Developmental Services and Community Integration:
Provides skill training, payed work opportunities, community integration and employment to individuals in order to enhance and maintain their independence in community living. The program provides support, assistance and advocacy for individuals with developmental disabilities.
The program provides a variety of activities in order for participants to attain the following outcomes:
- Enhanced daily living skills through on-going educational opportunities.
- Appropriate socialization and communication skills through interactive experiences.
- Enhanced leisure skills and interests through active recreation participation.
- Improved health and wellness through a variety of physical fitness opportunities.
- Ongoing vocational job training.
- Knowledge of local resources through inclusive community interactions.
- Relationships developed and sharpened job skills through on-going service projects.
STARS is a collaborative effort between the Association for Individual Development and Fox Valley Special Recreation that focuses on enhancing the quality of life for individuals with disabilities by building life skills through active community based therapeutic recreation participation.
Individuals in the Autism Program will have extra emphasis placed on a specialized curriculum that includes communication skills, social and coping skills, functional life skills, community integration, vocational skills and volunteer opportunities.
Staff for this program have been trained and skilled in various instructional methodologies that give them the tools to provide individualized supports that enable clients to achieve a higher degree of independence.
The program environment and supports will be catered to the specific interests, strengths, and needs of the clients. The Autism Program provides opportunities for clients to participate in functional and meaningful activities within a highly structured environment, this allows the clients to maximize their potential and achieve personal success.
Assistance for individuals in obtaining and maintaining job training through subcontracts or community job sites.
Our volunteer sites are used for the purpose of community integration as well as skill training. Clients learn social skills and an appreciation of giving back to the community as well as enhancing their vocational skills toward community employment.
We have individuals volunteering at Anderson's Animal Shelter, Aurora Animal Shelter, LIFT, ReStore, Feed My Starving Children, Two Rivers Food Pantry, Tillers, Trinity Church and St. David's Church in Aurora and numerous local libraries.
This program trains clients in basic food service skills and positive work behaviors, enhances their independence and prepares them for community employment. Food Service also increases life-long learned skills, daily living skills and vocational skills.