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Information and Referral
Our information and referral service is the “go-to” source for information on rights, options, issues, and resources to any individual, organization or business, anywhere. accessABILITY provides information on issues affecting people with disabilities including information about your civil rights. We also provide information about various resources that are available to help people with disabilities within our community.
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.
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Support
We serve people with disabilities who have experienced domestic violence and sexual assault. We support survivors to exercise their rights to establish and maintain control over their own lives. Our peer support model means to employ people with disabilities who have lived-experience with domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
The role of the DVSA advocate is to:
- Support and connect survivors to community and internal services.
- Promote and model quality life skills to enhance independence.
- Provide information and support in a mentoring-type relationship.
- Provide confidential record keeping and services.
Peer Support and Mentoring
Peer support is essential to our philosophy and overall approach to service delivery. Most of our staff and volunteers are people with disabilities who work with our consumers to explore options and solve problems. Because of their own experiences, staff and volunteers provide unique and creative ideas to others living with disabilities as well as true peer support.
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:
- A Spinal Cord Injury Social Group
- A Neurodiverse Social Group
Individual and Systemic Advocacy
accessABILITY advocates for people with disabilities on both a personal (individual) level as well as through “systems” advocacy. We assist and support individuals in exercising their rights to establish and maintain control over their lives. We also work with “systems” like government and business to educate on the capabilities and needs of people who have disabilities.
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.
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
- Young Adult Council
VIBE (Visually Impaired Blind Experience) works with people who are visually impaired and blind to maintain and remain independent in their own environments. Staff work to identify and overcome barriers through supports from assistive technology, peer counseling, community programs, and more.
Assistive technology 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.
Independent Living Skills Training
accessABILITY offers training and real-world practice for a variety of basic living skills to people who are experiencing independent living for the first time, adapting to a new disability or adjusting to change. Our Independent Living advocates will work with you in your own environment to set and achieve your personal goals.