WE BELIEVE… in individualized programming based on the strengths, needs and interests of each person. We strive to provide training, assistance and supervision needed for people who are mentally and physically challenged to reach and maintain their highest possible level of skills, productivity, independence and inclusion into their community.
PROGRAMMING CHOICES INCLUDE…
-Functional Skills: Training relevant to work or useful daily life skills. Subject matter includes: money, time, concepts, reading, writing, communication and computer skills.
-Exercise Therapy: Individualized exercise therapy to improve physical conditions including: cardiovascular fitness, balance, strength, ambulation, range of motion, self-help and work skills endurance. Physician or Physical Therapist prescribed programming will be coordinated if needed. Goals may include improving fine motor abilities like finger dexterity and hand-eye coordination.
-Leisure Education: Instilling interest in constructive leisure time activities like crafts and hobbies. Goals may include improving fine motor abilities like finger dexterity and hand-eye coordination.
-Socialization: Practicing for and then experiencing various social situations. Being enabled to display appropriate behavior in order to be accepted by others in the community.
-Personal Care & Self-Help: Meeting personal needs such as: toileting, hygiene, dressing, eating, and medication administration.
-Sensory Stimulation: Experiencing sight, hearing, touching, smelling, and tasting sensation activities that promote interest to excitement in development of these skills.
-Life Enrichment: Participation in activities such as music and relaxation therapy. Programming is geared toward the interests and needs of our geriatric individuals.
-Positive Support Strategies: Modeling and reinforcing appropriate actions. Discouraging conduct that is detrimental to oneself and others. Experiencing choice, problem solving, decision making, reinforcement and consequences.
-Community Orientation: Acquiring knowledge and experience with pedestrian traffic safety, direction and destination, community resources and their function, purchasing, banking and abuse prevention.
-Recreation: Participating in a wide variety of gross motor seasonal indoor and outdoor activities.
-Counseling: Providing information, recommendations and assisting in solving current problems and planning for the future. For individuals we serve, parents, guardians, and families.
-Transportation: Transports to and from residences and job sites.
-Vocational Interest Inventory & Career Exploration: Discovering what jobs are in the community, what jobs look interesting, and what skills are needed to get those jobs.
-Work Skill & Job Performance Evaluations: Trying different job tasks and discovering skills and interests. Jobs available to evaluate are: packager, assembler, bench press operator, bulk mailer, office assistant, cleaner, dishwasher, kitchen assistant, shelf stocker, and yard worker.
-Work Skill, Job Responsibility & Vocational Training: Gaining understanding and ability to be a successful worker.
-DAC Based Subcontract Work: Current work includes: packaging medical and safety products, shredding, mailings, making badge buttons and bows.
-Community Job Development, Job Matching & Placement: DAC Staff contact potential employers and enter into worker placement agreements with them.
-Job Coached Supported Community Based Employment: DAC Job Coaches train and support the worker as needed. Current CBE work site jobs include: Packaging and assembly, dishwashing, office assistant, and cleaning.
-Follow Along Competitive Community Based Employment: When a worker achieves independence on the job and is hired directly by the employer, the DAC will continue to check on the worker for a period of time and help them through any problems that may arise.
-Job Application Completion & Interview Training: Training and practice in correctly filling out a job application and successfully answering questions during an interview.
SCHOOL TO WORK TRANSITION SERVICES
-Work Evaluations and Work Experience: Our typical school to work transition services; Most often the student will attend school part of the day and work the other part of the day.
-Any Combination of Work and Habilitation Services: Determined by a student’s team establishing the Individual Education Plan. The service may be implemented on the job, in school and/or at the DAC.