Different Levels of Disability Require Different Levels of Care
Jennifer and her family at a recent visit
Jennifer is profoundly disabled
Jennifer’s IQ is 20, she is wheelchair bound, has very limited self-care ability, a vocabulary of only 6 words, and is subject to occasional seizures, requiring close-at-hand nursing care. She needs a campus setting where the speed limit is 15 MPH, where she can receive daily medications, physical therapy, and transportation to a five day a week vocational workshop. A State Operated Developmental Center (SODC) is a good placement for her needs. She is currently well taken care of at the Shapiro Developmental Center in Kankakee.
Less developmentally disabled people can sometimes be well-cared for in community homes, or CILAs, and those with mild disabilities can often live independently with only occasional supervision.
Providing different levels of care for this diverse population, a complete spectrum, means that no one is over-served or under-served, a humane and fiscally responsible public policy.