OIL office open to the Public, effective June 1

COVID-19 continues to have an impact on policies and procedures across the country and here in the Ozarks as well. While CDS services have seen no interruption at Ozark Independent Living, the office has been closed to the public since the first of April. OIL’s doors are once again open and home visits have resumed, as necessary and as appropriate, with prior consent from consumers.

If you visit the office, please plan to maintain minimum six-foot social distancing guidelines. If you are feeling sick at all, especially if you have a fever or you are coughing, please do NOT visit the office until you are feeling well. Masks are appreciated but not required.

If you are an OIL CDS consumer and you have any questions about home visits, please contact your coordinator.

We appreciate everyone’s patience during these unusual circumstances. The health and safety of our consumers, staff members and the communities we serve is our number one priority now, as always.

Demonstrations of our Telecommunication Access Program (TAP) adaptive phones are “on hold” for the time being. If you currently have a TAP phone and have had it for at least four years, you are eligible for another one. If you’re not sure how long you’ve had your phone and you’re interested in getting another one, call Terry, 256-8714, to find out.

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O.I.L. description:

Ozark Independent Living (O.I.L.) is a non-profit, non-residential facility, which serves people with disabilities. Staff and board are also people who happen to have disabilities. O.I.L. is funded by a grant from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation of Missouri and a Medicaid-reimbursed program (Consumer Directed Services which provides aides in the home).  The office is located in West Plains at 109 Aid Avenue. Although located in West Plains, this office serves the counties of Douglas, Howell, Oregon, Ozark, Shannon, Texas, and Wright.

O.I.L. provides the following core services:

  • Information and Referralphone numbers, websites and general information
  • Peer Support assistance to your questions from someone who has a similar disability
  • Skills Trainingfrom budgeting and bathing to how to set up a household, and more
  • Advocacyassistance in helping you speak up for yourself
  • Transitioningfrom nursing homes or from high school to live independently

The Independent Living philosophy believes in consumer power, self-reliance, political, and economic rights.

Check out our sister agency, Independent In-Home Services, which offers skilled nursing services along with technicians for personal care.

O.I.L.’s Statement of Vision, Mission and Values

Vision: Ozark Independent Living will be a leader in furthering the cause of independent living throughout the community. We exist to change society’s perception of disability, and will confront and eliminate discrimination.

Mission: To empower people with disabilities to live as full and productive members of society.

Values: We believe individuals with disabilities should be able to live with self determination and participate fully in communities that are accessible to all-inclusion.

We believe in identifying and creating opportunities for people with disabilities to find secure and challenging employment.

We believe policy makers and the general public alike must be made aware that people with disabilities should not be patronized, pitied, excluded, or over-protected.

We believe that each of us is an architect of this organization; our personal commitment and actions determine OIL’s future.

We believe that just as we foster self-reliance, OIL and its employees are self-reliant.

We believe in maintaining an environment of mutual respect where open, honest communication is encouraged, welcomed, expected and practiced throughout the organization.

We believe our greatest strength lies in committed, energetic staff that works together to play an active role in shaping Ozark Independent Living’s future.

We believe that because people with disabilities represent a diverse segment of the population, Ozark Independent Living must aggressively pursue full diversity in our staff, board of directors, and service-delivery system.

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109 Aid Avenue, West Plains, Missouri 65775 • 417-257-0038888-440-7500

SINCE 1996

If you would like to make a contribution to Ozark Independent Living you may send cash, check, or money order to
109 Aid Ave., West Plains, MO  65775.
We gladly accept all donations.

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