Access Living is a non-profit center for independent living, which advocates on behalf of people with disability. It was founded on the independent living philosophy which calls for community based, consumer controlled service, and advocacy programs that emphasize a cross disability and self-help approach. It is a cross-disability organization governed and staffed by a majority of people with disabilities
Access Living fosters the dignity, pride and self-esteem of people with disabilities and enhances the options available to them so that they may choose and maintain individualized and satisfying lifestyles. Access Living offers:
• Peer-oriented Services
• Community Organizing & Outreach
• Policy Analysis
• Public Education, Awareness, and Development
• Individual & Systematic Advocacy
• Enforcement of Civil Rights
IF YOU ARE A CLIENT
The Personal Assistance Coordinator will refer to you a number of individuals seeking work as a Personal Assistant. You can then proceed with the hiring process, including interviewing, checking work history and references, and completing the necessary paperwork for the DHS-ORS. Once you have hired a Personal Assistant, together you will agree on a contract and time for services. You are the employer of the Personal Assistant.
Access Living believes in consumer control. The employer is always the client.
IF YOU ARE A PERSONAL ASSISTANT
After you attend an orientation at Access Living, the Personal Assistance Coordinator will send your contact information to clients looking for Personal Assistant services. The client chooses who to call and who to interview. After a hiring decision is made by the client, the payment source (usually DHS-ORS) is notified and will send an employment packet to the client. In some cases, you may need to visit the local ORS office to complete paperwork.
After the necessary forms are filled out and returned to DHS, the client and PA agree on a contract and time for services. You are employed by the client. If your situation changes and you need more or less clients, contact the Personal Assistance Coordinator.
WHAT IS THE PERSONAL ASSISTANT PROGRAM?
The Personal Assistant (PA) Program at Access Living seeks to train PAs and refer PAs to consumers who then hire them directly. The PA program’s activities include:
• Referral for Personal Assistant services
• Personal Assistant training
• Client orientation to hiring and managing a Personal Assistant
• Ongoing support for clients and PAs
• Liaison with the Department of Human Services and Office of Rehabilitation Services (DHS/ORS)
• Advocacy regarding PA services and assistance with problem solving
A CLOSER LOOK
Personal Assistants contribute to the independence of people with disabilities by providing help with activities of daily living. Services include, but are not limited to: bathing, dressing, feeding, toileting, transferring, mobility assistance, cooking, cleaning, laundering, cognitive assistance and monitoring. Health-related tasks which can be done by or delegated to an unlicensed person by a health professional (for example: dispensing medications, catheterization and tube feeding) are also considered attendant services.