Fairbanks – Independent Living Equipment Specialist

ILA Equipment Specialist — Access Alaska, Fairbanks

We strongly encourage persons who experience a disability to apply!

This position assists persons who experience a disability to obtain adaptive equipment, assistive technology, and other services that support their ability to live independently within the community. This is a position for someone with general mechanical repair skills.

 

Typical tasks – receive, repair, maintain and inventory adaptive equipment; document work activities and maintain equipment inventory; provide consumer training for the use of adaptive equipment. Coordinate community and consumer outreach and other services with other office staff.

 

Required to work in the community so must have reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license, and clear driving and criminal records. Required to safely use construction, mechanic, and general repair hand tools, work outside in various weather conditions, complete minor construction and repair work, and keep accurate purchasing, repair and inventory records.

 

  • The position requires an individual with excellent customer service skills, a professional image, and the ability to communicate effectively.
  • Must be organized, efficient and able to simultaneously handle multiple tasks.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to apply discretion in handling confidential information and situations and function effectively under pressure.
  • Interest in working with a community-based, individualized support services agency for individuals with disabilities and their families.

 

Education Requirements: MUST have a high school degree or GED and 3 yrs. of relevant work experience in small equipment repair and maintenance; must have a working knowledge of MS Office including word processing and data entry skills

 

Salary: $15.53 to $17.58

Full Benefits package offered.  10 paid holidays and Paid Time Off

Position is open until filled by a qualified candidate.

The Staff application can be found on our website at http://accessalaska.org/about-us/employment/.  Please submit an application, resume, and cover letter to fax number (907) 248-0639 or electronically to  HR@accessalaska.org. Access Alaska is located at 526 Gaffney Road Fairbanks, AK 99701.

 

Access Alaska, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Access Alaska, Inc. makes every effort to ensure that in every phase of its recruitment and selection processes equal employment opportunity is provided to all individuals regardless of race, color, genetics, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, change in marital status, pregnancy, parenthood, disability, national origin or citizenship, or veteran’s status. Access Alaska, Inc. is an at-will employer.

Fairbanks – Independent Living Advocate

INDEPENDENT LIVING ADVOCATE

ACCESS ALASKA INC. 526 Gaffney Road suite-100 Fairbanks, AK 99701

 

We strongly encourage persons who experience a disability to apply!

 

Access Alaska is seeking a qualified individual to fill a full-time Independent Living Advocate position in our Fairbanks office!  An ideal candidate will be compassionate, resourceful, and be familiar with community resources.  This position will actively assist persons experiencing disabilities to live independently within the community of their choice and to achieve physical, emotional, and economic independence.

Duties:

  • Helps consumers develop an Independent Living (IL) Plan that reflects their individual goals and needs; structures the IL Plan, completes appropriate documentation, assists consumers to learn and use the specialized skills or increased capacities needed to implement their IL plan.
  • Help consumers develop independent living plans and complete personal goals.
  • Help consumers’ access resources and information from numerous community agencies.
  • Educate consumers regarding their rights, how to self-advocate for their needs, and how to complete the administrative process and paperwork needed to secure needed services.
  • Provides vocational and employment skill building activities to assist consumers in finding and sustaining consistent work.

Requirements: 

  • BA/BS in Social Services preferred; Two (2) years of college or equivalent topic-specific training.
  • Three (3) years in the health and human services field working with directly with clients or consumers.
  • Experience in health and human services field a must
  • Must be able to pass a background check and have reliable transportation.

Pay $17.24 – $21.21 DOE Benefits Package offered   Open until Filled

Applications can be found on our website at http://accessalaska.org/about-us/employment/.  Please submit an application, resume, and cover letter to hr@accessalaska.org or fax these documents to (907) 248-0639.

 

Access Alaska, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Access Alaska, Inc. makes every effort to ensure that in every phase of its recruitment and selection processes equal employment opportunity is provided to all individuals regardless of race, color, genetics, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, change in marital status, pregnancy, parenthood, disability, national origin or citizenship, or veteran’s status. Access Alaska, Inc. is an at-will employer.

Fairbanks – Independent Living Advocate: Older Blind – General

Older Blind/General Independent Living Advocate

ACCESS ALASKA INC. Fairbanks, AK 99701

We strongly encourage persons who experience a disability to apply!

 

Applications can be found: on our website at http://accessalaska.org/about-us/employment/.  Please submit an application, resume, and cover letter to hr@accessalaska.org or fax these documents to (907) 248-0639.

 

Access Alaska is seeking a qualified individual to fill a full-time Older Blind/General Independent Living Advocate position in our Fairbanks office! An ideal candidate will be compassionate, resourceful, and be familiar with community resources.  This position will actively assist persons experiencing disabilities to live independently within the community of their choice and to achieve physical, emotional, and economic independence.

 

Duties:

Older Blind Advocate:

Essential Functions:

  • Coordinates and manages services to visually impaired persons

Core Responsibilities:

  • Schedules, conducts & evaluates orientation and mobility training
  • Researches and obtains appropriate adaptive equipment/modifications for consumers, and provides use instructions.
  • Schedules and conducts independent living skills training including, but not limited to, cooking classes, sewing classes, organizing home setting, etc.; trains in the I. L. Center, the consumers home, or other appropriate setting.
  • Provides adjustment counseling coordinates referrals as necessary
  • Completes low vision assessments
  • Facilitates Braille training
  • Publishes and disseminates quarterly newsletter on low vision & blind issues
  • Coordinated monthly visually impaired support group
  • Involved in community networking with other human service organizations
  • Adheres to case documentation system standards
  • Writes quarterly and annual reports as assigned by supervisor
  • Performs outreach to northern Alaska and rural sites.
  • Maintains visually impaired & blind adaptive equipment loan closet

Independent Living Generalist

Essential Functions:      

  • To assist persons experiencing a disability to live independently within the community of their choice and to achieve physical, emotional and economic independence.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Helps consumers develop an Independent Living (IL) Plan that reflects their individual goals andand use the specialized skills or increased capacities needed to implement their IL plan
  • needs; structures the IL Plan, completes appropriate documentation, assists consumers to learn
  • Help consumers develop independent living plans and complete personal goals.
  • Help consumers’ access resources and information from numerous community agencies.
  • Educate consumers regarding their rights, how to self-advocate for their needs, and how to
  • complete the administrative process and paperwork needed to secure needed services.
  • Provides vocational and employment skill building activities to assist consumers in finding and sustaining consistent work.

The above specifications are the minimum functions, duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of an individual filling this position.

Requirements:

  • BA/BS in Social Services preferred; Two (2) years of college or equivalent topic-specific training
  • O&M Certification preferred if certification not currently held the expectation will be it is obtained within 1 year or less of hire
  • Three (3) years in the health and human services field working with directly with clients or
  • consumers
  • Must be able to pass a background check and have reliable transportation and current vehicle
  • insurance

 

Benefits package offered: Medical Dental Vision choice of PPO or H.S.A  & FREE Vision, Generous PTO, 10 paid Holidays, 403-B, Life Insurance, Bereavement Leave, 24 hour access to resources for health & wellbeing, Life and AD&D insurance through MetLife, Colonial Supplemental Insurance option for persons working 20 hours

 

Pay $17.24 – $21.21 DOE

 

Access Alaska, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Access Alaska, Inc. makes every effort to ensure that in every phase of its recruitment and selection processes equal employment opportunity is provided to all individuals regardless of race, color, genetics, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, change in marital status, pregnancy, parenthood, disability, national origin or citizenship, or veteran’s status. Access Alaska, Inc. is an at-will employer.

Deaf Persons survey March 2018

Hello, I am a deaf doctoral candidate at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, doing my dissertation on the social experiences of deaf/Deaf or hard of hearing people in social interactions. The purpose of this study is to understand social experiences that deaf children have had, and how those experiences affect them as adults.

 

I am distributing this survey to deaf/Deaf and hard of hearing people who are in regular contact with hearing people, have had hearing impairments before the age of three, and live in the United States and Canada. The survey will take around 25-35 minutes to complete. I understand that your time is limited, and your participation is appreciated.  Your participation would be voluntary and anonymous. There will be a drawing for five people to win a $50 Amazon gift card for participating. The odds of winning are between 3% and 7%, depending on the number of responses.  

 

To take the survey, go to this link:

 

https://alliant.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0iT0aLUx6MyNf37

 

There will also be an opportunity for U.S. participants to participate in an email interview to talk more about their experiences, after they have completed the survey. You will receive a $25 Amazon gift card for participating in the email interview. If you are interested in participating in the email interview, or have questions about the study, please contact me. I can be reached at hsiegrist@alliant.edu

 

To learn more about the study, you can also visit this website:

 

https://hsiegrist47.wixsite.com/deaf-experiences 

 

Many thanks in advance,

 

Holly Siegrist, M.A., M.S.

Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Doctoral Candidate

California School of Professional Psychology

Alliant International University

San Francisco Campus

 

Independent Living Stories: Frank Box

This Fall, we’re getting to know the people behind Access Alaska and exploring the many sides of independent living. In September, we shadowed Frank Box for a day. We started at Frank’s house where we had a conversation about his fight with brain cancer and life after brain surgery. He shared insights from his recovery with us and we got to meet Sasha and Boris, his Russian Tortoises. In the afternoon, we followed Frank to his job at Access Alaska, where he is an Independent Living Advocate and the Manager of the Durable Medical Equipment Loan Closet. Frank described his work this way: “When you can give somebody hope, when they have none, that’s a great job.”

Independent Living Stories: Frank from Access Alaska on Vimeo.

 

 

Mat-Su – TBI Peer Support Group

TBI Peer Support Group

First and third Wednesday, 4:00-5:30 Matsu Health Services 1363 Spruce Ave, Wasilla, AK (upstairs conference room)

Peer Support Group meeting for survivors of all types of Head injuries and their families, friends, caregivers and interested service providers. The content of each meeting varies in direct proportion to those in attendance.

For information, please contact Krystal Blair 357-2588

 

Fairbanks – SHIP/SMP Counseling & Outreach

Our Medicare Counseling and Outreach program includes:

State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIP) funds personalized counseling, education and outreach to Medicare beneficiaries and their families

The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program funds education for Medicare beneficiaries and others on how to spot and report potential Medicare errors, fraud, waste and abuse.

SHIP and SMP grants are programs under the Administration for Community Living (ACL)

Our Fairbanks office has certified Medicare counselors who can help answer questions about Medicare benefits and enrollment.

To make an appointment call: 907-479-7940