The eighth program that is being highlighted by the Arc of LaGrange County is Individual Habilitation.
The Arc needs you to help us give back to the community. Individual habilitation is a service that provides a one staff to one consumer ratio.
The Arc of LaGrange County currently provides individual habilitation for over twenty consumers with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Individuals Habilitation can be broken down into working at the facility or in the community.
By finding out what is important to the person and their family, The Arc’s supports are developed based upon the individual’s hopes, dreams and goals. Each plan is designed to cultivate personal growth in areas they choose…meaningful days, balance, happiness, learning and productivity are all qualities in a person’s life we want to encourage.
People with and without disabilities seek fulfillment and happiness by various means including: pursuit of their work, hobbies, personal relationships and community service.
At the facility, consumers work on a variety of goals to increase their independence. These include academic skills, such as working towards obtaining a GED, and activities of daily living such as cooking and balancing a checkbook. In community individual habilitation, consumers work on being an active part of our community. Community based activities may be combined with other program supports to improve skills that will lead to a more independent involved life for the person receiving services.
The Arc is proud to say that it has consumers giving back by volunteering at Miller’s Merry Manor, Lifecare, The LaGrange County Animal Shelter, Paws and Claws Bookstore and The Arc Thrift Store. We are always hoping to expand this program and would be happy to lend a helping hand at other agencies throughout the county.
If you are interested in having a consumer give back to your agency, please call Andi Freeze, Vocational Rehabilitation Director at (260) 464-2653. We are forever thankful to our community for the opportunity to collaborate with you and we hope that you continue to “Achieve With Us!”