Frequently Asked Questions
What is a severe communication impairment?
Individuals are described as having severe communication impairments when their speech, pointing, and/or handwriting are insufficient to meet their communication needs. The term is usually used when the person has no use of speech or very limited use of speech or handwriting.
What is apraxia?
Apraxia is the inability to execute a voluntary motor movement despite being able to demonstrate normal muscle function. Apraxia is not related to a lack of understanding or to any kind of physical paralysis but is caused by a problem in the cortex of the brain. (Medicine.net, 2007). For individuals with autism and other developmental disorders movement disorders of their hands, body, and mouth can affect their ability to communicate understanding and self.
What is AAC?
Augmentative and Alternate Communication is a term used to describe means other than speaking to communicate. This can involve use of low tech communication systems such as sign language, written words, or picture symbols, or high tech systems which include the use of speech generated devices, and computer based systems.
What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive technology is technology used by individuals with disabilities in order to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible. Assistive technology can include mobility devices such as walkers and wheelchairs, as well as hardware, software, and peripherals that assist people with disabilities in accessing computers or other information technologies.
What is Facilitated Communication?
Facilitated Communication is commonly referred to as FC. It is more appropriately referred to as Facilitated Communication Training is one of many augmentative and alternative communication strategies that is used by some individuals who cannot speak or whose speech is limited and who cannot point reliably. The method involves a communication partner, typically called a facilitator (e.g. teacher, friend, parent) providing physical, communicative, and emotional support as the person points at pictures, letters, words, or other symbols.
Do insurance companies cover your service?
Some do. This is dependent on the services provided in your personal insurance plan. Services are paid in full by clients, and can be submitted to their private insurance as a speech and language service as appropriate.
Who is eligible for Delta Services?
An individual must be at least 18 years old, a client of the Regional Center, have a clear commitment to community integration and have an understanding that training will occur in the community.
What are Regional Centers?
The Regional Centers are private, non-profit organizations that contract with the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to fund and administer services to people with developmental disabilities. The Regional Center links each consumer with a service coordinator, who provides case management for the consumer and assists the person in finding and arranging services.
What is the difference between ILS and SLS?
Independent Living Services (ILS) are typically used by adults who have some self-help skills but need help with some tasks. A person who uses ILS typically spends a great deal of time on his/her own without support.
Who is eligible for Supported Living Services?
An individual with a developmental disability (“consumer”) who is 18 years of age or older, is a client of a Regional Center , and expresses, either directly or through an advocate, the desire to live in his/her own home. An individual interested in SLS should contact his/her Regional Center service coordinator.If an individual wishes to receive SLS independent from the Regional Center system, on a private pay basis, he/she should contact REACH.
Will I be supported on nights, weekends, and holidays?
Yes. REACH provides Supported Living Services to people around the clock, every day, if that is what they need.
What is an IPP?
IPP stands for Individual Program Plan. An IPP is a contract made with a Regional Center to help a consumer live successfully in the community. Each consumer will have a planning team that includes the consumer, the Regional Center service coordinator, and the consumer’s circle of support. The planning team uses Person Centered Planning to develop an IPP, taking into consideration a person’s goals, objectives, and the services and supports needed to attain them.
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