CLASS

aka CLASS, Inc.   |   Lawrence, MA   |  www.classinc.org

Mission

The Mission of CLASS is to support, promote and facilitate the inherent rights of individuals with disabilities to experience a life of opportunity for personal growth and active, meaningful engagement in their community.

Ruling year info

1976

Principal Officer

Mr. Robert Harris

Main address

1 Parker Street

Lawrence, MA 01843 USA

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Formerly known as

Citizen's League for Adult Special Services

EIN

04-2621546

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Day Habilitation

CLASS guides people with disabilities toward daily independence. In Day Habilitation, CLASS helps individuals feel at home with themselves and others. Attendees shape their daily activities by expressing their wants, dreams and desires, and participate in individual and group activities that enhance their daily lives. Whether it is exercise and movement groups, art, music or cooking activities, individuals are provided the daily opportunities to socialize and work on goals, both at CLASS and in the community. While participants are busy learning, the clinical team is standing by with occupational therapy, speech and nursing supports. The program includes: Health and wellness, social interaction challenges, community integration activities. CLASS Activities Include: Art, Exercise and movement, Sensory integration activities, Self advocacy training, Cooking, Computer based learning, Music, Volunteer community activities, Community trips to local stores and restaurants.

Population(s) Served

Disabilities are not a barrier to working. At CLASS, tomorrow's workers are learning and using new skills, preparing to embark on their paths of employment. With the help of side-by-side job coaching and supports, they examine the possibilities, explore careers and try their hand at various jobs, such as assembly work in the CLASS production facility. With their job development plans tailored to their needs, people with disabilities discover what's possible and become ready to choose jobs that suit them. Working promotes self-esteem, builds independence and gives the individual a sense of accomplishment ... pride of a job well done. And while your family members are working they will continue to receive support from CLASS career specialists who care about their success. Employment Assistance Programs Include: Individualized job placement, On-site, facility-based jobs, Group community placements, Social enterprise businesses, Vending, and Social catalyst.

Population(s) Served

Tools to enhance everyday living are within your grasp. A cane, a hearing aid, a computer … Sometimes a simple piece of technology can make all the difference in accessibility to everyday things. For some, walking through the front door, talking on the phone or changing a television channel can be very challenging. Technology can help. CLASS staff members work with disabled individuals and their families to find the right technology to make living in the physical world more manageable: to communicate effectively, live more independently and pursue their goals more completely. At CLASS in Lawrence we have an Assistive Technology Demonstration Center where you can try the equipment to see if it is right for you or your loved one - so you can try it before you buy it. We also offer a variety of services and one-on-one consultation. We're happy to prepare a quote for you based on your needs. CLASS has a regional contract with the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, through the local Vocational Rehabilitation offices, to provide Adaptive Assistance services to the North Shore and Northeastern area of the state.

Population(s) Served

Adult Foster Care Caring for an at-home adult is hard work and the financial burden can be intimidating. The CLASS Adult Family/Foster Care (AFC) program gives families clinical and financial assistance to help them care for their loved one with developmental disabilities at home. A qualified caregiver will teach families how to manage everyday challenges - such as personal care, meals and supervision - to give them more time to enjoy the everyday triumphs. Through the the Arc of Greater Lawrence, CLASS helps families help each other. The Arc of Greater Lawrence provides inclusive recreational programming for youth living in the Greater Lawrence community. We bring together youth with disabilities and their peers without disabilities to enjoy such recreational and educational activities as music, arts & crafts, swimming, computer lessons, kayaking, snowshoeing, and other outdoor activities. This focus on inclusive recreation supports the desire of families to have their children enjoying all their community has to offer.

Population(s) Served

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Accreditations

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Adult Day Services - 3 year 2012

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Increasing employment opportunities in the business sector for individuals with disabilities

Partnering with state agencies, universities, school systems and community agencies to improve the the quality of life for individuals with disabilities from 14 yrs into adulthood

Creating innovative, alternative service models for young people with autism as they leave special education

Working with Universities and healthcare providers to improve access to knowledgeable, caring healthcare at the community level of individuals with disabilities

Increasing opportunities for full community integration and participation

Building upon the United States Business Leadership Network (USBLN)philosophy and model build a local business community coalition supporting disability inclusion in the work place.

Access the expertise of colleges and universities and their student bodies to expand service offerings, conduct research into healthcare model alternatives and a knowledge base upon which to initiate creative and effective new solutions and service models

Promote the internal development and engagement of the agency's workforce.

We seek staff talent matched to the demands of key positions and then harness those talents in a team oriented environment to address strategic goals and operational challenges impacting agency effectiveness.

The agency has a strong reputation for innovative thinking and an ability to work in partnership in tandem with community partners.

We are a financially sound agency.

Commitment to quality and being the best

Encouraging self-advocacy amongst the individuals we serve - their voices and ideas matter

We have a community task force we are coordinating that is building a criminal justice response capacity for youth with a dual diagnosis of developmental disabilities and mental health challenges.

We conducted research with two universities on the establishment of a Nurse Practitioner Clinic on site at our facility that also could serve to improve healthcare coordination and serve as a training site for NP students

We have a fitness program that we coordinate between a local college and two high schools that is research based. It also serves to build relationships between college students and youth in special education programs

We are reporting quarterly on our strategic plan progress to the board of directors

Financials

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Operations

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CLASS

Board of directors
as of 05/31/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Tim Allen

Self-employed consultant

Term: 2010 - 2013


Board co-chair

Ms. Marie Pouliot

Merrimack College

Term: 2010 - 2013

Carol Bowen

Owner, Bowen Marketing Consultants

Marie Pouliot

Professor, Merrimack College

Tim Allen

Self Employed Consulting CFO

Daniel Sullivan

Retired

Jim Blough

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Richard Manser

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