SOCIL Southeastern Ohio Center for Independent Living

Serving Fairfield and Hocking Counties, Ohio

Southeastern Ohio Center for Independent Living


Assisting Individuals with Disabilities and Their Families

Fairfield County (740) 689-1494 ... Hocking County (740) 380-1475

Hours: 9 am to 5 pm

SOCIL Services

What We Offer:

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Ability Awareness Program
This program encourages children to become more aware of the abilities of people with disabilities.

Accessibility Project
SOCIL conducts assessments, evaluations and reports utilizing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for businesses, government and agencies. SOCIL will provide technical assistance, explanation of requirement and recommended solutions to compliance issues.

Adaptive Sports
Do you have cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida or some other disability that affects your lower and /or upper extremities? Come try our adaptive sports programs. These include football, basketball, boccia, and track and field. These sports are for individuals who have disabilities that keep them out of traditional sports programs. Everyone must play in a wheelchair and sportschairs are available.

Advocacy Training
SOCIL staff will provide information and/or support to train individuals in the proper steps of self advocacy, community advocacy and system advocacy.

Assistive Devices
Staff assists consumers by providing information and referral regarding various assistive devices and will assist individuals with disabilities in applying to Assistive Technology of Ohio (AT Ohio) for refurbished computers.

SOCIL has the Boardmaker software available to parents and teachers that will assist them with making talking books, behavior supports, schedules, reward charts, practice lessons and more for their children/students.

Buckeye Card
Any Ohio resident age 18-59, who has a total and permanent disability and is unable to work, is eligible for a card. It provides savings on prescriptions as well as purchases at local merchants. SOCIL has applications available and will guide you in its submission.

Computer Resource Center
Basic computer training will be provided by volunteers and/or SOCIL staff.

Consumer Forums
We at SOCIL open our doors, eyes, ears and minds to our consumers on a daily basis; however we encourage ALL consumers and/or any interested people in the community to come to the SOCIL office for Consumer Forums. This is your opportunity to let us know what needs and/or wants you have. This is the consumer’s time to speak up and be heard.

Device Lending Library
Whether your need is temporary or you would like to tryout an item before you buy, SOCIL's device lending library can provide free, short-term loans for up to 30 days of devices such as autism sensory items, daily living aids and portable ramps.

Employment Services
Job seekers with disabilities receive guidance on employment issues and assistance in identifying available services within the community to assist with employment or vocational interests.

Facilitate Transition from Nursing Home to Community
SOCIL staff will work with consumers who want to transfer from a nursing home or rehabilitation center and assist them in moving into the community with appropriate support services.

SOCIL staff will provide consumers with listings of affordable, accessible housing; information on agencies that provide rental/financial education programs; referrals to legal agencies; and accessible home modifications.

Independent Living Plans
SOCIL staff will work one-on-one with a consumer to develop goals for increasing independence.

Independent Living Skills (ILS)
Staff can provide workshops, training classes or individual instruction for independent living and socialization skills.

Information and Referral
Information about disability issues and referral to other agencies that provide services to individuals with disabilities.

Library - Audio-Visual & Texts
SOCIL provides through its consumer library, a variety of books, magazines, literature and videos regarding disability issues.

Ohio Benefit Bank
SOCIL can help individuals prepare and file applications to determine eligibility for receiving public benefits such as food stamps, home energy assistance, children's health care insurance, and claim tax credits such as Earned Income Tax Credit.

Portable Ramps
SOCIL has portable ramps that are available to borrow free of charge for a temporary need or while a permanent ramp is being built.

Support Groups
Through individual or a group effort, peer support is provided to individuals and their families who are dealing with disabilities that affect their daily lives.

SOCIL hosts speaker presentations, teleconferences and webinars on a variety of topics. They are free to anyone who is interested. A list of upcoming sessions can be accessed by clicking on "Events" at the top of the page.

Volunteer Opportunities
SOCIL is continually seeking volunteers who are committed to making a difference in people's lives. Examples of assistance that volunteers can help with are: peer support, computer trainings, mailings, ADA accessibility studies and much more. Contact us online or give us a call and we'll explore your interests.

Voter Registration
Applications are available for voter registration or absentee ballots. Staff is available to answer questions on the voting process. Staff can also educate you on your rights regarding polling site accessibility.

What's Next
The purpose of this program is to help families of High School students navigate the complex system of services for individuals with disabilities as they transition to community-based services and begin planning for independent living. A High School Transition Resource Manual is available for reference and can be accessed by clicking on "Youth Transitions" on the left side of your screen.