Community Participation Supports provide opportunities for people to integrate themselves into their community while also providing opportunities for site-based activities. Community experiences allow people to explore their community and possibilities for employment. They also encourage social readiness and skill development, while growing one’s independence and confidence. Through both community-based and site-based supports, individuals learn to self-advocate and take responsibility of oneself while being provided choice and control.
Community-based supports help people with intellectual or developmental disabilities become connected with their community. The goal of this program, also known as Independent U, is to give participants the tools they need to gain personal and professional independence through volunteer work. Participants explore various locations based on their skills, interests and needs. With the help of support staff, participants make contacts throughout Lancaster County, set up daily volunteer schedules, work toward desired outcomes, and build interpersonal skills.
We understand that not everyone is ready for employment and not everyone wants to spend the majority of their time in the community. Site-based supports are individualized, flexible and tailored to fit specific participant needs. Individuals learn about themselves and the world around them through structured and enriching opportunities in the community and the facility.
If you have a question and would like to speak with someone at Excentia, please direct your inquiry to one of our Program Champions. Our Program Champions can be reached by phone during their office hours or you can send them an email.
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