Chartiers’ IDD Program Exploring New Adventures
Recently the IDD Program, located in Dormont, has been very busy integrating community opportunities and exploring their creative side. Below are pictures from the Memorial Day picnic. Each of the games were adapted by the staff and the individuals helped with the finished products. Who wouldn’t want a chance to play Jenga with 12 pack pop boxes, or play Kerplunk and mini-golf. The smiles tell the story!
Pinewood Derby With Friends from the Boy Scouts
Yes You Can Dance
The group, Yes You Can Dance, paid a visit to the program and everyone took their turn on the dance floor!
Adult Training Facility
This center is located in Dormont and supports programs for adults with intellectual disabilities. The upstairs program is work orientation program that provides work skills training for on-site contract work and supported employment in the community. The emphasis is job readiness and employment skills. An employment coach is available to provide assistance with community placements.
The downstairs program serves seniors and others with physical limitations or medical needs. The program explores leisure time activities. Both programs support individual’s safety and wellness goals, and provide opportunities for socialization, daily living skills and recreation activities.
Every week new theme based activities are incorporated into the program that includes:
- Artistic Expression
- Cooking Classes
- Therapy Dogs
- Exercise Groups and Yoga
- Shoebox Learning Concepts – Introducing the “shoebox learning concept” a new client centered approach which will enable each client to further achieve their own individual goals with greater success.
- iPad Technology – using mainstream technology to enhance daily programming that will connect clients to the community they live in and allow them to share in the world of multi-media learning.
Chartiers’ Lifesharing Program is a residential alternative for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who want to live with host families in Allegheny County. The families help the individuals manage their daily living needs, work schedules and social activities. The program also provides respite care and a monthly stipend for the families.
The photo on the left was taken at the Lifesharing Information Fair in October. Pictured are Ruthann Holzapfel (Lifesharing provider), and Micky Cogley, Chartiers’ staff, and the two women who now life with Ruthann. Ruthann is holding her certificate of participation and Micky is holding the certificate that was awarded to Ruth and Bill Holzapfel who recently retired from the program. On behalf of Chartiers Center and the Lifesharing Coalition our sincere thanks to Ruth and Bill and to Ruthann for carrying on a family tradition of love and support.
Chartiers Center’s IDD Program has streamlined our referral process and the intake packet. For ISC’s looking to make referrals, please complete the new 1 page referral form. IDD Referral Form
If you have questions related to the program and/or the referrals process please call or email:
Multi- Support Specialist
412 221-3302 ext.187