Programs and Services

Community Support Coach (CSC)
CSC provides education and assistance to qualified individuals during the home transition/relocation process by helping an individual make informed and independent choices, setting and achieving short and long term goals, managing multiple problems, and identifying options and problem solving.

Equipment Loan Program
The loan program allows consumers to borrow items such as walkers, wheelchairs, canes, crutches, bedside commodes, shower chairs, incontinence supplies, etc. This assists individuals with disabilities who are not able to purchase or attain equipment through their health insurance. A physician’s prescription must be provided. Recipients must be able to arrange for item pick up and return. Equipment is available on a first come, first serve basis. SIL accepts donations of new or gently used equipment to maintain the loan program.

Independent Living Skills (ILS) Evaluation
An ILS evaluation assesses the consumers’ needs and abilities as related to living an independent, self-directed lifestyle. The evaluation helps staff and consumers identify areas to work on and strengthen in order to increase capacity for independent living.

Independent Living Skills Training (ILST)
ILST helps consumers learn skills needed to maintain an independent lifestyle. Sessions are conducted one-on-one and in small groups on such topics as self-awareness, communications, problem-solving, money management and budgeting, meal preparation and planning, social skills, and relationships. These sessions are tailored to the consumer’s needs and abilities. ILST allows consumers to gain control over their lives.

SIL’s ILST Lab includes computer stations and a mock apartment in which hands-on skills such as laundry, meal preparation, and housekeeping can be worked on.

Information and Referral
SIL staff provides up-to-date information on a variety of disability related and community living issues. Staff help problem solve issues and provide access to accurate information and community resources. Examples include information on adaptive equipment, transportation, accessible housing, benefit maintenance, and community resources.

Nursing Home Transition/Relocation
As a provider for Ohio’s HOME Choice and Success Project programs, SIL staff assist approved individuals with disabilities in moving from a skilled facility (nursing home or hospital) back into the community. SIL staff work closely with consumers to help locate housing, work through the waiver application process, securing furniture and household items, and much more.

Once a HOME Choice consumer relocates, SIL can provide him/her with additional Community Support Coaching (CSC) and Independent Living Skills Training, both of which are approved services under the HOME Choice demonstration program.

Peer Support

Peer Support/Consulting
SIL staff and trained volunteers with disabilities provides Support Services to persons with disabilities living successfully in the community. These vital support services teach individuals about options and choice. By providing options, information, encouragement and support, consumers are better equipped to make appropriate decisions for their lives. It is not about doing everything yourself, but about making one’s own choices.

Peer Support Groups
Peer support groups are an opportunity for individuals with disabilities to learn from and support each other. Guest speakers are brought in periodically to present on meaningful topics.

Personal Care Assistance (PCA) Program
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities contracts with SIL to manage the consumer-driven personal care assistance (PCA) program. This program gives eligible individuals with disabilities the opportunity to employ and manage their own personal care assistants; and will reimburse the consumers with a predetermined hourly rate for a set number of hours per week. Priority is given to those who are employed, seeking employment, or in training. SIL serves the following counties in Ohio for the PCA Program: Ashtabula, Columbiana, Geauga, Lake, Mahoning, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, and Wayne.