Posted on November 29, 2022
Most people want to make the world a better place. There are many different ways to accomplish this and make a positive impact. One of the most important ways is by helping others and by working towards a more inclusive community. However, knowing how to best go about this isn’t always simple and straightforward.
This can be especially true when it comes to supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). People with IDD are deeply capable. However, just as we all have things we may struggle with, some people with IDD can face barriers when it comes to communication, mobility, learning, body processes, and more. This can impact their ability to express themselves and communicate, and so some people with an IDD work with Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), who support them in their day-to-day activities and assist them in achieving their goals.
Whether you’re a DSP or simply someone who cares about making a difference, there are a number of ways you can help create a more supportive, inclusive community.
What Does the IDD Community Need and How Can You Help?
When trying to determine how to support individuals with IDD, one of the first things to do is ask, “what is the IDD community advocating for?” Answering that question is not simple and involves thought and research. But by listening to people with IDD and what they advocate for, we can gain a better understanding of what the IDD community needs and how we can assist in providing it.
That answer can involve providing something new altogether, increasing the capacity and funding of services that are already offered, expanding your or others’ understanding, creating more accessible spaces and tools, and more. Providing some types of support to individuals with IDD will entail large, cascading changes in society and certain industries. Other types of support are simpler steps that we can make in our everyday lives.
Here are some of the key ways that you can support the IDD community:
If you’re interested in working with individuals with IDD, then you’ve come to the right place! At Penn-Mar Human Services, our mission is to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live courageous lives full of self-determination, independence, and equity. Our approach is innovative, person-centered, and successful. Through meaningful employment, community inclusion, and residential choice, the people Penn-Mar supports are empowered to live their best lives.
If you’re interested in a career in healthcare and want to make a difference in the lives of others, consider filling out an application to join our team! We offer a wide range of employee benefits and competitive compensation. You can also get involved by learning more about our services or signing up to volunteer with us today!