LINCS is a day program for adults, 18 years and older, with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). It is a place where individuals come to develop their habilitation skills to be more independent and to pursue their goals and interests. They receive assistance with their social skills to build friendships as well. There are three different classrooms based on skill levels, where teachers and direct support professionals help each individual excel in different areas. They engage in learning activities in reading and mathematics, participate in games, artwork, exercise, dancing, learn sign language, and much more. At least once a week, the classrooms have outings to various activities, including the local libraries, parks, Welcome Table, The NC Arboretum, The Nature Center, bowling, movie theater, and anything else that interests the individuals. We have monthly activities as well, including Asheville TRAP where they learn rhythms with hand drumming, and we have different folks who come to sing and play guitar and engage the individuals in singing along. We host birthday parties, a talent show, a carnival, Spring Formal, and as many holiday parties as we can throughout the year. LINCS staff are continuously trained to provide the best quality of care for each individual. Every month, each staff has a supervision meeting to make sure that all concerns are addressed, new goals are set, current goals are reviewed, and new learning topics are presented about how to best take care of the individuals we serve. We provide the following services: day support group, day support individual, community network, and supported employment. We also have transportation running in different locations around the Asheville area. We have about 50 individuals that attend the program, and we are growing!
Day Supports is a group, facility-based service that provides assistance to the individual with acquisition, retention, or improvement in socialization and daily living skills and is one option for a meaningful day. “Facility-Based” means that individuals who receive this service are often in a licensed Day Supports provider facility that serves individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Individuals who receive Day Supports only have to attend the Day Supports Facility once per week and therefore are often in the community with individuals without intellectual and developmental disabilities. Developmental Day is provided in day care settings with children who do not function with an intellectual or developmental disability.
For individuals who are aging, Day Supports can provide a structured day program of service and support with nursing supervision in an Adult Day Care Program. Additionally, Adult Day Health services similar to adult day care programs in that they provide an organized program of services during the day in a community group setting to support the personal independence of older adults and promote their social, physical, and emotional well-being.
Day Supports emphasizes inclusion and independence with a focus on enabling the individual to attain or maintain his/her maximum self-sufficiency, increase self-determination and enhance the person’s opportunity to have a meaningful day. To ensure informed choice among a variety of options for a meaningful day, individuals new to the service and 16 years of age and older, will receive education on available options during the planning meeting. Education must include exposure to the same day activities as others in the community and the structure of Day Supports must provide the opportunity to discover his or her skills, interests, and talents in his or her community. Grouping of individuals must be appropriate to the age and preferences of the person.
For school-aged or younger children, Developmental Day is a service which provides individual habilitative programming in a licensed child care center. It is designed to meet the developmental needs of the child in an inclusive setting to promote skill acquisition in areas such as self-help, fine and gross motor skills, language and communication, cognitive and social skills in order to facilitate their functioning in a less restrictive environment. For individuals who are eligible for educational services under the Individuals with Disability Educational Act, Day Supports will be the payer of last resort for Developmental Day. Day Supports may include prevocational activities.
The following criteria differentiate between prevocational and vocational services:
a. Prevocational services are provided to individuals who are not expected to join the general work force or participate in transitional sheltered workshops within one year of service initiation.
b. Prevocational services include activities that are not directed at teaching job-specific tasks but at underlying skills that may support the individual to increase his/her ability to be able to pursue employment (e.g. attention span, attendance, and task completion.)
Individual Day Supports are available to meet specific and well documented needs of the person. These circumstances may include the provision of individual supports due to behavioral or psychiatric destabilization, medical concerns/necessity, or other infrequent and exceptional circumstances. Individual Day Supports related to medical / behavioral / physical support needs shall require supporting medical or behavioral records and accompanying documentation in the ISP supporting the need for individual services as the most appropriate option.
Yes! We have several AFL homes who provide residential services during the morning and evening, allowing the member to attend the Day Program mid-day. This will depend on the services allocated in your member's budget.
In the class rooms, the individuals are socializing with one another, learning something new from the teachers and staff, and participating in a fun group activity whether it is art work, story time, exercising, dancing, or learning sign language. Once a week the classrooms planned outings to various locations like to the local libraries, local parks, Arboretum, Nature Center, bowling, movie theater, etc. We have monthly activities like someone comes out and teach those interested to play drums and have some people come out and play music for the individuals. We have parties, talent shows, and a carnival, and so much more throughout the calendar year.
There are three classrooms divided by individual's interest, age, and abilities. LINCS serves all ages 18 and up.
For LINCS, our day program is open typically on M-F from 9:00 AM - 3:PMquest
If you have further questions regarding this service, or any other questions at all, please do not hesitate to