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About the Publisher - Michael True

     Greetings! My name is Michael True. Thank you for visiting the pages of Independent Life Resources. This website is dedicated to providing current and accessible information and support to persons with disabilities, senior citizens, and those who provide for their care and training. Over a period of 36 years I worked side-by-side with individuals with disabilities, direct care providers, and program administrators around the country. In order to support and advise, I have continuously sought to use the most up-to-date information regarding best practices in the disability and senior care service communities. I am quite familiar with education/skill development needs, community-based programs and services, specialty products, and other long-term care issues.

     Products posted under the "TruEnergy" designation were specifically developed by me for the many community-based service and education/training programatic needs I encountered over the years. Most of these materials were used or are currently in use by service providers across the country. Some of these items include direct care staff, (Medicade approved) orientation training materials, developmentally sequenced skill level and placement assessments, Individual Program Plan,(I.H.P./I.E.P./I.P.P., etc.), guidelines, and planning guides for those interested in the startup of care and training programs.

     Over the years I have also written on many subjects relating to the care and dignity that should be afforded our elderly and those citizens challenged by disabilities or health issues requiring long-term care. I have posted these articles in the "Articles for Those Who Care" section. These articles also speak to issues such as behavior management, seperation anxiety, and skills training. Information in these articles was meant to be copied and disseminated. All I would ask is that you contact me for permission to duplicate so I will know who is using/benefitting from this material.

"Articles for Those Who Care"

      It is my hope that any one of my efforts contributes to the growth and understanding of a world-wide community of citizens who treat all persons, strong or frail, with dignity and respect. There is strength in numbers, and communication is the key. Share what you know, what you believe, and what you imagine. Pass it on...

Your Servant, Michael True

I can be contacted at:

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NAME: Michael S. True

LOCATION: New Orleans, LA.



Administrative Supervision and Management in the following settings:

  * community-based programs for persons with disabilities - residential, in-home care, adult day activity centers, and vocational training programs.

Program Support including:

     * development of policies and procedures, non-profit organization bylaws

     * development and management of record keeping / data collection systems

     * direct care staff development/training

     * assistance with government program audits

     * team-oriented services coordination

     * behavioral program development

     * development of testing tools including a developmentally sequenced/independent living/academic/vocational - skill assessment, (pre-school through adult)

     * Individualized Program Plan development, (ISP, IHP, IEP)

     * Program placement coordination

Direct Intervention/Teaching/Training of persons with disabilities, all ages, (Including over 10 years in Public Schools)

Publishing Editor, and Webmaster of:

     *"Independent Life Resources", (

     * TruEnergy Enterprises, (

     * Web Page layout and programming in HTML and CSS

     * Author: program development and training materials, "Articles for Those Who Care", and e-books, "Community-Based Options: A Provider's Guide to Program Development" and "Finding Your Funding".

Public Relations, (speaking presentations, writing and publishing brochures/newsletters, etc.)

     *Program Development Consulting


Publisher/Webmaster/Contributing Writer   - 2001-present

       Independent Life Resources (

Program Consultant   - 2001-6/2005

       TruEnergy Enterprises - Scotts Valley, CA - New Orleans, LA.

Resource Administrator/Special Ed. Teacher/Mobile Crisis Team Member   - 09/99-09/00

       NorCal Vocational, Inc. - 1761 Dell Ave. Campbell, CA. 95008

Administrator/ Q.M.R.P. (ICF)   - 06/97-07/99

       South Valley Care Homes, Inc. - 7891 Westwood Dr., Suite 205 Gilroy CA., 95020

Special Education Teacher   - 06/89-06/96  (six yr. S.H., one yr. L.H., one yr. L.H./S.H comb.)

       Hollister City Schools - 761 South Street Hollister, Ca. 95023

Special Day Class Teacher    - 06/88-06/89  (Severe/Multi-Handicapped.)

       San Benito Co. Office of Ed. - 460 Fifth Street Hollister, Ca. 95023

Resource / Lead Teacher   - 04/87-04/88

       Rauch Adult Day Activities Cntr. - 2520 Schrader Avenue New Albany, Indiana 47150

Case Manager   - 04/86-01/87

       Indiana Dept. of Mental Health - 1452 Vaxter Avenue Clarksville, Indiana 47130

Service Coordinator/QMRP (ICF)   - 06/83-04/86

       Res-Care Community Alternatives S.E. - 430 Pearl Street New Albany, Indiana 47150

Special Education Teacher

- 03/81-01/83 (S.H. / Multi- Handicapped and one yr. Pre-Voc.)

       Special School District #1 Belle Chasse State School - Belle Chasse, Louisiana 70037

and more...



East Washington County (Eastern) High School - Pekin, Indiana 47165


Indiana University, (southeast extension) - Grantline Rd., New Albany, Indiana 47150

Other Sites Attended: * West Georgia College (Carrolton, Ga.) * Northwest Louisiana State (Natchatochez, La.) * University of New Orleans (New Orleans, La.) * Cabrillo College (Soquel, Ca.) * Gavilon College ( Gilroy, Ca.)


(both completed through Indiana University) B.S. Elementary Education with certification K-8, August 1977

and M.S. Education, certification Mild/Mod. and Severe Handicap, Dec., 1987.


I have previously held teaching licences in Georgia, Louisiana and California, (Elementary Ed. K-8, Special Education S.H./L.H. and S.E.D.) All licences are currently expired. None were ever suspended or revoked.

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Linda Mac Dougall's Consulting - Homepage

ADVOCACY IN ACTION! Providing support for persons with disabilities and care providers, she specializes in assistance to program administrators and direct care staff. Helping people access and get the most out of community-based residential programs and independent living services. Her new homepage includes a list of her services, her background and "The Advocate's Voice", her personal message, upbeat and informative!

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This is an ACCESSIBLE INTERNET Website.     

Recognized as a Family Friendly Website[d]

Recognized as a Family Friendly Website

A Golden Web Award site 2003-2004 [d]

A Golden Web Award site 2003-2004

American Association of Webmasters award[d]

American Assoc. of Webmasters Award 2005     

A Long Term Care Select Site [d]

A Long Term Care Select Site

Health Leader Award 2006 [d]

Health LeaderAward 2006

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    This website has a broad target population with many overlapping areas of need. Consider partnering with us if your product or service relates to any of the following categories: disability resources, senior citizen resources, independent living resources, or long-term care resources. This website features Personalized Web Search Assistance, Direct Care Staff training materials, Administrative support materials, informative articles for the general public, and more! CLICK HERE!

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Disclaimer - Any advising interactions are to be considered my own personal opinion and should not be construed in any way, shape, or form as a diagnosis, prescription, or mandate for action without further consultation with a medical professional, therapist, specialist, or other authority who is licensed to give such opinions, if you feel this is necessary. I offer advice and personal assistance solely based on my educational background and many years of experience. Advice and information received can be used as a source of direction. The ILR website was created to provide support for caregivers working with persons with disabilities, senior citizens, or those with long-term care related needs. This is, however, not an endorsement of any of the programs, products, or services provided through "Live" Personal Search Assistance" transactions unless specifically noted as those of Michael True or TruEnergy Enterprises.

Michael S. True, M.Ed

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