As part of the Hope Association’s efforts to stay current with policies and procedures that impact our services and supports for individuals with disabilities, we are continually reviewing our policies and procedures to ensure that we are providing high level supports. Accessibility is more than making sure that all of our buildings are physically accessible to all of our program participants. Accessibility is a reflection on how we view people served; how we treat people that we support, what efforts we make to accommodate special needs, how we meet individual’s cultural, communication and other needs. The Hope Association’s core Vision Statement shares that the Hope Association envisions a world where all people are treated with respect. Whenever we can, we will do all that we can to provide supports. When we are unable to provide supports, we will work with the individual to find other providers that can help meet that person’s needs.
The Hope Association works to ensure that our buildings are architecturally accessible, that handicapped equipped vehicles are available to assist with transportation needs, to make environmental accommodations to ensure that an individual is comfortable with their services. We will adjust employment, technology and communication to meet individual needs. We will work with people who have cultural or ethnic differences, and we will work with other providers to ensure that services are provided that will best meet individual’s needs, wants and preferences.
All of our residential homes, the Rural Employment Network, the Community Support Services and the new Community Case Management building in Wilton are single story facilities with wide doorways, wide hallways, handicap bathrooms, handicap access to kitchens, level access to parking areas etc.
The Hope Association administrative offices are located on the second story of the Association’s main building. If stairs present a problem for an individual, accommodations are readily made to use alternative spaces on the main floor of the building.
The Association is under contract to build a new handicap accessible ramp for everyone to have the same access to the main entrance of the Hope Association’s Central Operations.
If any of our program participants and other stakeholders have any needs or want to make recommendations for changes that would make our services more accessible, please don’t hesitate to call Greg Fraser at 364-4561 x 108 to discuss your needs or ideas.