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Local Resources Available to Plan Summer Fun Activities for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Summer can be a fun time of the year, but for adults with developmental disabilities, finding summer programs and activities that accommodate their special needs can be challenging.

Melodee Benton, Associate Director of Independent Living at Willows Way, says there are many organizations and resources available locally that offer summer activities catered specifically for adults with developmental disabilities, which may include autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, pervasive developmental disorders, cerebral palsy, and intellectual disabilities.

Exploring the world around them, and socializing with others in meaningful activities can often times have a profound, positive affect on a person with a developmental disability, said Benton.

"Art and music, physical exercise and outdoor exploration are ideal activities for strengthening social relationships and improving the emotional and physical well-being of us all," said Benton.

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 March: Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Willows Way Striving to Increase Awareness for
Developmental Disabilities, Available Programs in the Community

According to the National Organization on Disability/Louis Harris & Associates Survey of Americans with Disabilities, an estimated 2.5 million people in the United States have a developmental disability, and an estimated 20.3 million families in the United States have at least one member with a disability.

Unless people are personally affected in some way by a developmental disability, many don't realize just how many Americans and their families are impacted by the condition, and many more are not aware of the programs and resources in their own communities dedicated to assisting them, according to Joy Steele, Executive Director of Willows Way, a non-profit organization based in St. Charles, MO that provides residential and community support to adults with developmental disabilities. 

"As part of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March, we want to inform people about available programs that promote independence and dignity for adults and their families living with a developmental disability," said Steele. "At Willows Way, we believe all people with developmental disabilities who seek the kind of personalized support that nurtures the body, mind, and spirit will experience a sense of home, a feeling of security, and an avenue for personal growth in the community." 

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Willows Way Expanding Facility to Meet Demand for Unique RISE - Reaching Independence Through Social Engagement Program

Adults with developmental disabilities participate in program's daily structured activities

Extensive renovations are underway at St. Charles County-based Willows Way to accommodate its growing RISE - Reaching Independence Through Social Engagement Program.

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