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ABOUT US

CCARC was originally founded in 1952 by a group of parents who gathered in their homes to support one another as they faced the challenges and rewards of raising a child with Down Syndrome and other developmental disabilities.

 

Today, CCARC is a private, nonprofit (501c3) organization offering an array of services to support adults with intellectual disabilities and their families.

We encourage and respect each individual’s ability to make decisions that determine how they will live their life and what supports they will need to make their dreams happen.

What Are “Intellectual Disabilities”? 
At CCARC we truly believe
“All people have the right to choose their place in the world.”

“Intellectual disability” is a term used when a person has certain limitations in cognitive functioning and skills, including communication, social and self-care skills. These limitations can cause a child to develop and learn more slowly or differently and can happen up to the age of 18 years old.

Some causes of intellectual disability – such as Down syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, birth defects, and infections – can happen before birth. Some happen while a baby is being born or soon after birth. Other causes of intellectual disability do not occur until a child is older and might include severe head injury, infections or stroke.

Highly Trained Staff

Any organization’s services are only as solid, caring and professional as are their employees. CCARC employees receive extensive training in the following areas: 

  • Abuse and Neglect

  • Basic Medical Issues

  • Blood Borne Pathogens

  • CPR and First Aid

  • Defensive Driving

  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s

  • Dysphagia

  • HIPAA

  • Incident Reporting

  • IT Department Training

  • Medication Certification

  • OSHA Regulations

  • Positive Behavioral Management

  • Safety and Back Safety

  • Sensitivity

  • Physical and Psychological Management Training (PMT)

Staff working with individuals in residential settings receive site specific training related to the needs of the individuals living in the home.

CCARC is dedicated to the professional development of its employees. By providing a comprehensive and on-going training program, the agency takes an active role in enhancing employees' current skills and helping them to prepare for advancement within their chosen field.