“KCARC For Life” represents a belief that KCARC can provide well-rounded services for the entire life span of an individual. KCARC’s dedicated team can assist in creating and implementing a vision for the future that allows everyone to reach their full potential.
In Residential Services, KCARC works with each individual and family served to reach the goal of living as independently as possible in the comfort and security of their own home. KCARC staff are not only trained to be dedicated advocates, they are also trained to meet the specific needs of each individual and each family served. Everyone is different and all services are individualized. No need too big or too small, KCARC is up to the task.
Supported Group Living
Supported Group Living services take place in homes designed and built by KCARC to meet all ADA accessibility requirements. With the capacity to house up to 4 individuals, each house is staffed by KCARC’s dedicated Direct Support Professionals to ensure each individual receives the attention, care, and supervision needed. Individuals living in KCARC Supported Group Living sites also have access to all KCARC provided services outside the home including day programming, employment options, as well as community outings.
Community Based Medicaid Waivers
Receiving services in a community setting offers a personal touch and more of an independent lifestyle. Whether it is in your own home, a rental house, or an apartment, we can help provide access to the meaningful and necessary services and supports needed. Health, work, leisure, and choice are all important aspects of a healthy lifestyle and KCARC is here to help you succeed in your goals.
Providing periodic services for individuals is another way that KCARC is here to help. Not everyone needs assistance all the time and having someone to count on for those “as needed” type of situations can be crucial. KCARC specializes in designing services meant to fit each individual’s specific lifestyle needs. Let a KCARC team member assist in finding the services that are right for your family.
KCARC’s ‘ The Shop ‘ is a state-of-the-art facility providing our Life Services group with enriching activities on a daily basis. ‘ The Shop ‘ provides a one-stop shop of learning for individuals providing a life-skills educational training program.
‘ The Shop ‘ will support helping individuals train for work opportunities and independent life transitions based on the needs of the individuals. Our facility provides a fun and welcoming environment for all. Everyone will have the opportunity to train on life skills and work readiness skills for the functional life they choose.
Life Education Program is...
Real World Reading - Improving vocabulary and comprehension to allow individuals to succeed in the workplace.
Meaningful Math - Learning to budget money, pay bills and basic money usage.
Tools in Technology - Teaching individuals how to use today’s technology to stay connected to family and friends, online safety, and healthy technology usage.
Goal Discovery - Helping individuals set goals for themselves to ensure they are able to enjoy all aspects of a healthy lifestyle.
My Room, My Home - Allowing individuals to gain independence in a household by learning to make their bed, doing their laundry, and cleaning up after themselves.
Healthy Hygiene Habits - Creating grooming habits for individuals to be able to brush their hair, dress themselves, and brush their teeth.
Jumping into Job Skills - Understanding employer expectations from being on time for work to properly performing an assigned task.
Soaring Socially - Improving interpersonal skills through a peer tutoring program, creating authentic relationships with individuals within the community.
Food & Kitchen Safety Class
In our Food & Kitchen Safety Class, we teach our individuals a basic understanding of how kitchen appliances work, making a shopping list, buying food, learning the process of preparing meals, cooking a meal, setting the table, table manners and kitchen clean up. Courses are created at an ability level for all individuals in the program.
Leisure. Health. Choice. These are the three driving principles behind our Adult Day Services Program. If you are the parent or guardian of an adult with an intellectual or developmental disability, know that KCARC’s Adult Day Services Program offers opportunities for program participants to experience leisure, health and choice through a multitude of activities.
KCARC staff assist each program participant in customizing their day by choosing those activities they find fulfilling and meaningful.
1-on-1 Community Integration
Part of KCARC’s commitment to offering leisure, health and choice to individuals, is offer one on one and small group assistance while attending events in the community. A trained staff will accompany a single individual or a small group on an outing of their choice and work on skills to increase their independence in the communities that they work, live and play. KCARC Day Services staff help to design days that are customized to each individual’s choice and specific goals. However, KCARC staff are trained to continually present learning opportunities to individuals on any outing. Let your imagination be your guide.
The Manufacturing Habilitation program assists individuals with disabilities to work on skills that can be transferred into community employment. Our Manufacturing Plants include Wood and Metal Manufacturing at Plant 1, Food Packaging at Plant 5, and Garment Manufacturing at Plant 2 as well as Bowling Manufacturing. Individuals are able to earn a wage in accordance with WIOA requirements, while working on soft skills such as punctuality, attitude, fine and gross motor skills, social interaction, and general workplace interactions.
offers programming that is very customizable to what an individual needs or wants to do. At 1972
, individuals choose from a list of activities. Individuals can choose to attend as many or as few as they want. Activity menus are updated quarterly and will be posted on the website. Activities at 1972 include:
Rock Wall Climbing
Harry Potter Book Club
Computer Safety Classes
Arts & Crafts
1972 Volkswagen Bus
Console & Computer Gaming
Behavior Support, Music Therapy, Wellness Coordination, and Speech Therapy are all provided at KCARC; more tools for families and individuals to create their vision of a well-rounded life.
KCARC provides Therapeutic Services to individuals in the Supported Living, Medicaid Waiver, and Family Support Services programs in their home, work, school, and community. Our team of caring professionals is committed to offering individualized services that meet the specific needs of each consumer while striving to enhance the quality of life for individuals with varying disabilities.
All services are positive in nature, person-centered, culturally responsive, sensory-integrated, and based on clinical “best practices.” Each individual is presented with choice and respect, further empowering them.
We welcome the opportunity to meet with you personally about the needs of your family and the services available to you. We look forward to serving you with quality and excellence.
Our Youth Day Program serves school-aged children with a flexible and dependable schedule you can count on, with services including community integration, peer socialization, and more.
Services include community integration, peer socialization, and meaningful activities that are age and ability appropriate to promote growth and to help families reach goals. All services are provided in a dignified and respectful manner for the total well-being of individuals and families.
Services provided within 1972
and through community integration include self-care, sensory and motor development, socialization, daily living skills, communication, community living and access, and social skills. Each participant will be exposed to opportunities to assist them in reaching their PCISP and personal goals. Activities include:
Rock Wall Climbing
Harry Potter Book Club
Computer Safety Classes
Arts & Crafts
1972 Volkswagen Bus
Console & Computer Gaming
KCARC’S Benefits Counseling services are here to equip you to make informed choices about work, avoid over payments, manage changes in benefits, maintain health coverage, and know how to use available work incentives and asset building programs.
The potential loss of benefits is one of the most persistent and pervasive fears among people with disabilities who are considering employment. Let our team of benefits counselors and employment specialists put your fears to rest as they assist you with navigating your future.
How do Benefits Counseling services work?
Identify & Verify
A Benefits Specialist will work with you to identify and verify your benefits situation in relationship to your goals. Benefits may include Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, Medicare, SNAP/food stamps, energy assistance, and housing assistance.
Analyze, Assist & Assess
The specialist analyzes all the information and meets with you to review a summary of all the information in a written report you can take with you. Our goal is for you to have a working understanding of how your benefits can help you reach your goals. Benefit Counseling can help you manage how changes impact your benefits and remain informed about your choices and what’s ahead.
You should contact a Benefits Specialist when you are considering working for the first time, considering increasing earnings, considering re-entering the workforce, developing a career plan, actively job seeking, or having problems with current benefits.
Community Partner Work Incentive Counselor Certification
Tim Kirk oversees KCARC’s Benefits Counseling and holds Community Partner Work Incentive Counselor Certification through Virginia Commonwealth University. CPWIC certification recognizes the highest level of initial and ongoing training for Benefits Counseling. KCARC offers Benefits Counseling in partnership with Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
Pre-Employment Transition Services
is proud to serve Knox County in a multitude of settings to ensure students with disabilities have access to meaningful career planning to help with their transition from high school to employment or post-secondary training. Classroom settings in the schools allow both individual and small groups to work on self-advocacy, workplace readiness, career exploration, and effective communication. Some services take place at KCARC
’s The Shop where students learn more hands on skills such as food handling, hospitality service and daily living skills that will assist them in maintaining employment later in life. Services also take place at KCARC
location where students work on skills to build their cooperation, stamina and ability to focus on tasks.
Funding for Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) is provided through Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services. An individual with a disability in a secondary, post secondary, or other recognized education program who is between the ages of 14 and 22 years old and is eligible for, and receiving, special education or related services under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IEP, 504 Plan.) Below are the five core services provided by Pre-ETS.• Job Exploration Counseling
• Work-Based Learning Experience
• Counseling On Post Secondary Opportunities
• Instruction On Self-Advocacy
• Workplace Readiness Training
Who Is Eligible For Pre-ETS?
Dove Employment Services
Dove Employment Services offers assistance at no cost to job seekers. Dove Employment Services is a job training and placement agency designed to be person-centered and result oriented. We strive to understand your goals, talents, strengths, weaknesses, and preferences, then work toward a good employment match for you. DES services often include job shadowing, assessment, work experience, interview readiness training, resume building, job development, coaching, and SSDI/SSI benefits counseling. DES is an approved Vocational Rehabilitation job service provider. We believe that the best job for you should match your interests, skills, and abilities!Contact us at 812-886-4312