National Websites on PAS Issues
- The Center for Personal Assistance Services (PAS) offers an overview of current activities to improve and support personal assistance services. Their website provides excellent coverage of PAS, workforce issues, PAS and assistive technology issues at the workplace, updates on state activities and information on both informal and professional personal assistance issues. It also offers excellent web links to other senior and disability websites. Visit them at: http://www.pascenter.org
- The Spinal Cord Injury Information Network’s website offers listings of PAS training videos, checklists and books they recommend. Some of these are in VCIL’s Toolkit library. For more information, visit their website: http://www.spinalcord.uab.edu
- American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today (ADAPT) advocates for PAS funding and for consumer controlled long-term care services. A national advocacy group, ADAPT focuses on promoting services in the community instead of warehousing people with disabilities in institutions and nursing homes through community involvement and self-advocacy. To learn more about Vermont’s ADAPT organization, Green Mountain ADAPT, contact the Home and Community Access Program at VCIL. Visit the national ADAPT website at: http://www.adapt.org/
- The Center for an Accessible Society provides information for journalists on disability rights, cultural and social issues and resources. Their site includes some excellent background on PAS and links to some key PAS policy reports and resource groups. Visit them at: http://www.accessiblesociety.org
Supporting and Finding PAS Workers in Vermont
- The Vermont Association of Professional Care Providers is a nonprofit, membership organization dedicated to advancing the professional growth, employment opportunities and quality of life for people who provide personal care and support services in all home, community and health care settings. For additional information contact: Susan Gordon, VAPCP Director, PO Box 1276, Montpelier, VT 05602. Telephone: 802-229-4731, E-mail: APCP@vermontelders.org
- The Community of Vermont Elders has taken a lead role in promoting funding and services that help direct care workers and the Vermonters who need these services. In addition to helping start and house the Vermont Association of Professional Care Providers, COVE has sponsored two health care work force initiatives and is working with other organizations on the development of a direct care registry to help caregivers and those who need personal assistance to find one another. For an update on these health care work force initiatives or for more information about advocacy and policy work of the Community of Vermont Elders (COVE), call (802) 229-4731 or visit www.vermontelders.org.
Need Other Information?
Additional disability and senior resources and websites are available at the DAIL website (www.dail.state.vt.us), at VCIL’s website and through other senior and disability programs. For help finding other resources or advocacy assistance, call the Senior HelpLine 1-800-642-5119 (V/TTY) or VCIL’s I-Line at 1-800-639-1522 or visit our website: www.vcil.org.