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The findings in Section 21 of the 1992 Rehabilitation Act Amendments have placed increased emphasis on state VR agencies, as well as independent living centers, to address issues of equity of services for persons from diverse backgrounds.
It cannot be overemphasized that forming coalitions to address specific social or political issues is a major advocacy responsibility of the independent living centers.
with federal requirements in independent living centers.
With the Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) Program serving as the national program office for this initiative, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is currently supporting efforts of 11 independent living centers around the country in implementing and evaluating innovative service approaches to promote enhanced health and well-being of persons with disabilities and to test new approaches for generating revenue to support expanded services.
In Massachusetts each independent living center has a contract with their corresponding regional office (of a total of five regional offices in the state) to provide independent living services to active VR clients and to assist in their achieving their Individualized Written Rehabilitation Plan (IWRP) and vocational goals.
The first official statement of criteria for independent living centers is contained in Section 711 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1978.
According to Pazdral, "Peer-to-peer action is powerful within mental health services, integral to independent living and a political badge of pride for the network of statewide independent living centers.
The Center Advisory Board is composed of three state vocational rehabilitation directors, two directors of state head injury associations, two TBI survivors, two family members, one vocational rehabilitation educator, two medical rehabilitation professionals, two acute care providers, one independent living center representative, one representative of a state Client Assistance Program, one rehabilitation technology specialist, and a representative of the Health Care Financing Administration.
Norma Jean Vescovo, the executive director of the Independent Living Center of Southern California, said the agency singled out Dole for the lifetime achievement award because he has been the ``perfect'' role model for people with disabilities.
Training of independent living center staff and case managers is being conducted throughout the region through collaborative conferences with state head injury foundations and vocational rehabilitation counselor training sessions.
3) Mike Rosenfeld and Holly Beke, with their large pumpkin at the Independent Living Center of Southern California in Van Nuys.

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