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Developmental & Disability Services of Lebanon Valley, Inc.

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Causes: Birth Defects & Genetic Diseases, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Education, Health, Human Services, Job Training, Special Education, Vocational Rehabilitation

Mission: DDS...transforming lives through the power of independence.  The mission of Developmental & Disability Services of Lebanon Valley is to empower children with developmental delays and persons with disabilities to lead more productive, satisfying and/or independent lives. We believe that through greater independence, individuals are able to experience a higher quality of life.  We strive to maximize an individual�s independence by providing training and education services.  Many of these services are vital for children.  DDS equally recognizes the importance of inclusion and socialization to create an environment in which people feel accepted for who they are.  By a greater sense of self, individuals are more confident and independent. Through DDS programs and services, individual�s lives are transformed through greater independence�we call this the power of independence.

Target demographics: Adults Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.) Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified Mentally/Emotionally Disabled Physically Disabled nec

Direct beneficiaries per year: 350

Geographic areas served: Pennsylvania Lebanon County

Programs: Adult services job coaching - provides training to employees on the job site, as opposed to traditional facility based training. Individuals acquire, learn, and maintain community based employment. Habilitation services - provides one to one training to assist an individual in learning skills to function more independently in the community. Skills such as grocery shopping, cooking, laundry and banking are taught. Adult services (continued) companion services- provides one to one non-medical care, socialization and support for individuals with an intellectual disability. Brave art - offers classes for individuals to use art to express themselves and celebrate the creativity of all. Artwork produced is displayed at various community events.

child services special instruction - provides infants and toddler assistance in developing cognitive, physical and social-emotional skills necessary for the child to communicate their needs and wants and to interact with their family and peers. Physical therapy - instructs the family on how to carry, position, and play with their child and educates the family in gross motor development and expectations for each developmental stage. Child services (continued) speech therapy- provides speech and language therapy for children under the age of three. Occupational therapy- assists children to learn to use their hands for specific tasks, such as dressing, playing with a toy, or and eating recreational programs. - provides specialized recreational opportunities including bowling, soccer, and an autism social skills class. Summer stars day camp - provides summer day camp experiences for children ages 4-21.

advocacy services medical equipment exchange - collect and distribute donated medical equipment to those in need. Elks home service nurse - provides advocacy and in home medical case management services

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