Description of Service

Capabilities Community Clubs, also known as Adult Day Support (ADS), are part of a member-led service that trains and reinforces skills that are critical to community inclusion and employment, including self-advocacy, communication, and social interactions. Newly introduced in 2020, the STEP (Start Toward Emerging Possibilities) approach requires additional specific outcomes for service delivery. At Capabilities, three person-centered tracks are defined that address the specific needs of people on varying employment paths: explorers, seekers, and workers.

Our COVID-19 Response

Due to the pandemic, we have adapted our in-person services and grown our virtual services to ensure everyone participates as safely as possible. This has led to members from different areas connecting with each other through Zoom cook-alongs and traveling the world on virtual vacations through Travel Tuesdays. While the services do look different, our consultants have created innovative ways to ensure our members continue to have new experiences in their community and beyond. As of April 2021, some restrictions have been lifted across the state which has led to our members being able to return to some of the in-person services they’re used to, such as volunteering and recreational activities. As things begin to open up, our consultants and Club members continue to utilize effective precautions such as face coverings and consistent handwashing and sanitizing to keep everyone healthy and safe.

Below is a list of our current Community Club location areas:
  • Dayton
  • Lima
  • Piqua
  • St. Marys

To be eligible for our Clubs, individuals are either on a Medicaid Waiver or receive funding through their local county board of developmental disabilities. Transportation is provided to and from the Club activities through non-medical transportation. Those in our Clubs spend most of their time practicing and learning skills through small group instruction and volunteering. Our individuals are able to focus on how to get involved in their communities to discover new activities and recreation. Our Clubs take place fully in the community meaning they are non-facility-based, setting us apart from other ADS services. Additionally, our Clubs are in groups of up to five participants with one community consultant, allowing for unique, individualized training and experiences.

Please click here to view our Capabilities Community Clubs flyer which also has additional information about all services provided by Capabilities.

What does the Service Look Like?

Monday through Friday:
  • Morning pick up around 9 am via Capabilities van or small bus
  • Pick up other Club members (no more than four total)
  • Spend the day volunteering (ex. local food bank) or doing a socially distanced recreational activity (ex. visiting a local park)
  • Return home around 2 pm via Capabilities van or small bus

We thrive on helping people connect the dots and what sets us apart from other providers is that we are no longer facility-based and our services are fully inclusive in the community. Transportation is provided by the consultant who works directly with the Club members and the consultant typically works with the same group of members, which provides consistency and encourages person-centered service delivery. Our consultants truly build relationships with our Club members to help them achieve their goals and learn how to make informed decisions. We have an expansive variety of community sites and connections that allows our members to have options they can choose from and plan their day.

If you are interested in learning more about our Community Clubs:

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