As a Center for Independent Living (CIL), Abilities In Motion (AIM) is a community-based, cross-disability, consumer controlled, non-profit human services organization. The core of who we are is based upon the Independent Living Philosophy (IL Philosophy), which emphasizes consumer control and the belief that people with disabilities are the most important experts on their own needs with a crucial and invaluable perspective on how they can contribute. The IL Philosophy also recognizes that consumers deserve equal opportunity to decide how to live, work and participate in their communities, particularly regarding services that powerfully affect their day-to-day lives and access to independence, which is a civil right. We ensure consumer control through both our governance and staffing in that 51% of our staff and board are people with disabilities.
Through our core services of Advocacy, Information and Referral, Peer Support, Skills Training and Transition/Youth Services we work with our consumers to maintain an independent life full of choice and power. Our staff is an integral part of our work. They stand side-by-side with consumers to demand equality, independence and to ensure their voices are heard.
|Position Summary: The IL Specialist supports the consumer on their independent living goals. The functions of this role include offering the core services: information and referral, advocacy, independent living skills training, and peer counseling. Also included in this role: educating consumers, community members, service providers and caregivers on the Independent Living Philosophy; aiding with employment goals and counseling on various benefits. The role also requires meeting with legislators from time to time to provide education on important issues affecting the disability community.|