SMILE offers serveral services such as:
SMILE continually advocates for the Independent
Living Philosophy, both individually and system wide. The Board and
staff constantly strives to improve the system by writing letters,
training staff, providing services, and creating public awareness as to
the services and opportunities open to people who have disabilities.
The SMILE staff has been trained to assess homes for
accessibility. We can implement permanent attached modifications, such
as: Wheelchair ramps, grab bars, wheelchair accessible doorways, kitchen
and bathroom adaptations. This program is funded by a CDBG grant from
the City of Yuma.
Adaptive Equipment Lab
is developing an inventory of devices to aid people with disabilities in
their activities of daily living. Ideally, the inventory of these
devices will accommodate a variety of disabilities and individualized
budgets. Staff provides introductions to, and instructions in the use
of, this equipment, as well as locates sources for consumer purchase.
This equipment has been purchased with funds from United Way of Yuma
County and Rehabilitative Instructional Services-Rehabilitation Services
Administration, State of Arizona
Showroom and Lab
Consumers receive individualized introductions
to, and instructions in the use of, the various types of technology that
can assist with employment needs and daily living. Staff assists
consumers with locating sources for purchase. or refer to Vocational
Rehabilitation Services. VR can provide equipment for its consumers in
the event accommodations are needed on the job. SMILE's goal is to
obtain a comprehensive inventory which can accommodate individualized
skill levels, and therefore be considered as a resource for selecting
the most user friendly and cost effective product for the consumer,
employers, school and other community agencies who may be interested in
purchasing assistive technology for their employees, students, or
consumers. SMILE also wants to use this equipment in helping community
organizations provide material in alternate print format, such as
Braille. Assistive technology has, to date, been purchased with funds
from United Way of Yuma County.
Blind Services Program
This program is a State funded program by the Rehabilitation
Instructional Services, RSA. The Blind Services Program provides 'low
ticketed' Independent Living Aids/ Assistive Devices to individuals with
Low vision in order for them to live safely, independent and with
dignity in their community. We provide: Talking watches/ clocks, canes,
writing/signature guides, assistive devices for cooking/ school/ work...
Qualifications: Letter from Doctor stating acuity/diagnosis
Information and Referral
Staff and Board members provide information/ referrals
related to disabilities for consumers and the general public.
consumer's strengths while addressing their needs, the SMILE staff
teaches consumers basic skills such as cooking/ meal planning, household
management, childcare, money management, and travel training. service
plans are adjusted to fit the wishes of each consumer.
Social Security CWIC (Community Work Incentives Coordinator)
SMILE has 2 CWIC's in office. Provides
presentations to increase community awareness of Social Security Work
Incentives. Provides benefits advisement, planning and management
support to SSI/SSDI beneficiaries and recipients with disabilities who
want to work, but worry about loosing their medical benefits and the
safety of their Social Security checks.
Peer Support Groups
The program facilitates several small, informal peer support groups.
within these groups, participants discuss coping skills and mutual
concerns or issues. In order to offer this program, the help of
volunteers from the community is needed, thus establishing a network of
"peer mentors" who are people with disabilities who are willing to share
their experiences with others like themselves.
The Lost Peepers group began several years ago
and was named by its members, all of whom have low vision or blindness.
The Lost Peepers group is a disability specific peer mentoring group.
Individuals in the group range widely in experience with and adjustment
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