5 CORE Services
INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS TRAINING: Assistance is provided to individuals to learn skills that help increase their independence. These could include but are not limited to: time management, utilization of services available, home management and management of attendant services.
PEER SUPPORT: The staff at Rural Advocates for Independent Living offers peer support through drawing from their own personal experiences, active listening, and can match individuals with others who have similar challenges. Our facility at RAIL is available for use by support groups.
TRANSITIONING: Transition Services can refer to different periods of life for individuals with disabilities. Youth Transition Services could include the individual transitioning from one grade to another, or a high school graduate to higher education or employment. Adult Transition Services consist of helping individuals in institutional settings move back into the community. Some individuals may qualify for the Money Follows the Person Program, which is a grant that gives financial aid to assist with transitioning back into the community of their choice.
INFORMATIONAL AND REFERRAL: We provide individuals with disabilities with information on programs, services and products that can help them live more independently.
ADVOCACY: We support those with disabilities learn their rights and how to exercise them for themselves.
LOW VISION CENTER: Our Kirksville and Macon offices have multiple devices available for use. Magnifiers, CCTVs, and talking devices are just some of the items available for demonstration.
PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS: Rural Advocates for Independent Living can provide personal care products to individuals at our cost. Some of the items available are protective underwear, bed pads, male guards, liners, aloe wipes, and diabetic supplies.
DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT: Rural Advocates for Independent Living is an Invacare Provider. Items such as walkers, rollator walkers, grab bars, and shower chairs as well as canes can be purchases through RAIL at our costs. We also use a donation program where we can repair and recycle to other individuals these same type of items to consumers who are in need to either borrow for a short term and/or who wish to make a donation for an item.
MISSOURI TELECOMMUNICATION ACCESS PROGRAM (TAP): This program provides access to basic telephone calling by making available phones to consumers based on their specific disability should they qualify.
Want to be on our Board?
Rural Advocates for Independent Living is always seeking individuals to serve on our Board of Directors. This volunteer service is a hands on way to be a part of shaping the future programs and services we offer. The Board meets every third Thursday of the month at 5:30pm. If you are interested in serving in this capacity, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What I enjoy about my job most is helping people. It’s a very fulfilling job. People are really grateful when I help them with services that we provide.Adam Keim