If you live in Nevada and have a child or family member with an Intellectual or Developmental Disability (IDD), who do you talk with or where do you go when you need help taking care of them? First off, know that you’re not alone since there are 775,830 people with a range of disabilities already living in the state and 13% of them are categorized as cognitive, which includes people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. That’s potentially 131,891 people with Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) and Nevada has several state agencies and non-profits dedicated to helping them and their families live fulfilling, productive, and empowering lives.
One of the Nevada state agencies that assist people with an Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) is the Desert Regional Center (DRC) whose mission is to “support individuals in achieving a life of meaning, equality, dignity, opportunity, and inclusion in the community.” They help connect families with resources and care for people with Autism, Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy, and a range of other Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). Some of the resources they offer qualified residents of Nevada are:
• Service Coordination (vocational, social, financial, educational, etc.)
• Family Support Programs such as
o Purchase of Service Supplement
o Clinical Assessment
o In-home Habilitation
o Family Preservation Program
• Employment and Vocational Training
• Supported Living Services
o Supported Living Arrangement (SLA)
o Family Supported Arrangements (FSA)
o Intensive SLA (ISLA)
o Children’s Supported Living Arrangement
o ICF/Small Homes (ICF/ID)
o State ICF/ID (DDC)
One of the non-profits that work with Nevada’s Desert Regional Center (DRC) to provide support, training, and services to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is New Vista. At New Vista, our mission is to provide people of all ages with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities equal opportunities and supported living arrangements so that they may experience life to the fullest. Through a licensing arrangement with the Desert Regional Center, New Vista is an authorized provider of many of the services and support systems listed above.
We provide respite through our Destination Discovery program that takes our Members and others on fun outings in the community. We provide Supported Living Arrangement (SLA) and Intensive Supported Living Arrangements through our highly trained support staff and 26 residential homes located throughout Las Vegas. We provide Employment and Vocational Training through our JDT program which provides real-life occupational skills training that translates into entry-level employment in the community. We also have a health and wellness program called Vista Fit that encourages healthy living and eating behaviors along with physical fitness activities such as dance and yoga.
Those are just a few of the programs New Vista helps provide people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Southern Nevada and we’ve been doing it for over 30 years. If you would like to speak with our staff for more information, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.