Available in Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Walker and Whitfield counties
A collaborative service of Highland Rivers Health and Lookout Mountain Community Services, Kaleidoscope provides activities, services, learning opportunities and supports to help individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities live independently in their communities. The program provides year-round, quality-driven social, recreational, vocational and educational programs for individuals, and provides support to their families.
Through a loving, hands-on approach, the Kaleidoscope team of dedicated and trained professionals assist individuals and their families in learning life skills and self-advocacy, while building self-esteem, confidence and independence.
What services Kaleidoscope provides
The Kaleidoscope program provides a variety of services and learning opportunities to help individuals achieve independence, productivity and integration into their communities. These include:
Social and community involvement
• Building lasting relationships
• Volunteer opportunities
• Day programs
• Special Olympics
• Self-help, safety, problem-solving, effective communication
Prevocational and supported employment
• Job coaching
• Assistance finding and maintaining employment
Education and learning
• Computer training
• Healthy lifestyle (exercise and nutrition)
• Day trips
• Movie and game nights
• Themed parties and dances
• Participation in local parades and festivals
• Exposure to fine arts
• Family-centered support teams
• Respite care
• Access to specialize care supplies
• Community living support
• Financial and money management
• Life skills training (bathing, hygiene, meal planning)
• Case management and nursing supports
• Community living
• Ongoing skills training in host homes
Who Kaleidoscope services are for
Kaleidoscope services assist individuals with a broad range of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Generally, services are targeted to individuals who:
• Have been diagnosed with an intellectual or developmental disability since birth or before age 18
• Have been diagnosed with an other intellectual disability since birth or before age 22 and deemed eligible for services
• Are at risk for being placed in an institution for individuals for with intellectual disabilities if they do not receive services to help them live in the community
How to apply for the program
In order for you, your child or family member to participate in Kaleidoscope activities and services, you must complete an application with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD). If you live in any of the counties listed on the top of this page, contact the DBHDD Region 1 office at (678) 947-2818. The application and other information can be found at: http://dbhdd.georgia.gov/accessing-services.
Once the application is complete, the DBHDD Office of Intake and Evaluation will provide an initial screening and assessment. You will be notified of eligibility within seven working days after the intake screening. If you or your child is eligible for services but funding is not currently available, you will be placed on the DBHDD Region 1 planning list. Even if that happens, some services may be available to you right away.
If you would like more information about Kaleidoscope and whether you, your child or family member is eligible, call the DBHDD office listed above, or the Highland Rivers Health Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities program office at (706) 270-5050.