The Center for Innovation and Resources Inc. (CIR) was recently awarded $94,000 of grant funding by Ability Central to develop a new project called Access to Improved Services for Survivors with Disabilities. The project aims to meet the needs of service providers lacking knowledge on how to work with clients with disabilities. The project will provide 3 free virtual trainings on topics focused on improving services for people with a disability. The trainings will also be posted on their website for free, on-demand, 24/7 access to service providers across the state of California. In addition to providing training to 250 participants, CIR will also implement a Train the Trainer (ToT) program where they will recruit, train, and prepare 16 Accessibility Leaders who will develop and present implementation strategies that improve access to direct services for individuals with disabilities.
“CIR is excited to receive this grant award to continue our efforts of increasing the knowledge of service providers across the state of California who are working with survivors with disabilities. Our focus this year is to create sustainability. Our hope is that the Accessibility Leaders continue to provide training and resources in their communities long after the funding has ended.” said Sonia Sandoval-Edinger, Executive Director, Center for Innovation and Resources Inc.
CIR is seeking individuals who are interested in joining our ToT program to become Accessibility Leaders. Those who sign up for the program will receive training and coaching to develop and present implementation strategies that improve access to direct services for individuals with disabilities.
Program benefits include:
- Attendance to 3 FREE trainings on topics focused on improving services for people with disabilities
- Free coaching sessions
- Access to recorded training content
- Creating connections with other leaders across California
- Becoming a content expert in your region
Ability Central, based in Oakland, California, is a nonprofit organization serving as an educator, convener, and resource for people who are Deaf and disabled and the organizations that support them. Since 2010, Ability Central has been working to transform the field of communications and information access so that all individuals can realize their right and ability to receive information and express themselves.
For more information about this project, please contact Crystal Cardenas, Project Director.