To advocate for all people with disabilities to be a meaningful part of an integrated community of their choice.
The Five Core Services
We advocate at the individual and systems levels to promote positive change for the disability community. Individual advocacy focuses on increasing self-advocacy and promoting personal empowerment. Systems advocacy creates an awareness of the barriers that exist for people with disabilities and how those barriers can be removed at the local, state, and national levels.
We provide resources to individuals and the community on subjects related to living independently with all types of disabilities. We also refer individuals to other community partners that can assist them in increasing independence.
We coordinate peer support groups where peer mentors with disabilities serve as role models to other people with disabilities. The peer support groups provide moral support and creative solutions for a variety of life situations. The peer mentor program includes formal group settings as well as individual peer mentoring by the staff members and consumers who have disabilities.
Our trained staff assists individuals in their quest for independence by providing tools in order to gain their independence. This includes performing basic tasks that lead to independence, such as cooking, accessing public benefits, budgeting, resume writing, application assistance, and employment-readiness training.
We assist people who live in nursing facilities transition back into their own homes and communities. This transition process includes finding housing and helping the person purchase the essentials for their new living setting. We provide extended transition services by providing weekly support to ensure ongoing success in the community. We also work with youth in transitioning from high school to post-secondary life, which includes college or employment. We assist them by providing the necessary resources and life skills to gain independence.