Transitional Paths to Independent Living (TRPIL) employs over 50 staff at the Washington office, most of whom have extensive educational and work experience backgrounds. TRPIL has an affirmative action policy to seek employees with disabilities and meets the requirements in the CIL standards of having over 51% of the board, management, and staff be persons with disabilities.
Our staff, the majority of whom self-identify as having a disability, are personable, creative problem-solvers with good organization, documentation, and interpersonal skills.
All try to maintain a thorough general understanding of the needs of all persons with disabilities, so as better to advise consumers of available resources.
TRPIL professionals are an active part of the independent living nationwide. Staff members serve on numerous committees, boards of directors, and advisory committees. These include the National Council on Independent Living, National Disabilities Council, Pennsylvania Statewide Independent Living Council, Independent Living Conference Steering Committee, National ADAPT Leadership, and the Association of Programs on Rural Independent Living, just to name a few. TRPIL has also received Pennsylvania state awards for leadership and is viewed nationally as one of the best-known rural centers for independent living.
Transitional Paths to Independent Living Staff
Together, our CIL staff has over 100 years of experience in providing independent living core services!
An Independent Living Specialist (ILS) does many things:
- Conducting independent living skills training, in accordance with the Independent Living philosophy including assisting consumers with:
- Identifying goals, then developing and implementing individualized plans to meet those goals.
- Providing information and referral to other agencies of interest.
- Advice on career/job development, money management, household management, and other daily living skills.
- Addressing concerns regarding public access, health care, housing, transportation, and assistive technology.
- Encouraging peer support, socialization, assertiveness, and advocacy for oneself and others.
- Providing transition assistance, from one stage of life to another (youth to adulthood; a nursing home into one’s own home; etc.).
- Outreach to the wider community.
Individual staff members coordinate TRPIL’s programs; see What We Do for more information on those.