The extraordinary needs of a child with developmental disabilities can stretch family’s financial resources. FSS assists families in purchasing services and goods which are not funded through Medicaid. Purchases may include but are not limited to: respite, therapeutic services, recreational services, medical supplies and adaptive equipment, adaptive toys, or any other service or goods necessary to assist their child with developmental disabilities.
Family Support Services can also help in times of crisis when a family member or loved one becomes ill, or when things get difficult at home for other reasons. With assistance and support, families can often work these situations out and stay together. Supports for Independent and Family Living include a wide array of services that allow an individual to remain in his or her own home, apartment or family care home. Whether the individual and/or family’s need is respite services, which provide relief for a caregiver, or assistive technology services which can for example, provide environmental modifications to the home to incorporate a wheel chair (such as wider doors, ramps or roll-in showers), or provide communication aides (such as speech amplifiers, guide dogs and adaptive computer hardware/software) the goal is to help people with developmental disabilities lead richer lives that include meaningful relationships, good health and personal growth.