The first step to services is to contact us at 317-926-1660.
Information and Referral Services (I&R)
This is a service of short duration to help an individual connect to the resources they need, and is provided in response to any person from any geographic area.
The basic purpose is to ensure that information relating to rights, options, issues and resources are available to any individual, organization or business in need of these services.
We maintain a database of local, state and national disability related information and conduct information research for individuals, businesses or organizations.
IL Skills Training and Life Skill Training Services
This program assists people with disabilities gain the personal living skills and service supports they need in order to maintain independence in their homes and community settings.
This may include instruction to develop skills in areas such as personal care, coping, financial management, social skills, and household management. This may also include education and training necessary for living in the community and participating in community activities.
Individual and Systemic Advocacy Services
Assisting and teaching people the skills needed to navigate complex disability programs and laws and to assist with obtaining community based services and supports.
Individual advocacy services assist people with disabilities to exercise their basic rights and responsibilities and teaches personal advocacy skill.
Systemic advocacy is work done at the local, state and national levels to ensure that needed supports are available and that discriminatory practices and barriers to independent living are removed.
Peer Support Services
This service is designed to promote personal independence for people with disabilities by providing opportunities for them to meet exceptional mentors with a similar disability(s) or experiences. The purpose of the service is to provide practical, real life solutions to everyday problems encountered as a result of a disability.
Peer Support Group meetings include:
Facilitates the transition of people with disabilities from nursing homes and other institutions to home and community based living; provides assistance to those at risk of entering an institution; and facilitates the transition of youth with disabilities into higher education, the workforce and the community.
Our youth services program provides young people with the community based experiences, skills and access to services needed to ensure their inclusion in community life and successful transition to adult life.
- Transition Timeline Checklist as a guide for activities that youth need to achieve before entering adult life.
- Youth N’Power education programming provided in area schools
- High School to College Transition to assist students in contacting the appropriate resources in financial aid, disability services, and enrollment.
- Independent Living Skills
- Peer Support
Assistive Technology Services
This department maintains an inventory of independent living aids and adaptive technology used to provide equipment demonstrations and loaner services for consumers.
This type of equipment often enables people with disabilities to perform personal, work recreational and social functions that would otherwise not be possible. Individuals can acquire some items through accessABILITY at no cost.
Orientation and Mobility Training (O&M)
The purpose of O&M training is to provide visually impaired consumers with the skills needed to travel independently. Services include white can travel training and public transportation travel training.
Older Individuals with Visual Impairment Services
Assists people aged 55 and older who are experiencing issues associated with visual impairment. The goal is to ensure that these individuals continue and enhance their independence and avoid having to enter institutional care.
- Low Vision Support Groups
- accessABILITY hosts several area sight loss support groups. These meetings introduce individuals and their families to resources, low vision aids and peers who are visually impaired. Guest speakers provide the latest information in the field of visual impairment.
- All meetings are free of cost, open to the public and designed for those dealing with vision loss. Family and friends of someone with vision loss or caregivers of any person with some type of vision loss.
- Assistive technology products and training
- Resource referral
- Independent living services including individual advocacy, peer support, information and referral assistance, services to family members and follow-up services
- In-home assessments
Community Support Services
Providing meeting rooms at no cost to organizations that make a positive contribution to the quality of life for all citizens.
Community Outreach Training
Providing information on legal compliance, supportive decision making, reasonable accommodations to ensure that needed supports are available and that discriminatory practices and barriers to independent living are removed. This is a fee-for-service program.