Developmental Disability Center : Anderson, Indiana

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Engle, Thomas H.
Laseau, Paul, 1937-
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College of Architecture and Planning
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This facility is programmed to meet the growing needs of the Madison County Association for Retarded Citizens, a public agency serving over 300 persons in its programs. There axe five departments in the agency: administration, residential services, human services, developmental services, and adult services. The first three of these departments comprise the main offices and provide general services to all clients involved in any of the agency's programs throughout the county.The administrative branch provides support services such as transportation, financial records, general coordination of programs, food service, and maintenance services.Residential service personnel run group homes in the community, respite services with community volunteers, and life skill training for adults. A "simulated living" apartment is included to teach basic living skills to clients in a "normal" setting.The human services department handles clients of all age groups and does intake and referral; diagnosis and evaluation; provides counseling services and coordinates recreational programs. Caseworkers prepare Individual Habilitation Plans for clients on an annual basis.The developmental and adult service departments both provide a number of programs which vary according to client age, level of retardation, level of academic skill, and level of vocational skill. This facility will include two related programs: a developmental workshop and an adult (sheltered) workshop. The developmental workshop is provided for adults whose productivity level is less than 25% of a normal worker. Clients progress through three components: the education component which teaches academic skills; the prevocational component which provides training in basic job skills such as counting, being on time, coordination, etc...; and finally to the work component where the client is paid wages and develops skills in production quality and in recognizing supervisors. Clients who achieve the necessary level of productivity are then placed in a sheltered workshop run by the adult services department. The emphasis is no longer on academic or self-help skills but strictly on vocational skills necessary for placement in a normal job in the community.