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The Mission of Access II is to remove architectural and attitudinal barriers that limit the independence of persons with disabilities, promote a positive change in attitudes about disability and persons with disabilities, and encourage greater independence for persons with disabilities within our communities. As a Center for Independent Living, Access II is committed to the provision of a full range of independent living services.
Access II provides a variety of services to people whith disabilities including:
Information and Referral: Access II maintains an ever-expanding resource library, free Internet access and other types of disability-related information.
Independent Living Skills Training: Centers provide training courses to help people with disabilities gain skills that would enable them to live more independently; courses may include managing a personal budget, dealing with insensitive and discriminatory behavior by members of the general public, and many other subjects.
Peer Counseling: Centers offer a service in which a person with a disability can work with other persons who have disabilities and who are living independently in the community.
Advocacy: Centers provide two kinds of advocacy:
1. Consumer Advocacy: which involves Center staff working with persons with disabilities to obtain necessary support services from other agencies in the community.
2. Community Advocacy: which involves Center staff, board members, and volunteers initiating activities to make changes in the community that make it easier for all persons with disabilities to live more independently.
Other Services: Access II has one lift-equipped van available for any consumers with a disability to use. We offer community education, public service, information services, CDS Program, Just Like You and Me, Individualized Educational Program (IEP) Services, ADA technical assistance and surveys, home modifications, Low Vision Center, etc.
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