(NDDAM) National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, which focuses on the importance of inclusion for children, adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities, and celebrating the unique strengths and vital contributions of these individuals.
Mission Road Ministries
For this reason, we are putting one of our clients, Mission Road Ministries, in the spotlight! They are an organization in San Antonio doing amazing work to serve children and adults with IDD. They serve over 850 children & adults with (IDD) intellectual and developmental disabilities each day with residential, day activity services, and vocational programs.
What is IDD?
IDD includes Down syndrome, Fragile X, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Shaken Baby Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and hundreds of other unique diagnoses. More than 90% of the people Mission Road serves have secondary diagnoses and comorbidities that include diagnoses like severe vision impairments, chronic health conditions, autism, seizure disorders, and many others. Additionally, over 60% of the individuals they serve are non-verbal. The population of people that Mission Road cares for require specialized, long-term aid—for the whole of their lifetime. The need that Mission Road fills for the San Antonio IDD community is to provide both residential and non-residential programs with reliable, affordable, and high-quality care for people who have been diagnosed with IDD and families caring for loved ones with IDD.
How Mission Road Helps
Mission Road offers children’s programs that include long-term residential care, enrollment in school, taking them to purchase new clothing, shoes, a back pack, and more, a 9-week summer camp, holiday break, and after school program.
Their adult day activities program serves 170+ adults each weekday, which promotes their independence, productivity, and inclusion in the community while also enabling their family or caregiver to enjoy respite, attend school, go to work, etc. Mission Road offers long-term residential community homes, and day activities.
We are so thankful to partner with clients who are doing amazing work in our commnunity! If you want to learn more about Mission Road Ministries, please visit their website at https://www.missionroadministries.org/.