Independent Living Core Services

  • Advocacy
  • Information and referral
  • Independent living skills training
  • Peer support
  • Transitions

Advocacy

The goal of advocacy is to advance the rights of people with disabilities.
Individual Advocacy is provided through DRS staff working with individuals to obtain necessary support services from other agencies in the community.

Systems Advocacy is provided through DRS staff and consumers working together to enact change in the community that makes it easier for all persons with disabilities to live independently in the community.

Information and Referral

The goal of information and referral is to provide individuals information on a wide range of disability-related topics and provide referrals for community resources, supports, and organizations.

Independent Living Skills Training

The goal for independent living skills training is to help consumers make the most of their abilities and increase their self-reliance and self-confidence. This is done by teaching them how to take control of their lives.

Peer Support

The goal of peer support is to have staff, who have disabilities themselves, serve as mentors to people who have similar disabilities. The staff helps promote personal growth by sharing their own experiences and explaining how they have coped with the “ups and downs” of having a disability.
In the case of a person with a newly acquired disability, the peer mentor helps with the radical change in life style that is often forthcoming by offering emotional support, helping solve problems and sorting out life goals.

Transitions

Institutional Transition – The goal is to help individuals residing in institutions who wish to, and are able to, live independently, move into the community.
Youth Transitions – The goals are currently under development. DRS intends to fill service gaps in helping adolescents transition to adulthood. Possible services include continued education, employment and independent living.