Community Engagement Services are one-on-one services designed to increase a person’s connection and engagement in formal and informal community networks and supports. Client’s are introduced to community members, organizations, and resources in their area and supported to develop skills, meaningful roles, and positive relationships that will facilitate inclusion into their community.
Community Guide Services provide assistance in accessing community resources for individuals with developmental disabilities.
All ACE-IT services are Person Centered and provided in Integrated Settings
Person-Centered Practices is a way to assure that people with disabilities have the same rights and responsibilities as other people, including:
- Expressing what they want in their everyday lives
- Taking and/or maintaining control of their lives
- Making their own Choices
- Connecting and contributing to the community
- Having opportunities to improve their lives and have happiness, and purpose
- Seeing family and friends as often as they like
- Managing their own money and other resources
The ACE-IT program utilizes Person-Centered Employment Planning strategies that keep the person at the center of the conversation, valuing the student’s choice, finding creative support for those choices, and taking action to support those choices and help the student accomplish his or her goals. The person centered process helps to identify desired personal outcomes based on the individual’s life goals, interests, strengths, abilities, desires, and preferences.
The “most integrated setting” is defined as “a setting that enables individuals with disabilities to interact with non-disabled persons to the fullest extent possible.” Integrated settings are those that provide individuals with disabilities opportunities to live, work, and receive services in the greater community, like individuals without disabilities. Integrated settings are located in mainstream society; offer access to community activities and opportunities at times, frequencies and with persons of an individual’s choosing; afford individuals choice in their daily life activities; and, provide individuals with disabilities the opportunity to interact with non-disabled persons to the fullest extent possible. Evidence-based practices that provide scattered-site housing with supportive services are examples of integrated settings.
Community Guide and Engagement are a new service offered through DDA. If you’re interested in learning more about your opportunity to interact more with your community, contact your DDA Case Resource Manager or ACE-IT staff directly: email@example.com