IL Skills Training

Back row Left to Right Laurie Dettinger, Carmen Meyers, Maria Ramirez, Hector Ramirez Front Row Cristol Davis, George Lopez Missing-Mitch Owen, Valentina Rawls

Back row Left to Right Laurie Dettinger, Carmen Meyers, Maria Ramirez, Hector Ramirez Front Row Cristol Davis, George Lopez Missing-Mitch Owen, Valentina Rawls

The Independent Living Skills Program is designed to help you make the most of your abilities and increase your self-reliance and self-confidence.

We provide trainings, resources, and information; we can help you take control of your life in order to live independently. Trainings can include, and are not limited to: budgeting; goal-setting; learning public transportation; self-advocacy; organization; personal grooming; nutrition; stress management; and communication skills. The first step towards independent living is to call and set up an appointment with an Independent Living Advocate to schedule a one-on-one Independent Living personal assessment. Our advocates will encourage you in setting a goal(s) and offer resources and support designed to help you be successful. Contact Stacey Zimmerman (West Valley) 602-296-0534, Rosalie Perry (Pinal County) 602-443-0707, Leonard Smith (East Valley)  602-386-4281, or Douglas West, Community Living Options Program Coordinator (CLO) 602-443-0715.

Ability360’s Independent Living Consumer Council

Did you know that the Ability360 Independent Living staff created a Consumer Council to address the pillar of Independent Living being Consumer Driven? Independent Living, is a philosophy, a way of looking at disability and a worldwide movement of people with disabilities working for self-determination, self-respect and equal opportunities. The Council represents a cross section of consumers. The Council provides invaluable input and direction and is a link between consumers and staff. The IL Council members are the driving force behind the success of the IL classes and events. All Council members are active participants in the Independent Living Program. The Council meets on a regular basis with staff.  Each member has a job description and participates on committees.  The Council members are excellent examples of the Independent Living principles. Recently, the Council approved the creation of a Leadership Academy for Council members to enhance their leadership abilities.  The Independent Living staff, with direction from the Council, quickly began the creation of curriculum for the academy. Classes completed currently are: the Ability360 orientation that staff receive as a new hire; How to Effectively Communicate; People-First Language; Facilitation; and Robert’s Rules of order. Members completed a total of six (6) leadership classes prior to their graduation.

Ability360 also created an Independent Living Leadership Award.  The three Council members who have received the award are: Carmen Meyers, Laurie Dettinger, and George Lopez. The Consumer Council provides a link for communicating your ideas and comments regarding the Independent Living Program.  If you have any questions about the Council, please feel free to contact any of the Independent Living Staff: Stacey Zimmerman 602-296-0534; Rosalie Perry 602-443-0707; Leonard Smith 602-386-4281; or Douglas West 602-443-0715.