In addition to the activities scheduled through the recreation program, our community integration team offers activities with a person-centered approach. CHIO (Community Habilitation, Individual) services allow individuals to have one-on-one staff while exploring their own interests with the option of peer group social activities.
Community integration coordinators talk with each participant to find out what their interests are. The coordinator and the participant work together to plan activities. For example, one individual who was fascinated with lighthouses went on a trip to Michigan to see a real one. Another individual loves tractors and went to the Indiana State Fair to see them. When several individuals expressed an interest in traveling, the staff coordinated a group of about 30 people visiting in Chicago for a day. A smaller group went to Disney World!
While most Easterseals Arc programs include group outings, the community integration program enables individuals to explore the world on their terms when their peers don’t share the same interests.
For more information on community integration and CHIO, please contact Aimee Green, our agency intake and transition specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 260.456.4534 ext. 276.