College Opportunities for Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

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Despite the challenges that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) often face, there are a growing number of college opportunities 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 adults with IDDs. In addition, vocational and day […]

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

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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)

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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

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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?

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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

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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 […]

Residential Programs and Services for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

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Intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) can make certain aspects of life more challenging. Having the appropriate resources can make all the difference. However, not everyone will have access to the same quality of support. Our residential programs and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities aim to provide the support that sometimes family and […]

The Positive Impact of Vocational and Day Programs

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Most intellectual and developmental disabilities are characterized by challenges with intellectual functioning, affecting the capacity to learn, reason, and problem-solve. It could also impact other adaptive behavior skills, including everyday social and life skills. The good news is that Community Mainstreaming Associates offers vocational and day programs that help make a positive difference. With some […]

Shifting Autism Awareness Month to Autism Acceptance Month

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Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States. Every year, Autism Awareness Month is celebrated in April, but this year advocates and professionals are shifting the conversation from awareness to acceptance. Awareness educates the community about the signs, symptoms, and realities of Autism. The next step is to accept Autistic people into the […]