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BARC Developmental Services

Now entering its 65th year of services to Bucks County, BARC Developmental Services is a human services agency comprised of members united in the belief that all persons, regardless of ability, have the potential for significant growth and achievement.

The agency provides referral-based support to individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism from the Bucks County region through early intervention, residential, and vocational programs.

Early Intervention Services are designed to build upon the natural learning that occurs in a child’s first years. A preschool educational center, Friendship Circle, is located in Croydon and home-based services are provided for children from birth through two years of age throughout the county.

Residential Services provides four levels of support for men and women, and placement is determined by the needs of the individual. The programs encourage and promote the development of appropriate independence, citizenship, and community participation.

Vocational Services offers several programs for adults in industrial employment training facilities located in Warminster and Quakertown, including a specialized Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder training program, available at their Warminster facility.

Employment opportunities are also available for individuals who wish to secure jobs in the community through their Joint Opportunities for Business and Society program (J.O.B.S.).

In addition, the agency offers a Disabled Seniors Retirement Program (DSRP) that provides social and recreational activities for older adults at both locations.

BARC Development Services has established several fundraising initiatives that encourage essential community support.

Their events include a Phillies Baseball Raffle, a Mercedes-Raffle, a Golf Tournament, a Designer Handbag Bingo, an Annual Autumn Luncheon and a Holiday Card sale.

The agency invites you to view their website at www.barcprograms.org or Facebook page for more details about their programs, events, fundraisers, and other contact information.

PHOTO CAP: MacKenzie B. and Mayada Seede, contracted staff member, work together in the newly expanded Autism Spectrum Disorder program room at their Warminster workshop facility.