Outreach Specialists assist each participating family in identifying needs and preferences for services such as health care support, education, housing, transportation, budgeting, literacy skills development, employment training and job referral services and then develops a customized individualized family support plan (IFSP). We also identify and address circumstances in the home and family environment that may impact the individual and family stability. This includes providing parenting skills training and working to ensure families can stay together.
Examples of Family Outreach Support include:
- Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) to develop goals for 12 months. Supervisory visits follow up and track your progress on the goals.
- Food, grocery shopping, nutrition advice and cooking assistance.
- Transportation to medical appointments, school appointments, and other social service appointments. We also provide training on how to use MARTA.
- Health and medical monitoring – we have a nurse that will monitor medications, medical orders and prescriptions, and ongoing health issues like hypertension and diabetes.
- Attending IEP meetings, school conferences, meetings with teachers, and other school-related events.
- Housing – locating and relocating, securing housing, furniture and cleaning supplies. Locating vouchers and financial assistance from other agencies.
Workshops and Support Groups
Many of our participants attend regular groups to enhance skills and experience community integration and socialization. Groups include:
- WAVE – Women Against Violence and Exploitation is a support group for women with developmental disabilities that have experienced sexual violence in their lives. Meets monthly.
- Men’s Group – Young adults with developmental disabilities learning to become men, health and wellness, recreation and behavioral health. Meets monthly.
- Parenting Group – Adults with developmental disabilities that are parenting children and want to improve their skills. Meets monthly.
- Health and Wellness – Adults with developmental disabilities gather together for recreational games and activities, recreational hikes, trips to area parks and nature preserves and health classes.