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Community Access

Group & Individual

Hi-Hope’s Community Access Program is a comprehensive training program for adults with mild to profound developmental disabilities. Skills are taught through repetition, positive reinforcement, and modeling of appropriate behavior by staff, while at the same time encouraging active participation and fostering independence of our clients.

The purpose of Community Access activities is to assist each individual in acquiring, retaining, or improving self-help, socialization and adaptive skill, required for active community participation and independent functioning. Examples of these skills include communication, mobility and safety. Hi-Hope offers Community Access activities in group and individual formats. Hi-Hope’s philosophy is “person-centered” – we wholeheartedly strive to ensure that each individual is engaged in activities that are important to and important for them.

Community integration is also a vital element of Hi-Hope’s services. The individuals supported are given the opportunity to choose activities in which they wish to participate. These include going shopping, attending movies and sporting events, visiting area attractions, and many other recreational and leisure activities. Most importantly, these men and women give back to the community by volunteering. Hi-Hope has four regular routes to deliver Meals on Wheels. Additionally, we participate in Gwinnett’s Great Day of Service and perform cleanup duties at Vines Botanical Gardens. This continued exposure to the community enhances adaptability and provides opportunities for meaningful participation. To further support learning, Hi-Hope operates an art center and a computer lab, hosts a health and wellness group, facilitates small group social activities and coordinates many other activities on our site.

Social interaction is very important at Hi-Hope; holiday and seasonal parties are held and are available to all participants. These activities are planned by the Client Council, a group elected by their peers to give voice to their interests in the day to day life of the center. Hi-Hope supports the Gwinnett Chapter of People First and frequently hosts chapter meetings at our site.

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