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Autism & Intellectual Disabilities Services for Adults


This brochure was part of a rebranding effort I led at Bancroft. Each program was assigned a dominant color from our logo and the subtle thumbprint was used to symbolize each individual’s unique care …

This brochure was part of a rebranding effort I led at Bancroft. Each program was assigned a dominant color from our logo and the subtle thumbprint was used to symbolize each individual’s unique care plan.

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  • 1. Autism and Intellectual Disabilities Services for Adults Innovative programs that help people fulfill their potential Community & Campus Living Employment & Day Programs In-Home & Respite Services Walker Center Parenting Program Flicker Program for Older Adults
  • 2. Empowering adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead fulfilling lives At Bancroft, we recognize that people’s needs change as they age. That’s why – for more than 30 years – we’ve offered a continuum of programs to address the unique needs of adults with autism and other intellectual or developmental disabilities as they transition from one stage of life to another. Our extensive array of high-quality programs, sites and settings empowers adults with disabilities to lead rich and fulfilling lives. Customized programs that meet each person’s needs Bancroft offers a variety of residential options in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware to enable adults with disabilities to enjoy as much independence and community involvement as possible. These include group homes and apartments in the community, and apartments on our campuses. Settings vary from well-kept suburban neighborhoods to scenic rural environments. We firmly believe that people with disabilities should be fully included in their communities, as a basic human right. Bancroft supports the people we serve in every imaginable activity in the greater community – from grocery shopping to going to the gym; movies to museums; restaurants to sports events; library visits to spiritual opportunities. We actively promote community involvement and community employment as important activities for building self-esteem. Our enriching day programs include extensive vocational training, job support and meaningful volunteer activities. We work with more than 60 employers in the community – from national corporations to local firms – to train and employ the adults we support. We also provide work opportunities through Bancroft Enterprises – a collection of Bancroftoperated businesses, such as a fullservice copy center, pet-food bakery and landscaping service. “ I consider my son so lucky to have Bancroft as a part of his life and I’m thrilled with the achievements he’s made. I don’t know what our lives would have been like without Bancroft. I can’t thank you enough! – Henrietta S. ” We also provide: • • • In-home and respite services, for people who live in their own home or with their family A parenting program for parents with intellectual disabilities A program for older adults, to meet the unique needs of senior citizens with intellectual disabilities In keeping with Bancroft’s mission, we are committed to encouraging an active, engaged lifestyle for every person we support – so they can achieve their life goals as valued and respected members of our world.
  • 3. Community Living Options Residential support for engaged lives at all levels Bancroft operates more than 100 group homes and apartments in neighborhoods throughout southern and central New Jersey, suburban Philadelphia (Pa.), and northern Delaware. We go beyond simple community integration. Our goal is community inclusion. We recognize that the people we support want the same things as everyone else: not just to live in the community, but to participate in the community. At Bancroft, we make that happen. We help people achieve this goal by: •  eaching them daily personalT hygiene, grooming, cooking and cleaning skills •  upporting their shopping, S banking and participation in other routine community activities •  roviding trips to parks, beaches, P cultural sites, entertainment and sports events, and other recreational activities •  ffering continuing-education O opportunities, including adulteducation classes – from cooking to exercise to crafts •  nhancing social skills through E interactions with peers and others in the community “ Ari has made remarkable progress at Bancroft. He feels really good about who he is and where he is. ” – Randee Rubenstein, mother of Ari Bancroft’s homes are safe, pleasant, and supportive. Staff members assist people as needed to prepare nutritious meals, and they provide transportation to daily activities. Nurse case managers coordinate each person’s medical care, and staff members administer medications to people who are unable to do so independently, as directed by health professionals. Each person is encouraged to participate in the home and community to the fullest extent possible. Families are welcome members of the “circle of support” that supports each person’s individualized plan. Adults are given ample opportunities to engage in self-advocacy through Bancroft and outside groups.
  • 4. High-quality support, unparalleled clinical expertise Bancroft’s residential staff provides expert support, customized to meet each person’s unique needs. We bring together experienced clinicians to help people reach their full potential, including specialists in: • • • • • • Residential training and support Applied behavior analysis (ABA) Nurse case management Psychiatry Vocational training and employment Behavioral planning The clinical team – along with the person and his or her preferred circle of support – creates a treatment plan that targets specific goals for learning and skill development. All support services are based on best practices, including ABA, and each person’s progress is tracked and measured. In addition, our residential staff works with the person’s vocational/day staff to reinforce concepts at home and in the workplace or day program.
  • 5. Campus Living Options Extra support in appealing settings For people who require increased levels of support, Bancroft offers comfortable, attractive homes in campus settings. These programs take a comprehensive and integrated approach, and focus on pragmatic, cognitive, physical and psychosocial concerns, while managing the unique medical needs of each person. The objective is for all individuals to achieve the skills they need to move to an integrated community setting. Residences offer 24-hour continuous staff supervision as well as a wide range of rehabilitation programs including opportunities for integrated social, recreational, and spiritual activities. In addition, a full complement of day and When I first came to Bancroft, vocational programs is available. I couldn’t do a lot of things Bancroft coordinates treatment to develop for myself. Now I cook my person-driven, customized assistance and own meals and make a lot training for self-sufficiency in: of my own decisions, with • Health management minimal staff assistance. • Social and recreational activities • Vocational and supported – Bonnie D., who initially lived on employment a Bancroft campus and now lives • Spiritual opportunities in the community • Personal care • Cooking and grocery shopping • Money management and budgeting • Transportation “ ” Bancroft’s New Jersey campuses are located near Mullica Hill (spanning Gloucester and Salem counties), and in Brick (Ocean County). Opened in 1973, The Bancroft Lakeside Campus at Mullica Hill is newly reconstructed with state-of-the-art homes, a new vocational building, and a pedestrian-friendly outdoor environment that encourages socialization. The Bancroft Campus at Brick features comfortable townhomes and a spacious common room for shared events and activities. It’s also short distance from the scenic Jersey Shore recreation area.
  • 6. Community Employment and Day Programs Enriching lives through work, education and volunteerism At Bancroft, experienced job coaches and employment specialists help people with autism and other intellectual or developmental disabilities develop the practical skills necessary to become more independent and secure meaningful work, whether through jobs in the community, structured day programs or local volunteer opportunities. We carefully assess each person’s abilities and interests – as part of his or her treatment plan – to help identify the most appropriate vocational match for the person’s talents. Bancroft partners with a wide range of employers in the community – from supermarkets to hotels, clothing stores to childcare centers, warehouse operators to law firms – to provide jobs and training for the adults we support. “ The people we’ve hired get an opportunity to work in real-world situations and they have thrived. ” – Pat Hawco, Service Operations Manager, Acme Markets – Voorhees (N.J.) In addition, we operate our own small businesses – under the umbrella Bancroft Enterprises – to provide training and work opportunities. These businesses sell an array of products and services to the public in a supervised setting. For instance, we operate Bancroft Office Support Services (BOSS), a nonprofit printing and copying business that employs about 20 adults supported by Bancroft. For those not yet ready for employment, Bancroft’s structured day programs facilitate independence through functional, meaningful and therapeutic learning activities, which emphasize community involvement and inclusion. For those who progress beyond our day programs, but who need further skills before attaining jobs in the community, our Transitional Employment Programs bridge the gap. Whether a person with disabilities works, volunteers, or takes part in our structured day programs, these opportunities are critical in boosting their selfesteem and creating a sense of accomplishment. Bancroft has helped hundreds of people identify and participate in such worthwhile activities.
  • 7. In-Home and Respite Services Independence with a helping hand For many people with disabilities, engaged, independent living requires some level of support – whether through daily assistance or occasional guidance. Our in-home program – called Bancroft at Home – answers the need for quality care that integrates a social component. The program links people to fulfilling opportunities for interaction in their own home, their family’s home, and/or in the community through the following services: • Behavioral support and education • nstruction in daily living skills, personal I care and money management •  ocial skills programs S •  ransportation and publicT transportation instruction •  ssistance with medical appointments, A grocery shopping and errands • Home maintenance •  xercise companionship and therapeuE tic recreational activities • Mentoring • Family education and supports • In-home clinical assessments “ As part of this flexible program, Bancroft’s experienced staff works closely with each family to establish specific goals tailored to the unique needs of the person and family. Bancroft at Home also provides respite services: short-term support during, for instance, a guardian’s vacation or illness. And we offer regularly scheduled assistance, such as weekly grocery-shopping trips, monthly outings, and periodic check-ins. Bancroft at Home helps my son Scott with doctors’ appointments, social activities, paying his bills – everything he needs to live a good, independent life. With in-home supports, Scott is in control; he has a sense of pride and accomplishment. ” – Matt Dillon, father of Scott
  • 8. One-on-one guidance for interactive skills and friendships Building and maintaining friendships is an important life skill, but it can be particularly challenging for people with intellectual disabilities. We provide oneon-one coaching to help people cultivate appropriate friendships and beneficial community connections. “ Our focus is on building skills while creating relationships in the community. We strive to increase people’s independence, health and overall enjoyment. – Karen Reiss, Bancroft at Home can also pair dedicated Director of Bancroft at Home mentors with people who are ready to take on a big life challenge – whether a trip, a college course, or a marathon. Like a life coach, the mentor guides and supports the person each step of the way, to turn that dream into reality. In addition, our skilled therapists can conduct in-home assessments of any behavioral difficulties as they emerge, rather than waiting to address them once they become more problematic. This direct observation enables us to create a finely tuned treatment plan to address aggression, self-injury or other challenging behaviors. Designed for people who do not already participate in a residential program, Bancroft at Home can be funded privately or through public assistance. ”
  • 9. Walker Center Parenting Program Strengthening essential parenting skills Parenting is a challenge for all moms and dads. But parents with autism and other intellectual or developmental disabilities often face unique obstacles to caring for their children. Bancroft’s parenting program helps parents with such challenges build the skills necessary to successfully raise their children and keep their family together. At the same time, the program provides a full range of residential assistance and medical, educational, psychological and employment support services, to ensure parents with disabilities achieve their full potential. In addition, this innovative program helps children understand and accept the reality of their family situation, so they too can achieve fulfilling lives. The program is provided through The Walker Center at Bancroft in suburban Philadelphia. Providing supportive environments for living and learning, work and play Parenting-program participants live in either Bancroft-operated apartment in the community, or in their own homes. They receive instruction and support from our specially trained aides, who understand their full range of challenges. Our support services include: •  elp finding a safe, comfortable H place to live • Job coaching • Assistance with budgeting skills • Nutrition counseling Bancroft also connects parents with vital community resources, including the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs (ODP). Instruction areas include: • Parenting skills • Child development • Discipline strategies • First aid • Child CPR “ Our goal is to provide supports to parents with intellectual disabilities so they can live with their children in a safe, healthy residential setting. ” – Virgia Lemon, Program Manager, Walker Center Parenting Program We help parents register their children in early childhood education and daycare programs, navigate the educational system, and choose age-appropriate toys and books for their children from Bancroft’s lending library Our staff schedules counseling, meetings and other supports at times that do not conflict with parents’ work schedules or day programs. We also encourage participation by the parent’s extended family and friends in family-centered activities, whenever possible. The Walker Center at Bancroft is named for its founder, Mabel Stuart Walker.
  • 10. Flicker Program for Older Adults A unique residential and day program Bancroft’s Flicker Program provides a superior quality of life for people ages 50-plus with intellectual or developmental disabilities, as well as autism and acquired brain injuries, in an attractive, safe and welcoming environment. Located in Voorhees, N.J., the program features six group homes surrounding a spacious central courtyard, and linked by a sunny indoor walkway. Amenities include an indoor swimming pool, therapy room, and a separate wing for daytime activities. Celebrating wellness, recreation and socialization A top priority of the Flicker Program is the wellness of the seniors it supports. Nurse case managers closely monitor the health needs of each individual to ensure they receive the care they need, and our staff receives specialized training on serving the unique needs of an aging population. Additionally, occupational, physical and speech therapies are conveniently provided on-site by a team of experienced consulting therapists. For seniors who are interested in participating in social and recreational activities, the Flicker Program offers a variety of engaging things to do, ranging from visits with family and friends to special guest performances by local artists, to a wide range of outings in the community. An interdisciplinary team of experts develops annual goals for each senior in the Flicker Program to maximize mobility, emotional stability and overall quality of daily life. In keeping with the philosophy of lifelong learning, the acquisition of new skills is also encouraged to ensure each person is leading a fulfilling life. The Flicker Program is named for the late Judith Flicker, a longtime Bancroft supporter.
  • 11. Bancroft Programs Brain Injury Rehabilitation Programs Special Education Programs and Services Neuropsychological Assessment Early Intervention Home & Community Cognitive Rehabilitation Medically Fragile Day Programs & Outpatient Therapies Elementary / Middle School Daycare Preschool / Early Education High School / Vocational Residential Rehabilitation Post-Secondary Preparation & Transition Veterans’ Services Community College Severe Behavior Disorders Contracted Services for School Districts Autism and Intellectual Disabilities Services Children Pediatric Residential Continuum Adults Community & Campus Living Lindens Behavioral Stabilization Program In-Home & Respite Services Employment & Day Programs Walker Center Parenting Program Flicker Program for Older Adults Our Mission Bancroft’s mission is to ensure that every person is given opportunities for lifelong learning and fulfillment. We do this by altering perceptions, and by supporting those with intellectual and developmental challenges and acquired brain injuries in achieving their life goals as valued and respected members of our world. Founded by Margaret Bancroft in 1883, Bancroft is a leading nonprofit service provider. For more information about Bancroft programs, please contact us. Call: 1-800-774-5516 TTY: (856) 428-2697 Email: Visit: Bancroft, a New Jersey Non-Profit Corporation, admits children and adults of any race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin to all programs, activities, rights and privileges generally provided to people served by the organization. © 2012 Bancroft | All rights reserved