For Families Raising Children
Special Education Advocacy: Fee for service advocates can assist you in understanding special education laws and how they can benefit your child. Services include consultation, team meetings, record reviews, and negotiations.
Parent Support Groups: Groups that gather and meet on a variety of topics to meet family’s changing needs.
Sibling Programs: The EMARC Recreation Department offers programs for brothers and sisters of children with developmental disabilities. Our Teen Sibs group, for siblings who are in 8th – 12th grades, meets once a month to hangout, pay games, and socialize with peers and friends who understand the ups and downs of having a sibling with a developmental disability. Once a quarter, we host Sibs United workshops to offer similar sibling programs to younger audiences. Contact the Recreation Department for more information and dates!
The Successful Parenting Program: This program is designed to meet the needs of parents with cognitive limitations. Through a parent aide program; parent education groups and case management, families work to establish a safe and stable home in which to raise their children. This program is funded by the Department of Children and Families and the Children's Trust Fund.
For Children Eligible for DDS Services
Respite Care: Respite providers can offer flexible care and companionship that aid in meeting individual family's needs. The Family Resource Center maintains a listing of providers that can be matched with families.
Intensive Flexible Family Support (IFFS): This program offers families whose children are at risk for residential placement, case management and support to enable them to care for their children at home. This is a family-directed program and services may include, but are not limited to: respite, behavioral consultation, educational advocacy, help in accessing other social support programs and flexible funding. Families are referred to the program by their local DDS Children’s Service Coordinator.
DESE/DDS Agreement: This is a joint program run through the Department of Education and the Department of Developmental Services. The purpose of the program is to enable families to bring back home a child in a residential placement, or to prevent an imminent residential placement from occurring. Services may include case management, respite, behavioral intervention and in-home training, and other individualized services that a family deems necessary to maintain their child at home.
For Families Supporting an Adult with Developmental Disabilities
Senior Support: Caregivers over the age of 65 meet monthly to discuss issues such as future planning, services and were to find support.
Adult Sibling: Special events are held throughout the year tailored to the needs of adult siblings. These events provide opportunities for adult siblings to learn more about services and supports available as well as discuss common concerns and experiences and how to advocate for their brothers and sisters.
Self-Advocacy: Opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities to learn how to advocate for themselves.
Adult Advocacy: Individualized assistance and consultation in accessing and navigating government benefit programs and services supporting adults with mental retardation.
For Adults living with a caregiver who are eligible for DDS supports
Respite Care: Respite providers can offer flexible care and companionship that aid in meeting individual family’s needs. The Family Resource Center maintains a listing of providers that can be matched with families.
Flexible Funding: Enables families to choose the support necessary to keep their children at home. Families may purchase goods and services or hire their own caregivers to give themselves a much-needed break.