Marcfirst Meldoes Performing

Developmental Training

Developmental Training is a program offered to individuals with developmental disabilities to help them become more independent in their daily life.

Developmental Training is a program offered to individuals with developmental disabilities to help them become more independent in their daily life. Individualized goals are established upon admission to meet each individual's wants and needs. This program is best suited to those with deficits in one or more of the following areas: motor development, dress and grooming, toileting, eating, or language. Supervision and training services are provided by certified Direct Support Professionals; nursing services on site.

The Developmental Training program is a curriculum based, group learning environment focused on three major goal areas: Adaptive Living Skills (personal care, communication), Professional Development (pre-vocational skills assessments and training), and Therapeutic Interventions (exercise classes, therapies recommended by OT/PT professionals). The program also provides opportunities for community outings to local venues in the Bloomington-Normal area. DT can also be a precursor to Marcfirst's Supported Employment Program

Bridgestone Computer Lab

Bridgestone Computer Lab is an accessible computer lab generously donated by Bridgestone Tire. Opened in 2014, the computer lab is used by the participants at the Developmental Training Program. The lab features computers and adaptive technology equipment for easy access to technology training and learning.

Marcfirst Melodies

Marcfirst Melodies connects with the community through music and singing! The group began in 2014 and is made up of those who attend the Developmental Training Program. Marcfirst Melodies loves to share the joy of music at different places in the Bloomington-Normal community. They have sung at nursing homes, hospitals, Marcfirst events, community partner’s events, a Bloomington Thunder hockey game, a Cornbelter’s baseball game, Festival of Trees, and in the Make Music Normal Festival for the first time this summer. Follow Marcfirst’s Facebook for updates on future performances!