IL Services

Here is a list of the services we provide:

Information and Referral (I&R) Services

Information about disability-related issues, resources and services are available to people with disabilities, families, professionals and the general public.  Will meet with individuals to complete an intake packet for anyone who wishes to become a consumer. 

I&R & Benefits Specialist: Stuart W. Ext. 140

I&R Specialist: Paul S. 139 


Person Centered Learning (PCL)

A person specific, one on one approach to tutoring in math and reading to help individuals live more independently by increasing their skills in these areas. Click the link for more information about PCL.

PCL Specialist: Gerri T. Ext. 134


Independent Living Skills Classes

Classes & 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.  Contact Meghan for a complete list of classes offered. Check out our current schedule.

IL Skills Specialist: Meghan H. Ext. 138


Individual & Systems Advocacy Services   

Provides individual, local, and state advocacy that impact people with disabilities.  We offer anyone in our 8-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 Organizer Systems Change Coordinator: Courtney S. Ext. 197

Community Organizing Fellow: Achini W. Ext.146


Housing Services      

Updated information related to affordable & accessible housing in addition to oversight of housing voucher and housing benefits information.           


Employment Services          

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. Ext. 102

Employment Support Specialist: Starr V. Ext. 109


Older Individuals with Blindness (OIB)

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. Ext. 126


Peer Support & Volunteer Services           

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 & Volunteer Coordinator: Wendy C. Ext. 101

Peer Support Specialists: Kevin C., Tim A. & Gail M. Ext. 123

Peer Support Coordinator: Lisa H. Ext. 165


Community Transition Services (CTS)      

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. Ext. 119

CTS Coordinator: Nicole F. Ext. 155


Outreach Coordination    

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, Elbert, Cheyenne, Lincoln and Kiowa

IL Specialist-Eastern: Donald D. Ext. 105

IL Specialist, Western: Lorraine D.  (719) 661-0105

Benefits & Outreach Support Coordinator: Jeff H. Ext. 158



Deaf & Hard of Hearing (HOH) Services   

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 & HOH Coordinator: Angie T. Ext. 121 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.         

Benefits & Outreach Support Coordinator: Jeff H. Ext. 158

Information, Referrals and Benefits Specialist: Stuart W. Ext. 140


Assistive Technology Specialist       

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. Ext. 122


Emergency Preparedness

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. Ext.146


Quality Assurance

This service is designed to provide internal measures for quality assurance across the IL Department.  

Quality Assurance Specialist: Janet B. Ext. 161


Independent Living Program Management         

The overview, supervision and management of Independent Living services, supports, programs, community integration, staff & consumers.    

IL Program Director: Dixie H. Ext. 135

IL Program Manager: Christine G. Ext. 153

IL Program Manager: Val J. Ext. 104