According to The Arc, a national advocacy group for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD), there are as many as 145,000 adults with I/DD in South Carolina at present. These individuals are most commonly diagnosed with autism, Down syndrome, or cerebral palsy. There are few affordable, supervised independent housing options for adults with these conditions in the state. Most will live in nursing homes, in group homes, or with family members whose capacity to assist them is limited. Poverty is an issue for them, as most have little or no income aside from Social Security. In addition, these individuals frequently face discrimination in housing and are often cared for by aging parents who are uncertain about how to manage their child's ongoing care in the future.
Tyler with his host family mom.
$200,000 to establish host home programs in the Upstate and Rock Hill.
LSC will hire two staff members (one in the Upstate and one in Rock Hill) who will recruit, train, and provide ongoing support to families in the area to serve as host homes for individuals with I/DD. These homes will offer individuals with I/DD an opportunity to live a productive, fulfilling and meaningful life in a community-based setting with around the clock support from a host family. After successful establishment of the program in each region, the host home model is expected to be self-sustaining.
$30,000 to purchase adaptive technology and equipment for adults with I/DD.
LSC operates eight residential homes in Columbia and two in Darlington, currently serving 40 adults with significant I/DD challenges. The campaign will purchase several types of adaptive technology and sensory equipment to transform the lives of these residents. Examples include tablet computers and "apps" to improve communication; visual assistance organizers, both electronic and non-electronic, to help with task completion and focus; and weighted blankets, therapy swings and noise-canceling headphones for individuals with sensory processing issues.
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