To provide individuals with disabilities an enjoyable environment that promotes choices and opportunities for growth through life enriching activities that encourages self determination and independence in their lives.
CDS Contact Information:
Phone: (480) 969-3800
Fax: (480) 890-7204
CDS provides personalized and group instruction to adults with disabilities, assisting them to achieve their maximum potential. Individuals are given the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities at the site and in the community.
CDS offers training in a structured environment or in the community as a learning center of the following major areas of skill development:
- Motor Skills
- Functional Academics
- Social Skills
- Community Skills
- Daily Living Skills
- Sensory Integration Skills
CDS provides services for individuals with disabilities who are at least 18 years of age, demonstrate a desire to participate in the program and adheres to Marc Community Resources policy.
Funding for this program is available through Department of Economics Security/Division of Development Disabilities (DES/DDD). Private paying placements are considered on an individual basis as vacancy permits.
Community Integration Skills
- Community Integration Skills – Individuals accessing their community by applying their social skills and their academic skills of reading, writing, community survival signs and math as needed during a community activity. Community integration activities may include: planning and scheduling community activities, shopping and purchasing items, museums, theatres, library, athletic events, accessing public transportation and volunteering at thrift stores, etc.
Daily Living Skills
- Personal Care Skills – Individuals gain the basic knowledge to achieve a better state of health. Personal care activities/discussions include: dental care, health and safety awareness, fitness, healthy eating habits, appropriate dress, nail care, washing hands, taking medication, personal hygiene, responding to illness and washing and styling hair, etc.
- Home Maintenance Skills – Individuals learn the skills they need for home care. Home maintenance activities/discussions include: laundry, washing and drying dishes, vacuuming, dusting, cleaning windows, sweeping and moping, etc.
- Safety Awareness Skills – training is provided about using safety skills in the community, at work and home. Safety Awareness activities/discussions include: survival signs, stranger awareness, fire prevention and safety, first aid, personal safety, home safety, community awareness safety, work safety and emergency procedures.
- Self-Advocacy Skills – staff assists individuals to gain the skills and knowledge needed for greater independence. Self-advocacy activities/discussions include: reviewing rights, making informed decisions, communication, assertiveness, taking responsibility, etc.
- Work Experience Skills – staff assist individuals in obtaining the necessary skills needed in preparation for work. Work experience activities/discussions include: following directions, completing tasks.
- Functional Academics – training is provided in the area of reading, writing and numeracy which contribute to an individual ability to function independently in real-life situations at home, work and in the community. Functional academic activities include: reading a book, writing a poem, sign language, communication, computer skills, money management and time management, etc.
- Fine Motor Skills – using movements that are mainly produced by the small muscle group in the body. Fine motor skills involve the ability to coordinate the action of the eyes and hands. Fine motor activities include: use of pencils, pens and markers, stringing beads, puzzles, craft activities and various types of painting, etc.
- Gross Motor Skills – using movements that are mainly produced by the large muscle groups in the body. Gross motor activities include: throw and catch a ball, dancing, exercise and ring toss, etc.
- Sensory Skills – Sensory activities are provided to address the individual’s processing needs. Sensory activities include: music therapy, lighting effects, aromatherapy, exploring different textures, exposed to different tastes, etc.
- Social Skills – Instructing Individuals how to interact with others appropriately. Social activities/discussions include: role playing, communication, teamwork, listening, social gatherings, interactive games, interpersonal and problems solving skills, etc.