Community Access Services are designed to assist the participant in acquiring, retaining, or improving self-help, socialization, and adaptive skills required for active community participation and independent functioning outside the participant’s home or family home. These services are interventions in the areas of social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development and may include training in the areas of daily living skills (including leisure/recreation skills); communication training; mobility training; programming to reduce inappropriate and/or maladaptive behaviors; and training in the use of common community resources.

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The emphasis of training is on assisting the individual in increasing self help, socialization skills, skills for daily living, and adaptive skills required for active community participation and independent functioning outside the participant’s home or family home. These activities include accompanying the individual to the grocery store, or eating establishments; teaching an individual how to participate in social and recreational activities; and assessing other activities of community living.

Community Access Services are individually planned to meet the participant’s needs and preferences for active community participation. These services are provided in either community-based or facility-based settings but not in the participants home or family home or any other residential setting.

The intended outcome of these services is to improve the participant’s access to the community through increased skills and/or less paid supports.

Many clients choose to participate in volunteer activities i.e. community soup kitchen, museums, recreation department, assisted living and nursing homes, etc.

Community Access services may be provided in a group setting or an individual setting depending on the desires of the participants.

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