as a Service Provider
The main focus of the Day Program is on enhancing the self-esteem of participants as well as their communication and socialization skills. Another goal of these programs is to enhance the vocational skills of participants by instilling basic concepts of work and responsibility. The aim here is to assist participants in moving towards independence and self-sufficiency by fostering those skills and experiences, which may eventually assist participants in obtaining and maintaining paid employment in the community. To this end, EDS has put in place schedules, routines, and practices which reflect a work-like environment. The crucial point to remember is that EDS is a service provider for participants in the Day Program and not an employer that the participants involved in these areas are not involved in paid employment.
as an Employer
EDS has become involved in a number of ventures, which provide revenues for EDS that can be used for the provision of services. These ventures have also created a number of job opportunities for EDS participants. For each of these ventures, EDS has designated a certain number of positions and are paid competitive salaries and benefits. The following are examples of such ventures: SARCAN, SWEEP, and contract work for other agencies or companies.
The Day Program
The Day Program is designed for individuals who have limited motor and sensory development. Programming stresses daily living skills, communication, computer programs, healthy living and socialization rather than vocational skills. However, some activities may be of a vocational nature. There is a pre-employment aspect to the Day Program as it is a first introduction to a structured work environment. We work on computer skills, time management and hygiene. Productive aspects are secondary to the primary goal of developing sufficient social competence to maximize an individual’s potential in the community.
The Resource Center provides continued education for our participants. Each individual has a personalized plan that is used to promote essential skills learning for a more independent lifestyle. Programming emphasizes literacy, computer skills, numeracy and various other daily living skills to support our participants in this ever changing technological world.
The Vocational Center involves the manufacture and sale of goods and services to the public. Here individuals are provided training in a more production oriented setting and they become more familiar with the responsibilities of a job. We provide the basic concepts of work and responsibility, with the plan that these skills may aid in the transition towards greater independence. The aim is to provide work experience which may be transferable to other settings.
Supported Employment Services
Supported Employment Services provide employment for individuals, off site from EDS facilities, but with adequate support to enable clients to handle the job and the independence it brings. With supports we believe that our clients are able to handle the challenges and benefits of paid employment. Participants in this program may earn minimum wage or more.
Group Homes are family-style homes which provide care, supervision, and some training for adults with intellectual disabilities. The Group Homes provide up to 24 hours staffing. The program focuses on attitudes, respect relationships, hygiene, nutrition and cooking programs. The program also focuses on empowering participants to participate more fully in community life, i.e. churches, restaurants, and the use of leisure facilities.
The Supportive Apartment Program provides individuals with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to become more integrated members of society, and at the same time promotes positive community attitudes regarding the personís capability and right to live independently. Staff provides support to the participants in this program. The program shall be administered in such a way as to enhance the self-dignity and self-sufficiency of the participants.
Independent Living Program
The Supportive Independent Living Program is the final program on the continuum of supported residential programs. SILP provides individuals with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to become more integrated members of society, and at the same time promotes positive community attitudes regarding the personís capability and right to live independently. SILP provides staff support to clients who live in and maintain their own apartments. The program shall be administered in such a way as to enhance the self-dignity and self-sufficiency of the participants. The program focuses on encouraging our clients to participate more fully in community life, i.e. churches, restaurants, and the use of leisure facilities. The program focuses on nutrition, cooking programs, budgeting, attitudes, relationships and hygiene depending on the needs of the individual.