Serving: Placer, El Dorado & Alpine Counties
Placer Independent Resource
Services (PIRS) advocates for the rights of
disabilities, educates the community about disability issues, and
services to persons with disabilities to live independent, productive
Any person with a disability is eligible for our services. Services are
charge and include the following:
¨ ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY SERVICES: Assists persons with disabilities to receive AT information, referrals and services that will enable them to live more independently. Advocates for improved access to and funding for AT.
¨ PEER SUPPORT: Recruits and trains peer support volunteers who are then “matched” with a consumer requesting such support. Offers support groups around a variety of disability-related issues including self-advocacy, coping strategies, appropriate resources and improved self-concept. Peer support generally is provided on a cross-disability basis.
¨ PERSONAL ASSISTANT REFERRAL: Maintains an updated registry by recruiting and orienting individuals to work as personal assistants. Discusses funding sources, educates consumers about various employer/employee management strategies and provides consumers with a list of screened applicants upon request.
¨ BENEFITS COUNSELING: Provides information and counseling to consumers about public benefits, assists with resolving benefits problems and makes appropriate referrals regarding benefits programs.
¨ HOUSING RESOURCE ADVOCACY: Provides housing lists according to type of subsidy and accessibility, including low-income housing. Counsels about search strategies, appropriate interview questions, and renter’s rights and responsibilities.
¨ INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS TRAINING: Provides information about independent living skills training in the areas of employment options, mobility training, financial management, personal care, self-advocacy and use of adaptive equipment.
¨ INFORMATION AND REFERRAL: Provides basic information and referral related to assistive technology, local Medi-Cal providers, support groups, and many other resources and services available to people with disabilities.
¨ INDIVIDUAL AND SYSTEMS ADVOCACY: Assists persons seeking services from various agencies and advocates for changes in the community such as improved transportation and housing to better meet the needs of people with disabilities.
¨ MINOR HOME MODIFICATION: provides minor modifications to improve access and safety at home for older adults and persons with disabilities of any age.
¨ COMMUNITY OUTREACH: Seeks to increase disability awareness and educate about the Americans with Disabilities Act by speaking, consulting and distributing materials to groups or individuals.
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Updated: March 26th, 2009