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. 

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Information 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.

Wheel Chair - Rural Advocates for Independent Living

Additional Services

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 purchases various types and brands of personal care products. Individuals can make a donation or reimbursement for these items and we can deliver them at no cost.  At times, unused, unopened items get donated to us and we donate them right back out. Some of the items available are protective underwear, bed pads, male guards, liners, aloe wipes, and diabetic supplies.

Durable Medical Equipment (DME)This is equipment that helps you complete your daily activities. It includes a variety of items such as walkers, wheelchairs, hospital beds, shower chairs, commodes, etc.

We have an Equipment Loan Program that can assist individuals with short term equipment needs. New equipment is purchased with various grants, fundraisers and donations. These items are available to individuals who need them for a longer period of time.

If you have any unused equipment that is in good shape, please consider donating it to RAIL. We will sanitize the items and make sure they find a new home!

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.




For more information on services call or email us today!

Want to be a member of our Board of Directors?

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 on the second Thursday of February, April, June, August, October and December at 5:30pm.  If you are interested in serving in this capacity, please contact info@railkv.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

Information Referral, Rural Advocates for Independent Living

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