Adult Day Training Program (ADTP)
The Adult Day Training Program operates at the South East Ascension Complex Boulevard location and offers individual supported employment, group employment, and day habilitation to participants of The Arc of East Ascension.
Individual Supported Employment
The Arc of East Ascension is proud to be a part of the Employment First Initiative supported by the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD). The OCDD position statement on Employment First Initiative states:
Employment will be the primary outcome for all persons receiving OCDD services who are of working age. Employment is characterized by typical jobs with competitive compensation that are fully integrated into the workforce.
The Arc of East Ascension proudly assists individuals to obtain employment in the community. The process is person-centered and may take a little time to achieve. However, it is important to help each individual to realize his/her contributions as well as interests in the community at the pace he/she chooses. Our relationships with community businesses are vital to each person’s progress and success in their jobs.
Many of our customers (and families) prefer to start out with group employment. Individuals go out in groups of 4-8 along with staff to conduct jobs in the community. Currently, our groups are providing janitorial services at a local business, governmental sites, and churches.
Group employment is a comfortable approach to community employment. Individuals can earn money while working alongside their friends and have supervision from staff. This opportunity prepares workers in basic work skills and attitudes, including job responsibilities, safety, attendance, punctuality, and work ethics. Once an individual indicates that he or she is interested in an individual job, The Arc of East Ascension provides assistance to obtain full or part-time positions in the local business arena.
Sometimes people are not interested in work. They desire to visit their friends and have opportunities for social activities during their day. The day habilitation allows individuals the opportunity to learn and maintain various life and social skills and to be involved in social interactions, community outings, and activities such as arts and crafts or volunteerism to help them learn and maintain skills.
To be eligible for services provided at The Arc of East Ascension's Adult Day Training Program (ADTP) an individual should be a recipient of a Medicaid Waiver for Home and Community Based Services. To learn more about eligibility for a waiver, please see the information provided by Louisiana's Department of Health website.
Supported Independent Living (SIL)
Supported Independent Living (SIL) provides opportunities for individuals to reside in their own home. The program embraces the philosophy that individuals should have the opportunity to choose where and how they would like to live. The frequency and duration of staff support are based on the person’s abilities and level of support and/or supervision required.
The amount of staff support is determined by a team closely involved in a person's life and varies based on need. Many individuals are able to live in their own homes, drive their own vehicles and live and work in the community. The Arc of East Ascension embraces the philosophy of SIL services and works diligently to ensure each person has opportunities for choice, community participation, employment, recreation, and fellowship.
To be eligible for the SIL Program, an individual must be eligible for SIL through the Medicaid Waiver. To learn more about The Medicaid Waiver for Home and Community based Services, please see the information provided by Louisiana’s Department of Health, Office for Citizens with Disabilities http://medicaidwaiver.org/state/louisiana.html.
Respite Services & In-Home Respite
The Arc of East Ascension provides respite care to eligible individuals of all ages within home or community settings. The Respite Care Services provide supervision, assistance and/or support by trained staff, allowing parents, family members or primary caregivers a break or period of rest. Caring for a loved one is a full-time job and respite care provided by The Arc of East Ascension can help supplement the care and support needed for a person with an intellectual and developmental disability. Respite services can be utilized within the home or in a community setting. A direct care staff member is assigned to and specifically trained to the individual’s specific needs.
Center Based Respite
The Arc of East Ascension Center Based Respite is provided in our state-of-the-art facility allowing a “home-away-from-home” atmosphere. Caregivers of an individual with an intellectual and developmental disability can have a break or period of rest while knowing their loved one is being cared for by trained staff. Center Based Respite can be used for a brief stay or as a 24-hour facility.
To be eligible for The Arc of East Ascension’s Respite Services within the home or our center-based respite, an individual must be eligible for Home and Community Based services under a Medicaid Waiver. Private pay is also accepted for this service. To learn more about the different Medicaid Waiver Services, please see the information provided by Louisiana’s Department of Health, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities. http://medicaidwaiver.org/state/louisiana.html
People First of Ascension
People First of Ascension is a self-advocacy program designed to ensure the protection of rights, to encourage individuals to speak up for themselves and to expand opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
The organization is run by and for individuals with developmental disabilities. It supports persons with disabilities and empowers them to become effective decision-makers, to gain more independence and to enjoy life as equal citizens. People First of Ascension is part of a state-wide organization that provides practical assistance and support needed for individuals to become self-advocates. The group empowers members to take control of their lives and actively participate in and contribute to their local communities.
Mission Statement - We are People First of Louisiana, an organization created and led by people with disabilities. We speak out for the rights of people with disabilities. We work together to make life better for all people.
Med Ascension is a resource of The Arc of East Ascension that stores used medical equipment such as crutches, wheelchairs, walkers, potty seats, shower chairs, etc. to people in our community to borrow at no cost. If you are in need of such equipment, please contact us at (225) 621-2000.
To apply or inquire about eligibility for services provided by the Waiver services, the Louisiana Department of Health, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) serves as the Single Point of Entry into the developmental disabilities services system.
OCDD's contact number is 225-342-0095.
The staff at The Arc of East Ascension are willing and able to assist with any questions or concerns about services.
The Arc of East Ascension can be reached at 225-621-2000 or e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.