Jobs and Care Provider Opportunities
Employment was one of the driving forces in the organization of LEO. Local young adults with developmental disabilities were graduating from the school system and having a very difficult time obtaining employment. Today, we urge families to work with the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and existing employment vendors to obtain employment services.
We also encourage families and friends to support those with developmental disabilities in various community activities, such as volunteering to help at Salmon Days, or community clean up days, or participating in the Aktion club supported by AtWork! and the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah.
Each year, the LEO organization recognizes those businesses in the community that go the extra mile in hiring people with disabilities. These employers show a willingness to modify hiring procedures, are flexible with job descriptions, allow employment specialists on site for job coaching, provide a network of support for the individual, as well as initiating the recruitment of individuals who have disabilities.
As children with disabilities get older, and their parents get older as well, we realize more urgently the need for housing for these young people. As they see their siblings going off to college and getting their own apartments, they also want to experience this independence away from the family home. After much research and many discussions with people who had gone this route before us, LEO decided on the Adult Family Home model – a family type home in a typical neighborhood where five individuals would live with their live-in care provider.
In this model, the care provider contracts through DDA (WA State Developmental Disabilities Administration) to be the Medicaid Personal Care provider for each client. The clients pay a rate set by DDA as their participation rate for the food, household supplies, utilities, insurance, and the day-to-day operation of the home. Adult family homes are licensed by the state and subject to oversight and spontaneous annual inspections by the state licensor, DDA adult family home teams, case managers, nurse oversight, as well as the Long-Term Care Ombudsman.