The 110 or so people supported by Options are a varied group of individuals. Some are relatively new to us and we continue to learn about their lives and support needs, while others have been supported since Options inception and have helped write our organizational story.
In order to receive support, an individual must be 18 years old, reside in Dane County and have a developmental disability. The support we provide is long-term and as a result, there is stability in who is served from year to year. When we do have capacity to offer additional services, referrals are made by Dane County Adult Community Services or by support brokers for individuals who are directing their own services.
Currently, Options supports 110 people ranging in age from 20 to 90. Ninety percent of the people supported by Options experience some degree of intellectual disability. Other disabilities experienced by the group of people supported by Options include cerebral palsy, epilepsy, acquired brain injury, mental illness, hearing impairment and Autism; many individuals have multiple and significant disabilities.