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United Way of Allegheny County
Description of Service
BluePrints offers children with spina bifida and other related disabilities the opportunity to develop social, motor, sensory and cognitive skills by interacting with peers in a fun and stimulating environment in a play group for children ages two - five years. The program is provides a place where parents and children can interact in a play/support group setting under the careful supervision of a professional.
The Gatehouse Program provides a structured, safe and supportive environment for individuals to successfully make the transition into adult life. Following high school graduation, young adults live at the Gatehouse while receiving vocational, educational, life skills and wellness training.
The summer developmental camping program provides a traditional camp experience for individuals with spina bifida and related disabilities. The program combines traditional camp fun with skill development in a barrier-free atmosphere regardless of disability.
The STRIVE (Skills Training and Rehabilitation for Individual Vocational Enhancement) Program assists individuals with spina bifida and other related disabilities in developing the coping and problem solving skills that will allow them to acquire and maintain employment. Serving individuals in the northern region of Allegheny County, the program provides participants with the training needed to understand their physical and cognitive strengths and weaknesses. It teaches them to develop realistic and appropriate career goals and to have an understanding of how to develop compensatory strategies in employment and community-based settings. The skills learned through STRIVE enable individuals to be more independent in career exploration, job seeking and maintaining competitive employment.
The Family School Partnership emphasizes collaboration between parents and families to successfully educate the child with spina bifida. Equips parents with the information they need to advocate for the diverse needs of their child. The program serves families and school district personnel from preschool through graduation.
The Adult Community Services Program supports individuals who have completed the Gatehouse program and individuals with spina bifida or other related disabilities who are living out in the community. The program also helps adults with spina bifida locate housing in the community of their choice. One option in the North Hills is the Villa, a housing complex directly supported by the SBAWP. Villa residents receive staff support in managing their own apartments while they continue to work on their educational and vocational goals.
The SBAWP Wellness Program was designed specifically to support young adults with spina bifida and other related disabilities with a proactive and holistic service aimed at maintaining their health and wellness. Through coordinated and preventative care, SBAWP Wellness Coordinators help individuals manage the cognitive, physical and emotional aspects of their disability within the health care system. They work collaboratively with individuals, health care professionals, family members, caregivers and service providers on a weekly basis to ensure an exceptional level of care.