Community Development Services (CDS) is designed to provide an alternative to facility-based Traditional Day Habilitation services for individuals currently unable to work either because of their disability, age, or circumstances. The CDS supports individuals to be involved in activities in the community settings that improve their communication, social skills, health and wellness, and ultimately their employability.
Community Development Services are provided in accordance with the individual’s person-centered plan revisited at circle meetings and updated as needed at any given time.
All supports are provided in groups of no more than four (4) individuals with developmental disabilities all of whom have similar interests and goals as outlined in their Individual Plan except in the case of self-advocacy groups. Self-Advocacy groups by nature are homogeneous and are an exception to this standard.
Services are highly individualized and can include, but are not limited to: self-determination/self-advocacy training; workshops and classes; peer mentoring; volunteer activities; activities that promote health, socialization, etc. An example is a person enrolling in related acting classes and volunteering at a local theatre as part of his overall plan to be a graphic artist. The career path chosen offers classes that are out of the realm of what the person directly wants to do. However, by engaging in the said opportunities he/she is creating the relationships with the people that he wants to ultimately work for and is getting ideas on where his passion fits in in the workforce. Progress towards the individual’s employment and career goals and outcomes will be assessed on an ongoing basis and reviewed at circle meetings.
IHCOS Care Associates, Inc. always promote the use of any mode of transportation