Community Supports -- Independent Living

Access Living's Community Support Independent Living initiatives offer people with disabilities the tools to participate in, engage with, and grow in the community.

These initiatives include:

Community Supports: Access Living Community Supports services support people with disabilities in their own homes. The program, funded by a Community Development Block Grant administered by the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, is designed to provide people with disabilities who are living in the community with the resources they need to continue living independently. Community Supports Staff will visit people with disabilities at their homes, assessing their needs and link them with services. Services offered through the program include: Homemaker services, home-delivered meals, daily living skills training, and assistive technology assessment and acquisition. Accessing the services, people with disabilities will have the resources they need to execute day–to–day activities like cooking, cleaning, managing a bank account and navigating computers and telecommunications.

The Personal Assistant Program provides a vital link to independence for people with disabilities. Access Living trains people who want to be Personal Assistants and keeps a data base of Personal Assistants that is available to people with disabilities (consumers) who want to hire some one for home care services.

The Financial Stability Program program makes a concerted push to raise consumers' awareness about the benefits of learning more about their financial matters. Over the course of 11 weeks participants are equipped with materials and tools to help them better manage and take control of their personal finances.

Reaching Our Dreams was developed as a way to help youth develop skills that will enable them to become independent and more invested in planning for their futures. The program Reaching goal is to shatter the traditional way of presenting information and replace it with a new interactive approach to learning and applying skills.

The Staff Associate Program helps people with disabilities gain access to employment opportunities and skills development in a professional environment right here at Access Living. Desired outcome of the program is simply employment in the community.


Contact:
Dariusz Barwacz
Title:
Manager, Community Supports
Work:
312-640-2151
TTY:
312-640-2102
Email:
dbarwacz@accessliving.org
Contact:
Carleda Johnson
Title:
Independent Living Skills Coordinator
Work:
312-640-2159
TTY:
312-640-2179
Email:
cjohnson@accessliving.org
Contact:
Cris Johnson
Title:
Community Supports Coordinator
Voicemail:
312-640-2132
TTY:
312-640-2102
Email:
cjohnson@accessliving.org
Contact:
Kristina Reis
Title:
Personal Assistant Coordinator
Voicemail:
312-640-2193
Email:
kreis@accessliving.org
Contact:
Mary Lee Ahern
Title:
Employment Opportunity Supervisor
Voicemail:
312-640-2119
Email:
mahern@accessliving.org
Contact:
Jennifer Matthews
Title:
Community Supports Coordinator
Voicemail:
312-640-2176
Email:
jmatthews@accessliving.org
Contact:
Rekita Evans
Title:
Assistive Devices/Community Supports Coordinator
Email:
revans@accessliving.org
Voicemail:
312-640-2123
Contact:
Rekita Evans
Email:
revans@accessliving.org
Voicemail:
312-640-2123

Community Supports

Access Living Community Supports services support people with disabilities in their own homes. The program, funded by a Community Development Block Grant administered by the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, is designed to provide people with disabilities who are living in the community with the resources they need to continue living independently.Learn More

Financial Literacy

For people with disabilities who are working to improve employment, credit and homeownership opportunities for themselves and for other people with disabilities. The Financial Literacy Group at Access Living collaborates with partners in the community and beyond to increase outreach to people with disabilities and coordinates a support group around credit and asset issues.Learn More

Personal Assistants

Access Living

Access Living trains people who want to be Personal Assistants and keeps a data base of Personal Assistants that is available to people with disabilities (consumers) who want to hire some one for home care services.Learn More
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Reaching Our Dreams

Independent Living Skills training program empowers youth to live independently

Reaching Our Dreams is a new program that helps young people with disabilities develop skills that will enable them to become independent and more active in their futureLearn More