Consultant Name: Andrea Elsmo
Company Name: Progressive Community Services, Inc.
Phone Number: 608-886-3366
Job Title: IRIS Consultant
Care Responsibilities: My responsibilities as an IRIS consultant include assisting individuals in self-direction to meet their desired supports and services to achieve personal goals. I also prioritize collaboration among various support entities and help connect individuals with other service providers in our community.
Name of Institution: University of Wisconsin – Madison
Major/Degree: Masters in Rehabilitation Psychology
Name of Certification/Accreditation: Long Term Care Functional Screener
Certifying Agency: DHS
Date Certification was Obtained: 3/2019
(e.g., working with autism, the elderly, employment for people with disabilities or youth in transition, mental health, experience with assisted technology)
My specialty includes working with youth and transition aged students that have a variety of disabilities. I have worked in the Madison School district focusing on transition plans for students exiting high school while also assisting teams in finding employment for them to maintain when they exit. All of the students I worked with qualified for Long Term Supports with varying levels of support needs. Prior to that I have experience working as a special education teacher in a Madison elementary school and also worked at a local supported employment agency serving individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities. While going to college I spent multiple years providing respite care for families of individuals with intellectual disabilities and always enjoyed encouraging extra-curricular activities for them to participate in the community.
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More about me
I grew up in the Madison area and enjoy everything this city has to offer. When I am not working, I love enjoying time with my husband and very energetic dog, Charly. You can usually find us participating in some outdoor activity – sailing, camping, hiking or swimming – depends on the day and whose choice it is. In the winter I find myself doing more indoor activities like cooking, quilting, reading and gaming. I also am a high school swim coach and enjoy the fall and winter seasons with both the girls and boys teams.