March is Developmental Disability Awareness Month

Every March, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) partners with agencies to create a campaign that raises awareness about individuals with developmental disabilities, as well as the barriers that individuals with disabilities face in their daily lives.

Clearbrook provides occupational, physical and speech therapy from licensed assistants to aid in the treatment of over 600 individuals with developmental disabilities. Individuals are referred by a case manager and are placed with an appropriate therapist. The degree of services provided depends upon the needs of the individual. For instance, all individuals residing in an Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) are required to be evaluated by a clinician whereas individuals that participate in other programs may be evaluated as needed.

Andy, a non-verbal individual residing at the Commons, was not provided with the correct tools to communicate with others. After receiving the right high-tech speech devices at Clearbrook, he is now able to communicate and build relationships with others.

Due to the improper funding in Illinois for individuals with disabilities, there is a waiting list to receive services. Many of the services in Illinois are funded by the government. At Clearbrook, 73% of funding comes from the government. Funding can only go so far with what services an organization can provide and how many individuals they serve. This is creating a major crisis for individuals and their families considering their loved ones are unable to receive the proper care to live their fullest lives possible.

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