Social Integration

Intentional Communities of Washtenaw (ICW) strongly believes in the reduction of isolation that those with developmental disabilities often experience. One of the greatest ways to reduce isolation is through social connections that cultivate relationships with others in the community. Reducing isolation for individuals with developmental disabilities improves their overall quality of life and helps to promote new relationships and skills. ICW provides social activities each month to individuals living in our communities but also to the community at-large. These activities have proven time and again to allow individuals to meet in a safe environment so as to enjoy the beauty of friendships over time.  Families, friends and advocates of individuals are invited and encouraged to attend these social events together to learn more about ICW and about those people that make up the ICW “community.”

If you or a loved one are interested in getting involved in ICW social activities, complete the Information Request form at the bottom of the page to receive a Welcome Email from the ICW Community Builders and the activity schedule so you can choose events that work for you and/or your loved one. Make sure you select the Social Activity checkbox.

Steps to Become a Community Member

This inclusive assessment allows families to prepare for an individual’s transition into the community. It will assist in the development of the Individual Plan of Service required for the authorization of Community Living Support services from Washtenaw County Community Mental Health and the Department of Health & Human Services. It also allows our staff to create an environment at the individual’s new home which feels comfortable and secure as they adjust to independent living.

To facilitate this transition to independent living, ICW has created a comprehensive needs assessment that gathers information from families/advocates that explains current skills, behaviors, and other pertinent needs that they may have or information that we may need to provide high-quality care. This assessment covers information that includes the following:

  • Behavior and Skills Development
  • Safety
  • Activities of Daily Living and Self-Care
  • Time Management
  • Money Management
  • Employment
  • Contact Information
  • Learning Styles
  • Behavioral Wellness
  • Desires for Independent Living and Transitional Barriers

This inclusive assessment allows ICW to develop coaching plans for individuals as well as prepare for their arrival into the community. With this information coaching can begin immediately after the development of a proactive and strategic coaching plan. It also allows our staff to create an environment at the individual’s new home which feels comfortable and secure as they adjust to their new home.

If you would like to receive a call and find out more information about our intake process and needs assessment, complete the form below to receive a call from the ICW Intake Specialist. Make sure you check the Needs Assessment checkbox.

Information Request

Request information to engage in ICW social activities or begin the needs assessment process.