This program of supports is designed to enable an individual to enrich his or her life and enjoy a full range of community engagement by providing opportunities for developing, enhancing, and maintaining competency in personal, social, and community activities.
It is delivered in a manner that is individualized, and focuses on enabling the individual to attain or maintain their maximum potential. The curriculum provides daily structure in a non-residential, supported setting, and is coordinated with any needed therapies, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech therapy.
The intention is that all individuals should have the opportunity to explore their potential, and achieve rewarding, successful lives in their communities.
Guiding principles of the program include:
- Intellectual Functioning
- Physical & Emotional Health and Development
- Language & Communication Development
- Cognitive Functioning
- Socialization and Community integration
- Functional Skill Development
- Responsibility and Self-Direction
- Daily Living
- Self-Advocacy Skills
Day Habilitation offers opportunities for individuals to explore and engage in meaningful and purposeful activities based on individual preferences. Opportunities are based on concepts like maximum time in the community, individual goals and preferences, adult appropriate activities, among others.
Activities should promote the full integration and inclusion of individuals into their communities through positive community contributions and relationship development.
Specific Day Habilitation activities may vary by the day and according to the individual, but daily activities may emphasize:
- Community Integration & Inclusion
- Health & Wellness
- Networking/Community Mapping
- Behavior Management
- Cultural Activities
- Job Readiness
- Safety Awareness