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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month - Spectrum Community Services

  • Published: 2010-03-17 (Revised/Updated 2010-05-09) : Spectrum Human Services, Inc..
  • Synopsis: Awareness and education during the month of March, which is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

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Spectrum Community Services Recognizes Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month - Spectrum Community Services, an affiliated company of Spectrum Human Services, Inc., brings awareness and education during the month of March, which is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

Have you heard the term developmental disability, but were not sure what it meant? Spectrum Community Services, an affiliated company of Spectrum Human Services, Inc., wants to bring awareness and education during the month of March, which is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

Developmental disability is defined as a "severe chronic condition, due to a mental and/or physical impairment, that impacts major life activities." Individuals diagnosed with this condition may have difficulties with language, mobility, learning, self-care, or independent living skills. According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, nearly 40,000 Michigan residents have some type of a developmental or cognitive disability.

Spectrum Community Services has over 34 years of experience providing community based, residential home services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Through the Person Centered Plan, individuals and families have the opportunity to work with a counselor to establish a personal growth plan. The plan is centered on the individual's basic needs with growth goals and depending on the severity of the disability, independent living goals. The staff of Spectrum Community Services provides instructions on the identified needs including personal care, medication management, and other essential day-to-day living needs. The overall goal is to assist individuals to reach their highest potential.

In addition, individuals can live in one of several home environments including supportive independent living (for clients needing less day-to-day care), adult foster care, community living support (dorm or roommate setting), major behavioral, mild behavioral and major medical (for individuals with debilitating physical and developmental disabilities). All of the programs and services provide quality care in a compassionate and supportive atmosphere.

Roger Swaninger, President and CEO of Spectrum Human Services, Inc. says, "During March, it is important to remind the public that individuals with developmental disabilities are contributing members of our society and they should be treated with dignity and respect. They are determined to live self directed, independent lives in an environment with few restrictions. That is why the programs and services of Spectrum Community Services are designed to help them achieve their maximum potential in a nurturing and supportive environment."

In 2009, two of the group homes managed by Spectrum Community Services were cited as "best practice" models by the Virtual Center of Excellence, an online training collaborative of Wayne State University, Wayne County Community College District, the Guidance Center and Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency. Group home managers from the Sherwood and Hanlon homes are educating newly hired group home employees in Wayne County on the importance of creating a "home like atmosphere" within a group home setting.

Founded in 1976, Spectrum Human Services, Inc. & Affiliated Companies believes that all people have the right to receive services designed to support and uplift, as individuals strive to achieve their highest potential. The programs and services offered by Spectrum Human Services, Inc. impact children, youth, teens and adults with mental, physical, emotional, and/or behavioral disabilities. Services are provided throughout Michigan in Berrien, Genesee, Kent, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Manistee/Benzie, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. For more information, visit

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