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AT Funding - AT Funding Guide - Delaware Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDDS)

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Delaware Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDDS)

Director's Office
Woodbrook Professional Center
1056 South Governor’s Ave., Suite 101
Dover, DE 19904
(302) 744-9600

Intake Coordinator - (302) 739-3202
Community Services - (302) 739-5533
Stockley Center - (302) 934-8031

Early Intervention Program
(302) 995-8579 New Castle County
(302) 739-4386 Kent County
(302) 422-1335 Sussex County

The Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDDS), formerly known as the Division of Mental Retardation (DMR), provides services and supports to persons with mental retardation/developmental disabilities and their families. DDDS programs provide AT and related services (purchase, training, maintenance, and repair) to qualified persons with mental retardation/developmental disabilities either directly or by facilitating the application of appropriate resources. That is, DDDS intake coordinators, case managers, and/or social workers assist DDDS eligible consumers in accessing services and devices either by helping them to apply to appropriate federal, state and/or private insurance programs, or at times by purchasing devices/services directly if alternatives do not exist. DDDS has begun an AT screening program to evaluate client needs.

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Community Services

The Community Services section of DDDS include family supports, foster care placements, group and neighborhood homes, supported living, day habilitation, pre-vocational, vocational, supported employment, and the Adult Special Population or Post 21 program for individuals with severe behavioral challenges. Any requests for DDDS clients, including those living in group homes, to obtain an AT evaluation and/or AT devices or other services, need to be coordinated through the DDDS.

The Community Services unit, with the assistance of the Arc of Delaware manages the Kris Boyer Fund. This fund was established in memory of a former DDDS employee. It has provided emergency support, such as housing, clothes, and assistance with utility bills, for DDDS clients residing in the community. DDDS intends to expand this fund to cover some AT repairs and, possibly, the purchase of AT for DDDS clients. Those interested in assistance from the Kris Boyer Fund should contact their caseworker. Either the Director or Deputy Director of DDDS must approve applications for assistance.

Another funding option for DDDS clients in need of AT devices such as Aids for Daily Living (ADL), Environmental Control Units (ECU), and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is to contact the Independent Living program administered by the Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). Refer to the DVR section of this Guide for contact information.

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Early Intervention Program

The Early Intervention Program is part of the Department of Health & Social Services' (DHSS) Child Developmental Watch program. It works with families to prevent or minimize developmental delays in "at risk" children from birth to age three as required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

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Stockley Center

The Stockley Center in Georgetown is an intermediate care facility that provides residential services for persons with various types of physical and mental disabilities. Stockley has a Recycling Center for AT. The Recycling Center accepts devices such as wheelchairs, walkers, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices, environmental control units (ECUs), computers, and positioning devices; donations must be clean and in working order. The Recycling Center does not accept items such as hearing aids, non-adaptive furniture, and clothing. Donations are subject to space limitations. The Recycling Center will track all devices "recycled" or loaned to DDDS clients. Those who wish to donate should contact Dawn Stewart at Stockley, (302) 934-8031 ext. 359, for further information and a more complete list of acceptable and non-acceptable items.

The Stockley Center also operates a wheelchair and specialized seating (e.g., reclining dining chairs, harness systems, etc.) repair shop. The shop does this work primarily for Stockley residents but it has done some limited work for DDDS clients living in the community.

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