Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

CHOICES 2: INNOVATIVE COMMUNITY SERVICES 

CHOICES 2 the Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Services department of the Cobb County Community Services Board. CHOICES 2 offers the following innovative community service programs. Brochure – Choices 2

SUPPORTIVE EMPLOYMENT/PREVOCATIONAL

Supported Employment services are ongoing supports that enable individuals for whom competitive employment at or above the minimum wage is unlikely absent the provision of supports, and who, because of their disabilities, need supports to perform in a regular work setting. The scope and intensity of Supported Employment supports may change over time, based on the needs of the individual. Supported Employment services are conducted in a variety of settings, particularly work sites where individuals without disabilities are employed.

Prevocational Services prepare an individual for paid or unpaid employment. These services are for the individual not expected to be able to join the general work force within one year as documented in the Individual Service Plan. Prevocational Services occur in facility-based settings or at community sites outside the facility for small groups of individuals, called mobile crews, who travel from the facility to these community sites. Mobile crews receive Prevocational Services by performing tasks, such as cleaning or landscaping, at community sites other than the individual’s home or family home or any residential setting.

Community Access Services are designed to assist the individual in acquiring, retaining, or improving self-help, socialization, and adaptive skills required for active community participation and independent functioning outside the individual’s home or family home. These services are interventions in the areas of social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development and may include training in the areas of daily living skills (including leisure/recreation skills), communication training, mobility training, programming to reduce inappropriate and/or maladaptive behaviors, and training in the use of common community resources.

Day Service Programs – Choices 2 Cobb is a day service program that gives individuals the right to make choices according to a person’s personal preferences. Individuals may choose between seven different in-house activities each day such as: art, nutrition & life skills, exercise (which incorporates the Wii), computer lab, basic education, community outings, and the ability to socialize with their peers. These innovative and interactive community services are wrapped around the strengths, abilities, and needs of each individual, providing an environment for personal enrichment and growth.

W.O.W. (With Out Walls) – Choices 2 With Out Walls or W.O.W. Program is a great alternative to a day center program. The WOW program offers new experiences and activities for individuals with opportunities to develop skills that lessen their dependence. Individuals have the opportunity to meet new people in small groups and make an increasingly meaningful contribution to their community. This program provides an environment for personal enrichment and growth through a wide range of interactive activities such as volunteering, music and cultural arts. Learning in the community promotes a positive and motivated attitude. The different activities keep each one participating and helping them to manage their lives.

RESIDENTIAL

Community Residential Alternative (CRA) services are targeted for Individuals who require intense levels of support. These services are a range of interventions with a particular focus on training and support in one or more of the following areas: eating and drinking, toileting, personal grooming and health care, dressing, communication, interpersonal relationships, mobility, home management, and use of leisure time. CRA services are individually planned and tailored to meet the specific needs of the Individual and to accommodate fluctuations in his or her needs for various services.

Community Living Support (CLS) services are individually tailored supports that assist with the acquisition, retention, or improvement in skills related to an Individual’s continued residence in his or her own or family home. Personal care/assistance may be a component part of CLS services but may not comprise the entirety of the services. CLS services are offered to individuals who live in their own home or family home.

We are an Olmstead implementation site for the state of Georgia. These innovative and interactive services are wrapped around the strengths, abilities, and needs of each customer, providing an environment for personal enrichment and growth.

Individuals served in CHOICES 2 experience:

  • InclusionInvolving individuals with relatives and friends and fostering a  belonging to their neighborhood and community.
  • Independence – Providing individuals with opportunities to develop skills that lessen their dependence.
  • IndividualizationIncreasing esteem by offering personalized choices and providing services in terms of the individual’s unique and valued abilities.
  • ProductivityProviding the participant with opportunities to make an increasingly meaningful contribution to his/her environment.

Individuals served by CHOICES 2 have the following rights:

Choice: The right to make choices according to a person’s personal preference is an important part of the day services With Out Walls person-centered approach.

Quality Care: Individuals in our program are treated with respect and dignity.

RESOURCE LINKS:

      • IHDD – Institute on Human Development and Disability
      • CATEA – Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access
      • Community Inclusion – Institute for Community Inclusion

“It matters not what a person is born, but who they chose to be.” — J.K. Rowlings

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