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  Consultant Name Amber Toews
  Company Name TMG
  Phone Number 844-864-8987
  E-Mail IRISinfo@tmgwisconsin.com

Work History (starting with most recent)

Name of Agency Date of Employment Job Title
TMG 1/7/19 IRIS Consultant

Care Responsibilities

Your TMG IRIS consultant is your partner as you create a plan that meets your needs and stays within your IRIS budget. Your TMG IRIS consultant can connect you to resources in your area, and will be a great source of information for any questions you have about the IRIS program. In a self-directed program like IRIS, you decide who provides your support and services and when they happen. You may have natural support from people in your life, or you may choose to purchase the support you need from an agency or someone that you hire directly. Your TMG IRIS consultant will be there to talk through these decisions with you, and will help you put a plan in place that reflects your choices.

Educational Background

Name of Institution Major/Degree Degree Obtained Date Obtained
University of Wisconsin–Superior Individualized Major (Special Education, Psychology) – Bachelor of Science Yes 12-2014

Credentials

Name of Certification / Accreditation Certifying Agency Date Certification was Obtained

Specialties (e.g., working with autism, the elderly, employment for people with disabilities or youth in transition, mental health, experience with assisted technology)

Prior to coming to TMG, my work as a Special Education Paraprofessional allowed me to work with individuals with disabilities including people with autism, cerebral palsy, emotional behavior disorders, learning disabilities, and cognitive disabilities. My work as a Family Resource Provider taught me about invaluable resources and allowed me to build community relationships. If I don't know the answer to something, I’m excited to learn new things in order to find the answer for you.

County/Region I'm familiar with

Barron, Polk, Rusk, Washburn

Languages or Communication Skills

English

I'm comfortable with pets in the home

Yes

More about me

How do you Partner with people to 'clear the path ahead'?
I plan on working closely with people to learn their goals and where they want their life to go. I want to develop a partnership with people that is based on trust: Trust that I will help steer them in the right direction to achieve their goals; trust that I will find an answer if I don't know it; and trust that I will follow through with my promises.

What's your favorite thing about being an IRIS consultant?
My favorite part about being a TMG IRIS Consultant is the people I partner with. I love meeting new people and helping them understand a sometimes complex process. I love that everyone has their own story and I am excited that people may want to share that with me.

What past experience prepared you to become an IRIS Consultant?
I have previous experience working with individuals who have disabilities. This has given me a very clear understanding that each individual is unique. That each individual will have their own way of learning and communicating, and will have their own goals. I also have experience in providing resources to individuals and families. Finally, I know how to look for new resources if needed.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
In my free time, I love spending time with my family. We enjoy camping, kayaking, walking/hiking, and getting outside. I have one child and he is fairly active in sports and school events. We love to try new things and to travel to new places.

WI DHS/DLTC/F-01486 (04/2015)