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Easterseals Midwest

Address: 13545 Barrett Parkway Dr., Suite 300
                  Ballwin, MO 63021

Phone: (314) 567-7705

Fax: (314) 394-4007

Email: info@esmw.org

Website: www.esmw.org     

Description:
Easter Seals Midwest is a not-for-profit, registered 501(c)(3) organization that is committed to helping individuals with developmental disabilities - including autism - learn, live, work and participate in the community.

Family Support:
The Family Support program supports individuals who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and live in their natural homes. Families are connected with a Training Specialist who works directly with them to assess their needs and determine which service would be most appropriate to help them meet the child’s needs. This program targets consumers who may be struggling with their membership in the family unit. These difficulties often surface due to lack of independence with habilitation skills and difficulty with attainment and maintenance of social roles and relationships.

Services are offered in the home, at school (e.g. consultation during IEPs, school observations), or elsewhere in the community, depending on the needs of the family. Group support is also offered to families at the agency. While this program is geared toward families supporting consumers with ASD, the agency is able to support consumers with other DD Resources eligible diagnoses.

Individual Support In-home and Drop-off:
This program provides a variety of levels of support to assure that people with autism live with their families in their natural homes. The supportive elements of the program promote skill acquisition that develops the ability to care for oneself, form relationships within and outside the immediate family unit, participate in the community in a variety of roles and contexts and to move toward independence.

The Habilitation program may take place in the family’s home and community sites with 1:1 support. Families may schedule the service as needed, or have patterned prescheduled in-home support. Families/primary caregivers may be away from the home while habilitation services are utilized.

The Habilitation program is also offered in a group setting at the agency’s facility or in the community, with a staff to consumer ratio of 1:1 or 1:4, depending on consumers’ needs. The facility-based program offers support with skills such as turn taking, reciprocal conversations, hygiene and peer interactions through games and other activities. This program is offered on Saturdays, three times per month to children. There are also teen and young adult programs which take place in the community, and focus on social skills and pre-employment skills.

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 is defined as teaching 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.

Job Retention:
This service ensures a consumer’s employment in the competitive environment is maintained in a long-term capacity. It is initiated once an individual’s Vocational Rehabilitation supported employment benefits have been exhausted or denied, and the individual’s employment support needs are at a frequency of 25% or less of his/her total hours worked.

Project SEARCH - Adult (formerly known as Employment Access):
Project SEARCH Adult is a transition to employment program for individuals with developmental disabilities. The program features a partnership with a host business, where consumers complete individualized internships in order to gain necessary employment skills. An instructor and job coaches assist consumers in learning employability skills and provide hands-on coaching during internships. The program is a year-long program with the ultimate goal of obtaining competitive employment in the community.

Project SEARCH – High School:
Project SEARCH High School is a school-to-work transition program for high school seniors in their last year of high school with developmental disabilities. The program features a partnership with a host business, where consumers complete individualized internships in order to gain necessary employment skills. An instructor supplied by the St. Louis Public Schools and job coaches supplied by Easterseals Midwest assist consumers in learning employability skills and provide hands-on coaching during internships. The program is a year-long program with the ultimate goal of obtaining employment in the community.