Developmental Training provides a vast array of options to individuals with disabilities. One option is a full work component. Consumers are trained on a variety of equipment and complete contracts from various vendors, respecting both deadlines and quality control issues. Another option is a full curriculum based program, where consumers engage in a variety of activities aimed at increasing community integration, skills building and adaptive living skills. This is what most people expect from a workshop setting.
But Sertoma’s Developmental Training Program provides so much more than that! Currently, self-advocacy and person centered planning education has increased consumer awareness and choice in programming. Consumers are running their own classes in reading, math, computer literacy and crochet. A variety of classes are consistently offered year-round focusing on increasing educational abilities (such as math, check writing, literacy), reinforcing interpersonal skills (circles, healthy relationships, self-esteem, anger management and warning signs group, to aid in starting the day off right). The Day Program has a consistent rotation of volunteers which aid in successful implementation of classes and tutoring. Several programs, especially Autism Services, have created year-round fundraising activities, which help offset costs of programming and field trips.
This past year a garden was built at our facility on 123rd Street and is maintained by consumers throughout the summer. In just the first year, many vegetables and herbs were harvested, used for cooking classes and even some items were made and sold at the Holiday Bazaar.
In keeping with technology needs, the Autism Services Program has recently secured funding to aid in the purchase of i-Pads©. Adaptive equipment has been purchased for the computer lab at our facility at 127th Street, which will increase communication and technology abilities for individuals with disabilities.
Staff in the Developmental Training Programs continue to problem solve and seek out new ways to involve consumers in a variety of engaging and appropriate activities.
For more information regarding this program, please contact Lynn King, Consumer Support Services Coordinator, at 708-730-6352 or firstname.lastname@example.org.