Summer 2018 Newsletter. Page 4.

/Summer 2018 Newsletter. Page 4.
Summer 2018 Newsletter. Page 4. 2018-09-07T14:26:43-04:00


Embracing Community Participation

Through Individualized Day Programing

Mary Jo at Mrs. Marty’s Deli

We are blessed to live in a time when persons living with intellectual disabilities are valued as unique individuals who possess their own God-given abilities and talents. Guided by our Core Values, the Day Programs at Our Lady of Fatima in Secane have embraced the task of identifying, promoting, and enabling participants to reach their unique potential. 

We are accountable to state and federal guidelines that continue to evolve in ways intended to provide increased community integration. This has, in turn, sharpened our ongoing focus on providing the most appropriate opportunities and achieving the best outcomes for each individual. For some, that means pursuing options for gainful employment in the community that often prove quite rewarding, providing greater independence and more meaningful and inclusive experiences of community participation. In fact, our Strategic Plan has prioritized increasing the range of opportunities available for individuals to fruitfully engage in community activities, according to their capabilities and interests. 

The Day Program Employment Team (l-r) Darren Umble, Jeannean Porter, Nellie Lawrence, and Cheryl Peterson.

In order to provide the highest quality of service to our individuals, the Day Programs staff have all received specialized community integration training, and the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) has certified our management team and job coaches as Employment Specialists. 

Currently, about one third of the individuals in our Day Programs spend at least 25% of their day out in the community working, volunteering, or being involved in recreational activities. Our goal is to continue to increase the level of community participation by exploring partnerships and relationships that can afford new opportunities for as many of our individuals as possible. 

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