The Start Line of the Equality Walk 'n Roll during Walton Options' ADA25 celebrations in Aiken, SC.A member of the Outreach, Advocacy and Development Team speaks with guests at our North Augusta Office Legislative Meet & Greet.Assistive Technology can open up so many doors for those with disabilities.The City of Augusta Celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the ADA with us and the Road to Freedom BusCelebrating Walton Options' 20th Anniversary and our impact on the communityTEK Quest was a week of learning and excitement

As one of over 400 Centers for Independent Living in the United States, Walton Options is first and foremost a civil rights organization working to advance the independence of people with disabilities.  To assist people with disabilities in living their lives independently in their home and communities, Walton Options offers services based on our core values.  

Established in 1994, Walton Options has grown from a small Center for Independent Living in Augusta, Georgia to operating 3 locations, providing Independent Living core services in 23 counties in Georgia and South Carolina.

We encourage you to use our site to learn more not only about Walton Options, but about the Independent Living Movement, our Community Partnerships, our Events and how you can make a difference in your life and the lives of people with disabilities.

Disability Benefits & Employment: Make it Work for You!

  • Are you interested in going to work or increasing your earnings?
  • Do you need information on how working will affect your disability benefits? (SSDI & SSI)
  • Do you want to connect with local agencies that can assist with finding a job and providing supports?

Then this workshop is for you! Join us for this FREE community event:

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 - 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Aiken SC Works Center
1571 E. Richland Ave
Aiken, SC 29170

All About That Balance! Falls Prevention & Awareness Day

Adults 65 and older are at risk for falls, which can signal the beginning of the end of that active life – and their independence, but that need not be the case. Why?  Because falls are preventable and aging, itself, does not cause falls. According to Injury Facts 2016, falls are the leading cause of injury-related death for adults age 65 and older. Falls are among the most common cause of traumatic brain injury. Slips, trips and falls also negatively affect the work place.

STAR Program restructuring

In the upcoming months, the STAR Medical Equipment Reuse Program that is currently housed at our Augusta Office (948 Walton Way) will be going through a restructure. Starting Monday August 9, the STAR Program will be closed to Walk-In consumers as it works to implement new procedures, data collection methods and service delivery. The target date to reopen the STAR Program is Monday October 3.  Please check the Walton Options website and Facebook Page for more updates over the next two months.

THE HOME DEPOT TRANSFORMS ARMY VETERAN’S HOME IN AUGUSTA

The Home Depot, Team Depot logo in white and orange

Walton Options for Independent Living was joined by The Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer force to transform the home of Roscoe Barnwell, a Meals on Wheels recipient. Funding for this project was made possible in part by a grant from The Home Depot Foundation and its ongoing partnership with Meals on Wheels America.

State Rehabilitation Council Public Hearings - in Augusta, Aug 18

The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) in collaboration with the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) will hold a series of public comment hearings statewide on the proposed GVRA policy revisions regarding Order of Selection and the implementation of Project Horizon. The SRC and the GVRA value input from stakeholders regarding the proposed policy revisions.

Weather the Storm - Download the FEMA App

Weather the Storm, Download the FEMA App - Alerts, Safety Tips, Shelter and Photos. Download at the App Store or on Google Play

As a community we prepare every day. One way that we can help our community to be further prepared is to encourage everyone to download the FEMA mobile application. This application allows people and families to be independent by helping them to develop communications plans, create disaster kits and consider other tools needed to be prepared for a disaster. In order to maintain independence, especially during times of disasters, it’s crucial to do everything we can to empower each other with the proper tools.

MVP Community Awards

ADA25 Celebrations at ADP recognizing them for their work towards inclusive employment in the CSRA.The MVP Community Awards are designed to recognize those businesses, organizations and people in the CSRA who have gone above and beyond to work with persons with disabilities to create an inclusive community. Public nominations close August 12th.

MVP Community Awards public Nominations now open

ADA25 Celebrations at ADP recognizing them for their work towards inclusive employment in the CSRA.

On Friday July 1, the call for the nominations of businesses, organizations, government officials, action groups and individuals was put out by Walton Options for Independent Living. The Most Valuable Partner (MVP) Community Awards are designed to recognize and honor those in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) that have worked to create a more inclusive community for persons with disabilities.

Gaining Preparedness Skills Training (GPS) Summer 2016

Header photo: Gaining Preparedness Skills (GPS) for Employment, Summer Series, July thru September 2016

Gaining Preparedness Skills-(GPS) training is designed to assist persons with disabilities in obtaining job readiness skills necessary to enter the workforce through enhancement of soft skills that emphasize interacting with others in the workplace, as well as balancing employment related requirements with other demands of daily life. Join us from July through September to lean more about being employment ready. 

Independent Life Skills Summer Series Training

Header photo: Independent Life Skills Training, Summer Series, July thru September

Join us for a two months full of topics to help build independence! Classes include topics on Personal Growth Development, Health & Wellness, Organizational Skills, Self-Advocacy, Money Management, Emergency Preparedness, Identity Theft and Community Reources. Join us starting July14, 2016.

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