We believe that all families are entitled to community involvement and resources.

 

Services

Transition/Person Centered Planning:
We use person centered planning to assist persons to transition from an educational or living setting to another setting. Person-centered planning is a process-oriented approach to empower people who have a disability. It focuses on the individual and his/her needs. This leads to greater success because it places the individual in charge of defining which path he will take in his live instead on the systems that may or may not be available to serve him. The person will have power to use methods and resources to help them to choose their own pathways to success. The planner simply assists the person to work out details about where he wants to go and how to do it. We inform persons of all aspects of his life he needs to consider when transiting. We consider the following:

  • Independent Living - Where will the person live and with whom? What type of housing will he have? Can he live on his own and cook, shop, clean, pay bills, manage time, and take care of him? Does he need an attendant? Does he need training in independent living skills? Does he need therapy, supportive counseling or case coordination? What other supports does he need? What can of support can he receive from his parents?
  • Community Participation - Can he shop, vote, use the library, make health appointments and use local community resources to be self-sufficient? How will he get around in the community? Will he need transportation services? Does he know how to access volunteer, community and church organizations?
  • Jobs and Job Training - Does he have the skills to apply for a job and to work with others? If not, what else does he need to learn and what types of supports are available to provide this help?
  • Recreation and Leisure - How does he spend time alone and in groups? What does he do for physical fitness and individual relaxation? Does he have friends or know how to make friends?
  • Post Secondary and Lifelong Learning - Does he want to attend a four-year college or a community college? Does he need help in identifying which college programs can provide the modifications and supports he needs? If he is not going to college, how will he continue to learn job skills to obtain employment? What supports will he need?

Information and referral services:
We have developed a community resource manual that lists services available to persons with disabilities. These services include areas in assistive technology, attendant services, respite care, day care, finance, health, housing, transportation, employment, education, and youth development. We also have access to a comprehensive listing of all services available in the Austin and Central Texas area. We assist persons with disabilities to access community resources. This help includes interpreting for persons who have limited English proficiency, helping them understand eligibility criteria, helping them complete required forms, and helping them obtain verifications required to complete the eligibility process.

Support/Emotional Group:
We provide monthly support meetings that include dinner, a fun activity and group discussions in various areas. Past areas of discussion have included special education, caregiver stress, disability culture, grief of having a family member with a disability, role of father in raising a child with a disability, and financial problems. Fun activities have included a trip to Fiesta Texas and a pizza party at Gatti Town. Other fun activities will include a Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, arts and crafts, and recreational activities.

Advocacy:
We advocate for persons with disabilities to help them receive services they are entitled to. For example, we attend Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) meetings with parents to advocate for an appropriate, individualized educational plan for their youth. We also inform persons with disabilities and their family members of their legal rights and responsibilities as consumers.

Case Management
We support our clients through case management services. We conduct face-to-face family interviews in the office and the home to assess the needs of each family to develop, identify family strengths and develop a individualized service plan with attainable goals and objectives to guide the family. We monitor the progress of the family and support them in implementing the treatment plan. We provide culturally-competent services that acknowledge the cultural and ethnic backgrounds of the families that we support.

Education in special education and different disabilities:
We inform parents of youth with disabilities of the ten categories the school districts recognize for eligibility for special education. We also inform parents of the different federal laws that protect the rights of students in special education or who are disabled.

Cultural Competent Services:
We provide cultural competent services. We value the importance of culture in the delivery of services. We values differences and are responsive to diversity at all levels of our organization, i.e., policy, governance, administrative, workforce, provider, and consumer/client. We develop community focused and family oriented activities. We promote quality services to underserved, racial/ethnic groups through the valuing of differences and integration of cultural attitudes, beliefs, and practices into service delivery. We develop and continue to promote skills and practices important in cross-cultural interactions and systems practices among providers and staff to ensure that services are delivered in a culturally competent manner. Information and referral services.

Life skills training:
We provide training on life skills to improve a person's functioning in his home and community. These life skills topics include: increasing self esteem, improving communication, increasing assertiveness, managing anger, problem solving, resolving co-dependency and improving social skills.

 

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