Personal Assistant Class
Individuals with disabilities can live full and productive lives with the support of a Personal Assistant (PA).
A PA performs tasks for individuals that they are unable to perform for themselves.
IMPACT retains a registry of names of persons available to work as PA’s and provides this list to individuals with disabilities who are seeking a PA.
IMPACT conducts PA trainings to eligible applicants interested in becoming PA’s.
Training is offered for consumers by appointment.
Persons with disabilities often find themselves residents of nursing homes and other institutions for many different reasons. Many of these people could live full and productive lives on their own if given the assistance and supports they need.
IMPACT administers a unique program to assist persons with disabilities in leaving institutional settings and obtaining their own homes or apartments.
Violet Evans, Independent Living Specialist with Blind
Services teaching Ellen Wideman how to Braille.
Low Vision/Blind Services
Operating under IMPACT’s peer support model, our Blind Services staff, who are persons with varying degrees of visual impairments,can assist consumers of any age who are experiencing vision loss or blindness.
Some of the services available include Braille classes, peer counseling and a support group.
IMPACT’s Elder/Older Blind Grants are unique programs which can assist persons 55 years or older who are visually impaired.
Amplified Phone and TTY Selection Center
IMPACT is a Selection Center in cooperation with Illinois Telecommunication Access ITAC amplified phoneCorporation (ITAC).
To be qualified, the person has to be deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and/or speech impaired and a resident of Illinois. ITAC provides equipment through its Loan and Voucher Programs. Equipment in the Voucher Program includes a TTY and amplified phones.
IMPACT’s Youth Services team addresses disability issues for children and young adults, from birth through 22 years old. The program educates families on options, opportunities, and ideas for children with disabilities. The program also supports young adults with information, guidance and disability knowledge to help them plan their futures. It is easy to become overwhelmed trying to understand the many systems involved in supporting a child with a disability. The program is run by individuals with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities who have experienced the system from a user perspective and have sat on the parent side of the IEP educational team table. Staff members provide insight into the many complicated issues families confront. The Youth Team provides education, information, training and support to enable families and youth with disabilities to make informed choices.
The IMPACT service area is a diverse mix of old industry based towns in Madison County and extremely rural areas in portions of Madison County and the surrounding counties of Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, and Bond. People outside of Madison County have no transportation services, and we must make the effort to serve them in their communities. We have committed staff to travel to those rural areas. IMPACT CIL has a satellite office at the Jerseyville Public Library located in Jerseyville, IL. Staff is available for appointments at the satellite office on the first and third Mondays of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 and a Blind Support Group meets that morning from 10:00 to 12:00. A Diabetic Support group is held at the Hospital on the third Monday of each month. We are continually seeking ways to improve our services to our rural counties.
People frequently fall between the cracks when they need life saving drugs and related pharmaceutical supplies. This unique program assists persons with low income and persons who are uninsured in obtaining necessary prescription medicines. IMPACT CIL works with the consumer, their physicians and most pharmaceutical companies to help persons obtain their prescriptions at low or no cost. Most people with low income qualify as long as their physicians are willing to participate. The program is extremely popular attracting hundreds of applicants since its beginning in the early 1990's.