"Most of all, I value the trust that we have with our son's service coordinator and associates. The people do not change, and it is very important to me to have trust and honesty. PDS continues to do a marvelous job caring for my child.”
"I like my staff, they treat me with respect." –Individual
"PDS has given me the opportunity to gain a greater sense of independence"
"I would like to thank PDS in allowing me to become more self-sufficent"
"Thank you to the staff of PDS for your dedication and commitment to helping those with developmental disabilities accomplish their goals and lead their lives with dignity." –Educator
"I'm able to advocate and get the service I need with respect from my team." –Individual
"I know that when I refer a young adult to PDS for services, I can count on PDS to give that young adult the personal attention, care, and commitment he or she deserves." -Educator
Group Day Habilitation
At Program Development Services, we offer Group Day Habilitation for all individuals. Our weekday programs have all been specially designed to encourage interaction with peers, to foster a sense of self-worth and independence, and to teach basic skills. The classes include learning about money, cooking, fire safety training, volunteer experiences, and group discussion.
In addition, we offer weekly or twice-weekly outings. These popular trips can include visiting a museum, a Broadway show, the movies, restaurants, amusement parks, bowling, or shopping. Day trips such as these enable individuals with developmental disabilities to learn basic integration skills that will increase their ability to be independent and foster a sense of inclusion in the community.
We also offer job skills development twice a week, where individuals can learn about the workplace, familiarize themselves with the requirements of employment, and even earn a token "wage". Additionally, individuals in our Day Habilitation Program work real jobs at numerous volunteer sites.
Day Habilitation Without Walls
In this alternative program, the staffing ratio is one staff to two individuals. Staff work with each person to improve daily socialization skills with their peers and community members.
Educational programs are offered each day (gardening, arts and crafts, travel training to name a few); with a special outing each Friday that includes fun events such as bowling, a trip to the movies, or some shopping.
From Monday through Thursday, individuals try their hand at job skills development, learning money skills and basic awareness of what is expected in the workplace.
Transportation is provided to and from all activities.