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Mobility of Persons with Developmental Disabilities - Class of 2005-06 LDA Collaborative Project Presentation


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A project to improve the mobility of persons with disabilities in Rock County, Wisconsin.

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Mobility of Persons with Developmental Disabilities - Class of 2005-06 LDA Collaborative Project Presentation

  1. 1. Mobility of Persons with Developmental Disabilities May 5, 2006 Paul Carney, Leo Carrillo, Dave Holterman, Kerri Parker, Jeannie Randles and Mary Wendel
  2. 2. Rock County statistics  Approximately 2-3% of the general population of Rock County are people with developmental disabilities (i.e. mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, brain injury, etc), or approximately 2,800 people.  The large majority do not require institutional care, and in fact, are able to function and live comparatively independently. (8% of KANDU client workers live independently.)  Services – such as development and training – have been considered instrumental in maintaining these levels of independence.  People with disabilities have just as much desire to be active citizens as anyone else.  People with disabilities deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.
  3. 3. Rock County statistics  Rock County contracts with 84 agencies providing services to persons with disabilities:  Janesville Schools  Riverfront Inc.  YWCA  ECHO  KANDU Industries, Inc.
  4. 4. Case Study: KANDU Industries, Inc.  KANDU provides serves to 195 persons with barriers to employment. 50% of clients live in Janesville, 27% in Beloit and the remaining in rural areas.  Ages range from 18-84 with most between the ages of 30-50, 34% live at home, 66% live in other settings (29% in group homes, 17% in foster homes, 8% residential facility, 6% supervised apartment and 6% independent).  KANDU transports 61% (122) of its clients.
  5. 5. Without your car how would you …  Get to work?  Go to a movie?  Buy groceries?  Get to see your doctor?  Have come to this meeting today?
  6. 6. Times are changing  The Past  Funding has provided door-step to door-step transportation for workers at KANDU.  The Present  Budgets are shrinking. Services provided need to be evaluated.  The problem is: Either / Or – providing transportation limits the opportunity to provide services to additional persons.
  7. 7. This need is not an isolated problem.  There are122 KANDU workers that are in jeopardy of potentially losing their mode of transportation to and from work/home.  These persons with disabilities  Are geographically dispersed through out Rock County  Lack some of the transportation options we take for granted
  8. 8. Our Goal:  Create a training program to aid persons with disabilities gain independence  Provide resources to implement program (both financial and volunteer)  Identify candidates and test program  Evaluate the training’s effectiveness and adapt changes  Open the training to all eligible candidates
  9. 9. Step 1: Create a Training Program  Create a classroom style educational program  Computer program  Instructional flash cards  Create a hands-on, real-world simulation  Borrowed bus  Sample trip
  10. 10. Step 2: Acquire Resources  Financial  Receipt of Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc. Grant for $2,000.00  KANDU has purchased training tools (Attainment Co)  City of Janesville will provide buses and a trainer to discuss bus routes, transfers, etc.  Volunteer  Curriculum creation  Curriculum implementation  Classroom training staff  Real-World training staff
  11. 11. Step 3: Selection criteria  Candidates:  Living within the city limits where transportation is available and homes that do not provide a mode of transportation  Demonstrating the goal of greater independence  Skill sets:  Multi-step directions  Little or no need for supervision  Demonstrates appropriate behavior  Ability to detect risky situations  Guardians:  Wanting to help client- workers gain independence  Willing to authorize entrance into the training program
  12. 12. Step 4: Selection process  Narrow down candidates eligible to training group  Provide informational meetings to guardians or care providers to gain authorization  Provide classroom and real world training
  13. 13. Step 5: Test Program  Provide classroom training  Test for knowledge to know they are equipped with the necessary skills  Provide real-world training  Give candidates a chance to use their training in a controlled environment that will mock real life situations in the community  Evaluation  What worked?  What can be done better?
  14. 14. How will we know if we have been successful?  Persons with disabilities will gain additional transportation options before budget cuts negatively impact lives  Persons with disabilities will gain greater independence and the quality of their lives will improve  KANDU will be able to provide additional work opportunities with the reallocated transportation money
  15. 15. Summary  Community need  Plan to address need  Outcome  Future opportunities  Thank you