Vida Independiente Latino Services Collaborative In collaboration with the Center for Capacity Building on Minorities with Disabilities Research University of Illinois at Chicago Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program Northeastern Illinois University Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services Vision To achieve independent living and full participation of Latinos with disabilities in their communities Services Outreach Cultural Competence Collaboration Vida Independiente Latino Services Collaborative Division of Rehabilitation Services Illinois Department of Human Services • Collaboration of 9 agencies serving the Latino community in Illinois • Working to achieve independent living and full participation of Latinos with disabilities in their communities For more information please contact: Francisco Alvarado Phone: 312-793-4306 TYY: Email: email@example.com Members CALOR El Valor Equip for Equality La Voz Latina Hispanic Outreach Rehabilitation Program (HORP) Migrant and Seasonal Farm Workers Program Northeastern Illinois University’s Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling Program Progress Center Home Services Program Progress Center South Vida Independiente Radio Program Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital Center for Capacity Building on Minorities with Disabilities Research, UIC Members Migrant and Seasonal Farm Workers Program NEIU La Voz Latina HORP Progress Center Vida CALOR Independiente Radio Program Equip for Equality El Valor PCIL Schwab IDHS, DRS Vida Independiente Latino Services Collaborative, Strategic Plan Vision: To achieve independent living and full participation of Latinos with disabilities in their communities. Agency DRS/ HORP La Voz Latina Partners DRS/ Progress Center South Radio Program Vida Independiente Goals/ DRS/ Migrant and Seasonal Farm Workers Program Objectives DRS/ CALOR Activities DRS/ Progress Center Home Services Program DRS/ NEIU Rehabilitation Counseling Program Outputs DRS/ Equip for Equality Outcomes DRS/ El Valor Schwab Center South DRS/ ProgressRehabilitation Hospital DRS 1. Increase Latinos with disabilities’ access to needed services. Outcomes 2. Improve the quality of linguistically and culturally appropriate services available to Latinos with disabilities in Illinois. 3. Increase the capacity of the State of Illinois through collaboration to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services to Latinos with disabilities. 4. Improve the cultural competence of DRS staff and community partners providing services. Celebration of the Vida Independiente Latino Services Collaborative Northeastern Illinois University Masters Degree Program in Rehabilitation Counseling A federally approved Hispanic Serving Institution The most diverse university in the Midwest CORE-Accredited Rehabilitation Counseling Program Objectives To recruit, train, retain, place and provide the Latino community with qualified (CRC-eligible), bilingual/bicultural professional rehabilitation counselors trained in the current best practices of rehabilitation services with the goal of assisting people with disabilities reach their maximum functioning and quality of life in their environment of choice, including work. PHILOSOPHY AND SCOPE OF PRACTICE REHABILITATION COUNSELING AND NEIU’S REHABILTIATION COUNSELING TRAINING PROGRAM • 3 “I’s” : independence, integration, & inclusion • Dignity & worth of all people • Equality & empowerment • Holistic nature of human function (groups, systems, & communities) • Focus on assets • Mutually planned integrated, comprehensive services PROFESSIONAL TRAINING TO BECOME A QUALIFIED REHABILITATION COUNSELING PROFESSIONAL SERVING PERSONS WITH DISABILITY AND THEIR FAMILIES Master of Arts Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling • A 48-semester hour program • Easily accessible for persons with disability and to Chicagoland residents (near CTA, El, I-90 and I-94) • Full-time or part-time studies possible • Funded by the Dept. of Education under the Rehabilitation Service Administration Capacity Building Project • Long Term Training Grant – Provides scholarships to master’s degree students who commit to serving persons with disability within the State-Federal vocational rehabilitation system (i.e. Illinois DRS) • Capacity Building Grant – Provides outreach and recruitment services to the Latino/a community Contact Information • Address: 5500 N. St. Louis Ave Chicago, IL 60625 The physical location of the rehab counseling program is in the Classroom building, 4th Floor at 3601 W. Bryn Mawr • Website: www.neiu.edu/~counsedu (Rehab Program) www.neiu.edu/~gradcoll (Graduate College) • Contact: Dr. Ken Currier, Ph.D., CRC Program Coordinator 773-442-5576 firstname.lastname@example.org María D. López-Cardona, M.Ed. (se hablo Espa Project Specialist 773-442-4805 email@example.com CALOR MISSION The mission of CALOR, a division of Anixter Center, is to provide holistic planning and coordination of health services to Latinos at risk for or living with HIV/AIDS and/or other disabilities, to empower them to live and work successfully in the community. una División del Centro Anixter DRS Services Employment Services To support Latinos who have disabilities to obtain and maintain competitive employment. Team Approach Individuals, their abilities and experience Locate and secure employment Support to assure successful employment una División del Centro Anixter DRS Services • Intake and Assessment • Goals, abilities, needs, sources of support • Job Readiness • Resumes, mock interviews, applications, dress code, rules & regulations • Support Services • Translation, job coaching, advocacy, accommodations • Job Development/Placement • Successful Placement – 90 days • Follow up services • 30 days, 90 days, 6 months, 1 year una División del Centro Anixter Additional Services • Case Management • Ryan White Title I and DRS • HIV/AIDS/STD Prevention • Young Latino MSM, Latino MSM, Latino MSM PWA, and Young Latinos • Testing, support groups, outreach, prevention case management • Psychosocial Services • Support groups, non-clinical counseling • Housing Services • 17-unit facility for single individuals and families una División del Centro Anixter Contact Information • Address: 5038 W. Armitage Chicago, IL 60639 • Phone: 773-385-9080 • TTY/TTD: 773-235-4039 • Email: AskCALOR@anixter.org • Website: www.calor.org una División del Centro Anixter El Valor MISSION El Valor’s mission is to support and challenge urban families to achieve excellence and participate fully in community life. Our programs exist to enrich and empower people with disabilities, the disenfranchised and the underserved. DRS Services • Intake –to develop an individualized service plan • Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation –to assess vocational interests, work tolerance, personal and social characteristics • Developmental Training –to promote independence in daily living and economic self-sufficiency • Vocational Development –to strengthen vocational, social, and emotional skills by engaging in real work activities paid at a commensurate rate at El Valor facilities • Supported Employment –to secure and maintain individuals in competitive jobs in an integrated work site • Competitive Employment –to secure and maintain competitive employment Additional Services • Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) program –to provide case management services • Residential Services –to become independent members of their community • Leisure/Recreation –to develop self-confidence, independence, leadership and community participation among adults with disabilities • Family Support/Respite Care –to provide respite, education, and counseling for families who have a member with a disability. Contact Information • Address: 1850 W. 21st Street Chicago, IL 60608 • Phone: 312-666-4511 • TTY/TTD: 312-666-3361 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org • Website: www.elvalor.org • Contact: Gloria Curtin, Vice President/Director Equip for Equality MISSION The mission of Equip for Equality is to advance the human and civil rights of children and adults with physical and mental disabilities in Illinois. It is the only statewide, cross-disability, comprehensive advocacy organization providing self-advocacy assistance, legal services, and disability rights education while also engaging in public policy and legislative advocacy and conducting abuse investigations and other oversight activities. DRS Services Latinos with Disabilities Advocacy Project Provides access to legal services for special education issues to the Hispanic/ Latino community of Chicago and outlying areas through o Direct face-to-face legal assistance to Hispanic/Latino families with children with disabilities, in their community, by a bilingual attorney o Training on special education issues for the parents of children with disabilities Additional Services •The Legal Advocacy Program - Provides free, individual self- advocacy and legal services for people with disabilities and their family members. •The Public Policy Program - Pursues public policy research and advocacy through active involvement in the state's legislative and executive policy-making processes. •The Abuse Investigation Unit - Investigates and monitors public and private facilities and programs to uncover dangerous conditions and practices affecting people with disabilities. The Unit also issues alerts and recommendations to prevent future tragedies. •The Special Education Clinic/Helpline - Provides a helpline, individual self-advocacy, training and legal representation for people with disabilities and their families in securing an appropriate education and related services. Contact Information • Address: 20 N Michigan Ave. Suite 300 Chicago, IL 60602 • Phone: 800-537-2632 • TTY/TTD: 800-610-2779 • Email: email@example.com • Website: www.equipforequality.org La Voz Latina Hispanic Outreach Rehabilitation Program (HORP) Mission HORP is an outreach program dedicated to creating a network of services for Latinos with disabilities and their families. Community Resource Specialists indentify and refer Latinos with disabilities to the Division of Rehabilitation Services and/or other community agencies for services depending on customer needs and eligibility. DRS Services Outreach Sites • Waukegan • Joliet • Rockford • Chicago • Melrose Park DRS Services • HORP staff go where the people are to promote and create awareness about DHS services for persons with disabilities and their families • Community Events • Back to School/Health Fairs • Citizenship Workshops • HORP staff help persons with disabilities make informed choices about • Educational/Career Options • Financial Assistance • Independent Living DRS Services • HORP staff advocate for accessible services for Latinos with disabilities in partnership with organizations and institutions • Educational and Training • Health and Housing • Public Libraries and Media • Faith Based and Ethnic Associations • HORP staff build capacity at the community level by • Organizing local providers’ fairs • Conducting workshops for parents • Identifying resources for immigrants • Identifying gaps in services • Encouraging consumer participation Contact Information • Address: 412 Market Street, Rockford, IL 61107 • Phone: 815-965-5784 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org • Website: lavozlatina-rkfd.org Migrant and Seasonal Farm Workers Program The Migrant and Seasonal Farm Workers Program in Illinois is aimed at conducting outreach to raise awareness among migrant and seasonal farm workers and their employers about the availability of rehabilitation services in Illinois. In addition, the program provides services to help workers maintain employment and access educational and vocational services. For more information, contact: Marco Lenis, Executive Director Phone: 815-494-2355 Email: email@example.com Progress Center for Independent Living (PCIL) MISSION As a part of the disability rights movement, Progress Center’s mission is to build a society in which people with disabilities shall have the same freedoms, rights, and civil liberties as everyone else. Progress Center for Independent Living is a: non-profit non-residential consumer controlled disability rights organization serving suburban Cook County, Illinois Services Progress Center for Independent Living directly assists individuals with all types of disabilities and a wide range of accommodation needs to achieve their self-determined goals Employment Goals • Searching for a job • Writing a resume • Practicing job interview skills Housing Goals • Finding affordable, accessible housing • Helping acquire home modifications • Leaving a nursing home and returning to the community Services Daily Living Goals • Obtaining in-home assistance • Finding a more affordable prescription drug plan • Accessing state and federal benefit programs • Using public transportation Communication Goals • Acquiring an amplified phone for people who are hard-of-hearing • Learning how to use TTY or Video Relay Service Progress Center also engages in social justice advocacy for the rights of people with disabilities on the local, state and national levels. Progress Center Vida Independiente Radio Program Radio Vida Independiente is the first and only radio program of its kind in the United States, transmitted from Chicago every Saturday from 9am to 12pm through La Nueva 950AM WNTD. Radio Vida Independiente was developed to educate society about Disability Culture. During the show information is presented about resources and activities available in our community and around the world for people with disabilities and their families. Contact Information Progress CIL Progress South Address: Address: 7521 Madison St. 12940 S. Western Ave. 3rd floor Forest Park, IL 60130 Blue Island, IL 60406 Phone: 708-209-1500 Phone: 708-388-5011 TTY: 708-209-1826 TTY: 708-389-8250 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.progresscil.org Email: email@example.com Web: www.radiovidaindependiente.com Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital Mission To improve the health, functioning, and well being of persons with disabilities by offering effective and efficient rehabilitation services. Extended Services • “Life Doesn’t Stop for a Disability.” • Takes Schwab’s mission “beyond the hospital doors” Services • Centro de Vida Independiente –to connect Schwab’s Spanish-speaking patients with appropriate community programs & services • Critical Pathways to Education –to assist participants in achieving basic life skills, attaining basic literacy, completing a high-school education or its equivalent, determining their career interest, or preparing for college enrollment and to provide case management to help participants overcome the obstacles between themselves and their educational & vocational goals • Community Technology Center –to provide free classes and open lab time for people with disabilities Services • Disability Resource Center –to serve as a clearinghouse for information for people with disabilities, including information on such issues as accessible housing, transportation, educational, employment, and recreational opportunities as well as offer information, referrals & informal mentoring • In My Shoes –to help youth gain a firsthand look at life with an injury due to intentional violence by providing a violence prevention intervention led by former patients who have sustained violent injuries as victims or perpetrators of street violence • Making Tracks to Transitions –to provide culturally competent, family-centered care, aimed at providing assistance through the transition to adulthood, focusing on 3 areas: Medical, Psychosocial development, & Independent Living Services • Peer Mentoring –to meet the needs of patients with new spinal cord injuries (SCI) by training and employing past patients with SCI to serve as peer-mentors. Also opened to individuals with Brain Injuries in 2008 • Deaf Access Program –to improve access to quality health care and preventative health education for people who are Deaf by serving as a center of excellence and research on Deaf health care and by providing the first public video-phone booth in the U.S. • Community Connections for Refugees with Disabilities –to serve as a link between rehabilitation professionals, disability organizations, and refugee services in conjunction with Sinai’s Touhy Clinic, provides social services to refugees with disabilities Contact Information • Address: 1401 S. California Blvd. Chicago, IL 60608 • Phone: 773-522-2010, Ext. 6421 • TTY/TDD: 773-522-2032 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org • Website: www.sinai.org/rehabilitation Contact Information ADDRESS PHONE TTY/TDD EMAIL WEBSITE CALOR 3220 W. Armitage 773-235-3161 773-235-4039 AskCALOR@anixter.org www.calor.org Chicago, IL 60647 EL VALOR 1850 W. 21st Street 312-666-4511 312-666-3361 email@example.com www.elvalor.org Chicago, IL 60608 EQUIP FOR 20 North Michigan 800-537-2632 800-610-2779 firstname.lastname@example.org www.equipforequality.org EQUALITY Suite 300 Chicago, IL 60602 LA VOZ 412 Market Street 815-965-5784 lavozlatina-rkfd.org LATINA Rockford, IL 61107 HORP MIGRANT 815-494-2355 email@example.com AND SEASONAL FARM WORKERS PROGRAM Northeastern 5500 N. St. Louis 773-583-4050 Kfirstname.lastname@example.org www.neiu.edu/~counsedu Illinois Chicago, IL 60625 M-Lopez3@neiu.edu University email@example.com (NEIU) PCIL 7521 Madison 708-209-1500 708-209-1826 firstname.lastname@example.org www.progresscil.org Forest Park, IL 60130 SCHWAB 1401 S. California 773-522-2010, 773-522-2032 email@example.com www.sinai.org/rehabilitatio Chicago, IL 60608 Ext. 6421 n Northeastern Illinois University Department of Counselor Education: Rehabilitation Counseling Program MISSION The NEIU Rehabilitation Counseling program is committed to improving the lives of persons with disabilities by providing qualified (CRC-eligible), professional rehabilitation counselors trained in the current best practices of rehabilitation services to work in public and private agencies serving a diverse state and nation.
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