St. John’s the Evangelist Catholic Church
625 111th Av. N. Naples, FL. 34108
Mission of the Foundation:
To create a safe, affordable, financially sustainable, long-term residential community, providing meaningful work, recreation, education and training for adults with autism and others with varying abilities.
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
Three Essential Government Services for People with Developmental Disabilities
About 1 in 68 children has been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the last few years. (Centers for Control Disease and Prevention (CDC)) The statistic indicates that this number is increasing every year.
Government serices are available; however they are all based on an eligibility criteria and wait list. in some cases the wait lise could be up to 15 years. If you do not take actions today, services for your loved ones with developmental disabilities could be delayed up to 15 years. You cannot afford to wait 15 years for your child to receive services… I will tell you what these services are, why you need them, and how to apply for these services.
Social Security Benefits (SSI / SSDI)
Once the applicant is determined eligible for benefits, it comes with come sort of medical coverage. In many cases Medicade is available and is essential to offset the high cost of medical care.
This is a lengthy eligibility process, which may take from 6 months to 3 years. Best practice is to apply as soon as possible. If the individual is not eligible before the age of 18, make sure you apply for his/her benefits again the first day after the 18th birthday.
Apply at: www.ssa.gov or call SSA at (888) 294- 0161
The State of Florida – Agency for People with Developmental Disabilities (ADP)
ADP works with local communities and private providers to support individuals who have developmental disabilities and their families in living, learning and working in their communities. ADP provides for many essential services including supported employment, supported living, as well as Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) placement for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.
ADP is also determined by eligibility, once the applicant is determined eligible he/she is placed on a waiting list. That waiting list as of today is 15 years long. That number is subject to change due to the availability of government resources and funds. It is advisable to apply as soon as possible.
Apply at: www.adpcares.org or call the Runcoast Region at: (239) 338- 1370
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVR)
This federal-state agency may provide services including:
- Medical and Psychological Assessment
- Vocational evaluations and planning
- Career counseling
- Training and education after high school
- Job placement
- Job coaching
- Supported employment
- as well as time-limited medical and / or psychological treatment.
How to apply: Usually this information is provided in the transition meeting during the last two years of high school. However, if for some reason you never received it and your child is now out of high school you can also submit an application directly from the website.
Apply at: www.rehabworks.org/customers / customer application
once you complete this application you need to fax it over to the local VR office.
Naples VR Office – Fax (239)593-2548
Ft Myers VR Office – Fax (239)278-7110