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How services are provided?
provides consumer-directed services. The individual decides which services they wish to participate in and works with staff to establish goals and determine the steps to meet those goals.
Here is a 5-minute captioned video, describing ACCESS to Independence's services
Information and Referral
Access to Independence provides information about disability-related issues, resources and services to people with disabilities, families, professionals and the general public. Staff, the majority of whom are people with disabilities themselves, are available to listen and assist with locating resources and developing strategies for individuals to resolve barriers including, but not limited to the following areas:
-Benefits and funding issues
-Discrimination and legal rights
-Finding adaptive equipment to enhance independent living
-Community supports and services
Staff and trained volunteers are available to persons with disabilities who are looking for support and assistance. Peer mentors can assist an individual to learn how to cope with his/her disability or learn independent living skills. ACCESS is also looking for people with disabilities who would like to be trained to be a volunteer peer mentor, and assist others with achieving their independent living goals.
The ACCESS to Independence Peer Support program is currently on hold until July 1st, 2018.
The new program coordinators are busy working on developing changes including:
Independent Living Skills Training
ACCESS to Independence staff provides both group and one on-one assessment and training in areas including budgeting, transportation, computer skills, cooking and much more!
Individual: Teaching individuals how to communicate to obtain necessary support services from the community, as well as providing advocacy services.
Systems: ACCESS to Independence directly advocates for changes in local, state and federal systems that impact people with disabilities.
Grassroots: ACCESS to Independence offers anyone in our 4-county region the opportunity to be informed and empowered about disability issues at any level through our ActionNet list. Check out our advocacy page for more information
-ACCESS assists individuals who currently reside in nursing facilities or other institutions and wish to transition back to living in the community.
-ACCESS assists individuals who are at risk of placement in an institution, so that they may remain in the community. ACCESS works to divert people away from institutional settings.
-ACCESS facilitates the transition of youth with disabilities in the post-secondary phase of their life to empower them to achieve goals related to education, employment and independent living.