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Developmental Disability Services

Telling Our Stories and Transforming Lives

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 have a full and meaningful life.

Our Developmental and Intellectual Disability Services focus on the primary life areas of living, learning and working and we provide a full range of services in multiple service sites in west central and northern Illinois.

Community Day Services – Adult Learning

Bridgeway’s Community Day 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 in preparation for community employment. For some it might mean a program designed with their building relationships and connecting with the community. 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 personal 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. For many, their lives are transformed.

Our Community Day and Adult Learning Services 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/Community Day Services in Macomb, Pekin, and Loves Park.

Macomb consumers stepping out for the wonderful community event, “Night to Shine” sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation

Refer to Community Housing and Supported Living Services and Employment Services for Persons with Disabilities for Additional Developmental Disability Services

For more information about these services, select one of our locations below for contact information.