Easter Seals Iowa Center

Organization: Easter Seals Iowa

401 Northeast 66th Avenue, Des Moines, IA, USA

Phone 5153091933


Achieving Independent Methods (AIM) is designed to be a wrap around program for clients to learn and grow all while utilizing one program. The program is funded by Polk County Health Services at no cost to participants.

Services:

The program offers a full range of direct services including:

  • employment
  • housing
  • health services
  • recreation
  • daily living skills
  • socialization
  • A representative payee can assist with bill payments and money management.

Eligibility:

AIM serves adults age 18 and older with intellectual disabilities, brain injuries, physical disabilities, and developmental disabilities. Clients must be referred through Case Managers and Service Coordinators in cooperation with Polk County Health Services.

Intake Process:

Referrals are made by Polk County Health Services.

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


Assistive Technology is technology used by individuals with disabilities in order to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible. Easter Seals Iowa's Assistive Technology Center encompasses three programs: Equipment Loan, Demonstration Center and Lending Library.

Services:

Equipment Loan Services
Equipment Loan Services loans durable medical equipment such as electric hospital beds, electric and manual wheelchairs, and adaptive bathroom devices to those in need. Equipment is provided at a nominal fee and can be used for an unlimited length of time. Easter Seals seeks donations of used medical equipment for use in this program.

Demonstration Center
The Demonstration Center, located at the Assistive Technology Center at Easter Seals Camp Sunnyside, showcases different types of assistive technologies, such as tub lifts, kitchen and bathroom features, and other items individuals may use to make their homes more accessible. The Demonstration Center is a valuable resource in allowing customers to try equipment before it is brought into the home. An appointment is needed. Call for more details.

Assistive Technology Lending Library
Individual residing in Iowa, including persons with disabilities, family members, teachers, health professionals, etc., are eligible for the program. A limit of 5 items can be loaned at any given time, for up to 30 days. A person can access as an unlimited amount of items in a given year. The borrower is responsible for the pick-up of all item(s) from the Easter Seals Assistive Technology Lending Library and the borrower is responsible for all fees to return the item(s) to Easter Seals.

Intake Process:

Complete an application. See website or call for details.

Hours:

Monday – Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


Case Managment
Easter Seals Iowa case managers maintain frequent contact with their clients. Working as a team with others involved in the client's life, they design a program plan that best meets the needs of the individual as he or she strives toward greater personal freedom.
Our case managers help clients define their objectives, identify their needs and strengths, advocate on behalf of their rights, monitor services, check their progress and link them to appropriate providers.

Service Coordination
Easter Seals Service Coordination assists and empowers persons with mental health and mental retardation diagnosis' to gain access securing and sustaining resources necessary to live within their community independently. Service Coordinators are able to provide limited direct assistance to their consumers. Service Coordination clients are not required to have Title 19 or be Title 19 eligible.

Services:

Services might involve helping individuals rent an apartment, find furniture, obtain employment, access public transportation, secure medical care, etc. Whatever the need, every case manager has the knowledge and the experience to work out the most ideal solution commensurate with the client's abilities.

Eligibility:

To be eligible for Case Management services, you must have the ability to pay privately OR have Title XIX, and have one of the following diagnoses:

  • Intellectual Disability, with a full scale IQ 75 or lower
  • Developmental Disability that occurred prior to the age of 22
  • Chronic mental illness
  • Brain injury
  • Must have a need to access at least two services (Supported Community Living, Respite, Life Club, etc.)

Intake Process:

Please contact our Case Management/Service Coordination Intake Coordinator at 515.309.2627.

There are three forms the Intake Coordinator may ask you to complete. These documents can be found on the website.

Hours:

Monday – Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


Clients Socially Integrated is a community-based day program, for adults with disabilities, focused on learning transferable skills which lead to independence in the community. Communication, safety, transportation and independent skills are sharpened as clients visit historical sites, volunteer, visit coffee shops, go to movies and much more.

Services:

Members spend the day out in the community, learn to navigate the public transportation system, build relationships, problem solve, and decide as a group what activities to do.

Eligibility:

Adults who have been diagnosed with Intellectual Disability and/or Developmental disabilities.

Intake Process:

Referral of applicants should be made to the Easter Seals Iowa Outreach Coordinator by emailing the completed application (available on the website) or by calling 515-309-1783.

Hours:

Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Payment:

Medicaid Waiver, Medicaid — Amerigroup Iowa, Inc., Medicaid — Iowa Total Care

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


Services:

Life Club
Life Club is an adult day habilitation program serving adults with disabilities. Life Club provides skill training and opportunities to experience the Des Moines community. The service runs Monday through Friday and is staffed at a ratio of 1:7, staff to consumer respectively. Some activities offered include community service work, boating, swimming, bowling, movies, and going out to eat. Life Club is consumer focused and works towards individual goals to increase personal independence.

CSI: Clients Socially Integrated
CSI is a long-term community based day program that focuses on consumers learning transferable skills that lead to independent community integration. All activities occur in the community. This service runs Monday through Friday and is staffed at a 1:4 ration, staff to consumers respectively. CSI focuses on independence, inclusion, individualization and productivity.

Eligibility:

Life Club participants are adults, 18 years old and above. Participants can utilize ID waiver funding, county funding, and private pay.

CSI participants are 18 years and older, who are able to purchase a monthly bus pass. Participants must be able to self-medicate and be independent in personal cares. We accept ID waiver, county funding and private pay.

Intake Process:

Call or see website for details.

Hours:

Monday – Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


Program: EmployAbility

The EmployAbility program focuses on increasing prevocational skills, in order to prepare individuals for community-based employment. EmployAbility focuses in the areas of transportation and safety, professional dress, professional expectations, emergency procedures and job task completion. The program also supports the development of social skills and teamwork. Easter Seals Iowa partners with Des Moines area community businesses to put these skills into action. EmployAbility clients work in live business settings, completing a variety of job tasks. By volunteering their time, EmployAbility clients strengthen prevocational skills, and community businesses benefit from their efforts.

Services:

  • Prevocational skill development

Eligibility:

Adults who have been diagnosed with Intellectual Disability and/or Developmental disabilities.

Intake Process:

Referral of applicants should be made to the Easter Seals Iowa Outreach Coordinator by emailing completed application (available on the website) or by calling 515-309-1783

Hours:

Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Payment:

Self Pay, Medicaid Waiver, Medicaid — Amerigroup Iowa, Inc., Medicaid — Iowa Total Care

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


Program: Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is an internship program that places young adults with special needs in a real working environment, giving them skills to prepare for the workforce. The goal of the program is community-based employment for clients. Through total workplace immersion, clients experience a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and relevant job-skills training obtained through strategically designed internships. While at their internships, participants receive follow-along job support services with the goal of becoming independent at their sites.

Internships take place at Mercy Medical Center.

Services:

  • Classroom instruction
  • Career exploration
  • job skills training
  • Internship placement and support

Eligibility:

Adults who have been diagnosed with Intellectual Disability and/or Developmental disabilities.

Intake Process:

Contact 515-309-1783 or rbell@eastersealsia.org to request a Project SEARCH application.

Hours:

Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 2:30 pm

Payment:

Self Pay, Medicaid Waiver, Medicaid — Fee For Service, Medicaid — Amerigroup Iowa, Inc., Medicaid — Iowa Total Care

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


Program: Rural Solutions

For many farm family members and rural residents with a disability, Rural Solutions represents their only hope of returning to farming and their communities. Team members are knowledgeable about resources throughout the state which can address the unique needs of rural family members with disabilities, and actively pursue services that will enhance their lives.

Rural Solutions staff will assist the rural family to connect with other community resources and agencies that may be of additional service to the rural family to help them reach their goals after acquiring a disability. Easter Seals Iowa Rural Solutions services are provided free of charge to the individual and family receiving the services.

Services:

  • work site and home modification consultations
  • peer support
  • services for the family
  • information and referrals
  • medical equipment loan services

Eligibility:

Any farm family member with a disability or individual with a disability living in a town with a population less than 2,500 is eligible for services through the Rural Solutions program.

Intake Process:

Contact the Outreach Coordinator at 515.309.1783

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


Supported Community Living (SCL) provides people with disabilities the opportunity to live as independently as possible in the community. Service includes support with safety, housekeeping, finances, communication, employment, socialization, transportation and wellness.

Services:

Hourly Supported Community Living
Serves children and adults from just a few hours per month up eight hours per day. This goal-focused program maintains the independence clients currently have while working toward greater independence. Clients access the community in new and exciting ways by utilizing public transportation, grocery shopping, working out and forming meaningful relationships with peers.

Twenty-Four Hour Supported Community Living
Serves adults who require eight or more hours of service per day. Service is provided in the place of residence and the community, where clients learn independent living skills such as household maintenance, meal planning, budgeting and socialization’all while working toward the goal of greater independence.

Eligibility:

Children and adults with disabilities.

Intake Process:

Referral of applicants should be made to the Easter Seals Iowa Outreach Coordinator by emailing the completed application (found on website) or by calling 515-309-1783.

Payment:

Self Pay, Medicaid Waiver, Medicaid — Amerigroup Iowa, Inc., Medicaid — Iowa Total Care

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


Supported Education is a unique program designed to give participants support and guidance as they develop marketable skills through education. Participants are provided with an array of services to help them successfully complete their educational goals.

Accomplishing educational goals leads clients to further success in education, employment
and personal goals; for example, studying for and passing a driver’s test or obtaining a GED.

Services:

Supported Education is client-led and can include any of the following:

  • applying for financial aid
  • planning and choosing a career path
  • completing required pretesting
  • accessing campus resources
  • communicating with faculty
  • organizational strategies for studying
  • coping with the stress of classes

Eligibility:

Adults who have been diagnosed with Intellectual Disability and/or Developmental disabilities.

Intake Process:

Referral of applicants should be made to the Easter Seals Iowa Outreach Coordinator by emailing the completed application (available on the website) or by calling 515-309-1783.

Payment:

Self Pay

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


Supported Employment assists clients in both obtaining and maintaining community-based employment. A job developer supports clients in determining employment opportunities they are interested in and in finding a job. Job developers also support clients to fill out applications, prepare resumes and perfect interview skills. Once a job is obtained, a job coach assists clients to learn job responsibilities, the culture and values of the work environment, job accommodations and explaining how employment affects their benefits.

Services:

Services include:

  • employment opportunities
  • applications
  • resumes
  • interview skills
  • follow up and support once a job is obtained

Eligibility:

Adults who have been diagnosed with Intellectual Disability and/or Developmental disabilities.

Payment:

Self Pay, Medicaid Waiver, Medicaid — Amerigroup Iowa, Inc., Medicaid — Iowa Total Care

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website