Mission: The mission of ighl is: - to provide programs, services and support for people with intellectual disabilities so they can realize their full potential as human beings and contributing members of their community. - in concert with the state of new york, community leaders and the families of those we serve, continue to develop innovative and accommodating programs, services and supports to promote the personal growth of the people we serve. - to seek progressive legislation and sufficient funding in order to provide the highest quality of care, and in turn to protect the right of our constituents and their families to access appropriate care. - to focus on its position as a leader in the field develop strategies to have a positive influence on the future of services for people with intellectual disabilities.
Programs: Respite care - icf recognizing that the responsibility of caring for a intellectually disabled child at home can sometimes be overwhelming, ighl has instituted a family support services program. Recreation programs the ighl recreation program gives parents needed respite from the stress associated with the constant care of children who are intellectually disabled, confident that their loved ones are engaged in meaningful activities designed to foster independent living and nurture developmental skills. Training and support training and support sessions provide parents and relatives with strength and support to help them deal with the responsibility of caring for and living with a person who is intellectually disabled. Meeting in group sessions, they gain a greater understanding of the problems and find solutions. Respite care parents of a child who is intellectually disabled may request the services of the ighl respite care providers program. Experienced supervision is provided by trained respite care providers who stay at the parents' home. This at home care allows parents peace of mind, confident that their child is being cared for by knowledgeable and responsible professionals. Parents who find it necessary to leave their child for an extended period of time are encouraged to consider one of the ighl respite houses. Staffed by trained ighl direct care counselors, the respite houses offer expert care and supervision in a homelike environment for periods ranging from 24 hours to two weeks. Service coordination service coordination is available to persons with intellectual disabilities living in the community. A team of service coordinators act as advocates for individuals who are developmentally disabled living at home with their families or at a home operated by ighl or another service provider. They work to obtain a full range of services to meet the consumer's goals and needs and coordinate a program that provides the greatest opportunity for independent living.
residential programs community based residences are neighborhood homes that allow people with developmental disabilities to experience the security and comfort of a homelike environment, while receiving the specialized care they require. Each residence is home to between 3 and 12 men and women and a staff of trained professionals. It is the common goal of each home to incorporate chores and skills necessary for independent living into the daily lives of each person. Responsibility, self-discipline and cooperation are stressed at the homes. Each person is urged to contribute to the completion of day-to-day household chores, working alongside their housemates and members of the staff. Self-esteem is further developed as every resident is encouraged to care for his or her own grooming and household chores. In specially constructed homes for nonambulatory individuals, every feature is designed to provide maximum mobility and safety. Designed to exceed strict federal guidelines, these homes are unique structures for people with unique challenges. Many people require special care and the ighl staff is especially concerned that their needs - both physical and emotional - are met. The ambitious goals of ighl's residential programs are to encourage growth toward living more independent lives while providing a genuine sense of belonging; and, most importantly, to continually nurture each person's physical, psychological and emotional growth.
ighl's opportunity center is a unique facility located in manorville that operates ighl's nys options for people through services program. This program blends day service opportunities, such as day habilitation, prevocational services, supportive employments, and center-based activities, in order to provide developmentally disabled individuals with the greatest flexibility in choosing their care. The opts program replaced the day treatment program family support grants. Day care-provided funds to perform services and operate treatment programs for the transportation of clients and residents from group homes to treatment centers and hospitals.