ARISE Offers New Service To Help People Remain At Home

One of the greatest fears that our aging population faces is: “how long will I be able to maintain my freedom and be able to choose to remain living in my own home before I am forced to leave?” This very real fear is more and more common among our aging population.

This same challenge is faced by some people with disabilities every day. “How long until I lose my ability to live independently due to my disabilities?” The answer often lies in learning what modifications can be made to your home that will enhance not only your accessibility but enable you to maintain the freedom of independence we all desire.

James Karasek
James Karasek

ARISE is pleased to announce the addition of services by a member of our staff who is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist. The CAPS designation includes demonstrating competence in the technical, business management, and customer service skills essential to knowledge of home modifications for the aging-in-place.

In addition to the core focus of allowing people to remain in their homes in spite of age-related disabilities, the program reinforces the use of the standards in all home modifications required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

CAPS certification is achieved with the completion of the following three courses. Business Management for Building Professionals, Marketing & Communication Strategies for Aging and Accessibility and Design/Build Solutions for Aging & Accessibility. The CAPS certification is a nationally-recognized program that is part of the NAHB, National Association of Home Builders. It is recognized as the standard in achieving ADA standards in new home construction, renovations, and providing reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities.

Thanks to a grant from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation, an ARISE staff member in Oswego County earned CAPS certification.

James Karasek, manager of Independent Living Services, completed the three required courses and was notified by the NAHB that he is now a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist.

This program fits into ARISE’s core services because we can now offer additional expertise to individuals with disabilities who wish to live independently in their own homes.

People with disabilities have the right to choose where they want to live and should not be forced into structured care centers. Nor should they remain in such settings if their wish is to live independently.

This program is just one of several programs that ARISE offers as the designated Independent Living Center in Oswego County.

Should you have any questions or wish to discuss the CAPS program please contact us.


ARISE is a non-profit Independent Living Center run by and for people with disabilities.

The organization has been providing advocacy and services since 1979 and each year ARISE works with approximately 4,000 people of all ages who have all types of disabilities.

ARISE has offices in Onondaga, Oswego, Cayuga, Madison and Seneca counties and operates ARISE at the Farm, a 77-acre recreational facility in Chittenango and ARISE and Ski at Toggenburg Winter Sports Center in Fabius