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Individuals with a diagnosed intellectual or developmental disability have the right to lead a full and independent life of their choosing. Ensuring their rights are protected is our solemn responsibility, and at the heart of our passion for their humanity, dignity and respect.

We support over 6,500 individuals and their families on a yearly basis, and each is supported through a complete range of intellectual and developmental disability services in four key areas: individualization, community living, employment and meaningful activities, and affirmative business.

Through these programs and supports, we help individuals reach their desired level of independence in the life and community of their choosing.

Self-directed services

Provide the flexibility to choose the mix of supports and services that are right for you to live life the way you want, with the support of your person-centered team.

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Affirmative businesses

Affirmative Businesses are the same as a commercial business but they also employ people of all abilities. As a result, they offer those we support more choice and opportunity of where they work, live and play.

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Employment supports

We provide employment and pre-employment services to people with intellectual, physical and emotional disabilities. We assist people with obtaining and maintaining employment at a community based job, as well as teaching pre-employment skills.

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Community activities

These are warm and friendly settings where individuals can work on daily living skills in a group setting, independent living skills, outreach and community engagement.

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Care coordination

Individuals with chronic conditions often rely on a variety of services and supports. Care coordination is the process through which each individual receives the appropriate level of care at the right time and right place.

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Physical health

Citizen Advocates can connect individuals to variety of programs and services that contribute to improved physical health. Most people may not realize, but there are many more factors that can influence physical health beyond a yearly check-up at the doctor’s office.

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Physical health

Citizen Advocates connects individuals to a variety of programs and services that contribute to improved physical health. Our skilled care coordination team develops person-centered plans that focus on increased physical activity, improved diet and nutrition, or other activities that contribute to improved physical health.

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Community housing & living

The Citizen Advocates community housing & living team works hand in glove with our clinical services to ensure individuals receive the residential supports necessary to live a full and meaningful life with dignity and respect.

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Need help navigating our intellectual & developmental disabilities services?

At Citizen Advocates, we work as a team to provide the best individual, person-centered services to the people we serve. Care coordination assists clients with identifying and accessing the services that will assist them in addressing the problems they are experiencing, or that will help them to achieve a higher quality life or level of functioning.

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