Supportive Living Arrangement

In this program, qualified Direct Service Trainers teach basic living skills such as cooking, cleaning, phone skills, shopping, budgeting, recreation, socialization and much more, to individuals with disabilities. This training is done on a one-to-one basis to insure that each of the individual's needs are met. Disability Resources is a firm believer in the individual's right to make his or her own choices. One-to-one training is one way we can insure that every person has the opportunity to make those choices that are most important to them. Our goal at Disability Resources is to help the individuals we support to become as independent and self sufficient as possible. Since every person is different, the program is tailored specifically to address and meet the individual's needs. Our trainers assist individuals already living on their own, as well as those residing with family, who need a little guidance or encouragement to become more social and independent.

Job Development & Job Coaching

In our Job Development department, our experienced employment specialists assist individuals with disabilities in finding, securing and retaining gainful employment. The individuals working at Disability Resources have a wide range of abilities. Many have extensive technical and computer skills, while others are placed in entry level positions. Like anyone, each individual can be extremely successful when working in an appropriate, positive and supportive environment. There are many possible support options in place to help both the new employee and the employer including the use of a Job Coach. A job coach is someone who provides on-the-job training during the first few days or weeks that the employee is working. Job coaches help the employee learn the new job, help the employer get the most from the new employee, and work to overcome any challenges that either might have during this crucial time.

Respite

Many individuals with severe disabilities require 24-hour care. Because of the degree of attention required, it is often very difficult for their caregivers to take a break from the constant stress of being with or around that individual all of the time. In Disability Resources' Respite Program, we train temporary caregivers how to take care of the individual with a disability on a short-term basis, allowing the more permanent caregivers, often family members, to receive the well-deserved break they need. The Respite Program serves individuals with disabilities of all ages, allowing us to provide a continuum of services throughout the individual's lifespan. The short and long term benefits of respite include:

 

  • Allowing the family/caregiver to engage in daily activities in the community, thus decreasing feelings of isolation.
  • Providing the family/caregiver rest and relaxation.
  • Improving the family/caregiver's ability to cope with daily responsibilities.
  • Maintaining the family/caregiver's stability during emergency situations.
  • Helping preserve the family unit by lessening the pressures that might lead to divorce, institutionalization, neglect and/or abuse.
  • Making it possible for individuals with disabilities to establish individual identities and enrich their own growth and development.
  • When appropriate, Disability Resources' trained respite staff intervenes to help families/caregivers solve behavioral and logistic problems.