Information about disability-related issues, resources and services are available to people with disabilities, families, professionals and the general public. Independent Living has many program areas and services that are provided to consumers. Our services start by contacting Stuart or Paul, Information and Referral Specialists at (719) 471-8181. They would be pleased to explain our programs and make referrals as needed.
I&R and Benefits Specialist: Stuart W.
I&R Specialist: Paul S.
Classes and workshops developed in response to community needs that offer age appropriate skill development to increase independence. Classes offered are Money Management, Cooking/Eating Healthy, Microwave cooking, Social Living, Workshops offered are employment (resume writing, interviewing skills), voting, etc.
IL Skills Specialist: Vacant
Provides individual, local, and state advocacy that impact people with disabilities. We offer anyone in our 6-county region the opportunity to be informed and empowered about disability issues at any level, as well as a chance to be part of a local group to bring change on local issues. Examples: Assist with apartment landlord advocacy through the Fair Housing Act.
Community Organizing Manager: Courtney S.
Community Organizing Coordinator: Carrie B.
Updated information related to affordable & accessible housing in addition to oversight of housing voucher and housing benefits information.
Housing Specialist: Meghan H.
Provides employment support for consumers that need employment and support to understand benefits when returning to work. Hosts workshops such as resume writing and mock interviewing.
Employment Support Coordinator: Yvonne B.
Employment Support Specialist: Starr V.
Provides services and support to individuals 55+ with blindness or low vision, by facilitating support groups as well as education to assist with maintaining independence in the home.
OIB Specialist: Jeanette F.
OIB Specialist: Mathew M.
Provide peer support and mentoring in a group or 1 on 1 basis. Provide outreach to hospitals, nursing facilities, rehab facilities, schools, etc. to support individuals with disabilities. Train volunteers with disabilities as mentors.
Peer Support and Volunteer Coordinator: Tim A.
Peer Support Specialists: Kevin C., Wendy C., Gail M. and Lisa H-H.
A program focused on transitioning individuals with the desire to live independently in the community and out of nursing home setting.
CTS Coordinator: Beth G.
CTS Coordinator: Nicole F.
Outreach to our eight county catchment area in an effort to enhance the development of and provide independent living services to outlying areas. Serving the counties of Park, Teller, El Paso, Kit Carson, Cheyenne and Lincoln
IL Specialist-Eastern: Vacant
IL Specialist, Western: Lorraine D. (719) 661-0105
A program designed to enhance the lives of individuals, encouraging them to live the independent life they choose for themselves through a variety of means. Provides advocacy and education to consumers, business and agencies.
Deaf and HOH Coordinator: Angie T. VP: 719-358-2513
Deaf and HOH Specialist: Matthew R. VP: 719-602-0872
Will provide assistance with the complicated world of public benefits. This position will provide assistance to consumers applying for Social Security benefits including SSI and SSDI.
IL Benefits Specialist: Michele K.
This position ensures all consumers are aware of any technology equipment available to live an independent life. They will manage technology resources, perform demonstrations of equipment and provide education and training.
Assistive Technology Specialist: Paul S.
Setting up and working a disaster response system in which local governments and people with disabilities work together during and following a disaster.
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator: Nick D.
This service is designed to provide internal measures for quality assurance across the IL Department.
Quality Assurance Specialist: Janet B.
The overview, supervision and management of Independent Living services, supports, programs, community integration, staff & consumers.
IL Program Director: Dixie H.
IL Program Manager: Christine G.
IL Program Manager: Val J.