Aspire<br />An Organization Profile<br />By Devin N Haley<br />
History<br /><ul><li>Aspire was founded in 1960 and is recognize throughout Illinois as a Leader in innovative approaches to serving people with developmental disabilities.
Aspire helps children and adults with disabilities such as autism, asperser's syndrome, cerebral palsy, chromosome disorder, down syndrome and mental retardation.
Aspire has a team of 400 staff that provides high quality personalized services to more than 1,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Aspire is accredited by the Commission on Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and licensed by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Illinois Department of Labor and Illinois Department of Public Health. </li></li></ul><li> Structure<br /><ul><li>Aspire has 21 program and residential sites serving 50 Chicago land communities.
Aspire have female group homes, male group homes, facilities for children.
Aspire offers neighborhood- based services. Our homes programs blend into the community, giving our participants the chance to enjoy the fullness of neighborhood life. </li></li></ul><li>Aspire Advantage for Children<br />- Aspire Children’s Services uses a comprehensive approach to respond to the needs of each child and their family. We offer a range of additional services to complement physical, occupational, speech and developmental therapy, its called the Aspire advantage. There are other additional plans that are used: Health and Nutrition Support, Hearing, orthopedic and vision clinics, Lite gait (partial weight bearing) therapy, Sensory integration therapy, Therapeutic Listening, Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Feeding Therapy, etc.<br />
Developmental Training for adults<br />- Aspire’sLife Skills Training (developmental training) is a day program that encourages adults to pursue activities that they find interesting, meaningful and enriching. Our day programs are centered at our State-of-the-Art LittCenter.<br /><ul><li>Employment Options, We offer a choice of opportunities to meet the needs of adults with varying abilities, vocational skills and workplace experience. Through our services, we encourage people with disabilities to imagine their dream job and succeed. Employment Options include: Community Employment Services, Aspire Industries and Aspire’s Connections Center.</li></li></ul><li>
The Planning, Implementing and strategies<br /><ul><li>The leadership start planning by taking a trip to Springfield so they could be informed exactly how much was the state cutting for cost, who was affect (organizations) and how can they make changes/alternatives to help these organizations function through the budget cuts.</li></ul>- The managers and supervisors of Aspire had to have monthly and quarterly meetings about the change in their individual facilities, who was going to get laid off if anyone had to be cut from the workforce.<br />
Evaluation of the Change<br /><ul><li>Aspire informed heir employees ahead of time but some still choose to get other jobs so they wouldn’t get laid off if it was to happen.
Other employees are still there waiting to see how their positions would pan out in the change
More of the other employees got another job and made Aspire their second job to supplement their income.</li></li></ul><li>References<br />www.aspireofillinois.gov<br />Marlon Thomas – Aspire’stransportation Department<br />
Reflection<br />- Aspire is still going through this process and It is very serious for other organizations as well but they will need more strong leadership to deal with this change because the “leadership” they have now needs more help in making changes for the better. <br />