CCARC was originally founded in 1952 by a group of parents who gathered in their homes to support one another as they faced the challenges and rewards of raising a child with Down Syndrome and other developmental disabilities. Today, CCARC is a private, nonprofit (501 c 3) organization offering an array of services to support adults with intellectual disabilities and their families.
You might be wondering “What exactly does that mean?”
We are glad you asked! Each one of us understands how important it can be to have meaningful work, enjoyable social activities, worthwhile friendships and a stable, nurturing home life. People with intellectual disabilities treasure the very same hopes and dreams. It is our privilege to assist in paving the way for individuals with intellectual disabilities to experience a life that is satisfying in all of these most basic ways. We also offer opportunities to experience the fulfillment of their dreams. These may include pursuing interests or hobbies, fun trips or activities, visits with family or having a job in the community.
Over the years, CCARC has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience offering services to people with a myriad of disabilities. Currently, we provide support to nearly 200 individuals in our Day, Residential, Recreation and Advocacy Services, many of whom have dual disabilities and other challenges.
CCARC adheres to a person-centered philosophy where the needs and interests of the individuals and families it serves are paramount. Each person’s health, safety and overall well-being are of primary importance, as is their personal dignity and preferences.
We encourage and respect each individual’s ability to make decisions that determine how they will live their life and what supports they will need to make their dreams happen.
“Intellectual disability” is a term used when a person has certain limitations in cognitive functioning and skills, including communication, social and self-care skills. These limitations can cause a child to develop and learn more slowly or differently and can happen up to the age of 18 years old.
Some causes of intellectual disability – such as Down syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, birth defects, and infections – can happen before birth. Some happen while a baby is being born or soon after birth. Other causes of intellectual disability do not occur until a child is older and might include severe head injury, infections or stroke.
Any organization’s services are only as solid, caring and professional as are their employees. CCARC employees receive extensive training in the following areas:
Staff working with individuals in residential settings receive site specific training related to the needs of the individuals living in the home.
CCARC is dedicated to the professional development of its employees. By providing a comprehensive and on-going training program, the agency takes an active role in enhancing employees' current skills and helping them to prepare for advancement within their chosen field.