Resources for Parents of Children with Autism

Every April, we celebrate World Autism Awareness Month. During this time, we recognize the inspiring achievements of individuals on the autism spectrum across the globe. We also look to raise awareness of their ongoing needs and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. This month also serves as an opportunity to promote and make parents […]

Advancement and Hope for Better Developmental Disability Services

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan designated March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Reagan said, in part: “I urge all Americans to join me in according to our fellow citizens with such disabilities, both encouragement and the opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.” This declaration was a pivotal milestone […]

Housing Options for Individuals with IDDs

group birthday photo

Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDDs) have unique and varying needs, and finding affordable, supportive housing is one of them. It is an integral component of establishing a foundation to grow from and one of the most critical social determinants of health for everyone in society. Not only does a home provide a feeling […]

College Opportunities for Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

people standing in front of sign that says hofstra university

Despite the challenges that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) often face, there are a growing number of college opportunities for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and vocational training. In the 2021-2022 school year, 310 higher education programs at more than 200 campuses across the United States were available to support young […]

Why is CMA One of the Best Charities to Donate to?

company logo for community mainstreaming

As we approach the end of 2022, we reflect on our successful programs and events and their positive impact on our residents and community. Community Mainstreaming Associates has been dedicated to the ever-changing needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) for over 40 years and is one of the best charities to donate […]

How Doctor’s Offices Need to Prepare for Patients with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDDs)

patient in docotrs office gettting blood pressure checked

Many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) have experienced difficulty obtaining access to proper and well-coordinated medical care.  Therefore, when scheduling doctors’ appointments, it’s a perfect opportunity for caregivers to mention any special needs or requirements the patient may have. This will allow the doctor’s office to ask questions and help prepare for the […]

National Disability Employment Awareness Month: CMA’s Role

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Community Mainstreaming Associates (CMA) celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities past and present and showcases supportive, inclusive employment policies and practices. Advocacy for Disability Employment Awareness Through Community Outreach CMA’s mission is to always empower employees and inform employers about the many benefits of employing workers with […]

We Thank You: Direct Support Professionals

direct support professionals and residents

There are days that we set aside to pay tribute or honor those that deserve accolades for their contributions to society. We set aside a week each year to recognize and celebrate Direct Support Employees’ (DSP) extraordinary work. A Direct Support Professional is someone who works directly with people who have intellectual or developmental disabilities. They […]

What is Self-Direction and How Does it Work?

woman and CMA resident walking together

Self-Direction, as defined by Applied Self-Direction, is “a model of long-term care service delivery that helps people of all ages with all types of disabilities maintain their independence at home.” This is on their terms, with the kinds of services and support that they want. It is funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid […]

Simple Ways to Get Involved with Community Mainstreaming Associates

CMA residents playing games at table | ways to get involved

There are few things in life quite as satisfying as extending a hand to help others. If you want to make a difference in people’s lives but worry that you may not have the time or means, check out Community Mainstreaming Associates (CMA) and see ways to get involved with us. CMA is committed to […]