Executive Message

A Message from the Executive Director

Dear ILCKC Consumers, Supporters and Friends:

On behalf of myself and staff at the Independent Living Center of Kern County (ILCKC), I would like to express my best wishes and tell you where ILCKC is headed in 2017. The core of what we do remains focused on helping all people with disabilities. ILCKC empowers people with disabilities (PWD) to grow and reach their full potential of independence by way of their own choices.

ILCKC offers people with disabilities informed choices to live in the community as freely as they choose, and to have the options and resources to be self-sufficient. Many PWD may require assistance to tackle daily activities. Help in accessing programs and services such as: relocating out of a nursing home, getting their power chair repaired, accessing assistive technology devices or learning how to use them, independent living skills, or possibly sitting amongst peers for peer mentorship are all available at ILCKC. These programs and services are in place to move individuals with disabilities forward in becoming or sustaining independence.

ILCKC faces challenges just like any other organization. Servicing the large area of Kern County with limited staff and resources continues to be a challenge. One way to meet this challenge is to expand and grow our fee-for-service programs which include our Transitions Program, Braille Translation Program, and American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreting Service.

I know additional challenges may lie ahead, but ILCKC will remain devoted to shaping a more empowered and accessible future for all people with disabilities. The types of disabilities people have vary, and the severity of the disability will also vary. So whatever the case may be, ILCKC is here to help PWDs live a more independent and integrated life.

As a person with a disability, I want to remind PWD that embracing pity and entitlement is toxic to your future. Learn to do as much as you can on your own and you don’t have to settle. You can do better and deserve better.

Your Friend,

Jimmie Soto, Executive Director