in the Community (REC)
The REC program serves individuals eligible for services through the Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities. The REC Team strives to plan many different types of activities to fit a wide variety of interests, needs and budgets. Our focus is to provide enjoyable activities for individuals who want to integrate themselves in the community while making friends, being more active, and having fun!
Some activities that the REC Team has done in the past include attending sporting events, factory tours, museums, amusement parks, zoos, theater productions, holiday parties, game nights and many more fun community outings.
We schedule activities at various times (day, evening & weekends) to accommodate all types of schedules that include small and large groups. Transportation is provided for some of our events and costs vary based on the activity.
Several of our individuals also participate in a number of Special Olympic sports including basketball, bowling, track and softball.
Relationships and circles of support are very important, and vital to everyone. Community Connections is geared towards fostering relationships between persons served and the community. Rather than being just in the community, relationships built will allow people to be part of the community. Our Community Connections Team, helps provide opportunities for people to become a valued part of their community.
The self-advocacy movement is largely about people with disabilities speaking up for themselves. A person with a developmental disability may call upon the support of others, but the individual is entitled to be in control of and direct his or her own resources.