An activity and community exploration program to offer choice, enrichment, and personal development to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
580 Old York Road
Branchburg, NJ 08876
Midland’s goal is to provide services and supports across the lifespan that help the people we serve reach their highest level of achievement and become contributing members of their communities. To meet this goal, the Midland Explores program was created as a subset of our Midland Adult Services (MAS) program to provide meaningful community integration, personal development, and social and leisure activities to adults with a range of intellectual and developmental disabilities. This comprehensive program offers an activity-based program centered on meaningful choice for adults, 21 years or older, who are better served by courses and experiences to further develop skills to help them live successfully.
The Patricia Murphy Work Center and Midland’s Employment Program have provided life-changing job training and employment opportunities for our students and adults for more than 40 years. Now, adults with disabilities have the option to enroll in Midland Explores in lieu of our Employment Program, or in conjunction with it.
All experiences and activities are designed to promote self-direction, offer variety and choice, and be appropriate for adult participants.
Daily Life Skills: Topics may include nutrition, independent living, safety, diversity, learning budgetary/financial skills, wellness, and/or current events.
Problem Solving Skills: Various scenarios of real-life situations will be discussed, a “what would you do” metric will be applied and lessons learned as a follow up. Lessons on how to use the computer, safety on the internet and social media will also be discussed.
Social Skills: Activities may include interpersonal interactions (making and keeping friends), the importance/how to maintain eye contact, and reading social cues.
Leisure Skills: These may be taught in classroom settings or experientially through community outings. Examples include, but are not limited to: learning to play an instrument, becoming a member at a local gym or YMCA program, literature and writing, and/or drama experiences.
Self-Advocacy: The importance and opportunity for choice will be experienced during these classes. Activities may include active decision making, full participation in the development of your service plan, development of self-awareness, recognizing self-regulation in themselves and others, and enhancing self-confidence.
Community Inclusion: All levels of interactions with our individuals and our local community will be explored. MAS’ philosophy is that we are all equals and we are stronger in our diversity. Local community trips will be planned, with staff supervision, to engage other community members and increase interactions among us.
Located at the Old York School building in Branchburg, just a few miles from Midland’s main campus, the Midland Explores program will operate 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., five (5) days per week.
For more information on the program and how to enroll, contact Natalie Swiatek, Project Director at 908-722-8222 ext. 127 or firstname.lastname@example.org