Vision Statement: BARC Developmental Services will continue as a premier agency that provides supports to children and adults with intellectual disabilities and autism to reach their fullest potential, lead happy lives, and contribute to their community.
Please see below for up to date information for the agencies response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Thank you Governor Tom Wolf for declaring September 13-19 Direct Support Professional Recognition Week! DSPs provide daily supports and services to individuals with Intellectual Disability or Autism.
Their work is all the more critical during the COVID-19 pandemic!
Below is an update for the agencies ICF Residential Reopening Plan. This plan is available in a seven page pdf format. The plan was created by Residential Director Eric Macklin.
8/07/2020 UPDATE FROM VOCATIONAL SERVICES: Both BPSQ and BPSW began a limited and gradual re-opening of the facilities on Monday, August 3rd, 2020. Everyone who returns must be able to wear a mask, social distance, and follow CDC guidelines while at their day program site. Priority will be given to folks who live with family members who wish to return, but they can only do so once an ISP team meeting has been held, the team agrees to the return plan that was developed for that individual, and the critical revision to their ISP has been approved. If folks do not wish to return, or are unable to do so, if they request in home supports or remote CPS, every effort will be made to accommodate their wishes. As safety permits, we will also schedule folks who are served by residential providers once their team meetings have been held and the critical revisions to their ISP have been approved. Anyone who is unable, or chooses not to return, due to COVID-19 will not risk being discharged from their day program due to their decision in this regard. We have been very busy updating both workshops. Please visit our Vocational page or click the link below to view a virtual tour of the changes we have made. https://barcprograms.org/vocational-services/
Thank you to our incredible staff and contractors for their supports to our children and adults over the past several months. A true example of dedication, compassion and resilience.
EARLY INTERVENTION UPDATE: Parents are offered the services according to their child’s Individualized Family Service Plan by teleintervention. Early Intervention team members are providing support and strategies to each family via a convenient platform. Families that prefer not to participate in teleintervention services are on hold until face to face service is allowed.
As we work closely with our government entities regarding the ever changing information regarding COVID-19, we ask that you please check our Facebook page and website (barcprograms.org) frequently for the most up to date information regarding our services. We appreciate your patience as we navigate this rapidly changing situation.
Who We Are
We are people with disabilities and the members, parents, and staff who support them…We are guided by a volunteer board of directors.
We were founded in 1951 by parents of children with developmental delays. These parents sought growth and achievement opportunities for their children. Today we serve over 700 individuals from birth through retirement.
Early Intervention Programs
We help infants and toddlers develop a variety of skills through our Early Intervention Program. The family is central in planning supports for their child.
We support individuals in their homes through our Residential Program. The supports we provide are as varied as the dreams of the people we serve.
We help develop work skills needed by individuals to earn wages through our Vocational Services Program and our Production Services Program. The JOBS Program offers community based employment services for disabled adults; for more information on JOBS Click Here
Those who choose to work within BARC Developmental Services do so in a multi-faceted environment that allows each associate to perform, grow and succeed. Because we are a growth-oriented, creative agency we seek associates with wide ranging skills and backgrounds to join our team. Many of our employees feel strongly about what we do here at BARC, to read some of their testimonies, click the link to be redirected to our careers page. Read More