Independent living services, such as medical equipment, assistive technology, specialized skills training and home modifications enhance the ability of individuals with severe disabilities to live independently and function within their families and communities.
A Statewide Plan for Independent Living addresses planning, financial support and coordination between two programs that provide independent living services, the Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS).
Based on federal Rehabilitative Services Administration guidance, most independent living services will be provided or coordinated through DRS contracts with the centers for independent living rather than directly by DRS staff. A portion of the funding will support activities of the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC).
DRS’ Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides specialized skills training and related services to help people who have severe vision loss remain in their homes. DRS’ Vocational Rehabilitation offers adaptive telephone equipment and other assistance to eligible individuals.