Marina Salman serves as the SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery) Case Manager in the Community Reintegration Department at Access Living. She provides assistance to consumers in the Colbert and Williams Program in applying for disability and medical benefits. Marina provides comprehensive evaluation, planning, and long-term resources to help ensure consumers obtain optimal social and financial security prior to reintegrating back in the community, while also empowering them to pursue other personal and professional goals by connecting them to state and local services (i.e. Veteran Affairs and/or Department of Rehabilitation Services).
In 2018, Marina completed a master’s degree in counseling psychology with a specialization in sport and health psychology from Adler University. She comes with widespread of experiences providing counseling, mental skills and health education training to intercollegiate athletes and at-risk youth, which includes her internship with Chicago Public Schools. Marina completed her clinical practice at Old Irving Park Community Clinic as a Behavioral Health Counselor where she provided mental health and case management services to low-income adults with chronic medical conditions and disabilities.
Her current research and advocacy work includes addressing disability and ableism in the healthcare and justice system, as well as incorporating Independent Living philosophy in all aspects of life. Marina is of Middle Eastern descent, enjoys working out at the gym, and is an advent Chicago Bears fan.