Falls Prevention Awareness Day is September 22. The DES Division of Aging and Adult Services works with community partners like the Arizona Falls Prevention Coalition to provide helpful tips, information and resources to older adults.
Niel Nielson's family is grateful for the services that the DES Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) provides. He sought a position within the Division, applying his professional experience in contract management as a means of giving back.
When we think of improving our lifestyles, visions of eating healthier, exercising regularly or enrolling in a college class often come to mind. A lifestyle improvement might also include topics like weight loss or smoking cessation, attending a self-help course or watching a TED Talk for those who desire a more comfortable everyday experience. But for Micaela Enciso, her lifestyle improvement came in the form of a home modification.
Ability offers a variety of services to adults with developmental disabilities, including comprehensive employment services. Members of its Transition to Employment program, funded by the DES Division of Developmental Disabilities, currently work at Culver's to learn how to be successful in the workplace.
DES recognizes Hunger Action Month. Did you know nearly 5 million seniors currently face hunger in our country? DES administers several programs, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Commodity Senior Food Program to help Arizonans in need access nutritious food.
Phoenix is the primary destination for large advocacy and community organizations representing the interests of countless groups in Arizona. For the rural regions of the state, groups instead often rely on the individual voices of their communities to advocate for the needs and rights of various communities. Scott Lindbloom works tirelessly to support the disability community in Show Low and the surrounding region. Learn more about his efforts as an advocate and champion of the community.
When Governor Ducey set out to reduce recidivism in Arizona, he tasked DES and the Arizona Department of Corrections to collaborate and bring comprehensive support services to inmates nearing release who were most likely to recidivate. In March 2017, the state’s first Second Chance Centers opened to provide inmates with a 10-week program designed to prepare them for reentry in our communities and the workforce. Since the program’s inception, more than 1,000 inmates benefitted from ARIZONA@WORK employment services, resulting in 835 job placements, and almost all have connected to resources for housing and transportation assistance, healthcare, and more. One benefit that can’t be measured, however, is the power of hope that participants take away from the program. Read more about the Second Chance Centers and one participant’s journey from incarceration to a new life.
Advocacy is defined as speaking up for oneself or drawing attention to an issue, and providing information and guidance to those who are in a position to affect change. This is an especially useful ability for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Meet Greggory Ohannessian. A high achiever, Greggory is also autistic and takes advocacy seriously.
Support Coordinators are responsible for assessing and coordinating needed services and therapies for individuals with developmental disabilities in order to empower these DDD members to live healthy, independent, and meaningful lives.