The Arc of Union County has several day program locations for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Each program is located in Union County in spaces specifically designed and staffed to meet participants’ needs. The programs vary with respect to the nature of the needs of the individuals, including those with health care or behavioral challenges and those who are looking to gain skills to help with future employment. Within each program, we offer a wide variety of activities as we strive to provide educational, social and recreational opportunities for all. Activities offered reflect each individual’s interests and abilities, as well as his or her goals as outlined in the Individualized Service Plan (ISP).
Diamond Road Programs
The Arc of Union County’s Day Programs at 70 Diamond Road in Springfield are a good fit for individuals who don’t require extensive medical, behavioral or other intensive supports. In this location, individuals start their day in any one of five program rooms. From there they might spend part of their day on a community outing, part of their day working on activities of daily living, or part of their day socializing with their peers. Educational curriculum is built into each day, and may include reading, writing, computer education, and math, with content and pace of learning customized to each person’s abilities. Other activities for skill development include crafts, music, games, and exercise.
Next door at 60 Diamond Road in Springfield, our program emphasis is on employability skills and functional academics. The program also includes community outings, social skill training and creative expressions as well, but with an employment focus. Individuals at either location are welcome to spend time in the computer lab, art room, music therapy room, and The Heart Club’s exercise room. All programs are staffed by a multi-disciplinary team to assist participants in achieving their goals.
Community Support Program (CSP)
CSP may be an optimal choice for adults with developmental disabilities and certain medical conditions or other needs that require a higher level of staff supervision. There are nurses on-site daily and consultations with a nutritionist, social worker, speech, occupational and physical therapists are available on an as-needed basis.
Opportunities (Opps) Program
The Arc’s Opps day program focuses on serving adults with developmental disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorders and behavioral challenges in a positive learning environment with additional staffing support. Behavioral issues are addressed utilizing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) principles under the supervision of BCBAs in the Behavioral Services Department. Additional services at Opps may include specialized behavioral supports such as behavioral assessments/analysis, data collection, graphing/trend analysis, Individualized Behavior Support Plans (IBSPs) development/training/monitoring; progress summaries for psychiatrists, physicians and other treating professionals; and DDD approved Behavior Support Trainings for staff.