Developmental disabilities are those which begin at any point during an individual’s developmental years up to the age of 22 and may be related to conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy, Fragile X syndrome, Down syndrome, or others. People with developmental disabilities often have difficulty with major life activities such as language, mobility, learning, and the self-help skills needed to live independently.
In its Community Training Home program, LSC offers comfortable group homes in safe residential neighborhoods to adults living with varying degrees of developmental or intellectual disability. LSC also offers Specialized Family Homes, or host homes, where an adult can live in a private home while still receiving support and guidance.
Community Training Homes
In South Carolina, LSC now has ten residences where adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities can receive the person-centered care and support they need to become as productive and independent as possible. Categorized as Community Training Homes (CTH) by the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, these homes are staffed by professional caregivers who help residents improve their daily living, social, and vocational skills, while enjoying comfortable homes in very typical residential neighborhoods. LSC’s Community Training Homes include, in Columbia, Barger Hill, Myers Crest, Rose Cliff, Stone Haven, Westridge, Harmony House, Aull Place, and Victory Downs. Additionally, LSC operates two Community Training Homes in Darlington: Briar Cliff and Briar Gate.
Specialized Family Homes
LSC also offers Specialized Family Homes, also known as host homes, in the Midlands, Pee Dee and Lowcountry regions, with plans to extend the program in 2018 to the Greenville/Spartanburg region. A host home is a private home where an individual with an intellectual and/or developmental disability can receive individualized support and services from a host family in their home, similar to the foster care model. Host families are recruited and trained by LSC and undergo a rigorous licensing process.