Community Day Services
Lifelong Access Community Day Services (formally Developmental Training) is offered to adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities that focuses on the development and enhancement of daily adaptive living skills and economic self-sufficiency. We create a learning environment outside of a person's residential living arrangement to foster the acquisition of skills, appropriate behavior, greater independence, and personal choice that meets everyone's wants and needs. Community Day Services provide assistance to maintain or teach skills in one or more of the following areas: fine and gross motor development, attention span, safety, problem-solving, grooming, dressing, toileting, eating, communication, reduction in maladaptive behaviors, quantitative skills, and independent living.
Each participant in this program collaborates with their established support team, a unique person-centered plan built to help meet individual desired outcomes and needs. Support for this program is run by Qualified Intellectual Disability Professionals and Direct Support Professionals who oversee and provide quality care as well as a team of nursing support on-site. Our group rooms offer a low participant-to-staff ratio to ensure we can provide an experience that allows for personal choice while still providing socialization opportunities.
We are located at the Lifelong Access office on Jacobssen Drive. From there, opportunities are provided to explore our community and various other places throughout the state. Hours of operation are typically Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 2:30 pm.
Bridgestone Computer Lab
Bridgestone Computer Lab is an accessible computer lab generously donated by Bridgestone Tire. Opened in 2014, the lab features computers and adaptive technology equipment for easy access to technology skills training and learning opportunities. This benefits adults who wish to have a community-based job, learn more about the world around them and safely navigate our digital world. The Bridgestone Computer Lab has been used for typing and internet safety classes, webinars for self-advocates, supported employment opportunities, and learning about many different topics.
Lifelong Access Melodies
Lifelong Access Melodies connects with the community through music and singing! The group began in 2014 and is made up of those who attend the Developmental Training Program. Lifelong Access Melodies loves to share the joy of music at different places in the Bloomington-Normal community. They have sung at nursing homes, hospitals, Lifelong Access events, community partner’s events, Cornbelter’s baseball games, Festival of Trees, and in the Make Music Normal Festival. Follow our Facebook for updates on future performances!Back
Welcome to Lifelong Access.
You may know us as Marcfirst, but we've recently undergone a name change. Why? Because in every phase of life, it’s never a question of if we helped. It’s how we help that truly counts. And how much we helped. Because our clients never outgrow us. And, we never outgrow them. Hence, our new name: Lifelong Access.