SCIL does not hire personal assistants (PA’s). It is up to the consumer to employ and supervise his/her own PA. SCIL’s staff assist consumers with interviewing PA’s and help them learn management skills through workshops, individual consultations and support groups.

Those interested in becoming a PA may receive free training and referrals from SCIL to potential employers. SCIL’s PA program is funded through the Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) Home Service Program.

Anyone who needs assistance may receive referrals for trained PA’s. To receive funding for personal assistant services, consumers will be evaluated and eligibility will be determined by a DRS Home Service counselor.

Qualifications for Personal Assistants:

Willingness to attend training

Sensitive to the needs of individuals with disabilities

Enjoy working with people

Dependable, punctual, and ability to sometimes be creative and flexible

Hours are flexible. Positions are often available full time, part time or live in positions. For more information contact Donna Sneed, PA Specialist at SCIL, 217 523-2587 ext 219 v/tty