The Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Program assists individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability, and their families, to achieve an Everyday Life by connecting them with services and supports. Our program helps individuals reach greater independence by obtaining community supports to assist with a range of life skills, work and community skills, training and experiences. We monitor these supports and explore natural supports and/or funding for services to assure that the individual is satisfied and benefits from the supports they receive.
A new resource collection website, AID in PA, has recently launched. The site was created in partnership with the Department of Human Services Office of Developmental Programs, PA HCQUs, ASERT, and Temple University. The site provides resource collections designed specifically for the ID/A communities, their parents and caregivers, professionals and the communities across Pennsylvania. The site is home to a variety of topics.
AID in PA began in response to the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. ODP knew it was a time of particular need for the ID/DD/A communities of Pennsylvania. The original goal was to arm self-advocates and those who support them with the necessary information to navigate and cope with a global health crisis, but has since grown to offering guidance and support through a multitude of challenges facing the ID/DD/A communities such as healthy sexuality and trauma support and recovery.