How to Foster Independence in Special Needs Adults

Parents with Special Needs Child

How Can I Help My Special Needs Child Become More Independent?

For parents of special needs adults, the transition from adolescence to adulthood can be even more challenging. In addition to juggling the challenges that other parents face, special needs parents also must discover how to help their child become independent while ensuring their safety and well-being.  For 40 years, the Baddour Center has served adults with intellectual and physical disabilities, and we’ve discovered a few ways to help special needs adults find their independence and discover their identities within a safe and welcoming space.

Communities + Group Homes for Special Needs Adults

For many parents of special needs adults, there will come a time when one must consider whether their child should live with their family or explore the opportunity to move out of the family home. While some special needs adults are able to gain employment, find housing, and pay bills on their own, this can be overwhelming for parents of special needs adults and special needs adults themselves. The reality is that the world is not always warm and welcoming or safe for special needs adults, and yet the desire to live among peers is inherent for most of us, including those with special needs. Residential communities for adults with intellectual and physical disabilities offer a way to find independence and live among peers without sacrificing safety and security.

In addition to providing a sense of normalcy and the opportunity to meet new friends, residential communities and group homes for special needs adults like Baddour also offer a variety of amenities and full-time support staff who are equipped to help provide for the needs of special needs adults. Families of our residents are able to find peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are able to pursue their independence without having to worry about their safety and well-being.

Work Opportunities for Special Needs Adults

Like the desire to live independently among peers, the desire to find meaningful work is inherent in many adults and adolescents. While there are increasingly more job opportunities for special needs adults, there are few opportunities involving meaningful work among others with special needs. At Baddour, special needs adults are able to pursue employment in a variety of sectors, including at the Baddour Garden Center, where we cultivate flowers and friendships, and the Baddour Custom Packaging Center, where workers provide fulfillment, distribution, storage, and warehousing services for large and small organizations, including Fortune 100 companies.

READ MORE: Horticulture Therapy Helps Residents Remain Independent at the Baddour Garden Center

The opportunity to work among peers, earn a living wage, and be entitled to the same expectations as other workers established by the U.S. Department of Labor laws allow our workers to experience the chance to earn a paycheck, an experience many of us take for granted. Baddour’s Custom Packaging Center employees are also recognized for their hard work, and they have been the recipient of both the Supplier of the Year and Outstanding Service award from FedEx for their diligence and dedication.

LEARN MORE ABOUT WORK OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPECIAL NEEDS ADULTS AT BADDOUR

Educational Opportunities for Special Needs Adults

Like the opportunity to find meaningful work, many adults take for granted the opportunity to pursue secondary education. At Baddour, our residents are able to participate in courses and programs with topics ranging from functional living skills for special needs adults focused on providing cooking, home-making, and self-care skills to functional academic courses on computers, work skills, money skills, mathematics, and more.

LEARN MORE ABOUT EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPECIAL NEEDS ADULTS AT BADDOUR

Health and Fitness for Special Needs Adults

Residents of Baddour also enjoy access to a health and fitness center for special needs adults, including team sporting events, a gym, and the opportunity to compete in Special Olympic events.

Baddour’s Recreation Center for Special Needs Adults

At Baddour, we offer tennis courts, basketball goals, a swimming pool, and outdoor areas for walking and bicycling for residents who seek opportunities to stay fit and healthy. Our residents also have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of recreational and competitive team sports, including basketball, soccer, volleyball, and more.  

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Special Olympics Events

The Special Olympics have provided recreational opportunities for Special Needs Adults for more than 50 years, and our residents have competed in a variety of Special Olympics events in the following sports:

  • Bocce
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Flag Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Weightlifting

LEARN MORE ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS EVENTS AT BADDOUR

Creative Outlets for Special Needs Adults

Adults with special needs deserve the opportunity to pursue hobbies and explore creative and artistic outlets like everyone else, but few opportunities exist for them to connect with art among peers. At Baddour, our residents are able to participate in art classes for special needs adults, a resident book club, creative writing, scrapbooking, and other creative opportunities such as musical and performing arts and resident talent shows.

Baddour’s Miracles Choir

The Baddour Miracles Choir has performed for thousands across the country. A nationally recognized choir, the Miracles gather for regular practices and perform for audiences regionally and across the nation each year.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MIRACLES CHOIR AND VIEW UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

Performing Arts Opportunities for Special Needs Adults

Baddour’s very own performing artists enjoy the opportunity to audition for theatrical and musical performances each year and to perform for residents of Baddour as well as local churches, civic groups, and other organizations. Our Wonder Players drama team and our Hearts in Motion creative movement ensemble are known regionally for their talent.

LEARN MORE ABOUT CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS ADULTS AT BADDOUR