Access Independence employs deaf advocates who work one-on-one with deaf and hard of hearing individuals. We provide access and advocacy in four key areas: community access, housing advocacy, financial assistance, and access to social services.
Through resources and referrals in your community, Access Independence is dedicated to serving deaf and hard of hearing members and their caregivers in our community. We offer responsive, direct and appropriate assistance. We have employees that are deaf, hard of hearing and fluent in ASL.
We offer assistance in applying for benefits such as SSI, SSDI, SNAP, Medicaid, and Medicare
Assistive Technology (aka A.T.) refers to any material or object that makes it easier for a person to perform a task that they otherwise would not be able to because of a disability.
A.T. covers a wide range of devices such as:
- Computer programs to help people speak
- Programs to read text
- Hearing Aids
We help individuals in finding devices that can help assist them in being more independent.
At Access Independence we can help you make your voice heard! We will help you advocate for supports and services needed in order for you or a loved one to maximize their independence living within the community.
The peer counselors at Access Independence provide support to people with disabilities by drawing on their own life experience with disability.
Independent Living Skills
A disability can change the way we do things. Our advocates have personal experience with disability and social service systems. They will work one-on-one to help individuals to identify barriers to their independence and develop the skills necessary to live and participate fully in community life.
We will assist in you a broad range of topics such as:
- Learning to operate a computer
- Manage a budget
- Arranging transportation
- Obtain necessary assistive technology
Money Follows the Person
- Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a program that assists Medicaid-eligible individuals transitioning from nursing homes and long-term care facilities into the community.
- The MFP transition coordinator will work with the consumer and provide individualized care plans based on the person’s needs.
How Does the Money Follow Me?
- The cost of your current nursing home care is the dollar limit for your services in the community. Your actual budget will be determined by your needs. You do not get the dollar limit, if you don’t need it.
- The program pays for you care in the community and other expenses that come into play when a person moves into a more independent situation.
To participate in the program, an individual must:
- Be living in a long-term care facility or hospital setting for at least 60 consecutive days and active on Medicaid (by the time they transition out)
- Have an interest in living in the community
- Be eligible for one of the following CT Medicaid Home & Community-Based Services: Medicaid HCBS Waivers, Community First Choice or State Plan Services (such as nursing, home health aides, occupational therapy and physical therapy).
Information & Referral
Access Independence can assist you in identifying and accessing services and supports, benefits, assistive technology, housing, personal assistance services, and other resources.
We can also assist you in learning about working with a disability as well as helping you prepare to return to the workforce! We are an Employment Network under Social Security’s Ticket to Work.
Would you be ready in case of a natural disaster? Many people with disabilities are extra-vulnerable in an emergency, so it is extra-important to be prepared in case of such a disaster, and Access Independence can help you prepare.
Access Independence and its members work to effect change in society through advocacy for laws and change that removes barriers to people with disabilities.