While parents of typically-developing children can envision the day their children leave the nest and become independent adults, the parents of a child with a disability rarely have the luxury of seeing past the end of their day. Understandably, they are often concerned about their child’s quality of life as the child and parents grow older. They wonder how much independence they can hope for their child with special needs.
Fortunately, Migdal Oaz, (“Tower of Strength” in Hebrew), a Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA), offers adults with disabilities an independent, community based, group living environment to meet their unique needs and remain active in Jewish life. This fully rehabbed home in West Rogers Park is staffed by on-site professionals. Special attention is paid to residents' personal care skills, safety, social ability, health and work opportunities. By coordinating with community programs and resources, the staff enables residents to expand their possibilities and work towards their goals.
The program also ensures that Jewish individuals with special needs can remain active in Jewish life. The importance of religious heritage and Jewish community life is stressed through the celebration of Jewish holidays, including Shabbat, and the keeping of the laws of Kashrut.
First Steps toward Migdal Oaz
Registering with the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) database is the first and most important step you and your family can take to receive assistance. To verify eligibility and register, you must meet with a Pre- Admission Screening (PAS) or Independent Service Coordination Agency (ISC). Search the DHS Office Locator for Developmental Disabilities offices near you. Or, call the DHS Helpline at 1.800.843.6154 (or 1.800.447.6404 TTY).