ILRC staff will work with businesses in a variety of ways to make them more accessible and welcoming to persons with disabilities.
- Disability Etiquette Training/Seminars
- Job Accommodation Information
ILRC provides assistance to current consumers in a variety of ways. Each program has its own policies and guidelines.
- Care Closet – ILRC Care Closet provides necessary household items and personal care items based upon availability for referred individuals with disabilities at who meet income guidelines in ILRC service area. A listing of possible items available may be seen on the donation of goods page. Individuals accessing Care Closet will work with a Specialist on budgeting goals in order to increase their financial independence and work towards no longer needing the Care Closet.
- Emergency Assistance – ILRC’s Consumer Assistance Program is designed to aid current consumers receiving services from ILRC who have exhausted all other options for financial assistance and who are experiencing monetary difficulties. Budget counseling session with Independent Living Specialist may be a requirement for assistance.
Consumer Directed Services (CDS)
The CDS Program provides attendant services for individuals with disabilities in their homes. CDS is provided under contract with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The CDS Program is for individuals with disabilities who would like to direct their own personal care. The program is funded with federal and state monies and has no personal cost to the individual using the service. To be eligible individuals must:
- be at least 18 years of age,
- be Medicaid eligible,
- be able to self direct their care, and
- meet the minimum program requirements relating to their physical need.
What does it mean to self direct your care?
- You are the employer
- You can hire/fire your attendant.
- You supervise the work being done.
- You set the schedule.
- You complete the timesheets.
- You are in charge!
Why Consumer Directed Services?
- You can hire someone you know and trust to be your attendant.
- Training is provided to assist you with hiring, firing, and supervising attendants.
- You are thoroughly trained in the program policies and procedures.
- ILRC provides payroll for attendants and fiscal oversight.
Possible tasks your attendant can complete for you:
- Grooming, bathing, toileting
- Personal hygiene
- Meal preparation, clean up
Personal Care Attendant Guidelines
- Can be anyone of your choice, other than a spouse.
- Attendants must register with the Family Care Safety Registry (FCSR) at a cost of $12 (online cost $13.25).
- Attendant must have a clean background check with the FCSR OR an approved Good Cause Waiver.
- Adhere to agency policies & procedures.
Telecommunications Access Program for Telephone (TAP-T)
Provided in partnership with Missouri Assistive Technology the TAP-T Program provides access to basic voice telephone calling for individuals with all types of disabilities through the delivery of adaptive telephone equipment. To be eligible:
- You must be a Missouri Resident.
- You must have telephone service.
- You must have a certified disability.
- You must meet the basic income guidelines.
Youth with disabilities and their families are supported through the following: MPACT Parent Mentors who can assist a family requesting service from their school and will support the family through the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Process. Click here for more information on MPACT. Youth Group, for youth age 12 – 22, meets monthly and provides various activities throughout the year.
Other programs and services may be provided upon request.