What WE Do

LEE Services are designed to implement person-centered practices in meeting the unique social, emotional, and educational needs of people with a wide range of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). All program sessions are provided in a safe, secure, and stimulating environments where individuals with IDD can expand knowledge, develop independent skills, foster healthy relationships, and actively engage in local community activities.

History

LEE Services is a start-up agency in response to the need for more community integrated Day Habilitation programs in Warren County, New Jersey. Lorraine D’Sylva-Lee, is the Executive Director of LEE (Learning Enrichment Experiences) Services, LLC. She has a Masters degree in Leadership and Public Administration. Ms. D’Sylva-Lee started her career in the  field of developmental disabilities with the closure of North Princeton Developmental Center, a state institution in New Jersey, where she coordinated community integration, effective communication, self-advocacy, and public policy leadership training programs for adults with developmental disabilities and their families in their transition to community living arrangements.

Lorraine D’Sylva-Lee, Executive Director

Lorraine D’Sylva-Lee is completing a Ph.D. in Health Sciences at Seton Hall University, with more than 25 years of program development, training, and technical assistance in areas that encompass special education, family support services, self-direction and Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver Services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Ms. D’Sylva-Lee is the former Director of Training and Program Development for the Family Resource Network, a role that fostered collaborations within the Office of Special Education Programs, the Division of Developmental Disabilities, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, the Division of Disability Services and Division of Children’s System of Care (CSOC). She is a certified Trauma-Competent Professional, Nurtured Heart Approach Advanced Trainer, and Lead New Jersey Fellow. Currently, she is employed as a Training and Consultation Specialist at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, Behavioral Research and Training Institute (BRTI) for New Jersey’s CSOC, Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) unit, in this role she develops curriculum and provides TTA statewide on developmental disability related issues. She also provides TTA coaching to a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funded initiative for CSOC residential providers in the use of Trauma Informed Care practices, the evidence-based model of 6 Core Strategies for Restraint and Seclusion Reduction, and Nurtured Heart Approach.

Statement of Purpose

We aim to achieve and maintain the outcomes of increased independence.

Learning Enrichment Experiences- LEE Services is an agency dedicated to serving the needs of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families. The concept of emerging adulthood implies a period of continued growth beyond the age of maturity, and for people with IDD, this transition into adulthood is a critical juncture that requires a more concentrated focus on person-centered care. For many families struggling to identify meaningful day activities for their loved ones, this is a stressful time. Therefore, LEE Services focuses on promising practices and engaging activities specific to day habilitation services. Programs provided will include: 

 
Activities based on the social norms of the person’s culture, which means giving the adult with developmental disabilities the same opportunities in life that others have. The person is not the one being “forced” to be normal; the environment is changed to give this person a chance to experience what is considered “normal.”

Variety and Choices that are person-centered. This gives participants more control and choices over their daily activities. They have the opportunity to explore new areas of interest; assists with engagement; decreases boredom, and provides each individual to build on their strengths, interests, preferences and identify their support needs. This may lead to useful vocational information and/or career building activities.

Activities designed based on age appropriateness to encourage the person with disabilities to interact with others with and without disabilities who are the same chronological age. They are exposed to opportunities to participate in activities and use items that are designed for their own age group.

Community Experiences to become more involved within their local communities; develop communication and interpersonal skills; and be involved in service learning projects.

An emphasis on small groups and individual interactions and experiences for all adults with IDD ages 21 and older.

There is a high demand for innovative program options like LEE Services for persons with IDD, based on recent changes in the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) within Medicaid policies. It is located in an urban enterprise zone serving marginalized populations, which coupled with the growing concern for long term planning needs of families growing older, these services will provide families caring for adults with developmental disabilities some sense of support and stability in the future. 

Mission Statement

To provide Learning Enrichment Experiences for people with IDD.

Mission

To provide Learning Enrichment Experiences for people with IDD.

Vision

A life with opportunity to discover new knowledge, achieve full potential, and contribute towards all aspects of community living.

Values

We honor, respect, and celebrate our unique differences, which connect us as human beings, and uphold these values in carrying out our agency’s mission:

C

Communication

At all times, using various methods with all stakeholders.

A

Autonomy

Empower, engage and
motivate each day.

Assistance

Accept a mindset of interdependence.

R

Relationships

Improve quality of life and
provide safety/security.

Reliable

Able to depend on others and
have others depend on you.

E

Efficient

Produce and promote
competent work.

Statement of Cultural Diversity:

At LEE Services we believe in recognizing uniqueness and promoting inclusion for those we serve and employ.  We focus on respecting and valuing the different skills and experiences all stakeholders contribute to the agency.  LEE Services recognizes the diversity of our participants, employees, families, and communities on the basis of ethnicity, gender, age, culture, religion, language, disability and/or socioeconomic status – and we are committed to celebrating the richness of our perspectives, experiences, knowledge and skills. We believe that all persons who receive our services have the right to receive an appropriate level of guidance and training without regard to sex, race, creed, religion, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, color, national origin, gender identity, physical or mental disability, veteran status, marital status, political affiliation or other characteristics protected by law or moral code.

Goals of Agency

Participants can develop general, on-job-task-specific strengths and skills.
To provide Community Based Support services which enhance the facilitation of self-directed services in the State of New Jersey.
​To facilitate Day Habilitation Services within a community integrated environment.

To provide learning opportunities for enriched age appropriate experiences.
​To create prevocational training experiences that explore vocational interests, job readiness skills and identify career goals.
​To provide opportunities through guided activities in a safe environment to increase self-esteem, eye/hand coordination, communication and language skills, gross and fine motor skills, and self-sufficiency.

To develop personal schedules of activities based on individual interests and choice with freedom to modify as needs and interests change.
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