Once again, we’re expanding our WesCare family by establishing a new program! This summer, we’re opening a daycare center for toddlers with intellectual and developmental disabilities, providing a fun, safe, supportive, and inclusive environment where they can happily learn and grow.
From this location, housed next door attached to the WesCare main office, we’ll also offer an after-school program and summer day camp for the children. Staff will consist of some current WesCare employees and new hires.
The name of the center, Spero Developmental Daycare Services, stems from the word Spero, Latin for “Hope” or “I Hope.”
The concept of this new facility centers on inclusivity. Although Spero is designed to cater to the needs of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, children without disabilities are also welcome and encouraged to attend.
We hope through this experience, the children learn that they belong; that they are capable of gaining new skills; and how to treat everyone with kindness and respect, no matter their abilities.
Prior to attending Spero, children will receive a unique assessment to determine their needs and if the program will be a good fit. Teachers will teach using a unique in-house curriculum and will create learning goals for each child.
Spero Development Daycare Center is a joint venture with Mental Health Support Services of North Carolina.
This event for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities provides participants with an opportunity to learn or practice basic basketball skills, make new friends, work as part of a team, and engage in friendly athletic competition.
Participants receive guidance and support from student athletes and coaches of AAU basketball team, the Greensboro Warriors, and from trained mental health professionals.
For more information, or to register, visit Special-Hoops.com.
Our team of Day Support Program staff, however, quickly remedied this challenge by forming a committee of consumers tasked with contributing their own ideas to the program.
Together with staff they created calendars, planned activities, and set goals, making for a much more engaging experience filled with fun, camaraderie, and the development of additional life skills.
One such additional life skill is the greater use of technology. Our consumers now have access to computers and tablets, which will allow them to conduct research, communicate through the internet, play games, listen to music, and expand their overall technology understanding. We’re seeking creative ways to incorporate additional technology to meet their needs even further.
Our most recent Day Support Program activity, co-facilitated by our consumers, included participating in the voting process. On Friday, October 28th, consumers took their time to vote for the candidates of their choice at the Gateway Center Polling Station, an experience they enjoyed and took pride in.
By incorporating our consumers in the decision-making process, we increased their ownership of the Day Support Program, resulting in greater value and involvement.
Attending and succeeding in school can be difficult. For students with a learning disability, doing so can prove even more challenging. That doesn’t mean, however, that it’s impossible to achieve. With the right assistance and support, including that of the financial variety, students can thrive.
To help, Time.com has provided a list of “9 college scholarships for students with learning disabilities,” such as ADD, autism, and dyslexia. This is a useful source to share with consumers pursuing or currently attending college. Read More
In August, we achieved the Behavioral Health Care Accreditation from The Joint Commission, a governing body that determines whether or not health services agencies from throughout the country are abiding by the standards set by their respective states.
While that’s great news, what’s even greater is this: We also received the Behavioral Health Home Certification for all of our group homes and day programs.
It’s an optional recognition that shows we held ourselves to a higher standard than what the accreditation requires.
The certification reflects that we are providing our consumers with comprehensive, high-quality services that go above and beyond. To learn more about what all the certification entails, visit The Joint Commission website.
Founded on the principle of advocacy, WesCare Professional Services is committed to enhancing the quality of life for the people we serve.
WesCare Professional Services has been awarded the Behavioral Health Home Care Accreditation from The Joint Commission. Learn More
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10-A Oak Branch Drive
Greensboro, NC 27407-2995