Block Grant program to provide up to $5,000
per project. In most cases, the costs exceed that amount, leaving
a gap in funding.
The Iowa West Foundation grant will make it possible for many
of these projects to be completed, thus increasing the number
of Council Bluffs residences that are accessible to people with
disabilities. As the population ages, and as more people become
disabled, more choices for accessible and affordable housing will
be available in the city.
for important information about the Extended Hours Service (EHS)
Transportation Program in Lincoln, NE.
The following Public
Service Announcements (PSAs) have been sent to area news media.
If any of these messages are used by your local media, take some
time to thank them and let us know who is helping us spread the
word. You can also help by making your friends and family aware
of these important messages.
for an important Public Service Announcement regarding snow and
ice safety for the winter.
for an important Public Service Announcement regarding our equipment
loan and rental program.
for an important Public Service Announcement regarding tips on
communicating with people with disabilities.
for an important Public Service Announcement regarding grants
for Southwest Iowa.
Why do we hang onto medical equipment that’s no longer in
use? It may be too valuable to throw out – but it’s
not always easy to sell. And sometimes we’re just not ready
to part with the personal belongings of our loved ones. Whatever
the reason, the League of Human Dignity has a solution: Why not
donate these items to someone who can use them? Through our equipment
loan program, your manual wheelchairs, folding walkers, canes,
bath benches, raised toilet seats, safety rails and other equipment
could help someone in your own community live more independently.
To donate your surplus medical equipment, contact
the League of Human Dignity nearest you.
Barrier Removal Grants Available
Do barriers in your home or apartment keep you – or your
tenants – from living more independently? If someone in
your household – or someone who rents from you – experiences
a disability, you may be eligible for a Barrier Removal Grant.
Make your home more accessible – with ramps, lifts, grab
bars, handrails, lever-style door handles, power door-openers,
wider doorways, roll-in showers, or reachable sinks and counter-tops.
Residents with disabilities who meet income guidelines in Lincoln,
Lancaster County, Omaha and Council Bluffs may qualify. To find
out more about barrier removal grants for home modifications,
contact the League of Human Dignity.
Air Travel Security
In response to travel safety concerns, airport security procedures
have been revised with the needs of everyone in mind – including
travelers with disabilities. If you use a personal wheelchair
or scooter, your security screening may be done in private. You
may also request special arrangements for check-in service, carry-on
baggage, personal care assistants, service animals, assistive
devices, oxygen equipment, or other medical supplies. Be sure
to contact your airline well in advance so the staff is prepared
to handle your accommodations with efficiency – and respect.
A message from the League of Human Dignity.
Snow and Ice
Sidewalks and curb cuts
blocked by snow and ice can prevent those with disabilities from
getting to work, to the store -- or to the doctor. Make
winter travel easier for everyone by keeping your sidewalks and
curb cuts clear. It's more than good citizenship -- it's
the law. For more information, contact your lcoal League
of Human Dignity -- promoting independent living for those with
disabilities since 1971.