Intensive Community Support My Choice Programs

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Contact Information

My Choice Programs
Contact: John Lazzaro, Director of Development and Operations
Email Address:
Phone: 508-556-6887
Fax: 508-556-6889

1158 Main St Worcester, MA 01603
Area Served: Central

Map Location Intensive Community Support


Community Supports Program Services - This program provides a comprehensive range of services to developmentally challenged individuals, (some with multiple disabilities):

  • Skills Building: Provide specialized training in the skills of independent living, customized according to the unique needs, challenges, and aspirations of the individual. Motivate success through the application of positive behavioral management techniques utilizing task analysis, successive approximations, positive reinforcement and verbal encouragement
  • Home management: Instruction in developing and maintaining a safe and clean home living environment. Develop preparedness in responding to a variety of home-based emergency scenarios. Encourage the “individualization” of each living space according to the unique physical and emotional needs and preferences of the individual.
  • Meal preparation: Provide training in all aspects of meal preparation, including proper food storage, meal planning, use of implements, safe and competent utilization of stoves, burners, toasters, microwaves, etc. Accompany individuals during grocery shopping and encourage positive nutritional choices, adhering to shopping list and budget, and positive interactions with store personnel.
  • Personal hygiene: Encourage appropriate cleanliness and attire (weather and situation-appropriate) while supporting individual’s choices and preferences. Provide specialized instruction in various aspects of self-care, utilizing visual prompting, hand over hand instruction, and physical assistance as needed. Accompany individuals for various personal care appointments (haircuts, salon, etc.).
  • Financial/money management: Provide individualized training in budgeting funds, conducting bank and store cashier transactions, bill paying, and utilizing a checking account. Instruct individuals as to the proper and secure utilization of ATM cards, and the safeguarding of personal financial information. Train individuals regarding the safe storage of money while in the community (use of wallet, etc.), and the understanding of money/coin values and making change. Assist/instruct individuals as to long term budgeting, expense planning and targeted saving. Accompany individuals on shopping trips to purchase clothing and other desired items, and assist with “comparison” shopping for bargains and adhering to budgets.
  • Community integration/socialization: Provide verbal instruction, cues, and modeling/demonstration of appropriate social skills necessary for successful community integration and satisfactory interactions with family, friends, and others encountered in the community. Enhance community access through training individuals to safely and effectively utilize various means of public transportation, while familiarizing individuals with the orientations of their neighborhoods and general locales. Provide safety training pertaining to all aspects of community access, including use of sidewalks, street crossing, carrying/utilizing mobile phones and up to date ID and emergency medical info, etc. Encourage individuals to utilize local media and the Internet as vehicles of information for accessing community recreational, cultural, and social opportunities. Proactively connect individuals with various educational and training resources in the community, including fostering enrollment in courses at various local educational/cultural institutions. Reduce social isolation by encouraging independent utilization of community and senior centers, and maintaining meaningful personal, peer group, and family relationships apart from paid staff involvement. Provide respite services and recreational opportunities on a one to one and small group basis, transporting and supervising individuals as they participate in a variety of community activities based upon their unique interests, capabilities, and preferences.
  • Health and Wellness: Proactively enhance the well-being of individuals by involving them in both structured (classes, physical/occupational therapy) and informal (walking/gym workouts with ILASN staff) physical activity and exercise programs. Provide opportunities for nutritional/dietary instruction, again, both structured (attending classes) and informal (individual’s home, with staff worker assisting), addressing such concerns as diabetes, obesity, hypertension, etc.

Service Types

  • Family Support
  • Group Homes
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Self-Advocacy - Health and Safety
  • Self-Advocacy - Life Skills
  • Socialization Activities

Program Type

  • Independent Living

Populations Served

  • Autism Spectrum
  • Developmental Disability

Ages Served

  • 19 - 22
  • 23 – 59
  • 60 +

Additional Information

  • Fees: Free Service, Personal Funds
  • Licensed By: DDS