AIM Independent Living Center employs Peer Integration Specialists who work with consumers in the state’s Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) programs.

Peer Specialists share their own experiences with disability and employment to help ACCES-VR consumers prepare for — and successfully maintain — jobs in the community. They help people with disabilities identify and remove barriers to employment.

Peer Specialists provide assistance to ACCES-VR consumers with:

  • Self-advocacy/self-sufficiency         
  • Obtaining reasonable accommodations     
  • Understanding rights and responsibilities in employment as a person with a disability 
  • Transportation coordination
  • Locating affordable, accessible housing
  • Navigating benefit programs and community services
  • Developing a Plan for Achieving Self-Support (PASS) for the Social Security Administration
  • Health care self-management
  • Applying for the Medicaid Buy-In Program for Working People with Disabilities

ACCES-VR Peer Integration Project services are free of charge. 

For more information, contact Peer Integration Coordinator Jessica Farin at (607) 962-8225, ext. 231.