Independent Living Services
The Whole Person offers a broad range of services to individuals with disabilities to increase their ability to perform day-to-day activities and reduce the need of support from family members, professional attendants or other caregiving services.
Our services and programs build the confidence of these individuals and improve the many skills they need to live, learn and work in their community.
CORE SERVICES FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING
Information and Referral Services
Providing up-to-date information on needed services and support such as adaptive equipment, transportation, accessible housing and other issues. We also provide referral services to groups and agencies that handle specific issues or programs pertinent to an individual’s needs.
Independent Living Skills Training
One-on-one training to help people with disabilities acquire the skills they choose to have in order to live independently. This may include cooking skills, health maintenance, home management, budgeting, time management, transportation and resources for continuing one’s education.
Information about options in the community that are available to individuals who are presently in facilities, or are in immediate risk of entering state institutions or nursing facilities. For people who want to move out of institutions, we also provide assistance in finding housing and other vital service needs as requested by the individual and/or family.
We share our personal experiences and knowledge, or connect an individual with someone who can relate to the many changes and challenges that someone is faced with when adjusting to a disability, experiencing changes in life, or learning to use services more effectively.
Community & Individual Advocacy
Advocating for the civil rights and equality of people with disabilities by influencing and implementing legislation and policy at the local, state and federal level. Helping individuals with disabilities acquire the knowledge and skills to solve problems and achieve goals on their own.
OTHER PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Mental Health Services
Providing information and referral, systems advocacy, peer counseling, program implementation and related services designed to help people with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and minorities with disabilities maximize their opportunities for independent living.
Helping individuals to explore their interests, assess their strengths, develop their employment goals and to identify and overcome barriers to full participation in the workplace.
We provide a wide variety of activities to help increase a young person’s confidence – from getting together with peers to classroom training to one-on-one peer support.
The Whole Family Project
Provides sign language instruction for parents and family members with children facing communication barriers of all types.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Services provided by staff who have personal experience with deafness and understand the deaf community and culture.
Working to increase inclusion in areas with populations of 10,000 or less; from working directly with individuals with disabilities to disability awareness trainings.
Providing education, outreach and enforcement to increase community awareness. Assisting with information and recommendations regarding accessibility features and designs.