Consumers are provided with non-legal advocates who inform them of their rights, and represent them to ensure that they obtain access to services and programs to which they are entitled. Such entitlements may include assistance with Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) appeals; access to transportation; and affordable housing programs.
Efforts are made to effect positive change through legislative advocacy. The Center also encourages public and private entities to remove architectural barriers from their facilities (as is required by Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act) to ensure that persons with disabilities have equal access to their communities.
Information & Referrals
- Community Agency & Service Referrals
- Information about Community Resources
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) & other Legislation Info
- Disability Rights Publication
Independent Living (IL) Skills
Individual and group training is provided to help consumers maximize their IL skills and maintain long-term independence. IL skills training may include managing money through budgeting, disability rights (i.e. Americans with Disabilities Act), identifying and optimizing use of available community resources, independent living philosophy, computer training, and specialized training tailored to the consumer’s individual needs.
Cross Disability Peer Support
Peer support is provided to persons with disabilities who need to speak with someone about their personal needs and concerns. Emphasis is placed on counseling and providing the guidance necessary to help them identify and reach their independent living goals. Consumers have the choice of individual or group counseling.
Nursing Home Transitions
The greatest risk is not taking one. Center staff provides options counseling to persons with disabilities who want to transition from a nursing home facility into a community-based living setting. A disability advocate will assist consumers with the development of independent living and community transition plans and help coordinate the community resources and services necessary for a successful transition.
Disability Etiquette/Sensitivity Training
The Center’s Advocates will travel to any city within our service area to train community groups or business staff on how to properly interact with persons with disabilities. Emphasis is placed on the do’s and don’ts when interacting with people with various types of significant lifelong disabilities.
Eat, Meet, and Greet Activities
This community event is held annually for people with disabilities. Their families, friends and service providers are also welcome. It is a festive event with food and music that focuses on issues of profound importance to the disability community.
Self Advocacy News
This periodical is published by the Center and full of important information regarding Joy A Shabazz Center activities, current events, and informative material about self-advocacy and independent living. It is disseminated electronically via email and can be accessed on this site.
Youth Transitions Services
Facilitate the transition of youth who are individuals with significant disabilities, between the ages of 14-24, who were eligible for individualized education programs under section 614(d) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and who have completed their secondary education or otherwise left school, to postsecondary life.