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Action Alert:  Join Our Petition to Fund Autism & Intellectual Disability Services

Action Alert: Join Our Petition to Fund Autism & Intellectual Disability Services

We need your signature and hundreds of others to convince the Governor and General Assembly to support our cause!  Please sign today.                             

The Direct Support Professional (DSP) workforce crisis is not over. Pennsylvania’s DSPs currently earn 40% less than a Living Wage (according to the MIT Living Wage Index for one adult with one child). Turnover and vacancy rates are high and many DSPs are forced to work a second job or many hours of overtime just to get by.

The Waiting List Crisis is not over. Thousands of people with autism or intellectual disability wait for months, some for years, on the Commonwealth’s Emergency Waiting List, seeking services that will help them live and work in their own communities, including housing, employment, day services and other supports.

Early Intervention (EI) Services for children, birth to three years of age, are in crisis, having gone 10 years without a rate increase.

Tell the Governor and the PA General Assembly to make Autism and Intellectual Disability issues a top priority in the FY 19/20 Budget by:

FUNDING a $120 million (in state funds) rate increase to help #FixTheDSPCrisis through increased DSP wages, benefits and training.

FUNDING services for 1000 of the 5000 people currently on the Emergency Waiting List, plus an additional 100 for unanticipated emergencies.

INCREASING Raise rates for Early Intervention (EI) services by $5.7 million to address a decade of insufficient adjustments and reimbursement.

Please add your name to this petition to our elected leaders and share it widely. 

Your voices will be heard.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION.

Supported Employment in Action!

Supported Employment in Action!

Tom is active in our Day Services Program and has always been interested in automobiles. Our employment specialists were able to find a job placement that fits him perfectly.

He works three days a week at Lakeside Garage in Souderton and has moved on from basic tasks around the shop to assisting with larger projects, including this exhaust system job.

Supported Employment is designed to guide individuals to full or part-time employment in the community. Tom is one of many participants who are experiencing success in the working world.

TASP Now Accepting Registrations

TASP Now Accepting Registrations

The Therapeutic After School Program, designed for children ages 5-14, is an interactive therapeutic environment that provides qualified clinical staff to work with each child on behavioral goals and social skills in a recreational setting. Opportunities for inclusion vary and include community outings.

Medical assistance funding is available for qualified applicants.

The TASP program begins immediately after school hours.  Children who attend school in Montgomery County are transported from their school to Indian Creek Foundation by TransNet, or by the school if within Souderton Area School District.

Contact Anne Westrom at 267-203-1500 ext. 139 or awestrom@indcreek.org for more info or to apply.

 

ICF Launches New Personalized Employment Program

ICF Launches New Personalized Employment Program

The Day Services Program of Indian Creek Foundation recently kicked off the new Personalized Employment Program to assist with placing their clients in job settings that meet their interests.

Indian Creek’s employment professionals perform a comprehensive assessment of a client’s interests and skills. This process identifies the strengths that the client already possesses; and our employment professionals assist the client in negotiating a work relationship that match the employers need to those strengths, skills, interest.

Consumers have begun taking part in the Personalized Employment Program and Indian Creek is ready to begin finding employment opportunities.  ICF is currently seeking employment partners in the following areas, but not limited to:

Music (recording/sales), Transportation, Sports, Automotive, Fitness, Brewing, and Pet Care.

The program seeks to provide a win-win outcome for the employer and the client. Employment can range from a few hours to a full day’s work.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with the Employment staff, please contact:

Roxanne Boryschuk at 267.203.1500 x 224 or rboryschuk@indcreek.org.

Candace Diamanti at 267.203.1500 x 204 or cdiamanti@indcreek.org

 

Our Director of Development recently spoke with Comcast Newsmakers host Jill Horner about the new Personalized Employment Program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Click HERE to watch the full interview.

Direct Support Professional Bonus Program Launched

Direct Support Professional Bonus Program Launched

Indian Creek Foundation announces bonus program for all newly hired Direct Support Professionals.

DSPs hired after July 1, 2017 can earn up to $1000 in bonus money.

Indian Creek Foundation recently announced the launch of a $1,000 bonus program for any new Direct Support Professionals (DSP) hired after July 1.  DSPs provide hands-on care to individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities by assisting with activities such as daily living, personal care, meal preparation and community outings.

“DSPs play a special role in our mission,” said CEO Dean Stoesz. “They meet the varied needs of our clients while also providing an extraordinary degree of compassion and dedication.  Because of this, our organization has committed to paying a higher-than-average salary and the opportunity to earn a bonus to all new DSP hires.”

Positions are available in both the Day Services and Residential & Community Based Services departments.  Besides the salary and bonus, Indian Creek Foundation also offers paid training, vacation/sick time and health insurance.  Additional benefits include a 401(K) plan with company match, Employee Assistance Program, paid holidays, Flexible Spending Accounts, company paid Group Life Insurance, Short-Term Disability and Long-Term Disability.

Since this incentive will only be available for a limited time, interested candidates are encouraged to apply online at our employment page or to contact the human resources department at 267-206-1500 x 323 as their earliest convenience.