The benefits of the Independence Together campaign translates into improved environments, quality of life and skills development.
Benefits of Independence Together Renovations
With these renovations we will:
- Improve the ability of people with autism to self-manage environmental stressors and frustrations and better adapt to their surroundings, giving them more opportunities to learn and realize their potential in a variety of activities.
- Expand identification of vocational interests and abilities for individuals with autism through state-of-the-art technology and advancements to support their specific needs.
- Increase community integration and employment potential through a continuing education model that offers skills development and advancement opportunities in photography, art, horticulture, health and wellness, woodworking and music.
- Improve quality of life and satisfaction for individuals with dementia and people with severe medical frailties, by providing comforting services in a natural, tranquil, relaxing environment.
- Provide the highest quality services and supports at the three Day Services Centers so that more people will have the skills to volunteer in the community and gain work skills.
- Make all of our programs as community-based as possible, whether they help people choose vegetables at the grocery store, pay for a purchase, or visit a museum for life-enriching experiences.
- Provide opportunities to those with high medical needs — who are unable to go into the community on a regular basis — to help the community. Whether they are volunteering on site or in the community, they know they are making a difference. Upgraded facilities will provide a better experience for their hands-on volunteer work.
Read about Steven
Steven, who has cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia, takes a bus from his group home to the Paul Road Center. There’s no mistaking the joy he feels from simple pleasures such as music, sitting with friends, and just being included. Having more space would enhance Steven’s mobility that is limited by cramped rooms and small entryways. Additional sensory equipment would expand Steven’s ability to communicate beyond answering yes or no questions. Every improvement to the center is a new opportunity for Steven to expand his capabilities and continue growing in his independence.