Sparc's Developmental Training program focuses on the development of daily adaptive living skills and economic self-sufficiency. These services seek to reinforce skills taught in all settings and include supports to maintain functioning. Activities are focused on areas such as: fine and gross motor skills, safety, problem-solving, activities of daily living (grooming, dressing, toileting, eating), communication, appropriate interpersonal interactions and capacity for independent living.
The Work Center
The Work Center provides work training opportunities to individuals, and quality products and services to local businesses. The program seeks to enhance an individual's ability to engage in productive work activities through a focus on cooperation, attendance, productive capacity and task completion. In addition to paid work opportunities, individuals will also receive instruction in physical fitness, computer skills, workplace relationships, volunteerism, self-advocacy, personal care and other hobbies.
Individualized support is provided to individuals who live in their own homes or apartments. This program provides ongoing instruction and oversight in budgeting, shopping, community integration, taking medications, meal planning, public transportation and more. The level and type of assistance is based on the individual's needs and abilities.
The Job Placement Program, open to persons with any type of disability, provides assessment, resume preparation, job seeking skills, individual job development, job leads and placement.
Residential - 24 Hour
Individuals may live in Sparc-staffed single-family houses and in homes of contractual care providers. Our group homes are staffed 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Staff assists individuals with daily activities including laundry, meal preparation, personal hygiene, taking medications, budgeting and using public transportation. Family members and staff work with individuals to set goals to reach the greatest degree of personal independence. Participation in community activities is encouraged and events are regularly scheduled.
Sparc provides Service Facilitation (Case Management) for individuals who are enrolled in DHS's Home Based Support program. When enrolled in this program, families receive support and assistance from a service coordinator. In addition, families can choose to purchase developmental training or supported employment from Sparc.
The Respite program is designed to help children and adults with a developmental disability enhance their daily lives through educational and recreational activities, while providing families with some relief from caregiving responsibilities. Respite care can range from temporary relief up to intermittent custodial care.
Respite care is generally provided in the individual's home or out in the community.
Sparc's Summer program, Kamp Kaleidoscope, was established in 1996. It was created to provide individuals with development disabilities, ages three through 22 years old, with summer activities. Call (217) 793-2100 for more information.