Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
LIFE/RUN has a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Access Specialist, who works to ensure that individuals with hearing loss, including those who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened and oral deaf, obtain the services and resources they need as they strive to improve their quality of life and function independently in the community. The Access Specialist works to remove attitudinal and communication access barriers and provide advocacy, self-empowerment and training for and on behalf of individuals in the target population.
LIFE/RUN also administers the Specialized Telecommunications Access Program (STAP), which involves identifying, certifying and assisting Consumers in applying for devices that will enhance their ability to access the telephone network.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Access Specialist
Specialized Telecommunications Access Program Specialist
Job Readiness Training
LIFE/RUN is a firm proponent of employment for people with disabilities. The Agency encourages employment by providing:
- Information regarding work incentives
- Computer classes
- Interviewing skills training
- Resume preparation
- Job seeking skills
- Workplace accommodations
Sometimes a person’s ability to maintain independence in the community is threatened by their inability to manage their Social Security benefits. Poor choices are made, bills go unpaid, or the person may be preyed upon by family or acquaintances who misuse the funds. For these reasons, the Social Security Administration may require individuals to have a “payee” to manage their benefits. LIFE/RUN is an approved Representative Payee of Social Security benefits and as such, is responsible for receiving and disbursing these funds to ensure that each Consumer can maintain necessities such as housing, utilities, food and access to funds for personal needs
Gettin' Fit & Lovin' It!
“Gettin’ Fit & Lovin’ It!” is a LIFE/RUN initiative launched for the purpose of assisting individuals with disabilities to attain a healthy lifestyle. The Center contains fully accessible exercise equipment and serves as a forum for social and recreational activities designed to promote the mental aspects of wellness, as well as encourage physical fitness and nutritional health.
LIFE/RUN provides dependable, qualified Sign Language Interpreters to businesses and agencies in the community for communication with people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Interpreters help to ensure that people who have hearing loss will receive equal access to the services they need.
Clothing and Hygiene Closet
LIFE/RUN is the recipient of brand new clothing provided by various distribution outlets throughout the United States. This program enables the Center to maintain new attire and hygiene products at no cost to Consumers, thereby, increasing employability, good health maintenance and self-esteem.
LIFE/RUN provides Brailled documents to ensure that individuals who are blind or with low-vision have equal access to printed materials of local businesses, events, and training seminars in the community.
Social & Recreational
Socialization, which occurs through recreational programs, offers opportunities for Consumers to meet new people, develop interpersonal skills, gain self-confidence, and most of all, to have fun. Providing safe, accessible activities, (i.e., crafts, cultural diversity celebrations, bowling, etc.), helps to avoid isolation, depression and encourages inclusion in the community.
In partnership with the South Plains Association of Governments’ Area Agency on Aging, LIFE/RUN provides individual and systems advocacy services to and on behalf of residents residing in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The Center’s Advocacy Specialist/Ombudsman identifies, investigates, and resolves complaints made by, or on behalf of, residents. Most importantly, the program empowers and supports these individuals by informing them of their rights, protecting their health, safety and welfare, and identifying gaps in government and community services, while advocating for change.
Purchased Goods & Services
IL purchasing services enable LIFE/RUN to assist Consumers in overcoming barriers to their independence in the community. Purchased goods and services may include, but are not limited to:
- Orientation and Mobility Training
- Hearing Aids
- Home Modifications
- Vehicle Modifications
- Shower Benches
- Lift Chairs
- Adjustable Beds