SCIL works with each consumer on an individual basis. Becoming an independent person often requires advocating for oneself. SCIL staff make it a priority to address needs that may require advocacy. To become a self-advocate, individuals need to be educated about current laws that address the rights of individuals with disabilities. SCIL staff support the consumer by attending meetings and providing a presence to adequately serve the needs of the individual. Some of the areas SCIL can assist an individual with advocacy are:
- Workplace accommodations for a disability
- Appropriate accommodations for test-taking for employment or educational placement
- Securing services through another state or local agency.
- Accessibility barriers in the individual's neighborhood, workplace and community.
For more information, call Susanne Cooper, Program Director at SCIL. She will refer you to the appropriate staff member for your specific need.