There is no one type of disability.

Are there different types of disabilities?

Those living with developmental disabilities may share some of the same characteristics, there are actually multiple characteristics that can be shown and they are broken down into four main categories.

Nervous Systems Disabilities

The first category is nervous system disabilities. These are birth defects that affect function of the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system.

This kind of disability can have an impact on someone’s learning and intellectual disability. This can also cause behavioral, speech, and language impairments.

Some of the main disorders that come from nervous system disability are autism, down syndrome, and mental retardation.

Metabolic Disorders

The second category of developmental disability is…


What is a Developmental Disability?

Developmental disabilities are a group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas.

These conditions begin during the developmental period of childhood, may impact day-to-day functioning, and typically last throughout a person’s lifetime.

There are a variety of conditions that may be classified under this group. Including, but not limited to, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disability and Cerebral Palsy.

Characteristics of Developmental Disabilities

  • Decreased mobility — may struggle with walking or begin walking latter on in life
  • Language and communication impairment/delay — may have trouble forming sentences or speaking at all
  • Decreased social skills — struggles interacting…

All people deserve equal access to their communities.

How Many People Live with Disabilities?

According to the CDC, there are approximately 61 million people in the United States, or nearly 1 in 4 people, living with disabilities. Those living with disabilities can experience many effects, in all areas of their lives. Without education and campaigns to raise awareness, people living in the US may continue to live unaware of the challenges and effects people living with disabilities may face on a daily basis.

Historically, individuals living with disabilities in the United States have been stigmatized, segregated or denied choice in educational opportunities, employment opportunities and living in community…


A spectrum means a wide variety of individualized needs.

Why is Autism considered a spectrum condition?

Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is considered to be a spectrum condition due to the variety of symptoms and severity of these symptoms that can occur. We know that ASD occurs across the board of genders, ethnicities and socioeconomic status. Every person diagnosed with ASD has to meet diagnostic criteria according to DSM-5 — a diagnostic tool used by a variety of professionals during assessments.

To meet that criteria a person must have persistent deficits in each of three areas of social communication and interaction plus at least two of four types…


Finding a home that fits a variety of needs.

What makes housing for people with disabilities different? Hint: not much!

Just like everyone, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities need somewhere to live and thrive in their communities.

While people with disabilities may need support and accessibility in their housing options, it does not limit the choice in housing setting or determine where the person is able to live.

There is no one size fits all model for housing for people with disabilities.

Each person’s needs differ in their capabilities to live totally on their own — with some requiring a higher level of care and others needing with less frequent check-ins and guidance. …


Foster parents and adoptive parents have similar roles with a few major differences in a child’s life.

What is the difference between foster and adoptive homes?

Foster Homes and Parents

Foster parents are for temporary care in which adults provide for the care of a child or children whose birth parent is unable to care for them. The role of foster parents is to provide a safe and stable home for the children and youth in their care. This means meeting the physical, emotional, and social needs of the foster youth or child for weeks, months, or years, but it is always a temporary arrangement. Additionally, foster parents do not have parental rights over the child. Foster…


We are living in a unique cultural moment as we start 2021, with racial inequality and our nation’s division once again on display. This comes following a year in which the loss of Black lives around the nation, often at the hands of police, has sparked rallies and protests that have brought increased attention to the issue of racism and racial injustice in our nation.

Governments, corporations, schools, and small businesses have released statements on their commitment to racial justice, and individuals have been called to stand up as allies. So what does that even mean?


Therapy is what you make it.

What are the 5 stages of therapy?

There are lots of ways to think about what happens when you start counseling for mental health or substance use. However, one thing to keep in mind is that what you and your therapist are focused on will most likely change over time. When we break this change down we can see 5 different stages of therapy.

The first stage is relationship building.

When you start therapy you are meeting someone brand new. A therapist is there to be a guide and to help you discover your own goals and abilities. …


It may sound technical, but behavior analyst are here to help.

Before we jump in…what is behavior analysis?

Behavior analysis is a term dating back to the early 1900’s marked by the famous and foundational research of B.F Skinner, Ivan Pavolov, and John Watson. While the ideas that have come from these brilliant minds paved the way for the work a behavior analyst does, we have also come a long way from the days of the Skinner Box.

In today’s world, a behavior analyst works with individuals experiencing behavioral concerns to help them navigate the world in a productive way. …


Choosing a vocational and career path can be overwhelming. Making a vocational goal with your DVR Counselor and support staff can be challenging.

Customized employment planning for those who need it.

Individuals living with disabilities can work in most environments and reach their employment goals, no matter how big or small! Sample Supports Employment team can help everyone identify their vocational or employment goals, to reach stable and meaningful employment for every individual.

Customized Planning Meetings

Sample Supports Job Developer’s start every job search process with a customized planning meeting. This meeting will occur during one of the first meetings together with the Developer and individual.

Our staff…

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