Advocates for people with disabilities

Services

Information & Referral

This service informs and guides individuals to search out, identify and make use of various resources, social services, local, state, and federal programs that are of interest.

Peer Support

The Peer Support Program is designed to promote positive coping skills for persons with disabilities, including individuals with newly acquired disabilities. The peer supporter and individual share the impact of their disabilities, and develop plans that enable that person to live more independently. DCIL offers training that prepares people with disabilities to become peer supporters.

Individual & Systems Advocacy

Individual Advocacy means working with people with disabilities to support themselves in safeguarding their civil rights. Through Systems Advocacy, DCIL staff works with others to ensure that choices, services and supports are in place in the communities where people with disabilities choose to live, work and play. An example of systems advocacy is being aware of and promoting changes in local, state and federal legislation that directly affects people with disabilities.

Independent Living Skills Training

Daily living skills training is provided on a one-to-one basis to teach people with disabilities the skills that will enable them to attain or maintain a meaningful independent living life style.

Senior Companion Station

Senior Companions are healthy older adults who help other adults live independently. In addition to companionship, a Companion may assist with many personal and household tasks necessary to maintain independence. Senior Companions also provide respite care and support to family care givers.

Assessments

DCIL provides accessibility and ADA assessments for businesses, schools, recreation sites, apartments, and homes. Accessibility assessments are provided to determine what accommodations, modifications and or alterations are needed to make structures accessible. Independent living assessments are provided to determine what support services are needed for individuals to live independently. For further information regarding assessments, please contact center staff.

Representative Payee Service

This service is provided through collaboration with the Social Security Administration to assist people receiving SSI and or SSDI manage their own finances. Fees for this service are determined by the Social Security Administration.