The Cullman County Center for the Developmentally Disabled holds to the philosophy of the developmental model when addressing client care, treatment, training, and habilitation. This philosophy focuses in the premise that every expectation that he/she has the potential to grow, to learn, and to develop. While many developmentally disable individuals have not been sufficiently challenged to take the intitative in learning, application of the developmental model has demonstrated that individuals do learn if challenged, despite their handicap. When abilities, interests, and skills are engaged in the context of appropriate living and training situations, opportunities for learning are significantly improved.
It is the philosophy of the Cullman County Center for the Developmentally Disabled, Inc. that each recipient of services be afforded the opportunity to learn life management and work-relatedskillsin the least restrictive enviroment appropriate to the individual needs of the client. Further, the Cullman County Center for the Developmentally Disabled, Inc. supports the philosophy that human and legal rights guarantee to all citizens be preserved for all clients, including the right to experience the dignity of risk, unless specifically restricted by an appropriately constituted interdisciplinary team or by lawful action through a court of appropriately jurisdiction.
The importance of quality training and care, with an emphasis on application of the principle of positive expectancies, shall serve as the basis for program development. implementaton and the interaction of Center personnel with clients served.