Developemental Disability Services

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Everyone Matters!

Each person who enters the doors of Bridgeway has a story that matters to us. How can we best support this individual to achieve the life dreams and goals that he or she envisions, goals that matter to that person? We begin that journey together as partners and we often travel on a winding road that includes multiple aspects of the individual’s life. Bridgeway embraces the idea that we are only successful when our consumers are successful. Our primary goal is to create opportunities for people with disabilities and we believe that all people, regardless of their disability, have the right to enjoy the same full range of life experiences that others in the community enjoy. We believe that each person who desires to live, learn and work in their community can do so and be successful.

Our Developmental Disability Services focus on the primary life areas of living, learning and working. We provide a full range of developmental disability services in multiple service sites in west central Illinois and southeastern Iowa.

Adult Learning Day Program Services

Family Services
A Special Event in the Macomb Day Program was provided by a local hair salon that showered the women with complimentary beauty services: hair cuts, stylings, and nail care.

Bridgeway’s Day Program Services strive to fulfill whatever is needed to allow the individual the freedom of greater independence, self sufficiency, greater choice and control of their lives, and increased participation in the community. Program activities are determined by the needs and desires of the consumers. For some consumers that will mean a greater emphasis on vocational training and preparation. For some it might mean a program designed with their physical needs in mind. Flexibility is the key to creating a program to fit the person. This also means being able to change the program as the consumer changes, stretching to accommodate the needs. Expected results from these services may include increased inclusion in the community, increased or maintained ability to perform activities of daily living, and increased self-direction, self-determination, self reliance and self-esteem.

Our Adult Learning programs serve individuals with developmental, physical and/or intellectual disabilities who are 18 years of age and older. Curricula range from teaching basic skills for independent living, such as health and safety, cooking, and navigating within the community, to more advanced skills needed to find and maintain a job, manage personal finances, and achieve self-reliance. Bridgeway operates Adult Learning/Day Program centers in Macomb, Pekin, Keokuk, and Burlington.

Employment Services

Day Program Vocational Traing Center
A consumer working on the “rice contract” in the Day Program Vocational Training Center in Macomb.

Often, having a disability constitutes a substantial barrier to employment. Bridgeway is committed to providing employment services for any person with a disability. Our Employment Services help youth and adults with developmental disabilities achieve the pride and independence that accompany successful employment. We offer a choice of opportunities to meet the needs of individuals with varying abilities. Through our vocational rehabilitation services, we encourage people with disabilities to imagine their dream job and succeed in obtaining it.

Employment Training Services
Within the Day Program environment, we provide a variety of work opportunities for individuals to learn work skills and habits. We provide a paycheck to the worker based on the productivity of the individual. Paid opportunities to build work skills include some of these skill areas:

  • following a schedule
  • learning a task from beginning to end
  • keeping track of your time/production
  • dealing with production speed-up/slow-downs
  • operating within the safety parameters set by a supervisor
  • getting to work on time
  • complying with work rules
  • learning how to work with others
Employment Services
Patricia is a maintenance worker at Wal-Mart.

Even people with serious limitations can learn a job and find satisfaction and increased feelings of self worth by having employment. Bridgeway has Vocational Centers in Macomb, Pekin, Keokuk, Galesburg, and Kewanee. As individuals in our vocational training centers improve their work skills, he or she may be referred to Bridgeway’s Community Employment Services to seek a job in the community.

Community Employment Services
The Power of a Job! Community Employment is one of the cornerstones of Bridgeway’s diverse array of services helping our consumers live lives of dignity, independence and respect by obtaining competitive employment. We partner with countless area employers to help our customers find jobs. We place people in jobs of their choice and help them achieve their personal vision of recovery and rehabilitation. Bridgeway has a number of Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) state DHS contracts that help fund our services and support our customers’ vocational goals.

The Community Employment Team is made up of Employment Specialists and Job Coaches who use a coordinated team approach to support the consumer to be successful in the world of work. This total team approach is centered around the consumer and his/her support system: family, the interdisciplinary team, the DRS counselor, the doctor, etc. This model works and each year Bridgeway is successful in placing people with disabilities into competitive jobs and supporting them to achieve a more fulfilling life by realizing their dream of having a job in their community. What a difference a job makes!

Community Living Services

Supported Living

Community Living Services are community Bridgeway owned homes and apartments for individuals who have developmental disabilities. These homes, or CILAs (Community-Integrated Living Arrangements), are located in residential neighborhoods throughout the communities of Macomb, Pekin, and Keokuk, Iowa.

Group homes provide opportunities for people with disabilities to increase their independence. Supervision is provided 24 hours /day. For persons with mental illness, group homes provide a more intensive level of supervision and supportive services as compared to apartment living.

Family Services
     Audubon Group Home in Pekin, Illinois

Dedicated and well trained staff assist and support residents as they develop and enhance daily living skills such as cooking, shopping, housekeeping, and money management. Other important life skills needed to help them live more independently are also areas of focus such as medication training and self management of their mental illness or developmental disability. Residents have their own bedroom and share common areas - the kitchen, dining area, bathrooms, and living room.

Supervised apartment livingalso provides a high level of supervision with staff being on site 24 hours/day. Services are delivered to individuals according to their specific needs. Individual and group interventions are designed to improve/develop daily living skills, interpersonal skills and behavior management skills and to enable consumers to manage their symptoms and regain and maintain lost functioning due to their disability. Specific services provided in supervised apartment settings include: case coordination; medication monitoring and training; supportive counseling; skills training and education; and recreational, problem solving and interpersonal skills development.

Supported Living provides intermittent onsite support services throughout the day and evening hours. Trained staff are available to provide community support services, daily living and life skills training, medication monitoring and training, and community integration activities. Supported living services may be provided in Bridgeway owned apartment or in the consumer's own home.

For more information:

In Illinois
Phone: 309-837-4876