Access North Offers many other
services to people with disabilities,
the people who care
about us, and the
communities in which we live.
Access North provides
five core services that all 400+ CILs offer nation wide;
independent living skills training, information and
referral, advocacy and peer counseling.
Independent Living Skills
Access North offers an Independent Living Skills Training program where staff provide
independent living skills training in any life area in which a consumer has a
goal to become more independent. We have a variety of independent living skills assessments
to utilize which can help you to determine goal areas if you like. Training is
provided within the home and community where you live. Goal areas include budgeting skills, cooking, accessing
community services, communication, and all areas of independent living.
Information and Referral
Access North provides individuals with disabilities, family members, other service
providers, and the community at large with information on options and resources
which enable people with disabilities to live more independently in the
community of their choice.
Self advocacy skills and
assertiveness training is provided in all areas of life. In addition, Access North advocates for systems change at the local, state, and national levels.
(1) Individual consumer advocacy, which involves Center
staff working with you to understand your rights and obtain the support services
you need to live independently.
(2) Community advocacy, which involves Center staff, Board members, and volunteers initiating activities to make changes in the community that
make it easier for all persons with disabilities to live more independently.
Peer Mentoring/Group Support
Access North's Peer Mentoring program links trained mentors with consumers for support, goal setting, and socialization. The
objective is to learn, explore options and brainstorm problems that sometimes occur for people with
disabilities, for example, making adjustments to a newly acquired disability or learning to use community services more effectively. In addition, a variety of support groups are offered within our service area. Check out our list here.
Transition to Community
Assists people with disabilities to transition from nursing facilities and other institutions into community settings, preventing institutionalization, as well as supporting youth to prepare for adult life in all areas of independent living including accessing transportation, housing, and employment in the community.
In addition to the
five core services Access North provides,
we provide many more
based upon the needs or our local community.
Access North offers the ramp project to provide home access ramps to people with
disabilities who need them. The ramps are paid for by the consumer on
a sliding fee scale. Many times there are MN DHS
programs that can pay for the ramps also.
PCA Choice is a Personal Assistance program where the consumer is the employer
with all corresponding rights and responsibilities. Access North is the employer of
record and conducts payroll activities and provides supports. The program
allows Consumers to have the highest degree of control in regard to what gets
done, how it is done and who does it. For more information go to our
This service is available to people who quality for a County Waiver. Homemaking services assist individuals in managing household activities and may include: Cleaning, laundry, meal preparation, routine household care, shopping.
This service provides short-term care and support for the consumer when the primary caregiver or family members needs to be absent from the home. Services may often be provided by caregivers of your choice.
Relocation Service Coordination
Assistance is provided to individuals through the process of relocating from nursing facilities or other institutions to community settings;
including applying for housing options,
accessing home care and community service options, preparing for move,
and accessing transitional services funds when eligible.
A DHS certified support planner provides assistance with development of Consumer Directed Community Supports (CDCS) plan, which is an option of the MA waiver programs, allowing individuals to direct their own care and services.
Access North provides Independent
Living Skills Training, Independent Living Skills
maintenance, and more through the MN DHS waivered service
Offers people the capability of doing their own Internet
disability information and referral. Access North
provides information and links to even more disability
information. We provide links to all of our
staff which will enable visitors to ask questions via
We are also your accessibility resource for community businesses, local and county government and more on ADA and accessibility. Providing building access surveys, site planning and analysis.
Access North offers Assistive Technology Assessments and can often help people to
obtain the assistive technology they need. Services include assistive technology (AT) assessment, demonstration lab/lending
library, as well as training on AT devices and education on AT resources and
funding. Assistive Technology is any
customized item, piece of equipment or product system that is used to
improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.
Access North provides home assessment, evaluation and installation (grab bars, railings, accessible levers and handles, etc.) to
enhance the accessibility of your home according to your individualized needs.
Access North offers basic to
intermediate computer classes teaching basic computer use as well as internet usage in a variety of locations.
Please contact our staff to find out when the next class in
your area is.
Computer Labs in All Office Locations
Access North has computer labs in all of our offices which are available for consumer use or to do your PCA testing.
Independent Living/Vocational Rehabilition Collaboration
n collaboration with Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Access North assists individuals to address employment barriers and developing skills necessary to obtain and maintain employment.
Drivers License Written Test
Access North offers classes designed to assist people to
pass the written portion of their drivers license test. Access North staff will
also assist in obtaining reasonable accommodations necessary to take the drivers
license tests. Contact one of our IL Specialists to work with you on this goal.
Your community resource on disability related training topics including independent living philosophy, disability awareness, accessibility, accommodations, etc. for individuals, businesses, and the community.
Transition from School to
Access North offers a program which assists youth with disabilities to transition from school to independent
living. The purpose of the program is to ensure that youth are aware of
available resources and learn appropriate skills so they may achieve maximum independence
in the community.
If you are in need of a service and cannot find
it - ask us. We'll refer you if there is a service that you didn't know about - or try to assist you if there is no service to meet your needs.
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