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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 presenting 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 dierct care (Medicade approved) training packets, developmentally sequenced skill level and placement assessments, Individual Program Plan and I.E.P. guidelines, and planning guides for those interested in the startup of care and training programs.

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World of Resources Directory

     One of the largest, most comprehensive directories of its kind in the world, it was my intent to provide a rich source of easy-to-access information. Within the directory, I have listed hundreds of websites, (with useful descriptions). Over 20 categories focus specifically on the needs of senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, and on care giver support. Hand-picked, these active links take you to products, programs, educational materials, information about specific physical and mental conditions, care provider support information, special interest topics for senior citizens, a wide variety of services, local, state, national, and international agencies and organizations, program and individual needs funding sources, adaptive leisure and travel opportunities, and much more. It is my hope that the arrangement of my directory will greatly assist all who are thirsting for knowledge or support. (I know it has helped me in my frequent quests for information.) I also make available news sources focused on current events affecting persons with disabilities, senior citizens, and those who provide for their care. And there is more... Today, Independent Life Resources, (including the "World of Resources" Directory), features over 50 pages of valuable and often hard to find resources!

     Also on the Independent Life Resources website I have published many articles which I have written regarding my views and observations on various issues concerning the lives of persons with disabilities and Senior Citizens. The link below takes you to an index of those writings:

"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, adult day activity center, and vocational settings

Program Support including:

     * development of policies and procedures

     * record keeping / data collection systems development

     * staff development/training

     * assistance with government program audits

     * team-oriented services coordination

     * behavioral program development

     * developmental/independent living/academic/vocational - skill testing, (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.)

Private Consultant/Author/Webmaster   - 09/00-Present

     TruEnergy Enterprises - Working from home address -

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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This is an ACCESSIBLE INTERNET Website.     

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Recognized as a Family Friendly Website

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A Golden Web Award site 2003-2004

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American Assoc. of Webmasters Award 2005     

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A Long Term Care Select Site

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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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Get Listed - Be a part of the Independent Life Resources World Community!

    This website is highly ranked on major search engines and directories; including MSN, Google, and Yahoo, (Keyword combinations - disability, senior citizens, independent living, resources, directory, disabled, long-term care, etc). Featuring theWorld of Resources, directory, the easy-to-use nature of this site is attracting thousands of viewers each month! Highlighted Links and Banner rates are an inexpensive means of advertising to a large targeted audience. For more information CLICK HERE!

Disclaimer - All 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 directories were personally created to support persons with disabilities, senior citizens, and those with other health related needs. This is, however, not an endorsement of any of the programs, products, or services listed unless specifically noted as those of Michael True or TruEnergy Enterprises.

Michael S. True, M.Ed

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