For some people supported at DakotAbilities, work is not meaningful or not possible due to physical limitations. For these people, we provide alternative services based either out of their home or the Center & Norton locations. Alternative services and FIAT both provide a way for people to connect with their community through concerts, shopping, art shows, and other activities. Individuals go bowling, fishing, swimming, to the movies or to bingo, and to other events where they might normally have limited opportunities to participate.
There are approximately 50 people who rotate through the alternative services program. Each person has an opportunity to participate in some activity or event throughout the week. People supported by this program rotate through and do not participate every day. They are given the choice of what they would like to do based on their preferences.
As part of the alternative services program, we enable people to stay at home or participate in activities based out of their home. Many people involved in this program are uncomfortable in loud settings where there are a lot of people and lots of activity. The home provides a setting that is both quiet and comfortable.
These programs have made obvious differences in participant's lives. Through observation, we can see that people are doing things that are enjoyable and meaningful for them. They are also making new acquaintances and friends in the community.