June 22, 2017
 
 

Specialized Services


SPECIALIZED SERVICES

An individual’s success at learning job skills is but one aspect of his or her Support Plan. The VILLAGE establishes a profile on each individual, prioritizing needs and programming. Assessment tools include the Inventory for Consumer and Agency Planning (ICAP), Wide Range Interest Opinion Test (WRIOT), and the McCarron Dial Systems.

HEALTH CARE & MAINTENANCE

One’s success with any endeavor is often dependent on his or her physical well-being. Our Registered Nurses evaluates, administers and monitors the following:

  • Medication and Medical ChartsBlood Pressure Checks

  • Weight Control and Special Diets

  • Yearly Vision & Hearing Screenings

  • Physicals

  • Ongoing Dialogue with Physicians and Specialists

  • Physical Therapy (Consultant)

  • Occupational Therapy (Consultant)

  • TB Testing

  • Flu Shots

INSTRUCTION

Various educational units are available to supplement a program that assists the individual in reaching his or her potential.

  • Testing completed by our staff or provided by other agencies

  • Sex Education

  • Budgeting

  • Pre-Employment Classes

  • Behavior Orientation

  • Counseling

  • Grooming

  • Cooking

Due to the small size of our agency, classes are often not ongoing but initiated as the need arises.

SOCIAL & RECREATIONAL

Exposure to the community is looked upon as an appropriate avenue for learning. Because of the diversity of available opportunities, individuals are likely to become involved in one or more of the following:

  • Special Olympics

    • Track & Field

    • Basketball

    • Bowling

  • Recreational Programs

    • Day Camp

    • Roller Skating

    • Swimming

    • Field Trips & Outings

    • Bowling

    • Pegasus (therapeutic horseback riding)

Our Social and Recreational Programs reflect a philosophy that the community provides an appropriate and, in many instances, the best setting for virtually all learning.

OUTREACH PEER CLUB

This program was initiated in 1991 for the purpose of offering evening and weekend social/recreational experiences to past and current consumers. We have found that, regardless of their job status, few adults with a developmental disability have positive social interaction with an appropriate peer group. Evenings and weekends are often spent in isolation or, at best, with family. Clearly, job placement should not be considered the final or even the primary goal for many adults with a developmental disability. Rather, more appropriate training goals consist of both employment and positive social involvement in the community.

Characteristics of the Club - small groups are accompanied by chaperones on various evening and weekend outings such as:

  • Dinner Movies

  • Ball games Picnics

  • Concerts Swimming

One of the goals of this program is for the participants to develop the skills necessary to plan their own un-chaperoned outings.

  • We provide transportation for those in need

  • Participants select the activity

  • Participants are encouraged to pay at least a portion of the outing cost, but if they do not have the funds, the Village will assume all financial responsibility.

MODEL WORKER PROGRAM

Our Model Worker Program was initiated in 1988 for the purpose of supplementing our work force. Made up of individuals without disabilities, the employees and Program have the following characteristics:

  • The individuals are employed on an as needed basis, typically five to six hours each day. They earn at least the minimum wage and receive only those fringe benefits, required by law. The position is ideal for the mother of school aged children, and high school and college students during the summer months.

  • In addition to assisting on production and manufacturing jobs, the Model Worker serves as a model for our consumers in areas of work habits, grooming, conduct, etc. We have noted that both the behavior and work performance of our consumers improve when in the presence of a Model Worker.

  • Model Workers also assist during community outings and with Special Olympics.