Services for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
EdAdvance's services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are dedicated to improving the quality of life of individuals with disabilities, ages 8 and up, using a person-centered, community based approach. These services help individuals to live, grow, and become more independent and productive members of their communities. Our programs support personal choice, collaboration, innovation, and respect.
Day Support Option (DSO)
EdAdvance offers a Day Support Option (DSO) program weekdays from 9 am to 3 pm. This program is community-based and focuses on age appropriate, person centered activities of interest for people with developmental disabilities in the northwest corner of Connecticut. DSO is designed to offer engaging, enriching, and fun things to do in Litchfield County—capitalizing on this beautiful New England setting.
The DSO program provides employment opportunities in a small group setting accompanied by a job coach.
In Home Supports Program
Our In Home Supports Program provides services to people, ages 8 and up, in their homes, allowing them to maintain an independent living environment within their community. Services include, but are not limited to, advancing life and social skills, providing individualized extracurricular programming, as well as developing and implementing behavior plans. Comprised of two DDS-funded services, Behavioral Supports Program (BSP), serving ages 8-21; and Supported Living, serving ages 21 and up, In Home Supports aspires to provide a caring, supportive environment in which individuals thrive and families grow together.
Individual Day Supports
This program supports adults with developmental disabilities in the community to participate in local community events, volunteering or recreational activities.
Behavioral Supports Program
The Behavioral Supports Program (BSP) also integrates parent support and education. Staff and parents actively participate with their supported family member in community events, volunteer opportunities, and recreational activities.
Individualized Supported Employment Services
Our supported employment services include skills development, needs assessment, résumé and interview support, job development and placement support, on-the-job training, and situational assessments. We assist individuals in acquiring and maintaining integrated employment in the community and provide job-coaching for ongoing training and support.