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A picture of Leslie Kelley's sign language class in front of 1019 Logan Blvd. I) Deaf Action and Awareness Program:

DAAP was created in response to a grant 19 years ago and due to success and demand, was adopted as an ongoing program.

The Program enables persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing(HoH) the access to information or assistance they might not be able to locate in the hearing world.  DAAP provides all of the CIL's Core and Secondary services, as well as;

II) Technical Assistance:

Technical Assistance regarding compliance with the ADA, Public Law 94-142 governing public school education and the care and maintenance of hearing aids.

Interpreter Referral Service:

The CIL's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist maintains a list of certified and experienced interpreters.  American Sign Language Courses are offered several times throughout the year.  Courses are taught by the CIL's specialist and are on the basic and intermediary levels.  Support groups offered for moral support and increased social opportunities.

We provide Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) or interpreters at all our support groups for those with hearing loss.

We were one of the first CILs to provide the following for our deaf and (HoH) consumers:

• information about hearing dogs
• use of Video or TTY phones
• CART or interpreter for our consumer groups

III) Consumer Equipment Training Program:

The CETP library allows consumers to experience different types of assistive technology hands on.  Equipment available covers just about every room and just about every task in a household.  Should you need help in meal preparation, communication, eating or bathing, CETP should be on your list to visit.  Consumers may use equipment for a reasonable trial period to get familiar with and decide if the trial piece meets their needs.  If not, Consumers may test drive another piece of equipment.  Once a piece of equipment is decided upon, the CIL staff will assist the Consumer in obtaining the equipment and provide in-home training.

IV) Basic American Sign Language:

The CIL's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist conducts courses in Basic American Sign Language several times a year.  Skill levels offered are Basic and Intermediary. Courses are taught in the CIL's office, which is easilyaccessible by public transportation.  The CIL's office is equipped with audio and visual door and emergency alerts.  The office is fully accessible to all people with disabilities.

V) Brain Injury Outreach and Support (BIOS) Program:

The BIOS Program is designed to help individuals with brain injury build skills while encouraging independence.

Services available are:
• Skills Training
• Advocacy
• Peer Counseling
• Information/Referral

Services are tailored to meet the individual’s needs.  Goals are addressed at the individual’s pace.

Peer Support/Family Mentoring

Family members/individuals who are a part of an individual’s support network often find they need help too - coping with the injury, dealing with the frustration of not knowing where to go for help, how to “help” the individual with the brain injury, etc.  This program can help family members get the information or services they need.  Family members, friend, and ignificant others are invited to participate in program-sponsored support groups.

The Center for Independent Living offers technical support and maintenance for four support groups that meet monthly in Blair, Bedford, Huntington and Somerset counties.  Support groups are started in response to an expressed need.  For more information contact Denny Minori or Brandee Riggleman at 814-949-1905.

How do any of these Programs work?

Once the Consumer contacts the CIL, an appointment is scheduled either at the Center's office or at the consumer's primary residence.  During this interview the staff and consumer get acquainted and discuss all that the CIL has to offer.  At that time the consumer informs the CIL staff of their needs or wants.  They discuss available options.  The consumer then decides which direction they want to take.  The consumer and staff develop a written plan outlining the consumer's action steps and desired outcomes with target dates.  Each goal is revisited and revised at the Consumer's discretion.  The CIL does not deliver pre-packaged or ‘canned’ service plans.  All Consumer Goal and Service plans are tailored to the specific Consumer's choices.  Each plan is as unique as each consumer.

How can you provide all this free to your Consumers?

The CIL is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration under the authority of Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

Last updated 12:47 PM Thursday, September 10, 2015