Advocates for people with disabilities

Services

Information & Referral

Promoting Independence by: Providing information on a wide variety of disability related topics, (i.e.) housing, transportation, social security, legislative issues and by making referrals to other agencies for services and community resources.

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

Training is provided on a one-to-one setting in areas of: meal planning, money management, benefit counseling, community integration, and other skills needed to increase independence in their homes and communities.

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 will provide businesses, schools, recreation sites, federally funded housing complexes and homes with accessibility assessments to determine what accomodations and/or modifications are needed to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Fair Housing Act and UFAS.

Representative Payee Service

Social Security Administration may require a representative payee to assist some beneficiaries in managing their SSI and/or SSDI finances.  DCIL may provide this service following the strict guidlines established to maintain consumer control and choice. Fees for this service are determinted by the Social Security Administration.

Transition

Faciilitating the transition of people with disabilities from nursing facilities and other institutions to home and communitybased living; preventing people with disabilities from entering institutions; facilitating the transition of youth with disabilities to higher education, the workforce and/or the community.