Seven Counties believes that everyone, regardless of how severe their developmental or intellectual disability may be, has the right to live independently, with supports. From birth – our First Steps program – to senior years, our Developmental Services’ staff can help families create a great home environment for a child with disabilities or help someone move to an apartment or small group home. The days of institutional living are, thankfully, over!
If you have a child born prematurely or with developmental delays or disabilities, please call 459-0225 or 1-800-442-0087 and talk to one of our First Steps’ staff about an assessment so your child can receive the services he or she needs in order to get the best start in life.
If you have a sibling or child over age 3 with developmental or intellectual disabilities, please call 459-5292 or 1-800-459-5292 to learn about programs that can help, including state programs such as Supports for Community Living and the Michelle P. Waiver program.
Brett, who has intellectual issues, was also seriously mentally ill, and physically and verbally aggressive. He ‘escaped’ by role playing for hours or even days at a time. He could and did go days without speaking to anyone, and would deliberately choose items of special significance to his mom and threaten to keep them from her or break them.
With appropriate supports and services, Brett has been free from negative behaviors for more than 4 months now.He surprised his case manager in October by interviewing for a job by himself, and was hired and completed his week-long orientation by himself, as well.