AIM Independent Living Center (AIM) performs Job Placement Services to the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVH) inclusive of Placement Assessment, Job Seeking and Job Development Services, and Placement in Employment.
As a contractor, AIM orients persons with disabilities regarding services available to them through New York State ACCES-VR.
The goal of AIM's Project ARRA-NOW is to provide comprehensive youth programming for students with disabilities who are believed to be difficult to place in employment. Through ARRA funding, AIM provides disenfranchised youth in Chemung County with specialized training in a hands-on, community based and inclusive work environment. Project ARRA-NOW uses the best of independent living core competencies as well as job skills building in gaining valuable employment skills. The project is comprised of independent living training classes, one-on-one advocacy and self advocacy training, as well as job site coaching and skills building- both by the employers on-site, as well as by qualified AIM trainers and mentors.
CSS is a Medicaid Waiver service offered through OPWDD to help people with developmental disabilities lead richer lives with a continued focus on four basic person-centered outcomes: (1) living in the home of their choice, (2) an increased ability to work or engage in activities that contribute to personal growth and community participation, (3) developing and maintaining meaningful relationships with friends, family and others in their lives, and (4) maintaining good health. AIM's Start-Up/Support Broker Service primarily consists of assisting CSS participants in developing a person-centered CSS Plan and budget, developing the Circle of Support (which is critical to success of the CSS Plan), plan and budget maintenance, and reporting to the Financial Management Service.
The CSS Club provides CSS participants the availability for community integration, self-directing choices for quality recreational and independent skill building opportunities. The Club is a peer-run recreational/support group for individuals who have CSS eligibility and their self-hires to attend two days per week at the AIM Elmira Office. The CSS Club will offer a variety of choice-based activities that center around recreation/social activities while incorporating IL skills training. While the program is initially planning to focus on recreational and social opportunities, the desire is for it to branch out into vocation-type training as well through "cottage-industry" type endeavors.
A service that provides one-to-one aide coverage for individuals with disabilities while in their residence or in the hospital.