Did you know?
It is estimated that about 4.6 million to 7.7 million people are affected with developmental disabilities? Exact figures are hard to collect, but one thing is for sure – there are millions of people affected, and individuals generally need special supports that are of lifelong or extended duration. These supports ideally should be individually planned and coordinated to help with learning, mobility, self-care, self-direction, and capacity for independent living.
What is a ‘developmental disability’?
According to the Developmental Disabilities Act, the term ‘developmental disability’ means a severe, chronic disability of an individual 5 years of age or older that is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or combination of mental and physical impairments and is likely to continue indefinitely.
Leeda Northeast in Portage, Trumbull, and several other counties, works to ”expand opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities to pursue their hopes and dreams and to establish valued relationships in our communities.” They do this by offering training programs in both Portage and Trumbull County where those with DD can learn important life and work skills in a compassionate and caring environment. They also provide a place where these same individuals can be employed at their It’s All Fine consignment shops located in both Warren and Ravenna.
Recognizing and catering to the need for recreational activities has always been important to Leeda, and they began 2013 excited about the opening of a new facility in Warren. Megan Sweeney, who is program coordinator at the Trumbull location, (and who is full of enthusiasm, I might add!) has been enjoying the fun as she schedules events.
“It is equipped with Wii on a large screen TV, foosball, air hockey, ping-pong and pool tables. It is a place where people can come to hang out, have fun and meet new people. We also offer event nights such as a cooking class, dance class, game nights, and more. These events are open to all!” Check their event calendar for a list of current happenings.
Leeda is currently hiring staff for their residential settings in Portage and Trumbull locations.
“Every individual that we assist and train deserves impressive service each and every day by every single employee. We depend on our employees to always be courteous, friendly and efficient toward the individuals we serve.”
Does this describe you? If so, find applications on the website by clicking HERE then click on employment in the menu bar or by visiting their Tallmadge office.
LNE Rec Center
3581 Youngstown Rd SE,
4123 Tallmadge Rd
Rootstown, OH 44272