Individuals living with intellectual disability face special challenges in their efforts to lead stable, productive lives. AltaPointe professionals have specific expertise in handling these complex situations and providing the intensive support required by these individuals.
Ann Cunningham, division coordinator for intellectual disabilities (ID), says the goal of AltaPointe’s ID program is to provide individuals with intellectual disabilities support, and services that will help them achieve their dreams of how they want their life to be related to where they live, work and socialize. Cunningham says it is care that is evolving.
“We use to help them have a plan or a program that addressed things that they could not do and help them develop skills to be more independent,” Cunningham said. “We continue to do that but not it is more person-centered and the plan is based on what it important to them.”
Cunningham says for many ID patients, simply having a job is important to them.
“We encourage that and try to assist them in finding some type of employment that they have an interest in and will enjoy,” Cunningham added. “We’ve actually employed several individuals here in jobs they can do and jobs they can feel successful doing.”
Cunningham says AltaPointe ID program in the Sylacauga area serves nearly 200 individuals. Services include; Burton Developmental Center’s day program located in Talladega, McKinney Learning Center’s day program in Lineville, numerous residential facilities, and case management services.
“Individuals served may also have another diagnosis including mental illness, seizure disorder, cerebral palsy, vision and hearing impairment, Autism, and Down Syndrome,” Cunningham said. “We promote dignity and respect, opportunity, community inclusion and quality of life outcomes for all individuals served.”
For more information on AltaPointe’s programs and services, as well as the Alabama Department of Mental Health’s please visit the following links;