Private Organization Accreditation

Lutheran Social Services of New England is a high-performing nonprofit organization. LSS is a powerful difference maker and go-to resource, driving ourselves to constantly anticipate futures that are different from the past. For 140 years, LSS has been caring for people in need in New England.


Joint Base Charleston School Age Program

Paula B. Matthews, School Age Program Coordinator

Preparing for our after school accreditation was an awesome and very valuable learning experience for the Child and Youth Professionals at Charleston Air Force Base. Becoming familiar with and understanding the After School standards was a breeze because of the training webinars and the great customer service we received from all of the COA staff. Thank you for supporting our military families.
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Children, youth, and adults who participate in Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities achieve full integration and inclusion in the mainstream, make choices, exert control over their lives, and fully participate in, and contribute to, their communities.

PA-DDS 6: Social Inclusion and Community Participation

Persons with developmental disabilities and their families can access a broad spectrum of community services and supports designed to build independence and help them exercise their rights, privileges, and responsibilities as full members of the community.

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • A description of services
    • Training, educational, and other material provided to individuals served regarding sexuality and relationships
    • Interview:
      1. Program director
      2. Relevant personnel
      3. Individuals served
    • Review case records

  • PA-DDS 6.01

    The agency supports persons with developmental disabilities to establish meaningful social relationships, build and maintain natural support systems, exercise their rights and responsibilities, and participate in the life of their community by:

    1. identifying and pursuing the types of social roles, as well as family and other relationships, the individual wishes to pursue;
    2. providing opportunities for social and physical interaction with persons, in addition to service providers and recipients; and
    3. achieving an optimal level of community involvement and participation.

  • PA-DDS 6.02

    Individuals with developmental disabilities receive services and supports that are tailored to their individual needs and help them fully interact with the community and achieve maximum independence in the least restrictive environment.

    Interpretation: Services and supports can include:

    1. adult foster care or kinship care;
    2. education;
    3. employment, including supported employment;
    4. health and behavioral health services;
    5. housing services and supports;
    6. in-home support;
    7. recreation;
    8. volunteerism;
    9. religious and spiritual supports;
    10. mentoring services; and
    11. transportation.

    Services and supports for children and youth with developmental disabilities can also include:

    1. after-school programs;
    2. education support; and
    3. mentoring.

  • FP
    PA-DDS 6.03

    Individuals with developmental disabilities receive appropriate support and education regarding sexuality and relationships, including:

    1. sexual health and development;
    2. family planning and pregnancy prevention;
    3. prevention of STDs and HIV/AIDS; and
    4. prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation.

    Research Note: The literature suggests that women with developmental disabilities are far more likely to be victims of sexual and other violence than women in the general population.

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