Kaleidoscope is a program designed for independent advancement for persons with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. In keeping with our mission to serve and enhance the lives of every member of our community, Kaleidoscope is a very special place for your family member.
Accredited by CARF International, Kaleidoscope is a joint collaborative effort between Highland Rivers Health and Lookout Mountain Community Services.
With an outstanding reputation for serving our community for over 40 years, Kaleidoscope has been recognized as a leader in Northwest Georgia for its passion in providing individualized and community-based supports and services. Kaleidoscope provides year-round, quality-driven social, recreational, vocational, and educational programs.
Through a loving hands-on approach, a team of dedicated, highly trained professionals will assist individuals and families in learning skill-building, self-advocacy, and job/life skills. This is in addition to building self-esteem, confidence and independence.
The goal of Kaleidoscope is to achieve independence, productivity and integration into the community by:
Pre-Vocational and Supported Employment
Assistance in finding and maintaining employment
Social and Community Involvement
Building lasting relationships
Self-help, safety, problem solving, and communication
Art and music therapy
Occupational and speech therapy
Healthy lifestyle (exercise and nutrition)
Day and week-long trips
Movie and game night
Special themed parties and dances
Participation in local parades
Exposure to fine arts
Family Support Services
Access to needed supplies for daily care
Community Living Support
Financial and money management
Life skills training (bathing, hygiene, and meal planning)
Ongoing skills in a host home
Community nursing supports
Kaleidoscope offers the opportunity for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities to be integrated into the fabric of our communities through achieving employment that is meaningful and rewarding. With the individual in mind, we assess his or her unique strengths, needs, abilities, and preferences. Through job development, we partner with business leaders to identify unmet needs in their organizations and match them with an individual who can meet that need, resulting in customized employment. Staff provide skills training, job coaching, and continued relationships with employers and our workers to ensure
For more information, contact Kaleidoscope at 706-375-2142 extension 18.
Northwest Georgia counties served include:
According to the Office of Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities:
- Have mental retardation since birth or before age 18, or another developmental disability since birth or before age 22, which requires similar services to those needed by people with mental retardation.
- Be at risk for going into an institution for people with mental retardation if you do not get the services you need in your community.
You will need to complete an application and an initial screening through the Intake & Evaluation Office of Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) to determine eligibility of services (dbhdd.georgia.gov/accessing-services) or call our Region 1 office at (706) 802-5272.
You will be notified in writing about the preliminary eligibility determination within seven working days after your screening appointment.
If you are notified that you are eligible, and funding is not available, you will be placed on a planning list that the regional DBHDD office maintains. Your regional DBHDD office representative will discuss this further with you and will let you know if any part of the services that you need can immediately be made available to you.