1. What are developmental disabilities?
According to the Developmental Disabilities Act (Pub.L.106-402), the term developmental disability means a severe, chronic disability that:
- Is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or a combination of those impairments;
- Occurs before the age 22;
- Is likely to continue indefinitely;
- Results in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the following areas of major life activity:
- (i) self-care
- (ii) receptive and expressive language
- (iii) learning
- (iv) mobility
- (v) self-direction
- (vi) capacity for independent living
- (vii) economic self-sufficiency
The term "developmental disability" can include several types of conditions including, but not limited to: autism, Down syndrome, Asperger's syndrome, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy. Many states use different definitions for developmental disabilities based on the federal law. 2. What is the difference between intellectual and developmental disabilities?The major differences are in the age of onset, the severity of limitations, and the fact that the developmental disability definition does not refer to an IQ requirement. Many individuals with intellectual disability will also meet the definition of developmental disability. However, it is estimated that at least half of individuals with intellectual disability will not meet the functional limitation requirement in the DD definition. The DD definition requires substantial functional limitations in three or more areas of major life activity. The intellectual disability definition requires significant limitations in one area of adaptive behavior. 3. Can education, training, & support help?Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities may learn more slowly than others, but they have many of the same emotions, problems, and needs that others do. They have talents and abilities that should be developed through individualized education, job training, and specialized therapies. Support can enhance individual functioning which can come from family, friends and community as well as licensed service providers like the Duvall Home.4. What types of services are available at Duvall Home for a person with intellectual and development disabilities?
- Reflects the individual's need for a combination and sequence of special, interdisciplinary, or generic services, individualized supports, or other forms of assistance that are of lifelong or extended duration and are individually planned and coordinated.
5. Where does the Duvall Home get their funding?
- 24/7 nursing care
- Respite care to provide temporary relief to a caregiver.
- Adult Day Training programs to teach life and work skills.
- Vocational opportunities
- Volunteering & community involvement.
- Residential living arrangements to provide the support, security and care needed.
- Occupational & vocational therapies.
- Other supports to improve quality of life.
Duvall Home receives funding from generous individuals, churches, corporations, parents & guardians, as well as a percentage of state funding. 6. How can I get my loved one into residential or other programs at Duvall Home?
Please contact us at 386-734-2874 and ask to speak with Marsha Shankleton for residential placement. For admission to our day program, please ask for Ed McDowell. All potential residents and clients will be screened so we can determine if placement at the Duvall Home is mutually beneficial for both parties. 7. How can people help? What is your greatest need?
As a non-profit 501c3 organization monetary donations provide the greatest help. Donations keep the Duvall Home operating. Checks can be mailed or credit cards are accepted on our website. We also accept planned giving, such as wills, trusts, annuities and real estate.
Donations for resale at our bargain shop and fulfillment of items on the Duvall Home wish list also help to provide services as well personal and household needs for our residents.
8. Are non-residents allowed to participate in adult programs?Non-residents are welcome and encouraged to take part in the Duvall Home's "OPPS" Program. Our Adult Day Training is held Monday-Friday 9am-3pm. For more information contact our Director of OPPs Ed McDowell 386-734-2874 x114. 9. What is the cost for a residential program?
Residential programs are created for each individual and their specific needs. The Duvall Home offers all levels of care with some programs costing more than others. The average cost ranges anywhere from $24,000-$60,000 a year depending on the level of care required for each individual. We also accept individuals that are funded under Medicaid waiver. 10. What type of funding is available to individuals?
Private pay, trusts, Medicaid waiver, are some examples of the funding we accept. Please call 386-734-2874 for additional information.11. How are families involved at Duvall Home?
Families are an important part of the Duvall Home. Families are welcome to visit whenever possible as well as take their loved ones home or on vacation. Joining the Duvall Home Friends Support Group is another way families get involved with the Duvall Home. 12. What is the admissions process?
Before we can admit an individual, an evaluation and screening needs to occur. We want to make sure placement at the Duvall Home is appropriate for both the client and the Duvall Home. We have 140 residents currently, with many different disabilities and capabilities. We take pride with our ability to provide a safe and secure home for the vast majority of individuals with disabilities. Furthermore, during the screening process, the funding component must be identified and confirmed. 13. How is an individual's program decided? Every client has individual needs, capabilities, objectives and talents. One size does not fit all! The Duvall Home crafts an individualized care & activity plan for each individual that enhances their independence, quality of life and quality of care. Working as a team, our nursing, recreational and educational professionals craft an individualized care plan for every client.14. Can my child/family member be considered for admission if I live outside Florida?
Yes. Duvall Home accepts referrals from throughout the U.S. as well as internationally. 15. Do you have any immediate openings?
Yes. 16. What age does an individual have to be to live at Duvall Home?The Duvall Home accepts referrals for individuals 18 years of age or older. 17. Does the Duvall Home have live-in staff?Duvall Home does not have live-in staff. Residential employees work in shifts to enable awake 24/7 care for residents.
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