5 Core services of a CIL
- Peer Support
- Information and Referral
- Independent Living Skills
All CILs provide the same 5 Core Services listed above. In addition, RIL offers the following additional services to consumers who request them:
- Case Management
- Personal Assistant Registry
- Support Groups
- Job Training and Placement
- Health and Wellness programs
- Financial Literacy Programs
- Technical Assistance
- Travel Training/Assistance Referrals
- Access to Sign Language Interpreter
- Housing Assistance
- Community Education/Training to Local Schools and Businesses
- Services to Youth in the Schools and in the Community
- Complementary ADA Assessments
Our Summer Youth Program combines multiple services into a program that pairs students with disabilities with adults with disabilities. We then emphasize academic enrichment, job training and interviewing skills, financial literacy, self-advocacy, and community resources. This is easily our most requested program of the year and capacity is always contingent on sufficient fundraising. We hire additional staff certified in American Sign Language to assist our deaf and hard of hearing participants. We offer this free program in three locations throughout the Central Virginia area and we expect to serve over 150 youth with disabilities.
Our Children’s Sensitivity Program is another unique program that we offer to local schools at no charge. This interactive program is geared to grade school students and highlights “differences in abilities” through a conversation between a staff person who is a wheelchair user and an inquisitive puppet. The Q&A session at the end is usually the best part of the presentation as children always ask the best questions.
Our Transition Services assist individuals moving from institutions into the community, individuals moving from nursing homes into the community, and youth transitioning from home into the community. We also work with individuals at risk of institutionalization and provide them with appropriate community supports to remain living independently in the home of their choice.
Last year we served 987 individuals directly and organized 57 community presentations such as “disability awareness and etiquette” that were attended by 1,064 people. We are active in the local school systems and partner with agencies such as the Department of Motor Vehicles (for our Learning to Drive Courses) VHDA (for home modification grants) and VA Board for People with Disabilities (for our accessibility in new construction grant).
If you have questions about any of these services or if you would like more information, please contact our office directly at (804) 353-6503