Overview of Programs & Services
Programs for Infants & Children at STAR's Rubino Family Center
Beginning with infants and young children with special needs, a team of certified teachers and therapists provide early intervention services, including individualized therapeutic, educational and social services. Comprehensive services are offered in order to strengthen the capacity of families to meet the developmental needs of their children.
Family Support Services
STAR provides families with flexible supports of their choosing at times that they need them in order to assist their children with their roles, activities and responsibilities within the family. Formal programs and professional services, as well as the informal support available from extended family, friends, neighbors and community members are utilized. Parent education and training is also provided.
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The JumpSTARs program promotes well-being and creates a family support network for parents, caregivers, relatives, and siblings of individuals of all ages who are impacted by intellectual and developmental disabilities.
JumpSTARs provides a series of activities each month that are educational, recreational and social. Events will be free (or of very nominal charge) and open to the public on a first come basis depending on venue capacity.
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STAR helps seniors with developmental disabilities to continue to build their interpersonal relationship skills, make new friends and utilize communication skills while encouraging them to participate more fully in community life.
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Each year, over 230 individuals receive job training from STAR. Individuals are supported at STAR’s workshop, at work sites within local companies, and in local corporations and businesses, where they earn competitive wages and benefits.
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STAR provides training and job opportunities to individuals with developmental disabilities so that they are able to participate with greater independence and self-sufficiency in the community. We offer employment training and placement, as well as opportunities to work in area businesses or with STAR’s fulfillment services or work crews.
Approximately 70 individuals are supported each year living in STAR operated Group Homes and Supported Apartments. Individuals receive training, supervision and support in order to live full and productive lives.
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STAR helps individuals with developmental disabilities to safely enjoy themselves by participating in recreational activities that build their interpersonal relationship skills, help them to make new friends and utilize communication skills while encouraging them to participate more fully in community life.
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STAR provides both in-home respite care for young children and respite services for adults at Founders' Cottage.
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Supported Independent Living Services
Independent living provides opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities to design their own lives. Support provided by STAR allows them to develop and utilize their daily living skills, work skills, interpersonal relationship skills and community involvement creating a reality of inclusion and self sufficiency.
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Advocacy, Case Management and Transportation Services
All participants of STAR programs receive coordinated case management, social services and advocacy. Transportation is available to and from STAR programs for eligible participants.TITLE VI Policy Statement TITLE VI Your Rights Notice TITLE VI Compliance Procedures TITLE VI Discrimination Complaint Form
For more information about STAR’s programs for infants, children and adults with developmental disabilities, please contact:Katie Banzhaf Executive Director