Services and Programs for Individuals with Disabilities

Our Services and Programs for Individuals with Disabilities

Services and Programs for Individuals with Disabilities

About the Center

The Society for Equal Access, Independent Living Center, Inc. Founded in 1990 is a consumer-controlled, cross-disability, private, non-profit organization operated for and by individuals with disabilities.

The purpose of S.E.A is two-fold:

  1. Assist individuals with significant disabilities to live independently.
  2. Serve the community at large by helping create an environment that is accessible to all.

S.E.A. serves individuals with all types of disabilities including:

Physical | Cognitive | Emotional | Developmental | Multiple disabilities

Community Education

Community education programs are designed to educate the public about disabilities and disability issues. Those services include; but are not limited to the following:

  • Radio Interviews
  • Newspaper Articles
  • Educational Presentations Including Kids on the Block Puppets

The Puppets discuss topics such as:

  • Accessibility
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Disability Rights
  • Disability Sensitivity

In addition, the Specialists are available to speak at civic groups, schools, churches and public/private organizations interested in learning about disability related issues. The Center also provides in-service trainings with professional staff of other area service providers.

5 Core Services

The 5 Core Services are the basic services that an Independent Living Center provides.

  1. Information and Referral
  2. Peer Support
  3. Advocacy
  4. Independent Living Skills
  5. Transition

Information and Referral

S.E.A. provides current information to participants and the community in areas such as:

  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Assistive Technology
  • Community Services

Peer Support

A self-improvement service in which people with disabilities share acquired experiences, knowledge and coping skills, and assist other individuals with disabilities. Active groups are ongoing in several counties.


The Center plays an important part in advocating for disability rights on an individual and a systems level.

Sample of activities are:

  • Eliminate structural barriers
  • Eliminate communication barriers
  • Assist in locating accessible housing
  • Provide and locate accessible transportation
  • Enforce handicap parking
  • Eliminate discrimination toward individuals with disabilities

Independent Living Skills Training

Independent Living Skills training provides participants with basic skills that support their own independent living goals on an individual or in a group setting. Training areas include:

  • Personal Care Management
  • Decision Making/Goals
  • Budget and Money Management
  • Self Advocacy/Assertiveness
  • Nutrition/Education
  • Food Purchase/Preparation
  • Socialization
  • Rights and Responsibilities


Our staff will assist individuals that are currently in facilities to transfer into the community. We also assist individuals 17 - 26 who are finished with their formal education that had an IEP while attending school, to transition into adulthood.

  • Suitable Housing
  • Independent Living Skills Training
  • Assisting consumers with programs (food stamps, medicare, etc)



To be eligible for the Independent Living Program an individual must have either a self-identified or documented disability and be a resident of one of the following:

  • Belmont County
  • Carroll County
  • Coshocton County
  • Guernsey County
  • Harrison County
  • Holmes County
  • Jefferson County
  • Tuscarawas County


Society for Equal Access Independent Living Center, Inc.
1458 5th Street NW
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663

Office Hours: Monday-Friday
8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Phone: (330) 343-9292
Toll Free: (888) 213-4452
Fax: (330) 602-7425