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Association on Aging with Developmental Disabilities

Address: 2385 Hampton, Suite 110
                  St. Louis, MO 63139

Phone: (314) 647-8100

Fax: (314) 647-8105

Email: agingwithdd@msn.com

Website: www.agingwithdd.org/

Description:
The Association on Aging with Developmental Disabilities (A.A.D.D.) was initially formed in 1989 as a special interest group and became incorporated in 1994. The organization was created to support the increasing needs of older adults with developmental disabilities (intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism spectrum disorder, severe learning disabilities, and head injuries that occur by the age of 21).

Challenges Unlimited:
Challenges Unlimited is a year-round group socialization, recreation, and learning program for adults age 21 and older with developmental disabilities who want to gain skills, socialize, and participate in organized leisure/learning activities. This program meets after work, typically for 3-4 hours, and helps participants become more independent in their daily lives by working on life skills, including health and fitness, which help them interact with other people in the community in more positive ways. Activities are center and community-based and range from swimming to arts and crafts, visiting museums to bowling, eating out to cooking meals, all supported with an approximate 1:6 staffing ratio. The program offers a variety of activities to meet various interests, abilities, and skill levels, and participants have a voice in the programs that are offered.

Retirement Support Group:
The Retirement Support Group, also known as the “Senior Hot Shots,” supports people with developmental disabilities who are over the age of 50 to access generic senior sites with support. In addition, the program focuses on friendship building, social skills development, health, nutrition, exercise, balance, and maintenance of skills acquired during one’s employment years. Seniors meet an average of three to five hours for each activity. This program is typically offered in a group setting with an average 1:4 staffing ratio.

Retirement Services - Individual:
The Retirement Services – Individual program utilizes an individualized 1:1 support model to teach people to retire and develop areas of interest, identity, and community involvement in their retirement years. Generally, individuals begin to access AADD Retirement Services at 50 years of age or older. The program is designed to ensure that individuals who are aging with developmental disabilities develop and maintain their identity, maintain their best physical and mental health, and remain connected to friends, to their community, and to needed resources throughout their older adult years. Retirement Services – Individual takes place primarily in the community. The setting varies based on the needs of the individual and the nature of the service. AADD staff supports individuals in maintaining and developing skills such as self-advocacy, decision making, interpersonal communication and social skills, development of interests, self-care, communicating wants and needs, maintaining safety in a given environment, monitoring their health, and utilizing developed skills in accessing retirement-related resources and older adult activities within their community. Many individuals with developmental disabilities have not been aware of retirement options or older adult activities and services that may be available to them. AADD staff supports individuals to assess their existing skills and interests, build on skills they have obtained, and plan for, explore, and engage in older adult activities within the community.

Social Clubs:
AADD Social Clubs offers large group community-based socialization and recreation opportunities for individuals age 21 and older with developmental disabilities who live in their natural home with family members, independently, or with minimal supports. Social Clubs usually meets two Saturdays (generally evenings) per month for a variety of social, recreational, and cultural activities. Typical activities include movies, watching wrestling, bowling, going out for dinner, attending sporting events, dancing, attending plays and musicals, and other community events. Social Clubs provides an avenue for growth, and the enhancement and maintenance of skills, while the person is engaging in activities they enjoy.

Supported Living:
The program targets adults, ages 18 and older, who have a developmental disability and are either residing in their natural home and wish to obtain the skills necessary to be independent in the future, or already live independently in the community but require support for continued success. Supported Living services teach independent living skills such as: cooking, cleaning, grooming/hygiene, laundry, comparison shopping, housing, budgeting, bill paying, emergency procedures, and medical needs which include but are not limited to assisting with doctor appointments and medication management.