Topeka Independent Living Independent Living Advocate in Topeka, Kansas

This job was posted by : For more information, please see: Independent Living Advocate Full-Time + Great Benefits-Advocate for justice, equality and essential services for a fully integrated and accessible society for all people with disabilities.-Foster a professional and collegial work environment. -Respect the confidentiality of consumers and co-workers.-Practice and promote Independent Living philosophy and agency mission.-Teach and promote self-advocacy -Attend staff meetings and other agency meetings as scheduled.-Documentation and statistical reporting -Participate in trainings-Other duties as assigned by supervisorJob Activities:-Help consumers develop Independent Living Plans to enhance independent living skills and make progress toward meeting goals for independent living. -Support independent living skills development for consumers.-Identify systems advocacy issues and work with consumers and other staff members to develop, coordinate and participate in advocacy activities. -Review consumer files to ensure all paperwork is included and complete.-Help with ideas and activities for consumer and community outreach.-Participate in and seek out community advocacy activities.-Assist in identifying disability related content for agency publications, flyers and website.-Create educational materials for consumers, co-workers and community members.-Create resource lists for yourself, co-workers and consumers.-Promote consumer involvement in agency or community committee work.-Write letters to representatives and senators in support of local, state and federal public policy initiatives; share these letters with consumers as a template for their own letters.-Identify strategies for addressing access needs.-Help consumers address individual advocacy issues. -Provide resources, referrals and services to consumers in the areas of:oHousing;oTransportation;oEmployment;oCommunications;oEducation;oBenefits;oFederal and state independent living waiver programs;oIndependent Living Skills training; and, oAny other areas that promote the dignity of an individual's choice to live independently.-Offer peer support to consumers.-Help consumers move out of institutions with intensive supports and through the use of the agency move-out planning process.