Programs designated as the gateway to access a community-wide, coordinated network of organizations that provide an assessment of the needs of people with developmental disabilities and their families who are seeking assistance and refer them to local organizations that provide the services and supports they need. Most such programs have current information about the specific services that are available, referral and waiting list management procedures, enrollment/admission decision criteria as well as hours, fees, language capacity and other factors that may be important.
Community-based programs that provide long-term personal and social development opportunities within a structured environment for individuals with developmental disabilities who are unable to function independently in social, recreational or employment settings. Services are available on an hourly or daily basis and may include daily living skills instruction, basic education, recreational and social activities, exercises to improve coordination and other forms of developmental support which help participants develop and maintain the functional skills that are required for community involvement, self-advocacy, self-care and employment, if possible.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.