The activity schedule for Wednesday, May 26.

The Day Program is on a mission to see more people with disabilities get out into the community.

In addition to offering weekend, evening, and Medical Exception services, the program started sharing its activity calendar with other ACT programs and smaller provider agencies. The Program hopes other people who aren’t regular participants in the program will join in the activities it offers.

“We put a lot of hard work into creating the activity calendar. We might as well share the wealth,” says Rachael Jackson, Day Program Activities Supervisor.

This calendar is chock full of community activities from coffee outings to trips to the St. Louis Zoo and everything in between.

The program sees 28 groups pull out of the parking lot daily, 14 in the morning and 14 in the afternoon.

Now, other people with disabilities can start enjoying all the community has to offer, even though they aren’t in the Program.

And it’s working! Michelle Bledsoe, a BCBA, who is working with Steven, supported in ACT’s Community Living (CL) program, has met a Day Program group out several times for Coffee and Current Events.

Steven is able to make social strides meeting in a public setting with Bledsoe. For Bledsoe, having access to this calendar makes finding activities for Steven a breeze.

A handful of others from CL have also utilized this schedule to meet Day Program groups to go exploring the mall, walking at the park…whatever sparks their interest.

Day Program Manager Michelle Bell says, “Connecting people with their community is beneficial not only by fulfilling social needs but in accomplishing personal goals. And, its fun!”