Every Center for Independent Living has five core services that they must provide. These are advocacy, information and referral, independent living skills, peer support and mentoring, and transition.
The goal is to get American students from the middle of the pack in science and maths to the top of the pack in the international arena.
In a recent survey conducted by our leadership team, we determined that the statistic of disabled students in STEM (in Los Angeles County, but likely in other regions as well) is not even measurable or not even a statistic.
The support group is facilitated by a youth staff member but youth-led and youth -driven.
We provide a safe space for youth to convene and connect with other peers. During our support group meetings, which are held twice a month, youth will engage in: informational workshops (friendships, relationships, communication, role models, problem solving, money management, etc.)
team-building exercises and socialization, civic engagement and self-advocacy, disability identity and pride, and recreational opportunities such as topic specific movies (STEM, disability, disability history) or outings using public transportation, such as bowling, ballpark or lunch/dinner.
Post Secondary Education
As a student approaches the time to leave high school, it is important that preparations for adult life are well underway.
For early transition planning and active participation in decision making to occur for students with disabilities, members of the planning team need to be well-informed about the student’s abilities, needs, and available services.
Our specialized staff will work collaboratively with the youth member and their support network to ensure an effective transition into post-secondary education or employment.
Personal Assistants can help with a variety of needs for some people with disabilities.
Hiring, training and letting go of Personal Assistants is something that people who use them need to learn how to do.
We can provide training in these tasks and help people who need these assistants to find them.
Some people with disabilities may require places to live that are accessible to wheelchairs or other assistive technology, help finding places to live that are affordable on a fixed income. We can help people to get signed up with affordable housing lists and apply for Section 8 vouchers.
We can help people with disabilities to understand and advocate for their right to accessible housing.
We provide an array of services to assist the community in understanding how technology can increase independence and a consumer’s ability to participate in the community.
Independent Living Skills Training
Our experienced staff work with our consumers on determining the areas where assistance is needed and develops a comprehensive plan to achieve successful outcomes. I.L. skills training allows us to increase the capacity of individuals with disabilities to become and remain self-sufficient,
Advocacy allows our experienced staff to work in partnership with our consumer(s) on an issue that is only affecting them while empowering the individual to learn how to self advocate.
This is an effort to change policies, rules or laws which determine how services are provided to a larger group of people (not just one person). While CIL’s such as SCRS-IL focus on the educational piece of systems advocacy, our consumers drive our systems advocacy.
Through established relationships with school districts, charter schools, colleges and other youth-focused entities (such as the Columbia Memorial Space Center), our dedicated youth transition team provides comprehensive and tailored services to meet the needs of our youth.
All SCRS-IL employees are equipped to provide peer counseling and support. Peer support occurs when people provide knowledge, experience, emotional, social or practical help to each other.
Through our philosophy, over 80% of our staff have a disability, we share first-hand experience which allows us to make an almost-instant connection.