The addition of a second building will allow SCIL to expand services, hiring more staff to serve people with disabilities and create more space to provide these services. The building will house a model apartment in which youth with disabilities can learn independent living skills and prepare them for life on their own after high school graduation. The apartment will also function as a place for people with newly acquired disabilities to come and learn how to adapt to their disability, and help them to be less dependent on others in their daily life. The building will also house SCIL’s growing Assistive Technology department, which provides recycled medical equipment, such as power chairs and walkers, to people with disabilities at no charge. There will also be a larger equipment demonstration room for people to try a variety of adaptive items, such as adaptive phones, magnifiers and hard of hearing equipment.
Southwest Center for Independent Living is a local nonprofit and disability resource center that has been providing services to people with disabilities in southwest Missouri for over 25 years. SCIL assists people of all ages and all types of disabilities to remain independent in the community and in their own home. Over half the staff and board also have disabilities themselves, giving them a unique perspective when providing services to others with disabilities. Southwest Center provides personal advocacy and systemic advocacy at the government level and in the community and school setting to eliminate discrimination and increase accessibility for all people with disabilities, inclusive social and recreational activities, peer support, youth services, transition assistance out of nursing homes, and personal attendant care in the home.