Youth TBI Support Group
First Monday of every month 4:00-5:00 Matsu Health Services 1363 Spruce Ave, Wasilla, AK (upstairs conference room)
Peer Support Group meeting for youth who have a family member living with a head injury/Traumatic Brain injury
For information, please contact Krystal Blair 357-2588
Personal care assistant services puts you in charge of your personal care, Access Alaska provides supports and takes care of the paperwork and details
As a consumer-directed personal care service program we deliver services to people with disabilities who are Medicaid eligible. The Personal care assistant program assists older Alaskans and people with disabilities in meeting their individual health and personal care needs by offering them consumer control in the direct provision of their care. Consumers receiving services must be capable of managing their own care or have a Limited Power of Attorney handle that responsibility for them. Consumers may hire, train and supervise whomever they choose to deliver their care (some restrictions do apply).
Being a consumer-directed program, care providers must be hired by a person with a disability enrolled in this program.
Self pay care assistants are also available.
Access Alaska ‘competes’ with many other Personal Care Services, most of which are for profit companies. What makes us different? Our ‘profits’ go back into the community, providing services for Alaska’s Elders and those who experience a disability. We believe in choice and making an informed decision on who provides you with care so please research your options. For a complete list of Alaska’s providers:
- PCA Providers List – Access Alaska provides Consumer-Directed PCA Program (CDPCA) – Each consumer may manage his or her own care by selecting, hiring, firing and supervising their own personal care assistant. The agency provides administrative support to the consumer and the personal care assistant.
Nursing Home Transition (Deinstitutionalization) services for individuals who are presently residing in an institutional setting such as a nursing home are provided.
We assist people to obtain the services they need to transition from more restrictive settings to reside in the community of their choice.
Independent Living Skills Training is a core service provided to support people with disabilities so they can live independently in the community.
Training is determined on an individual basis depending on their needs which promote an independent lifestyle.
Training is provided in one or more of the following areas:
- Personal care assistance management
- Orientation/ mobility for the blind and low vision services
- Orientation to public transportation system
- Daily living skills
- Assistive technology use
- Self empowerment
- Home safety
This is the starting point for first time users of any of Access Alaska’s services.
Access Alaska can answer questions and provide information about disability and senior related services including housing, employment, personal care, benefits, transportation, legal rights, education, emergency shelter, health care, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
One out of four calls requesting information come from other agencies, organizations and businesses.
Access Alaska provides space and staff to facilitate, encourage and support peer counseling groups including:
- Multiple Sclerosis Peer Support
- Visually Impaired / Blind Peer Support Group
- Head Injury Peer Support Group
- Parent, Family and Caregiver Support Group
In addition to providing facilitators and space for the meetings, Access Alaska can offer information and support and sometimes transportation arrangements for participants.
Contact your local Access Alaska office for specific dates and times.
“We have three top priorities: advocacy, advocacy, advocacy.” Ed Roberts
Advocacy is provided to ensure the rights of people with disabilities are protected. Advocacy efforts are initiated to respond to proposed legislative changes and/or the need for increased funding and services to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Community participation becomes a key element in maintaining and preventing changes to important laws which protect individuals with disabilities.
Access Alaska assists consumers to take action on their own behalf (self-advocacy) to support their access to the goods, services and service providers in their communities.
Deinstitutionalization services for individuals who are presently residing in an institutional setting such as a nursing home are provided. We assist people to obtain the services they need to transition from more restrictive settings to reside in the community of their choice.
- Client Assistance Program (CAP) – helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving rehabilitation or independent living services.
- WallBusters – is an advocacy group for people with disabilities in Fairbanks, Alaska.
- Disability Law Center of Alaska – are an independent non-profit law firm providing legal advocacy for people with disabilities anywhere in Alaska.
- Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC) – is a private, nonprofit law firm that provides free civil legal assistance to low-income Alaskans.
- National Council on Independant Living – advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities through consumer-driven advocacy. NCIL envisions a world in which people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully.
- Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) – is a national membership organization dedicated to advancing the rights and responsibilities of people with disabilities in rural America.
- ADAPT – is a national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom.
State of Alaska