A Program Specialist, also known as autism specialists or applied behavioral analysts, ensure that the services outlined in the individual support plans are executed upon and within compliance. They serve as the liaison between the individual receiving care, their families/caregivers, physicians and internal and external agencies. Continue reading “The Role of the Program Specialist”
Healthcare standards and compliance requirements affect any size organization. Whether you are a single provider or an organization with two or more providers, the requirements are the same. Beyond the standard business regulations outlined by OSHA and the EEOC, the Department of Public Welfare and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) outline the standards for home and community-based care organizations. Continue reading “Healthcare Standards and Compliance”
Adults with autism and intellectual disabilities have a right to live independently like any other adult. The support they need varies by individual depending on the scope of their disability and their support network. Roughly 1% of the general population has an intellectual disability and 10% of those people have autism spectrum disorder or autistic traits. Care plans for individuals with disabilities called, Individual Support Plans (ISPs), are designed to meet their unique needs. Continue reading “Understanding The ISP”
The caregiver industry for direct support professionals is nearing a crisis point. DSP’s are care professionals for the elderly, the developmentally or physically disabled, or patients in rehabilitation programs. Being a direct support professional is not easy.
Providing home and community care to an individual with autism and intellectual disabilities in need is complex and expensive. A single person could require up to five hours of weekly care to assist with daily activities. Other individuals require as many as twenty-four hours of care with round the clock care of two people at a time to assist with hourly tasks and manage crises situations.
Unmet needs and inadequate services take a huge toll on families and prevent adults with ASD from living independently.
The Top 10 issues are:
1. When individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are phased out of the public school system, the safety net of support gets yanked out from under them.