Programs and Services: Adult Training Facility
The Adult Training Facility (ATF) is located on Catawissa Avenue in Williamsport. The program is housed in a modern 12,000 square foot building. The welcoming atmosphere includes natural light from sky lights. Extensive personal care is provided including tube feedings and assistance with other needs. Staff work intuitively and diligently to improve communication skills , sometimes using various forms of assistive technology.
Adult Training Facility Staff
Thirty four staff, including five Human Services Professionals, provide supports to nearly 100 individuals with mental retardation. Many of the individuals are very physically and medically involved and require extensive levels of support. While regulations require one staff for every six individuals, the ATF provides a 1:4 or 1:5 staff: individual ratio. Individuals range in age from 21 to the elderly. Over 75% live in group homes while others live in nursing homes, personal care homes or at home with their family.
The ATF has developed specialized programs for people with autism. The “Autism Room” makes environmental adaptations to insure that the unique needs of these individuals are met. Another specialized program for the elderly, the Geriatric Program, allows individuals to enjoy activities appropriate to their age. The group frequently attends activities at the local Senior Citizens’ Center. Staff are trained in Alzheimer’s disease, especially as related to the incidence of Alzheimer’s in individuals with Down’s Syndrome.
Activities to Suit Each Individual
Activities throughout the program are geared toward the desires of the individuals. Music, arts and crafts, exercise, seasonal activities and cooking are just a few of the activities provided. Individuals participate in volunteer programs at nursing homes, the SPCA, Early Learning Programs, a local soup kitchen, and Meals on Wheels. Twenty four volunteers contribute over 1000 hours of their time every year. They are recognized annually by some of the organizations during Volunteer Month, which is held in April.
In addition, sensory motor activities provide health benefits, improve function, increase participation in and control over ones environment for an improved quality of life. Therapeutic massages are also available and has been especially beneficial tot hose in wheelchairs in improving circulation to legs and feet.
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Paramount to the philosophy of the ATF staff is to be keenly aware of the wants and needs of each person, and to provide flexibility and options in programming. Following the Golden Rule, treating others as you would want to be treated, is always an important consideration.
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This social/recreational day program for adults with developmental disabilities is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and the Department of Aging. The program receives its funding from the Lycoming-Clinton County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Program and private contracts.
Questions About Adult Training Facility
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