Web Site Details Social Services for People with Disabilities, Seniors

October 4, 2007
Anchorage Daily News

Fairbanks, Alaska – A new Web site is up and running to provide information for the elderly, people with disabilities and the caregivers and agencies that help them in Alaska.

It's alaska.networkofcare.org. The Alaska Statewide Independent Living Council is heading up the project, paid for with a grant from the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. Alaska's five Aging and Disability Resource Centers also are involved.

Individuals will be able to look for services, find out about issues, and advocate to elected officials through the site.

The Network of Care site includes a directory of approximately 300 service providers in Alaska, as well as libraries, information about specific disorders, news in the field, and legislation tracking.

Service providers can build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section. They also can share ideas through a message board.

The state independent living group contracted with a California company to create and maintain the network site. Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., also developed several similar sites across the country.

Network of Care empowers seniors and people with disabilities and makes in-home care easier with online access to comprehensive services available within the state of Alaska.