UVdN makes every effort to stay current with Independent Living Movement trends and changes in State and ADA regulations. We also try to accommodate the disabled community and consumer needs and their requests for services. In accordance with this our programs and services are continually changing to meet these needs: new programs are added and current ones are updated.
Information & Referral – UVdN provides information and referral for a variety of disability-related issues. UVdN has assisted individuals by showing them where to go to get a wheelchair; helped them find accessible housing; and provided information on disability-related laws and civil rights issues affecting people with disabilities. These services are provided to individuals with disabilities, businesses, schools, state and local government, and others free of charge. Call us for further information.
Peer Mentoring/Supports – Individuals with disabilities who have received training provide assistance to other individuals with disabilities. The peer support can be one-on-one or in groups. The purpose is to identify barriers to independent living and to work together to eliminate these barriers. For example, an individual who has been in an auto accident and now uses a wheelchair may experience depression and feel less valuable to his/her family or community. Someone who already uses a wheelchair and lives independently can assist the new chair-user with rediscovering self-worth and personal value to family and community.
Past clients have shared that this is the most valuable service UVdN provides. UVdN’s goal is to help individuals to feel good about themselves and accomplish their dreams.
Independent Living Skills Training– UVdN provides training and support to assist individuals to live independently. This may include training with budgeting, cleaning, meal preparation and shopping, identifying the need for and planning appointments, taking a bus, and learning to supervise homecare workers.
Some persons may be learning these skills for the first time; others may be relearning them as a result of a newly acquired disability or other condition. For example, an individual who recently experienced a logging accident and now lives with a brain injury must relearn how to plan a meal. The person may need to relearn to write a shopping list, budget and shop for the food needed, and prepare the meal.
UVdN will refer people to other community service programs that offer the services the individual with disabilities is seeking. When other community service programs are not available, UVdN will provide the training.
Individual and Systems Advocacy: Individual and systems advocacy are central to UVdN’s mission. Individual advocacy is delivered through direct services as described in a client’s Independent Living Plan or in self-directed goals; systems advocacy is provided through the staff, volunteers and board of directors of UVdN.
Individual advocacy can be assisting a person who feels they have been discriminated against with identifying action steps to follow to resolve the issue, training on self-empowerment and responsibility, or requesting an accommodation that enhances participation and independence. An example of individual advocacy would be providing training that would empower an individual with a hearing-impairment to request a listening device — reasonable accommodation — at a movie theater.
Systems advocacy issues include, but are not limited to, equal opportunities for housing, transportation, employment, access to community activities and public services. Systems advocacy is attempting to ensure that law, regulations, programs and services protect the civil and human rights of all individuals.
Life Transition Services: UVdN can assist people wanting to move from parent housing, group home living, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities into the community. By providing services and assistance in obtaining accessible housing and Personal Assistant Services (PAS), UVdN is able to transition individuals with disabilities to leave custodial care for independence .stay out of nursing homes and. UVdN also assists students ages 18-21 who are enrolled in school with school-to-work opportunities, life skills coaching, developing personal resources in the community and in developing and achieving Independent Living goals based on informed choice..
Ready Now – This emergency preparedness training is presented in partnership with Oregon Health Sciences University. It was specifically designed to educate people with disabilities on how to prepare themselves for the event of a disaster or an emergency situation.
Dial-A-Ride: Dial-A-Ride (DAR) is funded through the Oregon Department of Transportation and coordinated through the Douglas County Special Transportation System. Services are provided within the approved Special Transportation Coordinated Plan for Douglas County. Through the Dial-A-Ride service, UVdN is able to provide efficient, affordable, and accessible transportation assistance within the Roseburg, Green, Glide, and Winston areas of Douglas County. Donations from riders are expected.
Project Literacy: Is an Adult Literacy Program for persons who are experiencing educational barriers to employment or educational goals. Students are assessed and placed with a tutor. Services may take place in small group of one on one settings. Students who complete their educational goals often complete their GED and/or enroll in college.
STEPS: is a K Plan service made available by the Oregon Home care Commission and offered to all individuals receiving in-home services. STEPS provides information and assistance to support participant direction of services. The program was designed with significant input from stakeholders, including consumers of in-home services, homecare workers and DHS/APD Service Delivery System Staff.