Typical Life has a multilateral mission to aid those with intellectual disabilities.
To rescue people from the possibility of institutionalization: Typical Life is committed to serve the people in the community. It strives to place people with an intellectual disability in the most independent environment possible and in a manner that encourages freedom, dignity and the realization of individual's dreams.
By providing revolutionary supports: TLC is committed to seek new models of service delivery and creates additional support services for the community.
So individuals may experience all life has to offer: Typical Life is devoted to providing personalized service and utilizes individual preferences into his/her program. Opportunities available to them include voting, attending religious organizations of their choice, taking a vacation, volunteering and participating in community recreational events.
WHAT THEY DO
Typical Life is a responsive, call-to-action organization. TLC served six individuals who were displaced when their former agency closed. In recognition of these efforts, TLC was awarded one of the initial exceptional service awards by the York/Adams Mental Health/Mental Retardation Office.
The PA Office of Developmental Programs gave high praise to Typical Life for their creation of a Semi-Independent Living service model that offers more independence to those with intellectual disabilities. What began in 2004 with six individuals, the program has met significant success and has since expanded to support 12 people. Many individuals have also received supports in their natural homes through Typical Life's In-Home Support program that assists them to live independently or with their families.
TLC also created a Dual Diagnosis support model that has mental health professionals available around the clock to support individuals who have both an intellectual disability and a mental health disorder. This support model has significantly decreased the need for psychiatric hospitalizations. Individuals, who had previously failed in prior community placements, have been successful with these new supports.
Typical Life constantly strives to provide the best care/services possible. They always look for new and innovative ways to improve the lives of those with an intellectual disability. In the past, Typical Life has secured a local grant for their individuals to attend performances at York Little Theatre. More recently, they worked jointly with DreamWrights Youth and Family Theatre for individuals receiving services to have the opportunity to attend acting classes. One person auditioned and received a role in a recent show. For 2012, TLC hopes to open a new day program called Coffee House, where individuals can learn skills to enhance their opportunities for future employment.
In 2002, the Images Health Center opened for operation. It is the only licensed health and fitness day program in the state, possibly the country, for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Individuals participate in stretching, circuit training, cardio, and aerobics in an environment fully supervised by a trained staff member. Programming also includes eye/hand coordination, motor skills, and nutrition education to promote a healthy lifestyle. This program addressed health/physical needs for individuals that previously went untreated. Typical Life continues to grow and meet the needs of the people they serve: a new exercise group called "Body Blast" is now available at Images Health Center.
WHO THEY ARE
Typical Life was established in 1999 by Dan Stroup and Tammy Snyder. It was created to be a creative, innovative, and responsive organization to individuals who need service.
Dan Stroup has two family members who are diagnosed with an intellectual disability. He is the Executive Director and founder of Typical Life and has over 30 years of experience, including working as a live-in direct care worker for 3 years. He served as a behavioral specialist, and worked in several management positions at local non-profit agencies before founding TLC.
Tammy Snyder is the Director of Services and co-founder of Typical Life. She has over 20 years of experience working in the field of intellectual disabilities. Tammy is the recipient of Arc of York County's 2004 Open Door Award for her efforts to support individuals diagnosed with an intellectual disability to become integrated with their communities.
Vicki Miller is the Chief Financial Officer. She has over 15 years of experience in non-profit fiscal management and oversight. In 2012, Vicki was a finalist in the Central Penn Business Journal's CFO of the Year award for medium sized non-profit agencies.
WHAT THEY VALUE
TLC values core tenets that influence agency decisions and operations. They include:
- Individuals who are presently receiving service come first and foremost. While TLC continues to grow to help more people, this expansion does not occur until the resources and staff are available. Expansion must not negatively impact current individuals enrolled in services.
- The employees who provide the direct hands-on support service have a dramatic impact on the quality of life of the people we serve. Recruiting and retaining quality employees is a priority to Typical Life Corporation.
- The Typical Life management team is heavily involved with day-to-day operations. Managers spend significant time at program locations to ensure quality service.